mcfam's Passport


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27 May 2010

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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
Point Magu State Beach
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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717 Reviews

June 18 2016
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Balboa Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Balboa Beach
Balboa Peninsula,
Newport Beach,
"Wide sand stretch and boardwalk"
Balboa Beach is one of the more beautiful beaches in SoCal that has great parking. A large parking lot is located right at the base of the pier with all day parking fees. From there, it's a short walk to the water.

Parking in the neighborhoods is also an option - which is free. It can be tough to find a spot during holidays or weekends - plus the stretch of sand from the street to the water seems a mile away at times.

Waves can be strong with shore break - which is why surfers love this area. Walking on the pier, riding skates, scooters, or bikes on the cement board walk is a blast, or heading over to the Balboa FunZone is a great way to spend the day.

Ruby's Diner is at the end of Balboa Pier with inside dining or outside take out.

Bonfire pits are located at the south end and are easy to snag on a weekday. If you want one on the weekend, be prepared to stake out a spot early in the morning because they go quickly and are saved during the day.

Perfect SoCal beach!
May 25 2016
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Montana de Oro State Park | kids travel, kids activities
Montana de Oro State Park
3550 Pecho Valley Rd,
Morro Bay,
"A beautiful must-visit section of the CA coast!"
We took the bluff trail with my parents who were the ones who recommended it. They usually let us tell them what is great - but this time they wanted to brave a hike, and it was do-able for them. The trail left near the nature center (definitely a great stop!) and was mostly flat.

We enjoyed the incredible views of the ragged coast, the drop offs, sea gulls, flowers, and kayakers off the coast.

When we came across a set of stairs down to a beach we had to take them. We found a perfect small cove with sand, rocks, and great tide pools to explore. Perfect day trip!
May 20 2016
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Morro Bay State Park Campground | kids travel, kids activities
Morro Bay State Park Campground
Morro Bay State Park,
Morro Bay, California
"Quiet campground- limited bay view- not too windy"
This was a great campsite for our week during spring break. We tent camped on a very tiny site- most were very small- but we liked it just fine! We were directly across the way from the bathrooms which were individual rooms with electricity, flush toilets, sinks, and mirrors. They were clean and that was great. There were also coin showers which were clean and had good hot water- a must!

Most of the campsites were flat and didn't have a ton of room- but most were filled with RVs. Because we were in a grove of eucalyptus trees, there wasn't much wind off of the ocean. Lots of bird noises tho!

There was a picnic table, fire pit, and a wooden box to hold food and supplies. It could be locked with your own padlock.

We will return to this campsite- it was great!
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May 20 2016
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Jean Bonnet Tavern | kids travel, kids activities
Jean Bonnet Tavern
6048 Lincoln Highway,
"Historic building/ delicious food!"
Stepping into the tavern felt like a step back in time. I could smell the history in the bricks, wood beams, and old fireplace. There wasn't much room/no lobby in that entryway, so thankfully we were seated at a large table quickly.

A variety of orders were taken- mine being a delicious crab and corn chowder which I devoured. The sweet potato fries were crispy, but sweet with sugar sprinkles and a sweet dipping sauce. I was wishing for salt! Crab cakes, healthy salads, french dip, and burgers were ordered and everyone loved their food. Great service as well!
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May 20 2016
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Urbana District Park | kids travel, kids activities
Urbana District Park
3805 Urbana Pike,
Maryland 21704
"Solid choice for a park"
This is a solid choice for a park with a very large open space, several new playgrounds, and clean restrooms.

We spent several hours playing on the play structure and picnicking at the tables. It was all clean and very nice. Perfect choice for an outing or a place to stretch kids legs on a road trip.
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