Parative Does SoCal

Our three favorite places that will fill up your day from sunrise to sunset.

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  • 778 km
  • C$101

Created by drew.oxley - September 5th 2016

While on a family vacation to San Diego recently, Carolyn and I had a day where we had no plans. Our place that week had an amazing pool and the fridge was stocked with snacks. So naturally we threw some Parative goods in a backpack and jumped in the car to roam around Southern California. All in one day, we "traveled to the moon", went back to the 70's, and watched people cliff jump off the sunset.

Date: September 5, 2016

2mi 00h 06m

1480 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA, US

Better Buzz Coffee


Can you seriously not start off a day trip without coffee? We swung to get buzzed for the day. Carolyn drank an iced latte. I ordered the Iced Mint Mojito, an amazing concoction of espresso, mint, and cream. We're a couple that normally shares whatever we eat/drink. I didn't share that day.

80mi 02h 14m
139mi 03h 21m
Photo of Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Dr, Twentynine Palms, CA, US

Joshua Tree National Park


We had seen pictures of Joshua tree, but in person it blew us away. It was more of a lunar amusement park than a national park. The ongoing landscape with the quirky trees made you feel like you were on a different planet. We climbed on the giant rock formations with strangers as if we were back on recess in elementary school. My piece of advice: Don't put your one year old close to a "cute cactus" for a picture. (Carolyn might kill me for adding that in)

51mi 01h 07m
18mi 00h 25m
15mi 00h 23m

A blast from the past. We stopped in a BBQ joint in Palm Springs on the drive back to San Diego. It was a quick pit stop but lived up to the hype, Relaxation Station. The strips on hotels and houses looked like they haven't changed from the 70's. We loved the color palette in town and the eclectic cars parked on the street. Side note: Palm Springs High School might have the coolest football stadium in the country lined with palm trees and a mountain view.

103mi 02h 29m
64mi 01h 33m
Photo of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park

1253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA, US

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park


We wrapped up our day at Sunset Cliffs. Walking down this strip where the sea meets the land was an amazing place to reflect on our new experiences and conversations during the drive. We saw some locals cliff jumping. I chickened out when they invited me to join. My 18 year old self would be dissappointed.

7mi 00h 14m

Date: September 6, 2016