Reviews & Photos
March 29 2016
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Leo Carrillo State Park
35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway,
We just got back from an overnight camping trip at Leo Carrillo and although it's not completed yet, my hope is it becomes great again. Due to the lack of funds spent on California State Parks, many once great camping sites are failing.
Let me state that if you are going for the day to use the beach, it is still fabulous. Not even looking for tide pools, we stumbled upon anemone, star fish, and other great sea creatures. The bathrooms are still kept up, and although the beaches are no longer patrolled as much as they once were (we walked the beach in the early am and there was at least 4 people sleeping on the beach), the sand and water is relatively clean for a Southern California beach.
But as for the camping, right now (3/2016) there is a lot of construction going on. At many of the sites there is massive concrete torn up and it is difficult to distinguish between the sites. There is a fair amount of trees to provide shade and a great hike up the Malibu hills which starts in the campgrounds. Also due to lack of funding, there is not a ranger at the booth throughout the day, and I did not see one patrolling at night, so you have to hope that your fellow campers around you will be courteous enough to keep quiet hours. Reservations are a must as this spot fills up quickly.
I look forward to see what this campground will look like when construction is done. This is an excellent opportunity to stay in Malibu when the price of staying in town is not an option.
June 28 2015
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Tybee Island Beaches
14th St. south to 18th Street,
Being from California, I was counseled by Georgians not to go to Tybee Island. Perhaps they thought my expectations would be too high. But I am so glad I didn't listen to them! Tybee Island was so cute. I did NOT go at high tourist time, nor in the middle of the day. We went for the sunset and loved having it at our backs while we splashed in the warm water. My kids SO wanted to say they put their toes in the Atlantic Ocean!
I like the walks out to some east coast beaches, trumping down the boardwalks, and the arriving flat, sandy beaches and ocean water not too rough to play in. It was nice to not worry about the kids being knocked over by rogue waves!
Tybee Island is a place I could have spent more time at. I didn't go to the pier as the locals also mentioned not to go that far, so we went off one of the side streets (where you still need to pay for parking), and had an enjoyable evening.
June 17 2015
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418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd,
On my first trip to Atlanta (in June), I wanted to get out and see nature and the falls is where my sister took me. Yes, it was hot, and yes, the stairs were hard at times (especially when my sleep deprived 10-year-old cried the whole time walking up), but when we got to the top, it was all worth it. The falls are beautiful and considering i was coming from drought-stricken California, it was nice to see water moving.
I definitely liked going up the Creek Trail to the stairs and then going down the mountain trail. Going up to Mountain Trail may have broken my kids that day.
After the hike, we played on the playground and filled out our Jr. Rangers booklet to earn a patch.
The drive out to the falls also was a gorgeous experience and reminded me a lot of Northern California.
June 17 2015
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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr.,
"Must Do for our Civil War Buff"
We had just visited Charleston's Fort Sumter where "the civil war began," so as we made our way to Atlanta, we HAD to stop at Kennesaw Mountain where the civil war spiraled to an end. The visitor's center and museum is FREE as is the award winning film they offer. The film is great, but it is graphic. Yes, my son is 7 and was ok but he's been studying this stuff; other kids may be more sensitive to the material. But man, I learned A LOT. The museum is well laid out and also informative.
After the 30 minute film, we drove up Big Kennesaw Mountain (due to time). PLEASE DO NOT walk the road up-take the trail. There are no sides to the road and when cars come up, theres no place for pedestrians. On weekends, shuttles take tourists up and cars are not allowed. The view of Atlanta is beautiful, even if the day we saw it, it was a bit over cast.
We then drove over to Cheatham Hill where the Illinois Monument is perched on "Dead Angle." This is where the South made earth works (that you can still see) and waited behind them as the North charged up the hill in attack. To stand on the battlefield is quite unsettling but awe-inspiring at the same time. History did come alive that day not just for my son, but for myself as well.
June 17 2015
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Fort Sumter National Monument
Fort Sumter National Monument,
This where the Civil War began (the first shot fired), and for my 7-year-old civil war buff, that is HUGE to see. After buying tickets for the ferry, we got our Jr. Ranger's booklet to fill out to keep my sons attention.
The island itself is quite small but our ranger was thorough in her history and promised the kids that if they sat through her talk, she would have something for them. They were rewarded with trading cards that every national park that focuses on civil war or civil rights, offers. They were also encouraged to think of questions as they walked around the fort to earn three more cards.
The views from the fort are beautiful and the signs describing the events that occurred there (such as one group of soldiers actually trying to climb up the side of the fort to take it), are very engaging.
We didn't have time to go into the museum or bookstore as the time on the fort is only an hour and my kids spent it asking questions. (Thats a good thing!)
This was a good activity for our time in Charleston and our four kids (ranging from 5 to 12) all enjoyed it.