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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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185 Reviews


November 07 2016
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Norris Amusements Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm
2205 Vista Way,
Oceanside,
California
"Pop up Pumpkin Patch in a good location off of the freeway, but go early in the season."
I can't attest to what this pumpkin patch looks like through the rest of October, but when we arrived October 30th to experience the "patch" it looked as though it was already shutting down. Rides were being trucked away and pumpkins had already been discarded in the trash. So although there were other families here, we did not stay.
Being from the IE where we have actual "patches," it's strange to call a parking lot a "patch" but for those who don't want to travel far, "pick" a pre-picked pumpkin, and jump on some blow ups, this will do.
 
 
August 06 2016
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Jenks Lake | kids travel, kids activities
Jenks Lake
Jenks Lake Rd.,
Angelus Oaks,
California
"Good stop"
As with a lot of places in the area, this lake had a bit more trash around the lake than I would have expected. But many people are taking that issue into their own hands and helping to pick up to make nature green again. Aside from the trash, this was definitely worthy of a stop for my friend and I and are six kids. The walk around that lake is easy and doable and the day we went a few people were fishing off the dock and some had brought (or rented?) kayaks.
We brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed it under one of the many shade trees. Our kids enjoyed stomping in the mud and making "fishing poles" out of objects they found. Good day outside.
 
 
August 05 2016
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Arrowhead Queen | kids travel, kids activities
Arrowhead Queen
28200 Sr-189,
Lake Arrowhead Village waterfront,
Lake Arrowhead,
California 92352
"So Worth It"
I did the Arrowhead Queen a few months back and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was on a girls weekend away (sans children) and my friends pushed me to do it as I thought I already "knew" the lake. What a great way to see it! We learned the history of the lake, who has resided (and resides there still), and just spent some nice time cruising on the water.
On our tour we had quite a few kids as passengers and they enjoyed asking questions, and later "driving" the boat. I am definitely taking my kids on the Queen next time we hit the lake. Fun, funny, and relaxing on a paddleboat wheeler.
 
 
August 03 2016
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Big Bear Pirate Ship Lake Cruise | kids travel, kids activities
Big Bear Pirate Ship Lake Cruise
398 Edgemoor Rd.,
Big Bear Lake,
California
"See the Lake from a Pirate Ship"
From a father/son building it, to a role in the 1980s classic "Time Bandit," a brief residence in the Pacific Ocean, and now as a tour boat on Big Bear Lake, this pirate ship has had some life! Housed in Holloway Marina, tours at 12 and 2 (and sometimes more at peak season), bring a small crowd out onto the lake, led by the pirate captain, and taken care of by the "serving wench." This tour is not too cheesy or gimmicky, but it IS fun and we walked away looking at the lake differently. But best of all, it's a cruise (that to me means a little relaxation and little "oh gee" knowledge obtained).
Our captain was appropriate for his audience; there were 11 kids out of 25 passengers so our pirate kept things light, catered to the "fun" stories of those who have called Big Bear home, and even delighted us with bad pirate jokes that we all ate up at the end of the tour. Along the way, we saw the house Britney Spears rested at after her "bad year," Bugsy Segal's speakeasy, and where Frankenstein was chased by an angry mob in the original movie. The highlight was when we shouted as a collective crew at one house, and the house owner shouted back a very special response. (I'm not being too specific because I want it to be a surprise when you hear it too!) The captain had an obvious love for the lake and his stories reflected that, but he didn't feel the need to bombard us for the full 90 minutes either.
Facts: Tickets cost $22 for adults, and $14 for kids. Outside snacks are allowed on board but drinks are not. Soft drinks, water, wine, and beer are sold on board. There is a bathroom on the ship (thankfully!) for the smaller kiddos who 90 minutes is too long to wait.
Most importantly: Sit on the left side when you walk on board (port side). Most of the action is on that side and then you're not straining the whole time to get a look.
My kids enjoyed their Pirate Ship cruise and their time on the lake, while I was glad it wasn't "too piratey" but just enough to make it fun and learn about the history of who has inhabited the jewel that is Big Bear.
Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Big Bear Visitor Bureau. All opinions are my own.
 
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July 24 2016
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Spring Lake Regional Park | kids travel, kids activities
Spring Lake Regional Park
393 Violetti Rd,
Santa Rosa,
California
"New Waterpark Feature"
The Spring Lake Regional Park has long been a staple in Santa Rosa. Most people with small children know Howarths Park on the one side (with pony rides, trains, and an incredibly large playground), but if you just stayed there and didn't go over the hill to experience Spring Lake, you'd be missing so much.
Spring Lake Regional Park consists of a lake (duh) that runners, walkers, and bikers alike adore for its simple loop and scenic atmosphere while exercising. Paddleboat's and kayaks also grace the lake, and many just sit and watch the water reflect the light and enjoy the slow summer days. Fishing is available as well on the lake.
In addition to the main lake, there is a swimmer's lake that includes shallow roped off water for tots and a deeper middle for those who pass the swim test by the abundant amount of lifeguards available. There is also a lakeside cafe, where some of the prices are a little inflated but hey, it's Sonoma County, pretty much all prices are inflated here. It costs $7 to drive into the regional park, unless you have a regional park pass and then you're in for free.
But the new news this year (2016) is the addition of the WaterPark. Everyday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, opening at 11 and going to 6pm, blowups on top of the water including bridges, trampolines, and such, are available to climb, and slide, and all out enjoy. All day passes cost $10 for children and $15 for adults. When we got there, the 75 person maximum had been reached so we need to wait an hour to get in, but my kids found other swimming activities to do as they waited. This is a POPULAR event. All children wear lifejackets and lifeguards are on SUP inside the area to keep rambunctious kids in line, and make sure everyone is having a safe, fun time. What a great way to have the kids get the wiggles out this summer! Good job Santa Rosa.
 
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