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24 March 2009

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Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, independent, easy_going, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Anza Borrego
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings
Favorite Vacation Memory
Wandering around castle ruins in Tonsberg, Norway and enjoying the beautiful views of the town and fjord below.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Believe it or not, the worst travel moment does not involve my children!

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96 Reviews

July 25 2009
1 family found this helpful
Courtyard Charlottesville North
638 Hillsdale Drive,
Charlottesville, Virginia
"OK room, unfriendly staff"
We stayed one night at this hotel after arriving in Virginia because we had plans to go to Monticello. The room was small and crowded for a family of four. We had reserved the room on priceline ($45 night) and they put us in a room with a king size bed and very small couch-bed. My two girls were very crowded on the pullout bed. We had asked to be moved to a room with 2 double beds but the hotel refused saying they couldn't change rooms for people who had purchased their rooms through priceline. The hotel was not even close to being filled, but they wouldn't budge and got rather rude. We made it work, especially since we only paid $45 a night.
July 25 2009
0 families found this helpful
Crowne Plaza Williamsburg | kids travel, kids activities
Crowne Plaza Williamsburg
6945 Pocahontas Trl,
Williamsburg, Virginia
"Simple, clean, great deal"
We stayed one night at the Crowne Plaza during our visit to Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg. The hotel staff were friendly. The room was clean and comfortable. We got the room on Priceline for $40 (without taxes)- we thought that was a great deal! The hotel has a pool which the kids enjoyed after a long day of walking.
April 21 2009
4 families found this helpful
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park | kids travel, kids activities
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
200 Palm Canyon Drive,
Borrego Springs,
California 92004
"Desert camping at its best"
We spent 3 nights at the campgrounds here last week. We were in the more primitive sites, so we had a bit more space than the other sites. However, the other sites appeared to be well spaced out as well. During the week, the campgrounds are pretty empty, although the RV section was pretty full. We brought our bikes to ride around the campground. You can also ride them to the Visitor's Center, or you can drive or hike from the campgrounds. The Visitor's Center is very nice and very informative. I would highly recommend a stop to the Visitor's Center at the beginning of your trip. The campsite was clean with a fire pit and picnic table. The bathrooms are cleaned regularly. There is a store in town to pick up forgotten or needed items. There are 2 gas stations to fill up your tank. The town also has stores, hotels, restaurants, and a movie theater.

From our campsite, we could hike directly to Palm Canyon, which is a must see! It's about a 3 mile roundtrip hike that is easily done by toddlers and elderly alike. There are no steep elevation changes. We were there when the wildflowers were in bloom so we got to see beautiful desert flowers in purple, yellow, red and white. It was a real treat to see native palms and an oasis. The cacti were really neat, especially the ocotillo which have bright red/orange flowers. We saw some jack rabbits, but never did see the elusive borrego.

We drove out to Blair Valley to see Marshal South's home and the pictographs. The hike to Marshal South's home was a very steep 1 mile hike (2 miles roundtrip). The views were amazing. The kids loved exploring the small homestead and imaging what life would be like to live on top of a mountain out in the middle of the desert. The drive to the pictographs from Marshal South's home was about 2 miles. The hike to the pictographs was about 1 mile roundtrip on a level trail. The pictographs are on one rock. The road in Blair Valley is all dirt so be prepared and drive a 4-wheel or AWD if possible. We saw a coyote on the drive.

We hiked Palm Slot near the Calcite mine (off S22). This is not to be missed! From the road, the hike might be about 3 miles roundtrip. You can drive down the road toward the mine, take a sharp left at the bottom of the hill and drive until you get to the entrance to the slot. Hiking the slot is about 1/2 mile. We hiked from the main road (S22). The rock formations are amazing and walking through the slot was a fun experience for the kids. We saw bugs of all kinds. I even found a lacewing moth that is very rare (1st discovered in the early 1900s and then only seen once since then)- wow! We saw lizards of all kinds, a bird's nest and a sidewinder. We brought a picnic lunch to eat and found a nice shady spot to rest and enjoy lunch.

We drove to the Salton Sea, just because we didn't know when we'd ever see it again. Not much to see, except some dead fish on the beach. There were some pelicans and sanderlings. We would not visit the Salton Sea again.

We drove to Fonts Point (down Fonts Wash- off S22). This is a dirt road and you should have a 4-wheel drive, or at least AWD. The view from Fonts Point should not be missed! You get 360 degree views of the park. The badlands are just breathtaking! If you can catch the sunset here, you will not be disappointed!

The best time to go to Anza-Borrego is during the spring when the flowers are in bloom and the weather is still cool enough to hike. Fall is probably also a good time to visit. Be prepared with lots of water, sunscreen and a hat! Also know that the desert winds can pick up and be pretty fierce (60+ MPH at night while we were there)- make sure your tent and other items are secure so they don't blow away. The change in temperature can be pretty drastic- 40's at night and 80-90s during the day, so bring layers, especially a warm hat to wear at night/early morning. Summer is sweltering hot and winter is cold.
April 05 2009
1 family found this helpful
Mission San Rafael Arcangel
1104 5th Avenue,
San Rafael,
"Small California mission chapel"
A fun part of history, especially in our hometown. Not worth going out of your way for, but if you're local check it out. The San Rafael mission was the infirmary for Mission Dolores in San Francisco. There is a small gift shop attached to the mission. They have built a larger church that is in use and there is now a school associated with the church as well.
April 05 2009
1 family found this helpful
Seal Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Seal Beach
Main Street,
Seal Beach,
"Fun in the sun!"
This beach is just off Main Street in Seal Beach. Parking can be tough, especially on weekends and holidays. There is a pier you can walk. The beach is good on both sides of the pier. We usually stay close to the pier, as there aren't many surfers there to interfere with the kids playing in the water. When you're done at the beach, there are showers to wash off the sand. Then you can walk down quaint Main Street with its shops and restaurants. We like to eat at Taco Surf (115 Main Street)- sawdust on the floor and great food!