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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
A houseboating adventure on Lake Powell.
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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November 24 2012
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"it's a small world" Holiday - Disneyland | kids travel, kids activities
"it's a small world" Holiday - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd,
"Bring on the singing holiday dolls!"
There was a time in my life when I couldn't be paid to get on oneof those slow moving boats and listen to the continuous singing on the rides namesake song. That was until I had kids and watched my daughter's eyes grow like saucers as she squealed and pointed at nearly every dancing dolly in the building. Now I love the ride and look forward to the time of year when the music changes and the dolls get a holiday makeover. If you haven't braved the ride in a while, try it for the holidays.
November 06 2012
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Waipio Naalapa Trail Rides | kids travel, kids activities
Waipio Naalapa Trail Rides
P.O. Box 437185,
Hawaii 96743
"An amazing ride through paradise"
The Waipio Valley is was once the most populated place in all the Hawaiian Islands. At that time, the isolated valley was only accessible by sea due to the steeps mountains that surround it on three sides. King Kamehameha called the valley home because it was secure and the fertile ground was ideal for growing crops, especially taro. These days, the Hawaiian monarchy is long gone but the valley is just as majestic and beautiful as it was centuries ago.

The only way to access the valley is via an incredibly steep road (the most steep paved road in all of North America) and since most of the valley is private, it is recommended that you explore it with a tour. We chose the Na'alapa Trail Rides because we love to ride horses. We met our guides at a little art shop in the town at the top of the hill. About a dozen of us loaded up in a four wheel drive van which was driven by a woman who grew up in Waipio Valley and learned to drive on the super steep road. The ride down was not as scary as some folks online had made it out to be. I suppose nothing is too frightening after the bus ride we took up to Macchu Picchu! The views were incredible. We saw the Waipio Bay's black sand beach and several different waterfalls plunging over the steep mountain cliffs into the valley below.

Once we reached the stables, we were all fitted with our horses, given safety instructions, and began to follow our guides up a creek and deeper into the valley. I had never ridden horses into water before, so that was a bonus to our experience. The smell of guava was thick in the air and as we passed taro patches, we caught glimpses of wild horses which were descendants from stock abandoned during a tsunami in the 1940s.

Our guides were happy to answer questions, share stories about life growing up in the valley (there were a couple years where they had to walk up the steep mountain every day just to go to school!), and educated us on the flora and fauna of the valley. Our tour (which is normally fully booked) had three open spots so a couple local kids joined us, adding to the experience. I loved asking them questions about their lives and answering questions about life on the Mainland for them.

Good to know: Though the horses never really go faster than a slow trail walk, this ride is for kids 8 and older. Those with experience should call because they may let the younger kids with experience go. As long as your child is comfortable on horses, I don't really see any reason why you shouldn't go. There were several first timers on our tour, including a few people who didn't really seem to understand English.

Tips: Bring a bottle of water down in to the valley with you. Use the restroom at the art store because there are no bathrooms for you to use in the valley. Spray yourself with bug spray before your ride. It is very humid and the bugs are out. Don't forget your camera!Expect to be gone about 2.5 hours. Tip your guides.

Bottom line: This was my favorite thing I did while on the Big Island. I highly recommend it!
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November 03 2012
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Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park | kids travel, kids activities
Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park
Hamakua Coast,
Hawaii 96764
"A nice place to stretch your legs and enjoy the beauty of the Hamakua Coast"
Most of the Hamakua Coastline on Hawaii's lush and rainy side is rocky cliff. Hawaii is the youngets of the Hawaiian islands and hasn't had much time to develop sandy beaches. Laupahoehoe Point is a nice place to stretch your legs, have a picnic and enjoy the beauty of the coastline. There is no beach persay, and the water is pretty rough with the exception of the dock area, so don't expect to be doing too much swimming here. But if you want a nice place to give the kids a break from the car and take in the scenery, look no further.
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October 28 2012
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UmaUma Experience | kids travel, kids activities
UmaUma Experience
Old Mamalahoa Hwy,
Hawaii 96710
"Beautiful falls. Just wish we didn't have to pay to see them. "
The UmaUma Experience is popular with zip liners. I love zip lining but we were short on time and cash so we just wanted to see the falls. They do allow folks to view the falls and stroll the gardens without zip lining, but the cost is $10 per person. The falls are breathtaking and I am glad my husband and I saw them, but I am not so sure I would have paid $10 for a small child to view the falls. Beside the falls, there is a short river walk and a Garden of Peace included in your admission fee. Expect to spend about 30 minutes here. Or bring a picnic and take your time, enjoy the views.
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October 28 2012
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Akaka Falls State Park | kids travel, kids activities
Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls Road ,
"Gorgeous waterfall in paradise"
I decied I had to go to 'Akaka Falls after watching a Go Hawaii commercial featuring the falls. It just looked magical. You can actually see the falls off in the distance from the parking area. This is nice for people with limited mobility because the trail to the overlook is not wheelchair accessible. If you are able bodied, getting to this waterfall is easy. You basically follow a paved path which includes a series of stair cases to the viewing area. If you go counterclockwise, the trip is easier and includes a nice walk through the jungle. There is an overlook to another falls which is far away and sort of off to the side. It is worth a peak but not much else. The exciting moment is when you turn a corner and the falls come into view as you head down a staircase. It is that magical moment from the commercials.

The bummer is that you actually don't get all that close to the falls. I was thinking we would be able to walk to the base but in actuality, you are about half way up the falls and on a fenced cliff across from the waterfall's pool. Don't get me wrong. It is beautiful. I was just hoping to get much closer. I also would have appreciated a more natural path but I suppose the pave it because of all the rain. I suppose this does make it safer for children as well. I guess I just like my nature more natural.

Bottomline: The falls are beautiful and not to be missed. I just think I had romanticized them in my head more than I should have. Young children will be easier to manage in carriers. Kids as old as 3 or 4 should easily be able to handle this short hike with a little encouragement.
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