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Exploring the Mojave National Preserve

February 6, 2017

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If you are like most people, you have heard of the Mojave Desert, but your association might be limited to images of barren landscapes dotted with military bases. The Mojave definitely represents some of this, but it also has so much more. The Mojave Desert is a massive area encompassing large portions of California, southern areas […]

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Go on Safari in Santa Rosa, CA

January 30, 2017

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Long before we looked to go to Africa for safari, I had my eyes on a little known place in Northern California called Safari West. The Sonoma Serengeti as some call it, is unlike any wildlife preserve you will have visited before. Experiencing Africa-esque glamping style tent cabins and wild animals dotting the rolling hills […]

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Death Valley with Kids | One Day Itinerary

January 10, 2017

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What do you think of when you hear Death Valley? Hottest Place on Earth. Yep. Desolate and barren. Yep. Even though Death Valley is synonymous with these images, I think that like most people, I didn’t really have a clear image in my head of what it would look like. I’m not quite sure what […]

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Oceano Sand Dunes at Pismo Beach, CA

January 5, 2017

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Everyone seems to know that California has an abundance of national parks, but what some don’t realize is that there are also a ton of really great state parks that are well worth visiting. One such park that has come to my attention recently is Oceano Sand Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area near Pismo Beach […]

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Los Angeles Holiday Activities & Events Guide

November 19, 2016

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The holiday season is upon us which means an overload of things to do in Los Angeles. Even though we don’t get the snowy cold weather, this city knows how to celebrate for the holidays! Parades, neighborhood Christmas light extravaganzas, Santa photo ops and of course classically southern California winter fun – sand sledding! If […]

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Exploring Saguaro National Park in One Day

November 14, 2016

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One of our main reasons for our recent visit to Tucson was to explore Saguaro National Park. And to get a other junior ranger badge of course! Reading the name saguaro, you might not know exactly what it is (or even how to say it!), but once you see the iconic cactus often associated with Arizona […]

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Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site with Kids

November 3, 2016

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If you follow us regularly, you know we are national park obsessed. But it’s not just nature parks that we love to go to, we also enjoy visiting many of the monuments and historic sites that are part of the national park system. Through these other parks, we have been able to learn more about […]

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Guide to Legoland California

October 24, 2016

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Even though we live only 90 minutes away from Legoland in Carlsbad, it has taken us years to finally get there. My son isn’t a lego fanatic, so we weren’t pushed to make the trip. I regret now that it took us so long to get there. Being annual passport holders at Disney just up […]

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Finding Fall in Bishop, California

October 18, 2016

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Growing up in Texas and spending most of my adult life in places that do not experience fall, I had had enough and wanted to find some cooler air and pretty colors! My nature loving sidekick was game as he has been searching for fallen leaves representing all the colors of fall. So off we went. […]

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Our Los Angeles Halloween Must Do’s

October 3, 2016

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Every year the number of traditions that my son institutes seems to grow exponentially. It’s tough to keep up with all the things he wants to do each year to signify and celebrate the coming Halloween holiday. For him it’s not just the one day of trick or treating, rather it’s the build up that is […]

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Medieval Times or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

August 15, 2016

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Medieval Times or Pirate's Dinner Adventure

Visitors flock to Southern California for vacation looking to fill their days and nights with as much fun as they can afford! If you are visiting Buena Park or nearby Anaheim you probably have on your itinerary to attend an interactive family dinner. The decision is which one to attend – Medieval Times or the Pirate’s Dinner […]

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Exploring the McKenzie River in Central Oregon

August 11, 2016

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Oregon is renowned for outdoor recreation and the McKenzie River in central Oregon is a great place to experience so much the state has to offer. From hiking on old lava flows to relaxing in ancient hot springs, the McKenzie River is loaded with family friendly fun. All of the local activities, accommodation and even the highway […]

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Summer in Big Bear with Kids

August 1, 2016

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Often only thought of as Southern California’s place to play in the snow, Big Bear also has a wide array of activities luring visitors throughout the year. As the heat of the summer sets in, Big Bear is the perfect escape. Nestled high in the mountains on the banks of a lake, Big Bear offers cooler temperatures […]

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Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms

July 25, 2016

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One of the best places in Southern California for star gazing is in and around Joshua Tree. We have been out several times specifically to do this, but only recently learned about the Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms. On our last visit to the northern part of Joshua Tree we noticed the observatory’s white […]

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29 Palms: A Joshua Tree Hidden Gem

July 21, 2016

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We have been to Joshua tree too many times to count, but we continue to find new areas to explore. On my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to stay in Twentynine Palms near the Oasis of Mara entrance. In all my times to the park, I have only visited this area twice. Now […]

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Central and Southern Oregon Road Trip Itinerary

July 18, 2016

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For our third annual multi-family summer vacation, we decided on a road trip through Oregon. We had initially hoped to start in Portland and work our way around the state, but quickly realized how much there is to do in the US’s 9th largest state. Instead, we opted for a loop, focusing on the central and southern […]

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Get off the Beaten Path with Joshua Tree Excursions 

May 30, 2016

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I have been to Joshua Tree many times, and while there is still a ton to explore on my own, I was excited to get off the beaten path with Joshua Tree Excursions during my last visit. Joshua Tree Excursions is a locally owned company providing privately guided off-trail experiences with the thought that life is about the journey […]

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Touch a Truck Thousand Oaks

May 26, 2016

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Touch-a-truck events are becoming the spring and summer thing to do. Some are fundraisers for public schools or charity organizations and some are just free community events. The Touch-a-Truck day in Thousand Oaks is our favorite of all the ones on offer throughout Southern California. (more…)

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Buena Park: A Kid’s Dream Destination

May 18, 2016

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There isn’t always time or money to take elaborate vacations out of town, but that’s where staycations come in handy.  We are so lucky to live in Southern California where there is an abundance to do locally no matter the season. For my son’s spring break, we decided to do a staycation exploring our local […]

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Fire Service Recognition Day Open House

May 9, 2016

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There are several important events in the year according to my 5.5 yr old. Christmas and Easter are two, but right up there with national holidays are the open house days for the sanitation department and the fire stations! The second Saturday of May is designated as Fire Service Recognition Day in Los Angeles (and […]

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