The Santa Barbara Natural History Museum and Rocky Nook Park are often overlooked when families travel to Santa Barbara to visit the nearby Mission. The museum is amazing. It’s more than a museum to me. It embodies my childhood. I was there when the museum acquired the blue whale that washed up on the shore. […]
Nature is simply getting outdoors and connecting with the weather, plants, animals, trails, streams, beaches and natural sounds & smells around you. My definition of nature is purposefully broad. It can be the urban wilderness of walking to the park in the suburbs or it can be an official trail.
Nature is places to go. It's a place for picnics. A place for hiking or simple walks. A place for solitude and observation. A place for art and creative inspiration.
What to do when a Barred Owl surprises you for a picnic? Don’t move. Don’t pull out your camera. Don’t finish making that peanut butter sandwich. Don’t shoo away that bee buzzing around your food. Just freeze. That’s what 8 of us did when a Barred Owl swooped in at lunch time and picked […]
Try this easy Point Reyes hike at Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead. Since we have family in Marin, we’ve visited Point Reyes National Seashore a number of times and we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to hiking. But we like to ease ourselves in when hiking in new territory. One visit brought us to […]
Be advised: The trail to Lower Yosemite Falls is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite Valley. During the summer, that means some serious crowds. Thing is, it’s absolutely worth it. Why? The half-mile stroll is almost entirely flat, paved and perfect for little kids and adults alike. Plus, the payoff is huge – an […]
If I was hoping to kick off our 2012 Northern California road trip on a high note, Humboldt Redwoods State Park couldn’t have been a more perfect choice. I loved our brief stay so much that I dare say it now occupies the top position on my list of favorite California State Parks. I blame it on the trees. […]
The islands offshore of the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara coastline are called the Channel Islands. When I think about my childhood, I see myself alone on a beach with my parents and sister on the only boat anchored in the Harbor. My footprints are the only ones on the shore after rowing my […]
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 […]
It’s the single most common question people ask me when I say we spent spring break in Death Valley: “Why did you go there?” I admit that before our first trip to Death Valley, I was skeptical. I mean, how much could there actually be to do in the desert, with kids no less? […]