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27 May 2010

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About Me & My Family

My husband and I have 4 kids... 3 boys and then our girl. We homeschool them all and travel when possible. We just started letterboxing and are finding ourselves a little obsessed with it.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
White Stallion Guest Ranch in Arizona
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Camping in Kings Canyon or Yosemite
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Redwoods in Northern California
Favorite Vacation Memory
Walking the meadows of Yosemite with my family. The quiet, the sparkling water, the rustling grasses, and a dip in the river made for an amazing day.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Anytime throw up is involved. Especially when one kid triggers another. And when we are in the car. And when they choose to use the box that is holding all their library books and toys.
Websites I Like:
www.atlasquest.com

Historic State Parks in Los Angeles, CA

A lot of local history can be found and discovered by families in Los Angeles County.  Here are several state historic parks that are open as of June 2012.  Several may not remain open due to state budget cuts, so check websites for up-to-date details.


15701 East Ave. M
Lancaster, California

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Visit this museum housed in an historic chalet to learn about the American Indians of the Southwest and California. Open weekends.


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Fort Tejon State Historic Park
Lebec, California

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Living history days take place on the first Saturday of each month. Visit historic adobes, the museum, or the beautiful grounds with 400 year old oak trees.

reviewed on: August 31 2013

"Great pit stop"
I'm always looking for places for my kids to stretch their legs on our trips between SoCal and Fresno. Besides a McDonald's Playland, there isn't much. So when I decided to stop at Fort Tejon (we've seen the signs hundreds of times), we were delighted!

A tree lined creek was the first thing we crossed before we saw the C grade bathrooms. Then past that is a very small museum, little flyers, and then a big open field beyond. There is a recommended donation box which we stuck our dollar bills in and then we explored the grounds.

There is a 1/2 mile loop with old adobe buildings to explore. We climbed up into the barracks and saw displays of old uniforms, living materials, and more. The windows were inset in the foot thick walls and it was fun to see how old it all was. My kids got a kick out of the "army men" (mannequins) watching them from some windows.  We continued on our loop, enjoyed the Captain's quarters, took turns behind bars (wooden doors) in the prison, and then went back to the car. It was a perfect way to break up the trip and get some exercise in a beautiful valley in the mountains.

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1245 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, California

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The culture and heritage of Los Angeles is celebrated in this park with a view of the downtown skyline. Visitors can walk, hike, picnic, or fly a kite. Open daily.


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16756 Moorpark St.
Encino, California

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A 5 acre park with a natural spring that feeds a duck pond. The De La Ossa adobe onsite can be toured free by appointment.


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6003 Pioneer Boulevard
Whittier, California

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Picnic and view the historic adobe of Pio Pico, one of the first governors of California.


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1765 East 107th Street
Los Angeles, California

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A towering work of art created by an Italian immigrant to celebrate the spirit of individuals who make their dreams come true. Tours offered Thurs-Sun. Several festivals held annually.


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1501 Will Rogers Park Road
Pacific Palisades, California

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Visit the ranch, buildings, and history of Will Roger's home.


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10200 Larwin Avenue
Chatsworth, California

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Walk the trails through the dry mountainous passes once used by Native Americans and stagecoaches.