We didn’t leave from Seattle when we “popped over” to visit the San Juan Islands. And we weren’t just taking in the needs of our little family of four. No! We drove all the way from Southern California on an epic multi-week camping adventure set to culminate by connecting with Montana friends to see orcas in […]
Planning trips and going new places keeps me sane. I don't need to tally up countries as a world traveller. I kinda want to leave some adventures for my kids to discover on their own when they are grown.
However, I'm happy driving an hour away or even 5 hours or 20 hours over multiple weeks! When we hop on a plane it's to places like Yellowstone, Alaska, Europe or across the county.
Don't you think that looking forward to and planning your next adventure -- far or near -- makes your day-to-day more enjoyable. It does for me!
First of all, if you DO happen to have a 4th grader — you can find out all you need to know about how to get your family into U.S. national parks for free through the Every Kid in a Park program. It’s pretty cool to set a goal to visit as many parks as […]
Thinking of visiting San Diego with kids? It’s one of our favorite destinations! The hardest part is trying to decide what we should do while we’re there. I keep a list of family activities under $100 which I present to the kids when we’re ready to hit the road. I let them choose from a full list of […]
Drive Time: About 1 hour from Irvine Weather: Frosty mornings in the winter, but it can be triple digits during summer. (Recommend this as a winter trip!) Stay: Rancho Bernardo Inn in Rancho Bernardo (Disclosure: Rancho Bernardo Inn graciously extended us a reduced media rate for our one-night stay. All opinions are my own.) Eat: On our first family trip […]
Wondering about family activities for your #VenturaHarbor weekend trip? Ventura Harbor Village and the surrounding area is a year-round destination that provides just the right balance between relaxation and exploration. You can experience adventurous day trips from here – or you can set up at the beach and watch the boats come into the harbor. Ventura also happens to […]
While our 2012 summer road trip was highlighted by stops at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and Lava Beds National Monument, there were other pit stop adventures along the way. Here are some of our favorites: Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, CA) My oldest had been looking forward to crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for months. We had hoped […]
If you only had a year in California, what are the top five places to go with your family before you move away? My criteria? Mostly that it needs to be signature California. Something you can’t experience anywhere else. I’m also pretending that you will NEVER be back in California. You have one chance to see […]
I love Yosemite in the off-season! There’s no reason to wait until you can make a “big trip” there – go the next chance you get (outside of the summer season). I’m going to tell you how to see Yosemite in one weekend. We left at 1pm on Friday and got back at 8pm […]