Posts by Michele Whiteaker

Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad


The Christmas Train at Irvine Park Railroad celebrates its 20th year when it opens the day after Thanksgiving. So why am I writing about it NOW? Because tickets are ALREADY on sale and some dates are ALREADY sold out.  I don't want you to miss out on the fun. Mapping Out the Festivities Every year, it seems they add more lights and the location becomes more … [Read more...]

Places for Babies to Play: A 1970s Visual Guide

places for babies to play

"Where are places for babies to play?" That's one of the top questions I get from you when you're ready for your first playground trip, but feeling unsure where to go. You know play is good for them, but the world seems so big with a little one and they can't really DO anything yet. Right? So my first bit of advice is to go where YOU want to go. The baby in these photos is … [Read more...]

Moms Who Created an Adventure Club for Their Kids

moms adventure club

In this installment of my Moms Who Make Outdoors Happen series, we meet Michelle McCoy and her family of four. She joined together with a group of moms to create an Adventure Club for their kids. The purpose is simply to find and explore wild spaces in Orange County. Michelle and I have known each other for years through our blogging, but only just met in person in 2015.  I … [Read more...]

Melinda Park in Mission Viejo

melinda park mission viejo

Melinda Park in Mission Viejo sits right along Rancho Santa Margarita Parkway on the border of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. It has great views of Saddleback Mountain. Directions to Melinda Park: Sits at the corner of Melinda and Rancho Santa Margarita Parkway. Melinda is between Alicia Parkway and Marguerite Parkway. It's also reachable by taking Olympiad … [Read more...]