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Monarch Magic at Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove

Of all the places to see monarchs in California, the Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove is one of the best to visit with kids. And from November through February is the time to plan your family’s visit! Photos from this post are available in my Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove stock photo gallery. What …

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Hiking to Whiskeytown Falls | Shasta County, Northern California

At summer’s end in the drought-stricken state of California, finding a 220-foot multi-tiered waterfall in the forest feels nothing short of a miracle. Yet, thanks to the underground springs feeding into Crystal Creek, the miracle that is Whiskeytown Falls continues cascading over its rocky slopes and mossy ledges, refreshing the eyes, ears, and souls of …

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Review of The Greenhorn | California Family Dude Ranch Vacations

QUINCY, CALIFORNIA: Review of The Greenhorn Ranch. It’s not every day you go to check email, hear a splash, and look up to see an osprey rising with its catch—and a bald eagle chasing right behind. Too stunned to switch my cell phone to camera mode, I just stared in rapture at the raptors circling …

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Bend with Kids – Oregon Summer Family Vacation Guide

Planning a summer trip with the kids to Bend, Oregon?  With the wild and scenic Deschutes River flowing into its city center, and the majestic Cascade Mountains watching over it from the west, Bend sits quietly poised for outdoor adventures of nearly every interest and ability. Its pristine lakes and waterways call to fly-fishing and …

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Ten Unforgettable California Family Vacations

For many, the phrase California family vacations conjures images of roller coasters, princesses, and perhaps a Lego or two million. Yet California has so much more to offer families than theme park vacations. Consider its giant sequoias and world’s tallest redwood trees awaiting in ancient forests. Classic cable cars climbing the hills of San Francisco and …

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