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Idyllwild Camping, Glamping & Fun Things to Do

  • November 20, 2017

An Idyllwild camping or glamping trip is the perfect escape for those living in Southern California. This small mountain town is popular with hippies and hikers alike offering an abundance of things to do. Nestled in the San Jacinto mountains…

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Exploring Long Beach with Kids

  • September 27, 2017

Most southern Californian residents know Long Beach either for it's spectacular aquarium or as the home of the famous Queen Mary. Situated on the coast, only 30 minutes from LAX or Downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach is an easy day trip…

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Our Summer Alaska Adventure

  • September 18, 2017

For the 4th year in a row, we have been so lucky to spend a week of our summer with friends who live in Texas. My son, being an only child looks forward to this week with his two buddies as…

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Summer Photography Essentials for Water Fun

  • May 26, 2017

Summer is finally here, which if you have kids means a lot of time will be spent in or around the water. Don't miss out on documenting your family fun just because you don't want to take your camera near the…

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Exploring the Mojave National Preserve

  • February 6, 2017

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…

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JUCY: The Campervan for Non-Campers

  • January 23, 2017

I'm in love. We have just returned from a long weekend exploring the California desert in a JUCY campervan and it was amazing! Ever since I first saw these crazy looking green and purple vans on the road during our…

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Year in Review | 2016 Summary

  • December 29, 2016

This year for many has been a tumultuous year. With the election and feelings of uncertainty moving throughout the world, 2016 has just felt hard for many of our friends and family. Even though we have had a fantastic year…

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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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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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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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Our South Africa Family Holiday

  • March 14, 2016

We just returned from an amazing South Africa family holiday for 12 glorious days to celebrate my 10th birthday (yes, I am a leap day baby!). I wanted something totally epic and unforgettable and that would keep the entire family…

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Where To Go in Nicaragua

  • March 7, 2016

Nicaragua is high on my travel to do list (well what isn't really?). When a friend took off with her husband and 20 month old son for a 2 week trip, I was captivated by their adventures! I loved following…

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Best Urban National Parks for Families

  • March 1, 2016

Many famous and well visited tourist sites in the US are classified under the national park system, however, most visitors don't even realize it. Monuments, places of historical significance and battlefields are just some of the types of places you…

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