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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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410 Reviews

May 21 2012
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Haleakala National Park | kids travel, kids activities
Haleakala National Park
Haleakala Crater Road,
"Watch the sunrise and then bike down the volcano"
The sunrise atop Haleakala is the most beautiful I have ever seen. Billowy clouds sat below the peak, reflecting oranges, pink, reds, and purples. We could see the Big Island in the distance and as the sun came up, suddenly the chilly temperatures didn't seem like much of a bother.

After the sunrise, we had a guide drive us down just past the park entry (You are no longer allowed to ride bikes inside park boundaries) and cruised downthe volcano as the sun began to warm up the island. The views were unforgettable. If you have tweens or teens, I highly recommend this experience. It is all downhill and you will be using your breaks instead of your pedals almost the entire way.
May 15 2012
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Lazy Dog Cafe | kids travel, kids activities
Lazy Dog Cafe
13290 Jamboree Road,
"Every member of the family will be asking to return!"
It is always nice to find a restaurant with good food and an ambiance that is kid-friendly but not designed specifically for kids. Someplace that I feel comfortable taking company, having a girl's night out, or brunch as a family. Recently my family was invited to come check out the Lazy Dog Cafe in Irvine and was happy to add the restaurant to our go-to list of restaurants.

The ambiance inside the restaurant is casual with cute nods to its canine namesake. An outdoor patio features a fireplace and heat lamps for when things get chilly when the evening coastal clouds roll in. My family sprawled out in a comfortable booth as we perused the new brunch menu. The kids were sold as soon as they discovered the bone shaped pancakes (only $3.95!) but I had a hard time choosing between the Mediterranean omelette and the breakfast Chimichanga. In an effort to be a bit more health conscious, I went with the omelette filled with red peppers, olives, sauteed mushroos, sundried tomatoes, and sprinkled with feta. Good choice indeed! My husband was in the mood for grilled cheese and decided to order off the regular lunch menu. He gives the sandwich two thumbs up. If I were in a more festive mood I would have had either a $5 mimosa or "hair of the dog" bloody Mary.

I really appreciate the childrens menu because it not only features healthy options such as grilled chicken breast, apple slices, and steamed edamame, it also had options geared to children under 8 as well as children under 12. This allows parents to choose a proper portion for their child and save a couple bucks if their children are light eaters. Next time we come for dinner I will probably have my kids pick a side and share main dish.

I want to come back in the evening to enjoy a flight of the Lazy Dog's own microbrews. I was happy to see both Amercian and Belgium Hefeweizens on the menu as well as lagers, porters, and IPAs. Dinner menu options include pizza, pasta, burgers, chicken, seafood, and wok-fired dishes and are priced very reasonably between $8 and $15.

My kids were thrilled to end their meals by making their own dog collars out of red rope licorice and fruit loops. Such a simple but smart idea!

Overall, I give this spot two paws up. The atmosphere was fun without being over the top or cheesy, the food was quite good, the kids menu was diverse, and the prices were very reasonable. Besides the Irvine location, there are also Lazy Dog Cafes in Cerritos, Westminister, Orange, Temecula, Thousand Oaks, Torrance,Valencia, West Covina, and Rancho Cucamonga.

Disclosure: My family received a complimentary brunch in order to write an unbiased review of Lazy Dog Cafe. What can I say, we loved it!
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May 08 2012
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Pizza Factory
1102 Water Street,
Port Townsend,
"Good pizza and a casual atmosphere"
If you are strolling the streets of Port Townsend and looking for a family-friendly spot to eat, you can't go wrong with Pizza Factory. Their pizza menu is varied, the sauce is great, and the atmosphere is super casual. My family would definitely eat here again.
May 08 2012
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Ajax Cafe | kids travel, kids activities
Ajax Cafe
21 Water Street,
Port Hadlock,
"Hats, hats everywhere... and great food to boot!"
The Ajax Cafe in Port Hadlock, near Port Townsend, combines food and fun in such a wonderful way. My kids loved that the restaurant was covered in wall to wall hats and that they had free reign to try on as many as they possibly could. It got us all into a silly mood and kept the kids entertained so we could actually enjoy our meal. The food was wonderful. I ordered an entire plate of local clams in a tomato cream sauce that was divine.I am salivating just thinking about them. There is a children's menu available which features local favorites as well as traditional kids meal fare.This is THE place to eat if you are in the area. Make a point of it. Also, be aware that it can be crowded during the busy summer season so plan accordingly.
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May 08 2012
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Fort Worden | kids travel, kids activities
Fort Worden
200 Battery Way ,
Port Townsend,
"A fun place to explore for the day"
If your kids think the exploring old military bunkers, playing on the beach, and watching wildlife all sound like fun than a visit to Fort Worden is definitely in order. This former military installation is now a popular spot for families to come to stay for a week, weekend, or just the day. Old military barracks and officer's quarters have been transformed into lodging (which is quite popular and books up early) but those staying the Port Townsend area will still find Fort Worden to be an ideal place to spend the day.

My kids could have literally spent all day playing army inside the old concrete bunkers. They loved exploring the dark depths and discovering secret hiding spots,climbing up ladders, down stairs, and behind old gunner stations. I have to admit that it didn't take my long to get into the spirit of the game as well. There are a couple different bunkers, including one which involves a half mile hike or bike ride through the forest to reach,but the day we visited that bunker was closed due a bald eagle nesting.My kids were sad that they couldn't explore yet another bunker but we very excited to discover a juvenile bald eagle sitting in its massive nest, waiting for mom to return with lunch.

There are a few different places to grab food on Fort Worden, including a small food stand with darn good chili. The beaches aren't exactly what us Southern California locals are used to but they are quite beautiful and still great for exploring.

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