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About Me & My Family

We are a travel obsessed, outdoor loving, family of four living in Orange County, CA. I have six-year-old twins (a boy and a girl) and I try my best to expose them to as many new experiences as possible. We love hiking, beaches, and National Parks but we also enjoy some time by the pool at big resorts. I am the Editor in Chief of Trekaroo.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, independent, energetic, spontaneous, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
A houseboating adventure on Lake Powell.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Any National Park
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Any National Park
Favorite Vacation Memory
Climbing up the side of a mountain to Inspiration Point at Grand Teton National Park with my then two year old twins. It was something nobody thought our children could do and the view fro the top was incredible.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Forgetting the portable dvd player on the way home from Yosemite National Park after exploring the park all day. Tired and cranky children with no source of entertainment make for a very loud car.
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444 Reviews

December 09 2012
1 family found this helpful
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park | kids travel, kids activities
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Crater Rim Drive,
Uninc Hawaii County,
"A "must do" while visiting the Island of Hawaii"
I think most people who come to the Big Island for the first time know they want to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park but I don't know how many realize just how big and diverse this park is. To really get a chance to experience the highlights of this park, plan to spend a full day here.

I recommend first hitting up the visitor center which has a wealth of information. If you happen upon any ranger talks or ranger lead hikes (and have school-aged children), take the time to listen. The ranger I listened to spoke about what life was like growing up in the shadow of an active volcano and was truly the highlight of my day. After the visitor center, head up the road towards the Jaggar Museum and active (at the time this was published) Halema'uma'u Crater, stopping at the steam vents and sulfur works (which are on a path across the street from the steam vents) along the way. Next, make your way down the Chain of Craters Road, taking time to walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, stop to explore a crater and/or lava flow, and be blown away by the vast ocean views as you get closer to the sea. Stop at the petroglyphs before making your way to road's end wheeze land abruptly gives way to sea.

Tips: While in the park, be prepared for sudden changes In weather. When I arrived at the park it was windy, rainy, and cold but by the time I got down to the water it was very hot (and even more windy!). Bring your own food and water as there are no concessions inside the park. Pack sunscreen, good shoes, and a spirit for adventure!
November 29 2012
0 families found this helpful
Splash Mountain - Disney's Magic Kingdom | kids travel, kids activities
Splash Mountain - Disney's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Magic Kingdom,
Lake Buena Vista,
Florida 32830
"Great ride to cool off on when the Florida sun is shining"
I love Splash Mountain. It combines all the fun of Disney animatronics with the thrill of a steep, wet, drop. The ride is set to the Brair Rabbit theme which many kids may not be familiar with but us ole timers remember quite well. There is plenty of music and cute little critters to entertain riders in between drops in the log rafts and let me tell you, those wet drops are well received when the sun is burning down. Full disclosure: my kids are not huge fans of this ride. My daughter screamed her way through the ride the last time she rode it because she was afraid of the big drop. That was at age 4. She is 6 now and I have high hopes of convincing her to get back on the ride. I am convinced that she will love it now that she is much older and much more mature.
November 24 2012
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Jingle Jangle Jamboree - Disneyland-CLOSED | kids travel, kids activities
Jingle Jangle Jamboree - Disneyland-CLOSED
1313 Harbor Blvd,
"Such a pleasant suprise!"
My family headed over to Big Thunder Ranch to say hello to the goats and was pleasantly suprised by all the fun we found at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree. I literally had to drag my kids out of there so we can make the parade. Here they will find free games to play, holiday crafts, cookies to decorate (for a fee) and plenty of great music by Billy and Hillbilly's. Disney characters such as Mickey and Goofy are dressed up in holiday attire and happy to say hello to the kids. Bonus: Santa Claus is at the Jamboree and ready to listen to all your kids' Christmas wishes.
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November 24 2012
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A Christmas Fantasy Parade - Disneyland | kids travel, kids activities
A Christmas Fantasy Parade - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd,
"Christmas fun"
There is no doubt about it, Disney does parades better than anyone else. Kids will love seeing all their favorite characters decked out for the holidays and catching a glimpse of the man in red himself, Santa. While my family did love this parade, I think Disney does have some parades that are better, which is why I gave it four stars. Still, if you happen upon it while in the park, it is most definitely worth watching. I just wouldn't camp out on the sidewalk for a couple hours to see it.
November 24 2012
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"it's a small world" Holiday - Disneyland | kids travel, kids activities
"it's a small world" Holiday - Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd,
"Bring on the singing holiday dolls!"
There was a time in my life when I couldn't be paid to get on oneof those slow moving boats and listen to the continuous singing on the rides namesake song. That was until I had kids and watched my daughter's eyes grow like saucers as she squealed and pointed at nearly every dancing dolly in the building. Now I love the ride and look forward to the time of year when the music changes and the dolls get a holiday makeover. If you haven't braved the ride in a while, try it for the holidays.