Family Road Trip: Jack London State Historic Park Hiking with Kids

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Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, California provides families with a very intimate connection to a writer who lived a wild life on the sea and  in the snow. Most will recognize these book titles: Call of the Wild and White Fang. Parks should NEVER close!   Writing about parks can be the most inspiring work and make me feel most-desperate, all at the same time. … [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...]

SF Bay Area: How NOT To Do It All In One Day

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San Francisco travel with kids is a no-brainer. There's the zoo, Fisherman's Wharf, the Exploratorium, the Steinhart Aquarium and so many other adventures to tackle. We drove up to the Bay Area on a Friday (all day), spent Saturday with family, and then drove back on Sunday (all day).  What does that leave time for? No Planning The best part for me was NO planning. We … [Read more...]

Would You Play at This Playground?

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I was thinking "not." I swear I've become a playground snob after visiting the many unique and amazing Orange County playgrounds. So when we headed up north to the Bay Area a few weekends ago for a family birthday, we initially hemmed and hawed about stopping at this little corner playground. It had chain link fence all around and looked more like a prison than a … [Read more...]