Central Park in Huntington Beach for Kids and Families

Huntington Beach Central Park

Central Park Huntington Beach is so massive that it has an east and west side. It's a beautiful oasis of nature right in the thick of Huntington Beach. Location: The best way to visit the WEST side of the park is off Edwards. Talbert changes into Varsity at Edwards - so don't get tricked and turn the wrong way. Turn onto Talbert from Edwards.  If you don't live in … [Read more...]

Felicita County Park in Escondido


Sometimes families ask me for a park with a stream, sometimes it's rocks to climb, or a shaded oak grove, and sometimes it's a playground or hiking trails. This park has it all -- and we discovered it quite by accident. Directions to Felicita County Park: Off Interstate 15 at Via Rancho Parkway. Go in the opposite direction of the San Diego Safari Park - towards Lake … [Read more...]

Lands End Lookout and Sutro Bath Ruins in San Francisco’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area


Lands End Lookout and the Sutro Bath Ruins in San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area seemingly brought us to the edge of the world and then into the mouth of a sea cave! It was an breathtaking stop on our way through the Bay Area to points north. And guess what? It was sunny! In San Francisco! At the entrance to the bay! We started at the Lands End … [Read more...]

A Good Day for Ducks: Pintails and Buffleheads

Good Day for Ducks

Have you heard the saying? It means it's raining outside. Did you know that ducks are categorized by whether they are "dabbling" ducks or "diving" ducks?  Here's what dabbling looks like: It means the ducks are dipping down to scrounge for food off the bottom. Bolsa Chica Wetlands is a good place for dabbling ducks. This one happens to be an adult Northern Pintail … [Read more...]