Geocaching is a treasure hunt that’s played worldwide using GPS technology. Players are given the coordinates of a buried prize, and try to find it. In addition to small gifts hidden by past seekers, the cache contains a log sheet for successful players to sign in. In the spirit of this month’s cover story, our interns agreed to play the game and finished with a .500 batting average. Here are their experiences.
Black Star Canyon has a reputation as a haunted spot, but it really should be known for its spectacular seasonal waterfall. The 6½-mile hike is glorious, but strenuous. It entails following the creek bed, wading through water, dodging poison oak, and climbing a couple of boulders. From the parking area, follow the paved road for half a mile, then turn right onto the dirt road.
Designed by Stanford White in 1888 for the renowned Shakespearean actress. One of two National Historic Landmarks in the county, tucked into Modjeska Canyon, natch.
A secret burger at Umami Burger, hidden spots for delicious brunch dishes and Mediterranean food, off-the-menu items and more!
Of course, there’s Disneyland. But there’s a little bit of Walt’s California beginnings up the road in Garden Grove. That’s where you’ll find the modest garage he used as his first workspace when he and brother Roy moved from Kansas City in 1923.
Gallery 8, part of Orange County Museum of Art’s 2013 California-Pacific Triennial, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, 949-759-1122, ocma.net

We dare you to not fall in love with the succulent starfish wall sculpture on the pocket patio recently fashioned from fallow space behind the Captain’s Cabin. Other living art includes vibrant flowerbeds and hanging herb gardens by Kathryn Agresto, designer of gardens at Park Ave and Montage Resort. Strings of tiny lanterns add twinkle to the 30-seat alfresco refuge.
630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949-675-3474, bluewatergrill.com

Ann Ciulla is a licensed investigator and modern-day Nancy Drew
This new shop is off the beaten path, but it’s on the right track with its mission to support local designers. Browse the latest collections of Corona del Mar-based Jessie Loves Jewels; and made-in-South County brand Luxe by Lisa Vogel swimwear. Owner Christy Salem has great taste and her boutique is filled with chic-yet-affordable apparel, plus home goods. 359 Old Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-533-3525, socialbboutique.com
Kevin Dubrow - Lead singer of heavy-metal band Quiet Riot, Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar