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About Me & My Family

My verb is "to document." I have fabulous 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
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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August 12 2014
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Museum of Photographic Arts | kids travel, kids activities
Museum of Photographic Arts
1649 El Prado,
San Diego,
While my husband took my kids to the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park, I snuck away to the MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts). As luck would have it, the main exhibit was titled "After Ansel Adams" (my favorite photographer). The works were modern artists paying homage to the visionary Adams and I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit. Because it was Blue Star Museum season (the season last from Memorial Day until Labor Day), I was able to enter the museum for free with my military ID.
The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because some exhibits might not be suitable for children. As the day I was there, a wall of photos of a naked woman was on display. I'd be able to explain this art to my 9-year-old daughter, but it would have been sketchy for my 6-year-old son. I have taken both of them before during an exhibit of some of the first photos taken with a camera and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The front desk people are very helpful and can answer any questions about what exhibit is begin shown and the content they may contain.
The gift shop is very fun and for my daughter who appreciated cameras as much as I do, there were cool camera toys and great photo books.
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August 12 2014
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Coronado Ferry Landing | kids travel, kids activities
Coronado Ferry Landing
Ferry Landing,
"Catch the Ferry Here!"
Wanting to get to the Padres game from Coronado, but not wanting to encounter SD commute traffic, we chose to take the Flagship Ferry service from the Coronado Ferry Landing. It was $4.25 per person for a one-way ticket for this 15 minute, across the ocean (bay) trip. Tickets can be purchased at the electronic machine at the dock or on board with the crew. To SD we sat up at the top where it was quite sunny and we sucked in some exhaust. On the way back at night after the game (the last ferry leaves an hour after the game ends), we sat in the front of the boat and had one of those magical experiences with the stars, and the water, and the city skyline all in our sites.
The crew was very friendly and helped us with the best route to walk to the Padres park. We would definitely use this service again. I have also taken the ferry from Coronado across the bay to a dock closer to Sea Port village and Midway aircraft carrier, and found that to be WAY more convenient than fighting traffic and looking for parking in those areas.
Note: We parked in one of the parking lots at the Ferry Landing and had to pay $17 at the end of the night. We wish we had thought of street parking (which can be hard to find around the Ferry Landing but worth the walk), or had gotten it validated at an ice-cream shop or SOME PLACE.
Village Pizzeria has a second location here and I highly recommend their pizza. It can be busy there, but this NY-style pizza is worth the wait.
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August 12 2014
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Coronado Brewing Co | kids travel, kids activities
Coronado Brewing Co
170 Orange Avenue,
"Good start to our road trip"
My family decided to plan a road trip that included Baseball, Basilicas (CA Missions), and Breweries. In one day we hit the SD Mission, a Padres game, and the Coronado Brewing Co. It was a nice way to start.
The seating was a nice open-air feeling with plantation shutters allowing the ocean breeze in, but walls to keep the street noise down. We were seated around two families with multiple children, and a group of four who were ready to get their drink on. So it felt kid-friendly, but bar-ready. We ourselves tried the Hibiscus IPA and the Frog's Breath IPA brewed in-house. We arrived in time for happy hour (Mon to Fri, 2 to 6) so we had discounted meals of Baja Tacos, and was able to order my son some chicken wings not off the kid's menu

The kid's menu runs about $5 a meal and an activity paper and crayons is offered. My daughter enjoyed listening to Jack Johnson while we ate and looking for the mermaid logo in and around the dining room. All in all, this was standard pub food, but walking distance to the Coronado Ferry, it's definitely a place we'd try again.
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August 12 2014
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Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala | kids travel, kids activities
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
10818 San Diego Mission Road,
San Diego,
California 92108
"Least Favorite of the Missions"
This summer we took a road trip to see the California Missions. Since the San Diego Mission was the first mission built, it seemed apropos to begin there. This mission is an actual basilica as it has been blessed by the pope. Tucked amongst businesses and apartment buildings, this still-active-chapel mission was one that didn't knock our sock offs. Admittedly, we didn't go inside because there wasn't one particular artifact or historical site we were looking for here, but these are the pro's of why you should include this mission on your tour of the CA Mission Trail…
-This mission has the lovely white stucco, wood beams, and beautiful bells often associated with a typical mission-style.
-The statues of the saints that line the front of building are worth it alone to come for a visit. They are abstract and primitive and nothing like the ornate icons we would see later.
-A cross here is erected at the site of the first CA martyr.
-Through the gates we could see a great archeological dig. That would be something my little pseudo-Indiana Jones would have loved to explore more.
-Their gift shop was our favorite. Although we are not Catholic, we could appreciate the iconology and I bought a cross for my around the world cross collection. My son (just entering 1st grade) bought a prayer card and continued to buy one at each mission (as my daughter bought a postcard with the mission's name and featured attraction).

Disclaimer: We were really tired (and hungry) after our drive to this mission, so in retrospect, I think we should have eaten, and then gone inside of this mission and I'm sure we would have enjoyed it more. It is definitely worth seeing.
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July 22 2014
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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop | kids travel, kids activities
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
1717 South Disneyland Drive,
"Free Samples"
We always make time to get our free sample of amazing chocolate here. But why stop with one piece? We always get lured in (in a good way) to get a kids size sundae. Its the perfect amount for a sweet treat and the ice-cream is just as great as the SF store.

Sometimes I miss the free tortillas that used to be in this location instead, but then I think "free chocolate-yum!" Go across the path to the bread factory and get a free sample there as well.

In fact, for the nighttime parade, we park ourselves near these shops and enjoy the smell emanating from them as we take in the fun.