mcfam's Passport


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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.
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583 Reviews

September 21 2014
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Sycamore Canyon Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Sycamore Canyon Beach
9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway,
"Beautiful beach"
This was the closest beach to our campground at Point Mugu State Park (Sycamore Canyon Campground) and we enjoyed it. We walked to it the first day but the access point was down a dry river wash (steep dirt hill) and under the freeway. The second day we drove across Hwy 1 and parked in the day use parking area.

The beach was not huge (1 mile total length?) and was not crowded at all on a week-day in August. The shore break was not steep but there was a sandbar and steep drop off that was a bit tricky for our 11 & 13 year olds. They loved body surfing and boogie boarding. The second day we found more rocks at the shore break but it wasn't a problem.

We really loved this beach and would pick it to return to!
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September 21 2014
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Point Mugu State Park - Campgrounds | kids travel, kids activities
Point Mugu State Park - Campgrounds
9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway,
Malibu, California
"Campground nice; bathrooms horrible"
Despite the beautiful sycamore trees and the close access to a great beach, the bathroom situation is what compels me to write a poor review on this campground.

We camped in the site farthest from the beach (near the Sycamore Trail Head) and loved the huge sycamore trees. The hillsides surrounding us were obviously hit by a fire within the past few years and many of the bushes and trees were dark. Once the rains come again to CA, it should perk up and look green again. The campsite was clean, there was a metal fence around the backside (which was great for hanging things on) and the kids had a lot of space to roam around.

There were about 3 sets of bathrooms for the whole campground which does seem like enough. They were unisex, single-stall bathrooms, which I personally don't like. The problem was that within 1 hour of the maintenance personnel cleaning them in the morning (around 9 am) 2 out of the 3 stalls became clogged. And terribly clogged, btw. Unusable. I reported it to the ranger at the front station at 10 am. When we returned from our time at the beach for dinner (around 5pm) they were still clogged. We walked to the ranger station again around 8pm and she gave me such an "I don't care" attitude that really made me feel angry. I explained that there were about 50 people in that section of the campground, including 20+ young kids and was very frustrated that we had to use 1 stall when it could have been taken care of during the day. She said that they called maintenance in the morning but they just didn't come out that day and we would have to wait until the morning. When I asked to talk to her supervisor, she said that her supervisor was a ranger who only answered emergency calls and not ones due to bathroom problems. (all due to CA budget cuts, apparently.)

In the morning, the cleaning/maintenance crew came again and fixed the situation, and I happened to be there at the time when the storage door was unlocked and opened and I saw at least 5 plungers sitting there. Another frustration. We would have loved to have a plunger available to fix it ourselves at the least the night before.

Despite the grossness of the bathrooms, we did enjoy our camping stay. We liked having a short (½ mile) walk to the beach, and the sycamore trees made for a beautiful spot to camp.
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September 14 2014
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Exposition Park Area | kids travel, kids activities
Exposition Park Area
3980 Bill Robertson Ln,
Los Angeles,
California 90007
We finally explored outside of the CA Science Center on our most recent visit. The kids saw the big fountain in the Rose Garden while we were eating outside and wanted to see it.

The fountain was beautiful and fun to take pictures next to. Nowadays, a fountain like that would let kids splash in and play in it, but not this one. The roses were beautiful but it was a much too hot day to explore much.

Since it was a Saturday, there were cotton candy, chips, and ice cream vendors at the entrance to the fountain, which was distracting. And frustrating when the kids were asking for things. But they were not obnoxious and it was fine. Maybe on our next visit we can explore even more of the park.
September 14 2014
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All American Diner | kids travel, kids activities
All American Diner
501 S. Main Street,
Cedar City,
This diner hit the spot at the end of the day of a road trip. Yummy breakfast burritos for the kids and the best chicken noodle soup I had ever tasted.

The outside of this diner didn't have much to recommend it. I'm not even sure if the lights in the parking lot were on. Just a red brick building with windows. But inside, it was like stepping into a very comfortable and homey restaurant. Booths everywhere with friendly staff and patriotic US decorations.

There was a sign that said the booths were in the process of being redone, and it was apparent that they needed it with some rips and tears. I didn't mind that, but the window blinds by our big round booth in the corner was dirty and spotted with old food and spills. That was unappealing.

Service was great and friendly. The waitress was cracking jokes with our kids and they had fun ordering just to their liking.

The chicken noodle soup was incredibly tasty and was like perfection to me. At first look, it appeared to have long strips of green peppers in it, but I soon found out they were tasty green beans. The soup was fresh and homemade and delicious. We would definitely eat there again on our next road trip!
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September 14 2014
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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Cedar City | kids travel, kids activities
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Cedar City
1477 S Old Highway 91,
Cedar City, Utah
"Not a suite"
Once again, these were not true suites. The room we were given was a large room with a sitting area, mini kitchen area (microwave, coffeemaker, sink, mini fridge), and a bedroom area. There were no walls or closing doors between rooms.

Even more disappointing than the fact that it wasn't a true suite, was that there was 1 TV. And situated in such a way that it could be shifted to be seen from the couch vs. from the bed.

On the positive side, staying here was a very economical way for our family of 6 to stay in. On our road trip to Colorado, and for a one night stop weekday, it was less than $100.

The indoor pool was very small and the room smelled strongly of chlorine, but it was a good place for our kiddos to expend some energy after a day on the road.

The morning breakfast (complimentary) was a good spread with typical fare. There was a hostess there that was incredibly friendly to our kids and brought them things to color and do to learn about the canyons of Utah.

Overall a good place to stay. In fact, we stayed there on our way back from our road trip which says a lot.
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