Tag Archives: California

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Los Angeles is well known for its pleasant warm year round weather, but does fall short on the change of seasons. With this in mind, we packed the kids up for a weekend of cooler temperatures and fall colors in the Californian Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mammoth Lakes is an alpine mountain resort town you […]

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Big Bear is located a mere two hours east of Los Angeles and is a perfect escape for the adventurous family. It’s a playground for winter enthusiasts, but summertime also presents endless opportunities to explore the outdoors including hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and swimming.   STAY Big Bear has a slew of lodging options and […]

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Hiking the back canyons of “Awesometown” or visiting the Lombardi Ranch you expect to hear the sounds of nature: A hawk’s lonely cry from above, the sound of the wind through the chaparral or the neigh of a distance horse. But what about the hoot and holler of gibbons? In the quiet entrance of Bouquet […]

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When families think of sunny San Diego their thoughts generally go to places like Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, or even Old Town. But many don’t think of looking west across San Diego Bay to “the crowned one,” Coronado Island. Coronado is just a short distance across the bay […]

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Monterey has both one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world and some of the deepest roots in California history. We have been visiting this seaside getaway many years before having children. And now as a family of four, we find it as an equally enjoyable experience. Having taken so many trips […]

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Nestled in the foothills of the southwestern San Joaquin Valley, and just outside Bakersfield, is The Wildlands Conservancy’s Wind Wolves Preserve. Founded in 1996, the preserve features 93,000 acres of almost pristine nature open to the public for free. We decided to head out for a hike in early March to enjoy the blankets of […]

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Slightly larger then the state of Rhode Island and comprised of two different deserts, Joshua Tree National Park is an arid wonderland located in the Californian southwest. Recently we braved the sun and took advantage of the cooler winter temperatures to hike and enjoy the fascinating spike-leafed Yuccas, or commonly called Joshua Trees. Created as […]

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Located just outside of Los Angeles, in Simi Valley, is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  The largest of the thirteen presidential libraries, its opening in 1991 brought the five living presidents together. The library features rotating exhibits, which rotate several times a year. It also houses the retired Air Force One the Reagan (used during […]

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With the Christmas season upon us, it’s fun to begin family traditions. Some of our traditions are driving the neighborhoods viewing Christmas lights and the adventurous road trips to visit family. This year we started a new magical holiday tradition riding The Polar Express or because of licensing issues, The North Pole Express. For our […]

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My wife has been inundated with holiday family sessions and was in need of a break. So I packed the clan for a short getaway to one of the jewels of Central California’s coast, Morro Bay. Whether you are camping or staying in a hotel, Morro Bay is an often overlooked great family getaway! Situated […]

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Needing a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, we took a short weekend trip to Central California’s, Montaña de Oro State Park. Located just south of Morro Bay and situated along the rocky coast of the Pacific Ocean, the park has one of the longest uninterrupted, preserved and undeveloped coastal areas of […]

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Nestled is the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains some 330 miles north of Los Angeles is a alien landscape featuring a lake so inhospitable it offers almost no life in its waters. This is majestic Mono Lake. Formed over 700,000 years ago, its waters are trapped in the valley’s low spot with no natural outlet. With […]

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