Family Campgrounds & Hikes on the Central California Coast

Fancy a place to pitch your tent and walk over to the ocean with the kids? Will you also want beautiful nature, not too many RVs, running water, picnic tables and bathrooms? And while we’re at it and there is so much to schlep, how about not a big hike to the spot – not […]

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Pancake Breakfast at the West Point Inn

The Pancake Hike – How Mount Tam Makes Trail Breakfast Exciting

Most people eat breakfast before hitting the trail and I can’t blame them for that – hiking on an empty stomach can lead me to thoughts of the murderous kind. Some people eat breakfast on the trail – as in “eat your cereals, kid” or lumberjack-style, bringing a griddle and chopping a tree to fry […]

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Hitting the slopes - notice the crowds :)

Family Winter Fun at Mount Shasta and McCloud

Second highest volcano in the US – check. Ski resort, sledding hill and cool bookstores – check, check, check. No crowds or lines – check and double check. Well then, what are the snow bunnies waiting for? Aaaah, I know. It’s the drive, isn’t it? Yes, it’s a long drive up I-5 but wait til […]

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Waiting for whales on the boat

Whale Watching with Children at the Farallon Islands (Video)

“There goes the tail!” said the naturalist on board of our whale watching boat off the Farallon Islands. The kids were glued to the sides of the boat, waiting for Moby Dick to resurface and wave at us with its giant fin. Think about that – the largest mammals on earth, barnacle-encrusted animals who travel […]

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Alaskan Husky

When The Wild Calls: Dogsledding with Children

They bring up images of Jack London’s novel in the Yukon during the 10th century Klondike Gold Rush, images of the extreme dog sled race Iditarod taking place over 1,150 miles of Alaska’s roughest wildest terrain. Alaskan huskies are magical animals. Trained to run 100 miles a day, they are unparalleled in speed for sled racing. Part wolf, […]

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