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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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September 21 2016
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Half Dome Village | kids travel, kids activities
Half Dome Village
9010 Curry Village Drive,
Yosemite National Park, California
"Not sound proof"
I'm sure we frustrated our neighboring cabins immensely as we were a cabin of moms on vacation, talking loudly til 10pm - the official quiet hours. We got a knock on our door to ask us to be quiet. I knew any neighbors with kids trying to sleep were probably quite irritated. I'm guessing this probably happens frequently with these tents with canvas walls set about 1 foot apart from each other. You can hear everything!

Go with the expectation of inexpensive lodging in the heart of beautiful Yosemite with everything to explore, and the sound and rustic accommodations won't bother you. It's truly rustic with a bear box outside for all food, and the bathrooms a good walking stretch away with having to navigate in the dark in the middle of the night - not too fun.

But we thought it was totally worth it and a fantastic place to stay in Yosemite.
So sorry to our neighbors!! We will try to be more quiet next time.
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August 09 2016
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Marina Park | kids travel, kids activities
Marina Park
1600 West Balboa Boulevard,
Newport Beach,
California 92663
"Bayside Water play and park "
This is a beautiful new park with engaging play structures and a distinctive lighthouse to climb with a tube slide.

The bayside sand and water are perfect for ocean play without waves. There are bouys marking off a swimming area to keep boats out and the area is patrolled by a lifeguard.

Restrooms are located in the lighthouse and are clean. Cold showers and grass make for easier cleanup.
There is a large parking lot with credit card pay slots. $1.75 per hour.

Perfect playground, grassy area, and sandy water entry make for a fun day!!
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July 29 2016
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The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort | kids travel, kids activities
The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort
174 Gore Creek Dr,
Vail, Colorado
"Perfect location to town and Gondola 1"
This is THE Lodge to stay in on a Vail vacation. Not only is it the oldest and most original (opening in 1962), but it is great for families and is centrally located to everything families would want on a winter or summer vacation.

Right at the base of Gondola 1, the main access point to Vail Mountain, is this Lodge. From the Gondola, it's a few meters before the outside courtyard of Cucina (the hotel restaurant), Elways (delicious steak house), and a small children's playground come into view. Guests can enter and exit through this area right to the slopes. Also near the hotel, but out a side entrance, is the entrance to the main street of Vail Village. Shops, restaurants, and children's fountains are easily accessible - and it is all a pedestrian only area.

There are plenty of great ways to get around the pedestrian-friendly village of Vail and the Lodge makes it even better. The Lodge provides a free shuttle service which picks up directly at the lobby. Take the shuttle to the Lionshead Village area to catch the Gondola to Epic Discovery (summer) or kids ski school and bunny slopes in the winter. For mountain adventures the Lodge provides ski and bike valet service. Mountain storage for bike equipment and ski/snowboards is provided complimentary. What a great way to get around and have your stuff taken care of!

The Lodge has been recently renovated for a complete new look which preserves the classic chalet-style feel, wood cabinetry in the rooms, comfortable bedding, and updated furnishings. Choose from a wide variety of rooms from a nice queen bedroom for two, up to 1-2 bedroom rooms, or 1-6 bedroom luxury chalets with ski-in, ski-out benefits. The queen bedroom I stayed in was very comfortable with an outdoor patio, flat screen tv, mini fridge, full bath, and coffee maker. Helpful touches included a humidifier for the dry air and a full bottle of lotion. We toured a privately-owned (but still run by the hotel) room which was a 1 bedroom suite with a full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace. The international wing has 1-2 bedroom suites as well with slope facing patios and these rooms are booked up to a year in advance due to their popularity.

Mort the Moose is waiting to greet kids and loves to be "taken around" to visit Vail (a stuffed moose given on check-in.) Kids get a kick out of seeing him on instagram! The outdoor pool is heated year round with a pool bar open in the summer. Enjoy sandwiches, finger foods, and cocktails in the summer sun. 2 jacuzzis are ready for guests to soak in. Hot cocoa and cookies await kids at Cucina in the winter. Board games are always available to check out, and a game room in winter and on holiday weekends is open for ping pong, arcade games, and more.

3 restaurants are located in the hotel - Cucina, Elways, and Yama Sushi. Cucina offers comfortable family dining with the option of an outdoor patio around a fire pit. I loved Cucina for breakfast each morning! Elways is a delicious steakhouse. The RockResorts Spa offers luxurious and relaxing treatments to guests including a sauna, hot tub, tranquility room, and luxurious locker room. Please see separate reviews.

This is a great hotel to choose for a family vacation due to the variety of room options, great location, and complimentary shuttle and valet services. I would highly recommend it for families for a winter or summer vacation.

Disclosure: I received complimentary lodging as part of a press trip to experience Epic Discovery. I was not asked to present a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.
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July 28 2016
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Game Creek Aerial Adventure | kids travel, kids activities
Game Creek Aerial Adventure
Vail Mountain,
Colorado 81657
"Highly recommend this epic zip line tour"
This is one of the longest zip line courses in the US and is one of the most epic in adventure and absolute beautiful vistas. I highly recommend taking this adventure tour while in Vail. It is perfect for families with kids that are 10 or older. The guides are experts in safety, fun, and even the wildlife in the Rocky Mountains. The only downside is that it can take a long time to get a large group through the course. I recommend not having more than 6 in your party if possible.

Reservations must be made in advance for this course, and I recommend going in the morning if possible to avoid the potential of thunderstorms in the afternoons. Kids must be at least 10 years old and weigh between 75 and 250 pounds.

The guides were top notch on this adventure. We were helped into our harnesses and they were careful to make sure they were on correctly before each zip. The guides were friendly, incredibly hard working, and helped those of us who were a bit fearful to be confident of each step. We felt like we were saying good bye to close friends at the end of our tour!

The course starts with a climb up a ladder made of ropes and logs. At each and every point of the course, we were clipped into a secure rope or anchor. NO chance of falling or getting injured was apparent. At the top of the platform, we were guided on where to step and the guides got us clipped into the right section. Then one at a time they got us set up on the zip line, securely fastened with a back up safety, then we were told to go. And it was an EASY and smooth step off and glide. No feeling of free falling. We were told not to unclip or "help" our guides - they were extra careful about safety and I was glad to completely trust them.

There were about 7 or 8 platforms where each zipline would end and then a new one would start. Our group was 9 people, plus the 2 guides. That meant shuffling 11 people across the course, which meant about a 20 minute wait on each platform. The adrenaline and fun of each zip felt short as we waited a long time. That's why I would recommend a smaller group if possible.

Through the course there were about 7 or 8 zips, including a 1/4 mile long one that reached speeds of 65 mph. So exhilarating! There was one rappel off of a platform, then a short hike to a chair lift, then one chair lift ride up to the top of another mountain. 3 sky way bridges got us to different platforms.

The course can take 3-4 hours to complete and there was only one bathroom stop along the way. Since it can be difficult to get out of all the gear for the bathroom, it's recommended to be sure to go the bathroom before the course. Water and granola bars were offered half way through the course. Get sunscreen on, take a clip-on water bottle if desired, and leave everything in the lockers at the start that could fall out of pockets (like phones). A camera with a strap that could stay on your arm or in a zipped pocket might work. A jacket is a must on the course as it gets very windy and could easily be cold even if the day is beautiful. I was hot at times in the sun, but very glad for my jacket for the last 3 windy platforms.

The cost of this course includes a pass for Epic Discovery for the rest of the day. Definitely a full package- so be sure to get up the gondala as soon as it opens. It's a fantastic adventure and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary tour as part of a press trip to Epic Discovery. I was not asked to present a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.
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July 28 2016
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Rimini Gelato | kids travel, kids activities
Rimini Gelato
Lionshead Place,
Colorado 81657
"Creamy gelato"
Delicious gelato served in a cup or cone can be found at this little shop near the ice skating rink at the Arrabelle in Lionshead Village. It is PERFECT for a treat after an adventure on Vail Mountain - summer or winter! We enjoyed 2 scoops on a summer day after a long adventure of zip lining and we couldn't have had anything better. The vanilla with strands of chocolate was tasty but I loved the caramel even better. Delicious.
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