All Types of Family Travel = Stronger Bonds

Growing up in small town NJ, I had the privilege of having my grandmother close to us almost all of my childhood. We often would travel with my grandmother, doing road trips, going to Puerto Rico to see family, and even once doing a family cruise with five of us in a small stateroom on…

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

On our last day in San Diego, we spent a lazy morning packing up our AirBnB and making a picnic lunch. We were headed north next, and thought on our way out of town, at the suggestion of a friend, we decided to check out Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. My friend promised beautiful views…

Balboa Park

After several hours in the car, but still arriving at San Diego too early to check into our AirBnB, the family was excited to get to a place to stretch our legs and enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather after a long morning of driving. At the recommendation of a friend we decided to check…

What happened to the fireworks?

So you remember I said that we only did 3 of the 4 intended activities?  Well, if you’ve been following along you have figured out that the missed activity was the fireworks. That manager at the Quality Inn we stayed in suggested the fireworks along the beach. We decided we would walk to dinner before…

Old Time Steam Trains

Before this 4th of July weekend, the only time we went to Santa Cruz was for the “Holiday Day Out with Thomas” train rides (a must if you have toddlers or preschoolers who are into Thomas). I always wanted to ride the full train ride along the beach and was excited at the prospect. At…

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

After we realized that we needed to wait for the sun before hitting the beach we decided to start with Santa Cruz’s famous boardwalk.  The boardwalk was founded in 1907 and is the oldest amusement park in California*.  Its everything you imagine in a boardwalk:  rides, roller coasters, arcade games and fun boardwalk food. When…

Beach Day – Santa Cruz, California

Growing up on the Jersey Shore, I have a very specific idea in my mind when I think of a beach day.  I have visions of sun, warm weather, sandy beach, beach chairs and umbrellas, food and drinks you bring in your cooler, and swimming in the warm Atlantic Ocean. I knew I had to make some compromises…