Months ago, I signed up for my first of many 5K races this year and was completely psyched – I even compiled the perfect playlist for running. However, upon waking up this morning, I was greeted by steady rain, constant winds, and a dreary forecast:
Of course, the easiest alternative plan to take for such a catastrophe would be to spend the first Saturday of the month indoors, in fleece pajamas, sipping hot chocolate while binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix. However, if you’re desperate to get out of the house today, there’s a variety of activities you can look into that won’t involve having to be outdoors to bear the cold weather and has your brain constantly engaged, leaving no room to be depressed over the climate.
Here are a couple of suggestions on what to do on a rainy Saturday in California, for your consideration:
To cater to the kid within, take a trip to Presidio, San Francisco and visit House of Air. It is an indoor park that features jump structures comprised of more than 40 trampolines, including a few on the sides for maximum fun. You can freestyle, play trampoline dodge ball, and take classes! There’s even a Bounce House for kids ages 3 to 6.
Fun, huh? Normally, weekend tickets sell out fast and House of Air recommends that you reserve slots ahead of time, but I took the liberty of checking today’s schedule, and it looks like there’s a lot of slots available! Go to the website and buy your tickets ASAP.
The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose that used to belong to Sarah Winchester, widow of William Wurt Winchester, a gun magnate. Construction of the mansion took 38 years (from 1884 until Winchester’s death in 1922), mostly due to the widow’s belief that her family and wealth were constantly haunted by the ghosts of those who died because of the Winchester rifles and that building the house for their spirits would appease them.
You can choose between touring just the mansion or the entire grand estate, both of which include a look into 110 of the 160 rooms in the house, windows built into floors, staircases and doors that lead to nowhere, and upside down posts! You can even learn a little bit more about the history of the place through a special behind-the-scenes tour. Day-of tickets must be purchased at the counter, but you can call ahead to ask about availability.
If you’re the athletic and outdoorsy type and really looking forward to getting a workout in this weekend, you can check out MesaRimClimbing & FitnessCenter in San Diego, a place that boasts to be the largest and tallest climbing gyms in the west coast. With over 200 routes, 150 boulder problems, and 450 lead bolts, any mountain climbing aficionado would love the scaling the walls of Mesa Rim.
The facilities include a center for yoga classes, a ping pong table, board games, and a library. Their rates include an all-in-one day pass that give you access to climbing, yoga, and fitness
Who says you have to be outdoors to skydive? iFly Hollywood gives you an idea of what it’s like to jump out of an airplane 2,500 feet high, only you’re indoors and safe within the confines of a booth with a strong blower.
It’s a lot more fun than it looks and requires less courage to actually do if you’ve been dreaming of one day giving skydiving a try and are always finding excuses to bail. You can book your flight today. Other locations in California include one in San Francisco and one in Perris Valley.
1. Quality is everything.
At In-N-Out, their motto is literally "Quality You Can Taste", and it couldn't be more true. Making things the old fashioned way, there is no freezing, pre-packaging, or over-processing. Made fresh to order only with the best high-quality ingredients, you can rest assured that you are eating a darn good burger.
Source: cisl.edu2. The menu is SO simple.
I don't know about you, but I like my burgers fast and simple. Super hungry? Order that #1. Looking for a smaller meal? Go for #2. Don't like cheese? That's where there is #3. Add some extra fries and maybe swap out your drink for a shake and you are good to go! Never been easier.
Source: mywanderinglife.com3. But...there is also a secret menu if you want to get crazy.
Haven't heard of the secret menu yet? Well then you are missing out. With names like Flying Dutchman, Animal Style, and Protein Style, these burgers and fries are the way to go if you like to mix it up a little bit or have specific dietary restrictions. What kind of other burger place can you indulge your cheesy fantasies or follow your Atkins diet while still loving the same product?
Source: seriouseats.com4. Their employees are amazing and the customer service always comes with a smile.
Going to In-N-Out is like visiting an old friend every time. They ask how your day is, cater to your needs, laugh and joke, and always top it off with a huge smile. Along with that outfit - who doesn't like seeing an adult in a huge diaper pin and a sweet hat?
Source: mantecabulletin.com5. They cater their fresh deliciousness with food trucks.
Have you ever been at an event, say pool or beach party, and thought...wow I could really use a double double right now? Well guess what? YOU CAN. One of the best days of my life was when I first saw an In-N-Out catering truck. They pull right up to your event, open the doors to their food truck, and still cook your burger fresh to order any way you want it. Why BBQ when you can have the incomparable taste of In-N-Out?
Source: adamsaget.com6. It's in my favorite state!
Unless you live in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, or Texas, California is the only other place that you can consume these beautiful burgers. With most of it's locations in the Golden State, here on the West Coast we have no limit to how many times a day we can enjoy a delicious shake or some crispy fresh fries. One of the many pluses to living in California!
Whether you have lived in California all of your life, or you have only seen portrayals on television, most people know how a California local is stereotyped. With relaxed demeanors and a chill personalities, California creates a culture all of it's own. We natives may say "like" enough to get made fun of and can sometimes seem a bit TOO relaxed, but we are honestly just always about enjoying life and having a good time. Watch Saturday Night Live's hilarious take on the local California bro...we especially think the part about starting a clothing line is entertaining ;)
So everybody knows that you can go both surfing and snowboarding all in one day in California. But did you know that you could also throw in Desert boarding? You definitely would need a few extra toys to get the job done, but check out how these guys did some shredding on the dunes of Glamis.
Source: Network A Youtube Channel
"Winter" in California will soon be wrapping up, and everybody knows what that means! Only a few more chances to grab your boards (the other ones) and head up to Mammoth for some fresh powder, sun, and shredding. A short drive from anywhere in Cali, Mammoth mountain will make you forget that you are even on the West Coast. With it's beautiful scenery, amazing resorts, and plenty of runs to choose from, it's a guaranteed good time.
Source: Boardworld Youtube Channel