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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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March 22 2015
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Tempe Town Lake | kids travel, kids activities
Tempe Town Lake
620 N. Mill Ave.,
Tempe,
Arizona 85281
"Tempe Boat Rentals"
While my husband and daughter were enjoying a game at spring training, my son and I snuck off to Tempe Town Lake to explore. What a pleasant surprise to find at the end of Mill Street a stretch of water with things to do bordering all along it. We arrived on a day when a St. Patrick's Day Concert was being set up for the evening, so instead of parking at Tempe Beach parking lot, we drove a little farther and parked at the Tempe Center for the Arts. We enjoyed looking around this grand building and made note of the many musical acts that were coming to the center.

We strolled down to Tempe Boat Rentals and chose a pedal boat; a perfect vessel for myself and my 7-year-old to captain. Other choices were SUP boards, pontoons, kayaks, and row boats. A life preserver was given to my son to wear, and we popped up the convenient (and very much needed) shade provider and pedaled away.

On the lake, we pedaled under several bridges and from our vantage point we could see the volleyball courts, park grounds, and other fun activities that line the lake.

Boats are available for a one hour minimum rental, are available daily, and reservations can be made on-line. A credit card and ID will be needed to rent one of the boating options. More info is available on boats4rent.com.

I was an invited guest of Tempe Boat Rentals, but I would definitely go back to enjoy a leisure afternoon on the water. The view we had from our pedal boat was a nice introduction to the town of Tempe.
 
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March 22 2015
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General Patton Memorial Museum | kids travel, kids activities
General Patton Memorial Museum
2 Chiriaco Road,
Chiriaco Summit,
California 92201
"Worth the Stop"
Blink and you'll miss it, but that would be a shame. This museum looks like a gas stop from the freeway, but those in the know, should purpose to spend some time here, learning about Patton, our military, and what combat training used to look like.
Active duty can enter for free, and children are just a $1 to gain entrance (all other adults are $5). The museum itself holds memorabilia such a war propaganda posters, uniforms from WW2, and "sweetheart pillows" that servicemen would send to their loved ones back home. They have added info on our more recent wars as well in little sections, but the majority of info and artifacts pertain to WW2.
Outside, greeting visitors as they walk in is a giant statue of Patton and his dog Willie. In the side yard are tanks, jeeps, and other training vehicles that your kids can (not climb) but get up and personal with to see the workings-on of this massive machines.
There are also a few memorabilia walls in the front of the museum, where people can purchase bricks or names on plaques that bear the name of service members from the past. A recent addition is the wall of "Defenders of Freedom." Here, for $15 a name, military, firefighters, police officers, etc. can have their names included as an honor for their service.
When my family and I were driving to AZ from CA for spring training, I planned ahead and had my husband (who is retiring from the USAF after 20 years of service), honored by surprising him with his name on the wall as we looked around at the museum. I couldn't think of a better retirement gift than that!
For military history buffs and those who just enjoy perusing times past, this museum is worth the stop.
 
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March 14 2015
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Eureka! Gourmet Burgers and Craft Beers
345 W. Pearl Ave, Suite 130,
Redlands,
California 92374
"Good Grub & Great Beer"
This is my favorite place to eat in Redlands. My husband and I argue about whether it's "kid-friendly" or not. I say it is (they have a kid's menu for goodness sakes), and he says it's too much of a bar atmosphere. So to compromise, we eat at the tables outside (with misters when it's too hot), and our family of four enjoy good food and great beer.

The kid's menu comes with crayons and keeps the kids entertained. The good on their menu includes baby corndogs and mac and cheese. My daughter loved that her needles came with a side of watermelon and avocado (her two faves!).

For the adults, my husband LOVES their hamburger, but since I don't eat red meat, I go for the fig marmelade burger (with goat cheese) and replace the meat with their fabulous beet burger. This veggie option is unlike any veggie burger around. Because it's made of beets, it's moist and has a consistency of an actual burger.

Eureka Burger is known for getting some rare beers on tap. Notably, Russian River's Plney the Elder can be found sporadically, and when it is, come fast because it goes quickly.

When in the cute So Cal town of Redlands, be sure to stop in to Eureka!
 
 
February 16 2015
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Fletcher Cove Beach Park | kids travel, kids activities
Fletcher Cove Beach Park
111 South Sierra Avenue,
Solana Beach,
California
"Worth the View!"
After a late lunch around the corner at the original Pizza Port, we stumbled upon this park and played until the sun began to set. This view is stunning! You will not mind that your child wants to go up and down and up and down the slide, when the view is so breath taking! There are plenty of clean bathrooms, a place to shower off those sandy toes, and beach access.
The park is the typical slide/swings set up and there is a basketball court and grassy area as well for the older kids. The community center of Solano Beach is perched above the park and offers the beautiful views as well.
While in Solano Beach, I highly recommend making a stop here to rest and enjoy the beauty that So Cal has to offer.
 
 
December 23 2014
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IlluminOcean Dana Point Harbor | kids travel, kids activities
IlluminOcean Dana Point Harbor
34624 Golden Lantern St,
Dana Point,
California 92629
"This is Neat"
"This is neat!" "That's awesome!" This is what I kept hearing as I walked around the IlluminOcean Displays. And it is! It's a fun night of enjoying a California Winter Evening and strolling around letting the lights dazzle you. I enjoyed entering the harbor with the median trees being roped in green and blue lights. We then went down to the harbor and walked around the light structures. My daughter of course loved the Ariel looking mermaid who swished her tail. I liked the sea serpent spewing smoke, reminiscent of "Puff, the Magic Dragon." And then the ship-oh the ship-was very cool as you could walk through it, not just around it. The Christmas tree in the middle changed lights and the music was up-beat and put us in the Christmas mood.
But then I made the mistake of driving to the shops instead of just walking. Parking was so horrific that after almost a half an hour of circling, I would have left if one miraculous motor home hadn't begun to leave. We snagged the spot and looked for the tunnels. I was told to get the 3D glasses from a merchant but most were out. We walked to John's Fish Market for some clam chowder and luckily a helpful girl at the deli next store searched for some glasses for us.
The glasses make all lights look like whales so that was pretty cool. It was crowded going through the tunnels (definitely avoid the 6pm hour). But the dancing lights set to the music was entertaining and the fresh ocean smell and cool breeze made for a fun Christmas Event.
Dana Point has a good thing going here and I hope they continue it.
 
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