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About Me & My Family

My verb is "to document." I have fabulous friends...my girl friends have kept me sane and laughing. I was a reckless traveller through my 20's but I sure had fun. I haven't left the country since I got married 10 years ago but I'm working on it. I have a 7 year old daughter who I've promised to take to Paris when she turns 16 and we talk about it all the time. My son is 4 and I havent decided where to take him when he turns 16. My husband has the best dry wit and we are a military family.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Oregon Coast
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Kailua, Hawaii
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Israel
Favorite Vacation Memory
Hiking as a family up Diamond Head two years ago is one of my many favorite memories. I had my 2 1/2 year old on my back, my 5 1/2 year old doing it on her own in her ruby slippers and my non-hiking husband along with us. When we reached the top, we overlooked Waikiki and shared a moment of excitement and pride that we all did it together.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
When my daughter was 4, we spent a week on the Panhandle coast of Florida at a white sand beach. One afternoon as we were exploring, my daughter thought she was picking up a beautiful blue ribbon but instead was stung by the tail of a man of war. We had her soak her hand in warm salt water and there were a few tears, but she was a trooper and today she loves to tell everyone that she was stung by a jelly fish.
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November 05 2014
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Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve | kids travel, kids activities
Torrey Pines State Beach and Reserve
12500 North Torrey Pines Road,
San Diego,
California 92037
"Hiking + Ocean = Love"
Torrey Pines has been on my hiking bucket list for quite some time now. So when I finally got the chance to explore it while having a getaway in Del Mar, I was thrilled, but quickly found myself making some amateur mistakes. Learn from me so you don't do what I did...
What NOT to do:
-Our hike began after the rains on a cloudy morning, but by the time we made it up to the reserve, it was full on sunny and I did not bring a hat, nor sunscreen. There is NO shade here people, bring a hat!
-Perhaps I was thinking it was November and there wouldn't be many tourists, but boy wasI wrong. I think all of Western Europe was there climbing with me, so next time, although I love the United Nations, I would NOT go on a weekend.
-Trying to avoid the $15 parking fee, I parked outside of the Torrey Pines state beach. Well low, and behold, the state beach isn't where the reserve starts, so we had to walk the beach and then walk some more once we got to the reserve. That added a couple more miles to my kids already long hiking day. Trust me, pay the darn parking fee.
-I was told by a "helpful" local to start at the bottom, walk the beach, then at flat rock, climb up the stairs to begin hiking. Problem with this is that I was going against the flow the WHOLE time. People, I found, don't move over to the right for those coming up the path. That was a pain. I should have walked the road up, hiked around the reserve, and then hiked down to the beach. I know for next time.
-There is NO food to be brought in and no trash cans in the reserve. I thought it was a pack it in/pack it out, so I gave my kids a little Halloween candy to help them continue on the path, and you would have thought I had stolen the hope diamond. Please learn from me, do not bring candy (or any other wrappers) to Torrey Pines.

But there was so much good, and what a great experience despite my rookie mistakes. The VIEWS! They stretch and stretch and the sea is simply magical, and stunning, and everything else I though it would be. The drought has affected the area and it looks dry but it still has maintained its beauty.

Be sure to stop in the Torrey Pines Lodge/Rangers Station. The docents there are delightful and I was even told one of them finds some of the taxidermy animals on her daily run around the reserve. Although you can't touch those guys, they d have a "Please touch" section of rocks, bones, etc to help with being hands-on with nature.

Torrey Pines wasn't just a check off the bucket list, Torrey Pines was an experience.
 
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November 05 2014
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Dog Beach Del Mar | kids travel, kids activities
Dog Beach Del Mar
3006 Sandy Lane,
Del Mar,
California
"Dog Lovers Paradise"
We stumbled upon this beach at high tide so the river going out to the ocean was full and strong. That also meant we couldn't turn the corner and go north to the caves. So instead of paying the $3 to park and not see a whole lot, we crossed the bridge going southbound and parked in the residential street to avoid paying. This brought us to the other side of the river and there were still dogs to pet and make friends with. From our view of where we had just come from, the beach was covered with man's best friend, here on our side, we had a few that could stretch their legs and enjoy some beach freedom. We don't have a dog, so its nice when people let us spend a little time with theirs. People were friendly and chill and my kids enjoyed exploring under the bridge and climbing the rocks that are used as a sea barrier to the houses. This park was worth a stop but Id definitely check the tides next time.
 
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November 05 2014
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Del Mar City Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Del Mar City Beach
1550 Coast Blvd,
Del Mar,
California
"Good swim and surf"
Going north from the Community Center and Lifeguard station, the Del Mar City Beach stretches out and beckons you to stretch your legs for a stroll. The sand is malleable and my son kept asking for us to stop so he could build castles. Some parts have large pebbles, but he saw that as even a better opportunity to build a more stable castle.
My daughter preferred to go into the water, and although she didn't have her suit, and it was November, she got up to her thighs and enjoyed the water. We watched the surfers all afternoon (and there were a lot of them) and had fun judging each wave and performance.
I'd swim in front of the lifeguard station if we came back in the summer and having bathrooms nearby and the playground at Powerhouse Park next door, makes this beach a great choice for a day at the beach.
 
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November 05 2014
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Powerhouse Park | kids travel, kids activities
Powerhouse Park
1600 Coast Blvd,
Del Mar,
California
"Could spend all day here"
When I go to the beach, I usually bring all my beach stuff, stake my claim, and don't move for the rest of the day. But Powerhouse Park in downtown Del Mar is so much more than just a park located on the beach. Yes, there's a huge stretch of sand that my kids loved walking because of the cement fixtures from long ago that scream to be turned into a castle or fort. Then there's the playground that has a "kid-friendly sign" (i.e. no dogs in this area in case not all kids like your furry companion). The playground has four swings that overlook the ocean, a climbing structure, and a wonderful tree nearby to test one's tree climbing ability. There's a huge grassy field that the two days I visited had families running around on or throwing down blankets to lay in the sun. There's a community center next to the field that I saw a private party hosted at, and then the next morning four women doing morning stretches in. There's bathrooms in the center open to the public and an outdoor shower for people to wash off sandy feet. The lifeguard station is also located there and provides a comfort knowing if my kiddos wade out into the water, there's more eyes than just mine on them.
If in the middle of the day, you get a little hungry, walk into town and grab some lunch at Smash Burger (only two blocks away). Ideal.
Now parking is another thing. There's spaces, but its expensive (the meters do take credit cards though). I just drove a little farther and parked in residential, something Im sure I couldn't do on a busy Saturday.
This park is a MUST if coming through Del Mar.
 
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November 05 2014
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Seagrove Park | kids travel, kids activities
Seagrove Park
Coast Blvd and 15th St,
Del Mar,
California
"Beautiful, but small"
I'm not actually sure where Seagrove Park ends and where Powerhouse Park begins. When driving north through the town of Del Mar, turn left onto 15th and it will land you smack into Seagrove Park (there's a sign that lets you know). Its gorgeous and has stunning views all around. There's multiple benches and a grassy field. I've seen online some stunning weddings conducted at the park with photos taking advantage of the horizon as far as one can see.
I would bring my coffee and a book and I could probably stay there for hours. Now with my kids, I can't. Fortunately, next to this park is a playground but I think it's technically in Powerhouse Park, so read my review on that if you want to know more.
Parking is minimal and expensive. Try parking in residential and walk a few blocks if you're a cheap-o like me. There's a Starbucks a block away, so you can still have that coffee even if the kids don't let you just sit there and enjoy the view.
PS Lots of dogs here. In fact Del Mar is dog Heaven so if your kids aren't too dog-friendly, heads up.