“The Life-Changing Magic of Losing Our Stuff” or “Six Months After the Camp Fire”

I'm going to qualify this post with the fact that we didn't lose "everything". We have friends who literally lost Everything. I know we are very lucky because the kids and I were able to grab a few things when evacuated from the Camp Fire: A pre-packed emergency bag with toothbrushes, one change of underwear … Continue reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Losing Our Stuff” or “Six Months After the Camp Fire”

Joshua Tree National Park

We visited Joshua Tree National Park 3 times in February & March while we were staying at Sam's Family Spa in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Do you know how Joshua trees got their name? I didn't. My google-research indicated that the name came from a group of Mormons who thought that the unique trees looked … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

Onwards and Northwards – San Benito RV Resort

We're leaving San Benito RV and Camping Resort today and headed North again. We were spoiled by Sam's Family Spa in Desert Hot Springs so this campground had some big cons for me. The laundry facility was almost 1/2 mile from our site. Too far to lug bags of laundry, so we had to drive … Continue reading Onwards and Northwards – San Benito RV Resort

Monterey Bay Aquarium

We really enjoyed our flexible field trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium yesterday (thanks again to South Sutter Charter School)! Here is our trip in photos: Moon jellies! Just like in the book, "Night of the Moonjellies", by Mark Shasha. Too cool! 😎 What was the best part? Why? S (age 9): "The Sevengill shark. Because … Continue reading Monterey Bay Aquarium

Pinnacles National Park

Yesterday we went to Pinnacles National Park for a Sabbath morning hike. Per the Ranger's suggestion, we hiked the Bear Gulch Cave loop (3 miles). There was water on the cave floor in some places and a small waterfall which sounded bigger than it looked. Talk about a hidden gem. It was amazing. I am … Continue reading Pinnacles National Park