Category: California

21 Places to Soak Up the San Diego Sun

21 Places to Soak Up the San Diego Sun

There are endless things to do in San Diego.  Here is a list of 21 great ways to spend time in the San Diego sunshine! 1. Cabrillo National Monument Cabrillo National Monument and Statue celebrate the first European to set foot on the West Coast […]

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Yucatan, Mexico

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Yucatan, Mexico

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles were all necessary to get us to Mexico.  Once we arrived it became more like Rickshaws, Colectivos, and Motocars.  But I’ll get into that a little later… It all started with our first Uber ride to the San Diego Amtrak Station, where we boarded a train and spent […]

Sea World California

Sea World California

This winter we went to Sea World for Homeschoolers Day.  Because we went with a large homeschool group, we got a great deal on a half day admission, which allowed us access to all of the animal exhibits.  That was plenty of time for the […]

More Awesome San Diego Spots

More Awesome San Diego Spots

Last year while visiting San Diego, we visited many of the popular attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, LaJolla Beach, which I wrote about in previous posts.  This year we hit some new places that we greatly enjoyed: USS Midway Museum The USS […]

Indian Canyons in Palm Springs, California

Indian Canyons in Palm Springs, California

While in Palm Springs, we took a drive to the Indian Canyons, Agua Client Indian Reservation.  There is an admission fee, and there was quite a line to get in, but the trails were very nice. The Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indians settled in the area […]

Redwood National & State Parks, California

Redwood National & State Parks, California

The drive from Central California over to the Northern California Coast was not for the faint of heart, driving a 40 foot motorhome.  The roads were hilly and curvy, and although Highway 101 is commonly driven by RV’ers, I think I can confidently assert that next time […]

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park was high on our list of must-visit places.  As we were traveling in central California, we met some nice people who were long time residents, and gave us some great advice about visiting Yosemite.  We took their advice and visited on a […]

Stunning San Francisco, California

Stunning San Francisco, California

Never having visited San Francisco before, I was very excited to see this unique city.  Immediately I was in awe of the streets lined with three story townhouses, trickling up and down the steep roads. We drove past the row of homes known as the […]

Silicon Valley, California

Being the technology fans we are, we decided that spending a Saturday morning on a little driving tour of Silicon Valley was a priority for us.  The only places we knew that we could actually see the inside of were the Intel Museum and the […]

Highway 1 – California’s Central Coast With Kids

Highway 1 – California’s Central Coast With Kids

The original plan was to spend one weekend driving from Pismo Beach to Monterey along Highway 1, and stay overnight at a hotel along the route.  However, due to my lack of foresight, Valentine’s Day weekend was not the best pick to find available rooms […]

A Driving Tour of Hollywood & LA

A Driving Tour of Hollywood & LA

Thanks to a great article I found online, I was able to plan and navigate a day in the Los Angeles area with drive by drive directions, saving us the $150 or more we would have needed to pay for a tour, and hitting the […]

8 Things to do in Pismo Beach, California with Kids

1.  Pismo Beach Pier Being that we are life time mid-westerners, spending an hour kicking back watching California surfers seemed like a great way to pass some time.  We parked at the inexpensive, metered parking in downtown Pismo Beach and walked out to the end […]

Palm Desert and Joshua Tree National Park, California

Palm Desert and Joshua Tree National Park, California

When we returned to California after Christmas, we brought my mom out with us for two weeks. We arrived back in San Diego to some unseasonably cold weather and decided to head straight toward the desert, bypassing Los Angeles for the time being. My mom […]

San Diego, California (Part 2)

Birch Aquarium in La Jolla was a great field trip in the San Diego area.  I was pleasantly surprised at how excited my boys were to see the Hall of Fishes, which featured starfish, octopus, sharks, eels, and sea horses.  The Aquarium focuses on fish […]

San Diego, California (Part 1)

San Diego, California (Part 1)

Aaaah, San Diego.  Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful, tropical setting, where 70 degree temperatures, sunshine, and swaying palm trees greet you daily?  It was probably only within our first full hour in San Diego, when I turned to my husband and said “If you say […]

Legoland, California

When we arrived in the San Diego area, the first destination that we were anxious to experience was Legoland in Carlsbad, California.  I think it was probably just as expensive as Disneyland, but I’ll admit that it exceeded my expectations.  Seeing that there was also […]