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About Me & My Family

I’m a single mom with a 4 yr old boy. My two passions are traveling and raising my son. I love being a mom; there’s no place I’d rather be then with my son. I work full time and love to exercise.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, cautious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, sophisticated, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Cancun
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Carmel, CA
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Petite St. Vincent
Favorite Vacation Memory
Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Manhattan Beach, Cancun, Maui.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
I’ll never forget flying home from Honolulu with my 1.6 month old son on Delta. The plane did not have milk for the flight and even though I boarded early, not one person thought to inform me that the plane was not stocked with milk. My son was still drinking from a bottle at this time and freaked out over having to go 5 hours without a bottle. This old cranky lady behind me was loudly complaining the whole flight about how she was tired of hearing my son cry (as if I wasn’t.) I wanted to scream (but did not) at every employee on the plane for not informing me the plane was out of milk until we were up in the air.
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Free California National Parks in honor of MLK weekend

This weekend, all national parks are offering free admission in honor of MLK weekend. Additionally, many other public lands, including National forests, fish and wildlife refuges are doing the same!

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1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, California

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A little south of the Lighthouse is the Whale Overlook. This vantage point offers pleasant views of the Pacific Ocean and the New Point Loma Lighthouse. Whales are often seen from here in January and February.


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CA-190
Death Valley, California

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Tours of Scotty's Castle are available year-round. Winter requires warmer clothing and light to medium jackets.


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74485 National Park Dr
Twentynine Palms, California

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A ranger program will add enjoyment and understanding to your visit. Or, call ahead and reserve a spot on the popular Keys Ranch guided walking tour. Winter brings cooler days.


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Lassen Peak Highway (Hwy 89)
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

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Lassen Film Festival Saturday, January 14 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center Southwest Entrance. Join in for this free event celebrating Lassen Volcanic National Park and outdoor recreation through film. Entrance to the park is also free for the weekend in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


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Lava Beds National Monument
Hill Road Tulelake, California

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One of the most exciting things to do at the Lava Beds is to visit lava tube caves.


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Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, California

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The park's award-winning trails are recognized for their accessibility, providing visitors with an easy walk on paved trails or boardwalks through the Woods.


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Pinnacles National Monument
Paicines, California

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There are two talus caves at Pinnacles: the Bear Gulch Cave is closer to the east parking areas, and the Balconies Cave is closer to the west entrance. Check the status of the caves before you plan your visit.


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47050 Generals Highway
Sequoia National Park, California

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If you have only a few hours: Entering via Hwy 198: Stop in Ash Mountain at the Foothills Visitor Center to learn about California's fascinating and diverse oak chaparral ecology. (In all of North America, only the Central American rainforest has a richer array of plants and animals than California oak chaparral.) Stop at the Museum in Giant Forest. From the main parking lot, walk down to the General Sherman Tree, the largest, single-trunked living tree on earth. Allow 20 minutes each way for the walk to the tree plus your time there. Entering via Hwy 180: Stop in Grant Grove Village at the newly-redesigned Kings Canyon Visitor Center and see the orientation film. See the General Grant Tree in Grant Grove (allow 20 minutes to walk the loop) or the General Sherman Tree in Giant Forest. Stop at the Museum in Giant Forest.

reviewed on: April 03 2013

"All Uphill on the Way Back"
A shaded, paved path in Sequoia National Park leads to General Sherman, the largest living tree in the world. The path is stroller friendly and I’d guess about ½ a mile from the parking lot to the tree. On the way to General Sherman, the walk is all downhill. On the way back it’s all uphill. While I had no problems with the return walk, my 3 girls needed to sit down and take a small break—ages 9, 10, and 11.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, maybe a tree the size of Texas, but I was a little underwhelmed. Still, I’d totally recommend visiting the tree to anyone because A) it's great exercise and B) it’s famous.

There are a few trails around General Sherman Tree that I did not get to explore because my youngest son was napping in the car. I look forward to returning and someday hiking the trails.

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Public Information Office
PO Box 577 Yosemite National Park, California

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During winter, you may or may not find snow on the floor of Yosemite Valley, but Yosemite Falls is nearly always flowing at least a little.

reviewed on: May 07 2013

"Lives up to the Hype"
Yosemite National Park is full of activities for every member of the family. Whether you're traveling with toddlers or teenagers, there's a wide variety of fun to be had. Ideally, give your family two full days to explore the park. There’s so much to see and enjoy.

I visited with four children ranging from ages 4 to 11. We enjoyed Bridalveil Falls, the walk to Mirror Lake, Curry Village, and riding the free shuttle around the park. Sadly, we were only at the park for one day, but in that one day I discovered why everyone raves about Yosemite and have vowed to visit again within the next 12 months. I’d really like to stay in the park the next time I return. Getting in and out of the park is a lot of driving.

From Sacramento, Yosemite is about 4 to 4.5 hours away. If you're looking for a place to overnight before heading into the park, Tenaya Lodge is close to the south entrance and is a beautiful family-friendly resort. The Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway in Oakhurst is also a beautiful little resting spot you’ll be happy to check into.

TIPS:
When it's time to go, try to leave Yosemite before it gets dark. The winding road in and out of the park takes about 1.5 hours, even longer when it’s pitch black outside.  Plus at night there is the potential of animals darting out across the roads—we saw what I think was foxes!  Also, it’s probably not a bad idea to bring motion sickness meds for those who might get car sick.

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14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Highway 299 & J.F. Kennedy Memorial Drive Whiskeytown, California

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You can visit shaded picnic areas, or the Camden House Historic District to learn about how the area played a part during the Gold Rush era. Hike to waterfalls, old-growth forests, or drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle to the summit of Shasta Bally.