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Exploring Saguaro National Park in One Day

  • November 14, 2016

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…

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Guide to Legoland California

  • October 24, 2016

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…

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Finding Fall in Bishop, California

  • October 18, 2016

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…

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Medieval Times or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

  • August 15, 2016

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…

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Exploring the McKenzie River in Central Oregon

  • August 11, 2016

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…

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Summer in Big Bear with Kids

  • August 1, 2016

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.…

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Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms

  • July 25, 2016

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.…

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29 Palms: A Joshua Tree Hidden Gem

  • July 21, 2016

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.…

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Central and Southern Oregon Road Trip Itinerary

  • July 18, 2016

For our third annual multi-family summer vacation, we created an amazing Oregon road trip itinerary. 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…

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Touch a Truck Thousand Oaks

  • May 26, 2016

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…

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Buena Park: A Kid’s Dream Destination

  • May 18, 2016

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…

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Fire Service Recognition Day Open House 2018

  • May 9, 2016

There are several important events in the year according to my son. 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…

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A Perfect Weekend: Things to Do in Huntington Beach

  • May 2, 2016

When most people think of Southern California, the image that comes to mind is of golden sand beaches running for miles, beautiful sunsets and surfers galore. This is exactly what is waiting to greet you in Huntington Beach! From relaxing…

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Finding Adventure in Dinosaurland

  • April 21, 2016

Last summer we took a 10 day road trip through Arizona and Utah with our family friends from Texas. While researching that trip I came across Dinosaur National Monument in northern Utah and western Colorado. We weren’t planning to be…

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Family Day Trip to Muir Woods

  • April 4, 2016

The Bay Area is one of my favorite places on earth. Not just because I lived there for almost a decade, but because no matter where you turn you are surrounded by so much beauty. The abundance of beautiful scenery,…

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Best Urban National Parks for Families

  • March 1, 2016

In celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service, I will post at least once a month in some way relating to our wonderful national park system to help bring awareness to an awesome part of our country that is…

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Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle

  • February 25, 2016

For most visitors to Seattle, a stop at the Space Needle is a must. Now you have something else to add to the 'must do' list- the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. Located at the base of the Space Needle,…

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Hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail with Kids

  • February 15, 2016

A visit to the Big Island of Hawaii isn't complete without a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Having the opportunity to see a real live active volcano in person was one of the main reasons in going to Hawaii…

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