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Stargazing 101

Stargazing 101

December 15, 2015 No Comments   Showing your children the night sky is something of a miracle. There’s the wonder of the sky itself, the vastness of the universe that you yourself may sometimes take for granted. There’s the eye-opening, round-mouthed joy of children taking it all in. There’s the pleasure of being family together there in the darkness. Unless ...

 

Joshua Tree Highlands Houses

Joshua Tree Highlands Houses

December 1, 2015 No Comments If you’ve ever read your child a fairy tale… And your child loved the story… Then a stay in one of the Highlands Houses rental properties just outside of Joshua Tree National Park is in order. THE PARK The park itself, of course, is like something from a fairy tale. It has wonderfully strange rock ...

 

La Casa Del Zorro: California Desert Gem Re-Opened

La Casa Del Zorro: California Desert Gem Re-Opened

November 15, 2015 No Comments La Casa Del Zorro first opened in 1937, and was deeply mourned when, after being purchased by investors, it closed in 2010. Its re-opening in 2013 has earned it many accolades in the travel industry for its elegant charm. Located in the small town of Borrego Springs in the heart of Anza Borrego State Park, ...

 

Yurt Love at Wellspring Ranch in Central California

Yurt Love at Wellspring Ranch in Central California

November 1, 2015 No Comments What child would not love a yurt? Or at least the yurts at Wellspring Ranch in the hills high above Central California’s Cayucos beach town. Wellspring Ranch is a beautiful organic farm owned by Jennifer and Richard Arfa, whose loving care and devotion to detail has resulted in one idyllic, pampered, yet rustic resort. The ...

 

Desert Dreaming: Death Valley

Desert Dreaming: Death Valley

October 18, 2015 No Comments It’s been awhile since my family and I visited Death Valley, and an equally long time since I’ve written about it here. Viewed in the fall, with still-warm days and star-filled nights, or the spring, when a riot of wildflowers burst out along the valley floor; viewed in winter when snow crusts the Panamints and ...

 

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Glamping is Camping that’s Easy, Elegant and Fun

Glamping is Camping that’s Easy, Elegant and Fun

October 6, 2015 No Comments Kids love camping. They love sleeping bags as their own private cocoons, they love campfires and s’mores, they love star gazing and that feeling of being close to nature. What they won’t like so much, and possibly neither will you, is that midnight trek to the potty a hundred yards away, looking for a place ...

 

Sedona: Red Rocks and Sunsets

Sedona: Red Rocks and Sunsets

September 24, 2015 No Comments Sedona is all about the color red. There are the red skies of sunset, the beautiful red rocks, the red dusty soil that is, let’s admit this right up front, going to get in your kids’ socks and shoes, your car, your accommodations. It’s also red from the blush of pure pleasure you and your ...

 

Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort

Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort

September 15, 2015 No Comments The most striking aspect of Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort is its pools. They call it the Wailea Canyon Activity Pool, though that may be a gross understatement. The pool is actually nine pools on six tiers, all of which are interconnected by water slides and rivers including whitewater rapids, a rope swing, a sand beach, ...

 

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La Posada in Winslow, Arizona

La Posada in Winslow, Arizona

September 1, 2015 No Comments Do the kids know the Jackson Browne penned song the Eagles made famous, “Take it Easy?” If not, it’s time they learned the tune and you took them to Winslow, Arizona, for a visit to the Standin’ on the Corner Park which pays tribute to the song, and the profoundly awesome La Posada hotel. The ...

 

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

August 9, 2015 No Comments It has been said that to contemplate the majesty of nature is to contemplate God. After all, one glimpses the artist within his creation. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are no exception. The mixed-conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada include a diverse array of ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense-cedar, white fir and groves of ...

 

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