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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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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September 08 2014
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BreckConnect Gondola | kids travel, kids activities
BreckConnect Gondola
170 Watson Avenue,
"Free gondola ride!"
The gondolas were one of the first things we saw when driving into Breckenridge (besides the breathtaking mountains.) When I read on the GoBreck website that they were free to ride in the summer, we were sold! Yes, free! And free parking too!

The parking lot was easy to find and quite empty. We walked right up to the gondola loading area and were greeted kindly, then stepped in. They don't stop moving but they move slowly in the loading area. Our family of 6 fit easily with a bit of room to spare.

It was about a 20 minute ride up to the top, which is the base of operations for Peak 8. The one downside is that this is the location of the Summer Fun Park... which my kids really wanted to do. It's hard to just ride the gondola and then see the alpine slide, climbing wall, maze, and more, and tell them... nope! But that's what we did because the Summer Fun Park was incredibly expensive, and because we had plans that afternoon to go to the Washington Gold & Silver Mine.

The ride back down was pleasant and we loved looking at the view as we rode. Well worth the trip!
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September 08 2014
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Fatty's Pizzeria | kids travel, kids activities
Fatty's Pizzeria
106 South Ridge Street,
"Yummy pizza, fun atmosphere"
They say that locals eat lunch here at Fatty's and it did seem like people were meeting up with friends and coworkers to grab a bite. The atmosphere was friendly and like a sports bar with TVs everywhere tuned to a game and jerseys hung on the walls.

Our kids are simple cheese pizza type kids and a one-topping large was an economical choice for us... and the 4 kids and dad were almost satisfied. We bought one more slice. I enjoyed the hearty and flavorful beef barley soup, but I could have had a bit more (the bowl was the largest size.)
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