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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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October 28 2012
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Liliuokalani Park  | kids travel, kids activities
Liliuokalani Park
Banyan Drive,
Hawaii 96720
"Lovely suprise on the Hilo waterfront"
I stumbled upon Liliuokolani Park while staying at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. This waterfront park is home to Japanese gardens with bridges, water features, and wide variety of tropical plants. Banyan trees provide plenty of shade. Kids will enjoy running up and down the large bridge, watching the fish jump, and just getting the wiggles out. There is a bridge to a small island in Hlo Bay nearby. Sea turtles can often be seen feeding around the bridge. While in the park, be on the lookout for mongeese which can be seen scurrying about.
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October 28 2012
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Punaluu Black Sand Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Hwy 11,
Hawaii 96772
"Stunning black sand and sea turtles"
I want to give this beach five stars because it has amazing black sand and sea turtles are everywhere but I think this beach is probably not one that families will spend the day at because the sand is quite coarse and the swimming is not ideal. All that being said, I still feel this is a must-do, especially if you are heading to Volcanoes National Park.

The black sand beach is incredible and the sand doesn't stick to your skin, making post beach cleanup a breeze. There is a small concession stand on the beach where you can grab snacks and rent snorkel equipment (though I am not sure I would snrokel here). The sea turtles come right up on the beach to sun themselves, making for some amazing photo ops. Just make sure you keep 15 feet between you and the turtles. We saw several turtles swimming around along the rocky shore as well. The weather was quite windy when we were at the beach (I think this is common) so it wasn't ideal for sunbathing. I would plan to spend an hour at this special spot.

Good to know: Tour buses come here on their way to/from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, creating a slightly annoying atmosphere at times. Luckily, they are just there to hop out, take their pictures, and hop back on the bus so if you wait the out, the serenity will return to the beach.
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October 07 2012
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La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club | kids travel, kids activities
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Dr,
La Jolla, California
"Casual beachfront luxury worthy of becoming a family tradition "
La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (LJBTC) is an exclusive and private club whose members are amongst the most elite families in San Diego. Luckily, us regular folk still have the opportunity to experience the perks of belonging to an oceanfront club because the LJBTC is also a full service resort with 98 rooms (including 67 suites). My family spent a weekend this summer at the LJBTC and we had a marvelous time enjoying a casual beach vibe with all the perks of club life.


The La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club is located in La Jolla Shores directly on its own private beach. The setting is spectacular with gentle waves lapping at the sand and million dollar homes on the cliffs, and the famous La Jolla sea caves sharing the same cove. LJBTC is within walking distance to a variety of shops and restaurants.


Most of the rooms at LJBTC are suites varying from one to three bedrooms. My family stayed in a one bedroom oceanfront suite. Since the Club is actually on the sand, we simply had to open our windows and the sounds and sights of the ocean entered our room. I loved sleeping at night with the windows open, listening to the crash of the waves. Our suite featured a living room with pull out couch and television, bedroom with king bed and television as well as an iPod docking station, full bathroom with spa products, and kitchen with appliances and seating area. The decor was clean and contemporary but not as upscale as I would have expected from a beach club. I appreciated that there were some kitchen items stocked in the cupboards such as pots and plates but I did feel as though it felt quite bare bones and a few more basics could have been added. Nevertheless, it was so nice to have a full kitchen and we made good use of it during our stay.


Every day, club emloyees set out colorful (and complimentary) beach umbrellas and chairs for guests. I suggest heading down in the morning and securing your sot for the day. Beach staff will assist you with menus, towels, etc. Our little umbrella/chair set up served as home base all day long. I loved being able to sit in my chair and have my children playing just a few feet in front of me on the sand or in the gentle waves. The beach was sand crab central which resulted in hours of entertainment for my kids. Complimentary sand toys are available for check out along with beach tennis, volleyball, and bocce ball equipment. Kayaking and snorkeling are very popular and equipment can be rented from nearby outfitters located within walking distance.


The resort has 12 tennis courts and guests can reserve courts, check out equipment, or take lessons. My kids took a tennnis lesson from one of the resort's pros and I was thuroughly impressed. The instructor was fantastic with children, keeping them laughing and entertained while giving them actual instruction that they could use to improve their skills. Both of my children walked away huge fans of tennis, including my daughter who has showed zero interest in anything with a ball. Our experience at the resort lead us to take lesson at our own club back home.


The Club has a large outdoor heated pool (which is kept at a lovely 83 degrees), small kiddie pool, fitness center, massage services, 9-hole par three golf course, and a playground. My son reminded me several times about how disappointed he was that I left his clubs at home. Don't let this happen to you!


There is a fabulous restaurant at LJBTC with massive windows that seem to bring the ocean into the room and food worth writing home about. It is called the Marine Room. Don't bring your kids here. If your kids are old enough, leave them in the room and have a romantic dinner with your spouse. If you will be dining with your children, I recommend heading down the sand to the La Jolla Shores Hotel (a sister property) and eating at their restaurant. For breakfast, check out club dining. We ate breakfast on the patio by the pool and really enjoyed our meals. My huevos rancheros were the best I have ever had.


The highlight of our stay was the night we participated in the Beach Barbeque tradition. For just $25, guests can rent a barbeque, table, and 10 chairs. The barbeque includes charcoal, and utensils. Club staff light the barbeques for you and set up your tables directly on the sand alongside several other families. The setting is nothing short of perfect. You have the option of either bringing in your own food or purchasing food from a Beach Shopping List. We selected kabobs, swordfish, halibut, and a salad. Everything was already seasoned. All we had to do was grill it and sip some wine as the kids played in the sand. After dinner, we made s'mores on the sand and watched the sunset. Sigh. I want to go back.

Bottomline: I love that this resort is truly right on the sand and the the ammenities, especially the beach barbeque, can't be beat. La Jolla is such a great family destination and La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club is a fantastic place to call home for a few days. It is no wonder families come back year after year.

Disclosure: My family was invited to stay at La Jolla beach and Tennis Club as a media visit in order to complete an unbiased review. Their hospitality was wonderful but all opinions are my own.
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September 30 2012
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Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy - Disneyland | kids travel, kids activities
Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd,
"Really fun but good for kids that don't scare easily"
My kids recently turned six and with this new, more mature age, my daughter has suddenly decided she is brave enough to ride everything Disneyland can throw at her, including Space Mountain. Neither of my children have been on the original Space Mountain so they had no previous context to base the scarier version on. I had never been on the Ghost Galaxy version so I had no idea of what I was getting into. The skeleton monster on the ride was actually quite scary and as we were whipping around on the roller coaster, I was fully expecting my kids to get off the ride crying. Turns out, they actually loved the ride! I guess the take home message is, be aware that the ride is scary and use your best judgement when it comes to taking your own kids on this ride. If they spook easily, skip it but if they suddenly develop a brave streak, go for it!
September 09 2012
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Santa Monica State Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Beach,
Santa Monica,
"Crowded but classicly Southern California"
I have to imagine that more tourists visit Snata Monica beach than any other beach. It is on either side of the Santa Monica Pier, a classic tourist attraction and one of the most easily accesible beaches in LA. The sand is wide and surf is always breaking. I typically avoid this beach unless I am taking an out of towner who has a big desire to see Santa Monica. One fun thing to do at this beach is visit the original Muscle Beach area which has some fun excercise equipment right on the sand such as rings and bars. The original Hot Dog on a Stick is right on the beach as well so don't miss out!
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