Posts by Michele Whiteaker

Dennis the Menace Playground in Monterey, California

Dennis the Menace Playground

Dennis the Menace Playground at the El Estero Park Complex in Monterey, California holds special memories for adults who played there in their youth. The park first opened in 1956!  I learned about the park from my friend, Connie, and took the opportunity to visit the first time we were in the area.  Because of new safety standards, the park isn't the way everyone remembers it. … [Read more...]

Disneyland Pumpkin Secrets

Disneyland Pumpkin Secrets

I'm about to reveal some of Disneyland's pumpkin secrets. Disneyland pumpkin carvers cut traditional Jack-O'-Lanterns to line the upper stories of Main Street storefronts.  So look up as you're walking down Main Street. But if you head back to the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch between Fantasyland and Frontierland during Halloween Time - you'll have the chance to meet … [Read more...]

Ridgecrest Park in Aliso Viejo

Ridgecrest Park in Aliso Viejo

Ridgecrest Park in Aliso Viejo is a favorite for families because of all the play options. If you're a sports player, there are tennis courts, a basketball court and a fitness course. Shade covers over the playground make it a nice option for summer. Views of Saddleback Valley greet walkers around the sidewalk loop. And there are plenty of green grassy hills to roll … [Read more...]

Tamarisk Park in Lake Forest

Tamarisk Park in Lake Forest

Tamarisk Park in Lake Forest is tucked up in the foothills above Trabuco.  The park was upgraded in Summer 2014 to remove the old-fashioned metal merry-go-round from "the olden days" when we were kids to a new Landscape Structures plastic spinner which looks reminiscent of a jacuzzi tub.  I wonder what will happen when it rains? The new park also has shade covers and a new … [Read more...]