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Many make the trek out to Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, during the peak season of mid-March to Mid-April, in hopes of spectacular array of color. The reserve is nestled in the Antelope Buttes, near Lancaster, on the most consistent poppy-bearing land in the state. However, a lot of factors are involved for a vibrant […]

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What is it about ghost towns that allure tourists from all parts of the world? Abandoned old towns can offer a unique experience of history for kids of all ages. Calico Ghost Town is an old silver mining town that has been around since 1881. But when the silver market collapsed in the late 1800s […]

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In the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains lies the town of Tehachapi, California. It’s a small farming and railroad town whose claim to fame is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, the Tehachapi Loop. This loop built in 1876 is where trains climb a long spiral to make the grade and bridge the difference in […]

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We recently took our kids to Disneyland for their first time. While you’re more likely to find us hiking a mountain or visiting a European museum, every kid loves amusement parks and we felt it was time to explore the Magic Kingdom. With so much information out there about Mickey’s home, there is no need […]

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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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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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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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Nestled within the Santa Ynez Valley of San Barbara County is the Danish style town of Solvang, California. Translated to mean “Sunny Fields,” Solvang was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who looked to escape the harsh winters of the Midwest. They settled 9,000 acres of a Mexican Land Grant next to the […]

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Nested into the foothills above San Bernardino is the historic farming area of Oak Glen, California. Over the last 100 years the farms of Oak Glen have been home to some of the best apple orchards found in California. The area features the scenic, “5 mile loop” that skirts along the base of the mountains […]

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What served 47 years in active duty in the US Navy, visited every ocean in the world, was too big to cross the Panama Canal, and was the 41st of her kind to be made? Give up…I’m talking about the USS Midway–one of the most historic aircraft carriers the U.S. ever had. Now docked in […]

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As the Spanish explored and conquered Alta California they left behind the “El Camino Real” and a series of 21 missions, 4 presidios and 3 pueblos stretching from roughly the Mexican border to just north of San Francisco. La Misión de La Purísima Concepción de la Santísima Virgen María, or more commonly La Purisima Mission, […]

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