Carli Leavitt is a San Diego native with expansive knowledge of San Diego County, including everything from nightlife venues to hidden beaches. Having grown up in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Carli is an avid surfer and also spends her free time riding her horses in East County, hiking every San Diego trail possible from Torrey Pines to Cedar Creek Falls and frequenting local dog beaches with her favorite four-legged companions. Carli has been a fan of the San Diego Reader for years and she is honored to now be a contributor.
Just 2 hours from S.D., the great outdoors can still have its surprises...
As a young woman on a budget, I've found many ways to travel on the cheap, and one of my favorite destinations is Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in east county San Diego. It's close, it's ...