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About Me & My Family

We are a travel obsessed, outdoor loving, family of four living in Orange County, CA. I have six-year-old twins (a boy and a girl) and I try my best to expose them to as many new experiences as possible. We love hiking, beaches, and National Parks but we also enjoy some time by the pool at big resorts. I am the Editor in Chief of Trekaroo.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, independent, energetic, spontaneous, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Peru with Adventures by Disney! Such a dream trip.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Any National Park
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Any National Park
Favorite Vacation Memory
Climbing up the side of a mountain to Inspiration Point at Grand Teton National Park with my then two year old twins. It was something nobody thought our children could do and the view fro the top was incredible.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Forgetting the portable dvd player on the way home from Yosemite National Park after exploring the park all day. Tired and cranky children with no source of entertainment make for a very loud car.
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381 Reviews

January 03 2012
1 family found this helpful
MacDonald's Ranch | kids travel, kids activities
MacDonald's Ranch
26540 North Scottsdale Road ,
Arizona 85255
"Great place for your child's first ride"
Located in north Scottsdale, Mac Donald's Ranch’s 1300 acres of level Sonoran desert landscape are ideal for first time riders. My children recently went for their first real horseback ride here and had an incredible time.The ranch prides itself on its gentle horses and enthusiastic guides which help make any rider’s experience out on the trail an enjoyable one. The youngest riders, 5 year olds, do ride their own horses, but they are lead via rope by experienced employees on horseback. Although the horses know the trail so well they could probably walk it blindfolded and never stray, the rope helps children and their parents feel comfortable by having a trained professional cowboy lead the way.

My daughter fell in love with Sheik, her handsome white horse with a sweet disposition, and was incredibly charmed by Cowboy Mikey, the “silly” cowboy who kept her entertained the entire ride.My son loved riding Cloppy, who he determined was really a super hero horse in disguise, sent to the ranch to protect us In between laughs, Mikey pointed out a red-tailed hawk perched on top of a tree, bones left behind from the ranch’s cattle days, and a Saguaro cactus shaped like Vanna White (the similarities were uncanny!). My husband and I were just as entertained as the kids. After the one hour ride, we took time to visit the animals in the petting zoo, go for a run in the hay bale maze, and have our turn at some of the ranch games. My son was drawn to the lassos, and after seeing his unsuccessful attempts at trying to rope a mounted steer, a friendly ranch hand was happy to spend several minutes teaching him the tricks of the trade. Eventually, my boy not only roped the steer, but Daddy as well!

If you happen to be in Scottsdale during October, be sure to stop by the ranch for the pumpkin patch. Families climb aboard a wagon which takes them on a ride through the desert to a makeshift pumpkin patch. This is the busiest time of year for the ranch and while I have not had the pleasure, friends living in the area speak highly of it.

Disclosure: While working with the Scottsdale CVB to write stories about the region, my family received a complimentary horse back ride. Both the CVB and the ranch did not ask that any particular opinions be expressed and all opinions are my own.
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October 19 2011
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Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup - Disneyland | kids travel, kids activities
Big Thunder Ranch Halloween Roundup - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd,
"Cute little corner of Disney and fun place to meet Jessie and Woody!"
I have been to Disneyland dozens of times and it wasn't until our most recent visit that we headed back to Big Thunder Ranch. I always thought it was just a dining spot but in actuality, they have a nice little petting zoo with goats, a place to meet Woody and Jessie of Toy Story fame, and the iconic presidentially pardoned turkey! During Halloween the ranch is decked out in fall harvest style with some very cool carved pumpkins. Head on back here when you want a break from the madness, you won't be disappointed.
October 19 2011
0 families found this helpful
Haunted Mansion Holiday - Disneyland | kids travel, kids activities
Haunted Mansion Holiday - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd,
"Better than the original!"
My kids just love the Haunted Mansion Holiday. They find the regular Haunted Mansion to be pretty scary (they are 5) but the holiday mansion is just plain fun! The ride brings to life Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas and is filled with zany Halloween twists on Christmas traditions such as Christmas trees with Jack O'Lantern ornaments and presents covered in orange and black paper. We make a trek every year just to ride this ride during holiday time.
October 16 2011
1 family found this helpful
Sol Duc Falls | kids travel, kids activities
Sol Duc Falls
Olympic National Park,
Port Angeles,
"Beuatiful hike to a stunning waterfall"
Sol Duc Falls are the most photographed spot in all of Olympic National Park and once you see it for yourself, you will understand why. The hike is an easy 0.8 miles in each direction and features stunning forest and plenty of quaint little stream crossings along the way. My 4-year-olds and 60-year-old aunt had no problems along the way. Just before you reach the falls, you will come across an old shelter. It would be a nice spot to hang out during the forest's frequent rain storms. The cool thing about this fall is that it is viewed from a bridge parallel with the top of the waterfall. If you choose to extend the hike beyond the falls, the trail continues so enjoy!
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October 16 2011
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Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort Restaurant
12076 Sol Duc Hot Springs Road,
Port Angeles,
Washington 98363
"Great Pacific Northwest cuisine at the hot springs"
There are not many eating options at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. Actually, there is just one. Luckily the food is quite good!

The entrees for adults focused on Northwestern cuisine. My aunt chose the Ceasar salad with salmon which was excellent and had an amazing amount of salmon in it. I went for the cedar plank salmon which had a sweet caramelized exterior and perfectly cooked interior. It came with a side of veggies which made for a healthy dinner.

All the sit-down restaurants within Olympic National Park have the same menu for kids. For $7.00 kids get an entrée, drink, and scoop of ice cream. I ordered the pizza and it was large enough for my 4 year olds to share.
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