2 Kid-Friendly San Diego Beaches with Playgrounds

2 Kid-Friendly San Diego Beaches with Playgrounds

Reader Question: I’m going to Northern San Diego for Saturday and Sunday this weekend.  It’ll be mostly with my 3 year old and myself so I’m thinking about spending most of Saturday at a beach.  This means either Oceanside, Carlsbad, or possibly Encinitas.  I want an easy access to the beach with some quick-bite choices in the vicinity. I'll suggest these two kid-friendly … [Read more...]

Moro Beach at Crystal Cove State Park

Moro Beach at Crystal Cove State Park

Moro Beach is very confusing with all its names: El Moro, Moro Cove, or El Moro Canyon. The signage seems to indicate that they've decided on Moro Canyon Area - as a way to describe the beach, canyon, and hiking/biking trails. Whatever you want to call it, you enter near El Morro Elementary School off Pacific Coast Highway just north of Laguna Beach. And, yes, I spelled the … [Read more...]

Tidepool Field Trips and Photos

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Tidepools are fragile -- and kids are natural explorers -- which makes the match a little precarious for the sea life in the tidal zone.  Tidepool field trips are the answer to this environmental conundrum. When I was young, there were no tidepool rules. I could run, play, and collect. Shells and ocean animals were plentiful.  How come your kids can't have the same … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Where to Find Air Conditioning on Hot Days

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Once upon a time, we lived in Colorado Springs and it was 100 plus degrees with humidity during the summer I was pregnant. BAD combination. Our house had high ceilings and sleeping was torture during the "hottest summer on record!"  Sitting with my swollen feet in ice water just wasn't cutting it!  Too bad I'm not a lizard. We had the A/C guys out, but the cost was crazy … [Read more...]