O’Neill Regional Park: Go Wild Outside

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O'Neill Regional Park in Trabuco Canyon has a distinctly wilderness feel with options for hiking and camping. I camped there when I was a college student long ago. Rancho Santa Margarita sure cozied up next to it, huh? It's nestled back up in the foothills at the intersection of Live Oak and Trabuco Canyon roads. This is a beautiful time of year to go with the green hills and … [Read more...]

Cheat Sheet to Park and Beach Passes for OC Families

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Which park passes should you buy if you are a family living in Orange County, CA? It's a question that plagues parents who wants to play outside more, but don't have the time to research every possible outing or admission price. I will try to make it easy for you. Your choices range from: Spend $0 - see FREE PLAY. Spend $55/year - OCParks.com County Regional and … [Read more...]

Aliso and Wood Canyons Wildflower Hike in Aliso Viejo

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We ventured out on an Aliso Wood Canyons wildflower hike not really expecting to see this incredible variety of blooms. Most people think of wildflowers in Southern California as fields of golden poppies or yellow mustard plants (non-native invasive species). True wildflower spotting takes a little patience and looking VERY closely at your surroundings. I've hiked this route … [Read more...]

New Year’s in Nature

Where to Celebrate New Year's in Nature

It's not hard to celebrate a family-friendly New Year's in nature.  Keep an eye on the weather, because rain may cause the cancellation of some of these events. Our family tradition is to make sure we get out to see the last sunset of the year AND the first sunset of the year - which is sometimes problematic due to fog & rain (but we at least try). I'd much rather get … [Read more...]