The Real Southern California
This is Southern California? No way.
Way. This is Catalina Island, just off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. That’s a view from the second stage of the Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour. (More on our adventures coming up soon on the National Geographic Traveler blog.)
The Ballona Wetands is probably the last thing you’d expect to find in a place like Marina del Rey. It’s 600 acres of protected land in one of the most developed urban areas on the planet. Here’s a picture of Iden exploring the saltwater marshes. We’ll have more on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog next week.
For two weeks, I’ll be touring the Southland with my family and blogging, twittering and shooting the experience. You can read about it on National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel blog, on our photoblog, Souvenirist, and here. You can also follow me on Twitter for the very latest.
What separates an authentic Southern California experience from, like, a totally fakey one?
Well, I think I have a reasonably good idea. I lived there five years and attended college in Orange County. But at the same time, I admit there’s plenty for me — for us — to discover. Which is why I’m doing this.