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...]

Point Lobos State Natural Preserve in Monterey

Point Lobos State Natural Preserve

Point Lobos State Natural Preserve in Monterey is a scenic wonder full of sea life, hiking trails, a cultural museum, and grand views of the Pacific. Trails are totally manageable for families, but most trails aren't stroller-friendly because it's rocky. As you hike, you'll have peek-a-boo views of coves and then come upon full views. Check all the rocky outcroppings … [Read more...]

Trip Report: Family Nature Summits at Asilomar 2014

Family Nature Summit Asilomar 2014

For some families, their answer to the "What did you do this summer?" has been the same for the past 30+ years. Family Nature Summits has been serving families all over the USA since 1970.  This was NOT a sponsored trip. We paid our own way. However, Family Nature Summits is a non-profit and I want to share all the good stuff they offer families in different locations each … [Read more...]

Gray Whale Photos for Kids

Gray Whale Photos for Kids

Have you ever felt the thrill of whale watching from a boat? You have the advantage of a captain who knows the local waters and regular locations of the whales. But I can get the same thrill when I spot a whale from shore. In southern California, gray whale season typically runs from December through March. We visited Point Reyes National Seashore in northern California … [Read more...]

Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center Family Travel Tips

Point Reyes Lighthouse Family Travel Tips

Okay, I'm going to share my Point Reyes Lighthouse family travel tips for a successful visit to the visitor center at the point of  this National Seashore. Weather First of all, it probably WON'T look like my photos when you go! Sorry. We were soooooooo incredibly lucky to have sunshine and a clear view on the day we visited. Even if it's sunny inland, there's a good … [Read more...]