Blogs

  • Adventures in Homeschooling

    Since the inception of this blog, I really haven’t written much here except for travel or local adventures. However, as we venture into homeschooling (again), I want to share my frustrations, triumphs and finds with others who might be considering this or who find themselves in this situation due to the current environment. I find that often travel and homeschool go hand in hand. Those of us who love travel, tend to also want to know if homeschool is an option for our children too.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Yosemite with Kids

    A family trip to Yosemite National Park is the quintessential American summer holiday. Exploring Yosemite with kids while camping (or glamping as it is for us!), splashing through rivers, and spying out some of the best natural scenes in the US is one of the best trips you can do with your family.

  • Finding Fall Colors in Bishop, California

    Growing up in Texas and spending most of my adult life in places that do not experience fall, I had had enough and wanted to find some cooler air and pretty fall foliage in Southern California! My nature loving sidekick was game as he has been searching for fallen leaves representing all the colors of fall. So off we went.

    You may not think of Southern California as a place to see fall colors, and you are right! To really experience it, we had to drive several hours away.

  • How To Get Excited For Your Next Family Trip

    The world is different these days, but travel is not off the cards altogether. Even if your next trip isn’t knocking on the door, we bet that you can’t wait! Or, maybe you are one of those who find it difficult to get excited for something until the time rolls around, but you’d like to be excited now. If that sounds like you, then there are some things that you can do to try and lift your spirits for the next adventure…whenever it may be! Below, we share some of the things that you can try to help get you excited for your next trip. Keep reading if you would like to know what our advice is!

  • Epic Family Weekend in San Luis Obispo County

    The California Coast is filled with amazing destinations making it difficult to decide just where to go when you are looking for a quick escape. We have found the answer with a weekend in San Luis Obispo County (SLOCAL). Sitting in the middle of the Central Coast, SLOCAL offers tons of adventure, nature and of course some luxury too!

  • Ultimate Guide to the Best Hiking in Los Angeles

    When we moved to Los Angeles more than 8 years ago, the first thing we got into was hiking. Hiking in Los Angeles is *the* thing to do and we dove head first right into it. My son was only 3 so we didn’t do a ton of difficult hikes at that time, focusing on the best hikes for toddlers, but as the years have progressed, we have added more and more to our arsenal.

  • 11 Spectacular Things to Do in Page AZ

    If you are like most people, you probably have no clue what or where Page, AZ is. As I recount our recent road trip through Arizona and Utah all I see are blank stares when I get to our time in Page. Turns out most people have never heard of this adorable little town in Northern Arizona. It’s not too surprising considering Page is a small town (Pop. less than 8,000) sitting on the edge of Navajo Nation and Lake Powell a few miles from the border of Utah. The few travelers who have heard of it, know it as only the place they drive through on their way to/from the Grand Canyon and/or as quick stop over point to view Horseshoe Bend.
  • 7 Easy, Fun & Uplifting Things to Do in Visalia California

    Have you driven through Visalia in the Central Valley but wondered what all there might be to do there? Well, let me share with you there are so many great things to do in Visalia that makes it a great stop on a longer road trip or even as a base for a few days while also taking in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

  • Kings Canyon Scenic Byway: 10 Surprising Places You Will Love

    Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful drives in all of California. Located in Kings Canyon National Park, the drive takes visitors through massive canyons, past raging waterfalls, all while following a beautiful roaring river.

    Visiting the sights along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is one of the most best things you can do while visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. However, for most visitors, Kings Canyon is sadly just an afterthought of their trip to Sequoia. I know it was on my first visit. I popped in, saw the General Grant Tree and headed out of the park thinking I’d seen what was to be seen.
  • Kings Canyon Camping Advice You Need To Know

    Camping in Kings Canyon is one of the best ways to really experience the magic of the Giant Sequoia trees and the rushing rivers found deep within the park. Kings Canyon National Park is truly one of the most underrated parks in the national park system, with visitors often just skimming the surface, rushing ahead to Yosemite to the north or Sequoia National Park to the south. However for those of you in the know, this is the place to beat the crowds and to experience towering trees, cold snow melt rivers and spy a few bears along the way too.