Trick Time

Here’s what’s making us happy this week.

A haunted Victorian.
Point Sur Lighthouse is pretty scary in the best of circumstances, like in broad daylight on a May day. The original Victorian-era structure in Big Sur is perched 361 feet above the ocean on a large volcanic rock. It also welcomes people at night during tours on special days. The place is said to be haunted by ghosts of shipwrecks past. Once you’re in, you must stay for the duration. So be prepared with warm clothing to protect you from the wind.


Buggy guacamole. The guacamole at the brand new Calavera restaurant in Oakland is outstanding—full of lime, fresh avos, and queso fresco. You can add to it, if you dare… chapulines, crunchy grasshoppers, an Oaxacan specialty, are $3 extra. Good news: They are rich in protein.


They only come at night. They are called “night watchers,” or Hukai’Po, for a reason—they purportedly emerge after dark, floating inches above the ground, marching to the sound of a beating drum. You might see one on an Oahu Ghost Tours at one of many sites where they linger, such as Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, Ka’a’awa Valley, and Kalihi Valley. Tours are suitable for those over the age of 10.

happy_oahu_downtown_courtesy-oahu-ghost=toursPhoto courtesy Oahu Ghost Tours

Real world UFOs. Nope, we’re not in Roswell, New Mexico, but in Monterey—where the acronym UFO stands for Unscheduled Feeding Opportunity. To know about these “secret” snacks for the sea otters and sharks, you need to have Monterey Bay Aquarium’s smartphone app. The crowds are thinner compared to regularly scheduled feeding hours.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Photo by Randy Wilder RW14-159Photo by Randy Wilder via Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium:Nikki Dinsmore otters mouth openPhoto by Nikki Dinsmore via Monterey Bay Aquarium

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