The Mountains are Calling and We Must Go – to McCall, Idaho

Frequently named one of the most beautiful small towns in Idaho, after visiting McCall overnight, I have to say that I couldn’t agree more! This fabulous tourist destination sits next to Payette Lake, which is stunningly beautiful, even with the smoky sky. Pondorosa State Park is here in McCall as well. We took the kiddos … Continue reading The Mountains are Calling and We Must Go – to McCall, Idaho

Back-to-School Meal Planning

My wonderful husband has long been requesting that I make a family meal plan again like I used to. Meal planning makes grocery shopping easier, saves money by reducing food waste, and eliminates the need for anyone to ask the question: “What’s for dinner?” Then, a recent visit from my friend L.T. led to a … Continue reading Back-to-School Meal Planning

Sierra Discovery Trail – Nevada City, California

“Mommy this is not a hike, this is an adventure!”B (age 6) Located in Nevada City, California, this easy 2-mile loop trail is perfect for families. There are informational sign posts all along the way for educational credit as well. Natural Science lesson ✅ If you’d like to see photos and read about the Sierra … Continue reading Sierra Discovery Trail – Nevada City, California

Pomegranates Baby!

We had a really fun opportunity this week to see pomegranates beginning to grow on a tree in the side yard at our rental house. We are still waiting on new flooring at our new house… It’s just been one hiccup after another… Perhaps we will move in by the end of June... Anyways, while … Continue reading Pomegranates Baby!

Mirror Lake – Yosemite National Park – California

We could’ve spent so much more time at Yosemite National Park. We are grateful that we were able to visit this amazing place before COVID-19 was spreading here in the US and the Shelter-in-Place directives were in effect. Yosemite is a really crowded park and I don’t think it would be possible to practice social … Continue reading Mirror Lake – Yosemite National Park – California

Shelter at Home Chunking

I recently read an interesting article on “chunking”. In psychology, chunking refers to grouping small chunks of information so you can remember larger pieces of information when you put the chunks together. The most common example of this is phone numbers. While it is very difficult to remember a 10 digit number, most people can … Continue reading Shelter at Home Chunking

Lower Yosemite Falls – Yosemite National Park – California

Our recent trip to Yosemite was very special because we were able to meet up with some fellow displaced Camp Fire survivors. It was so wonderful to see our friends again! We had a wonderful time with them on a hike to Lower Yosemite falls and talked non-stop the entire afternoon. We still miss our … Continue reading Lower Yosemite Falls – Yosemite National Park – California

Point Reyes Lighthouse – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

2/9/20 Day #2 of our weekend getaway to Point Reyes National Seashore took us to Ken Patrick Visitors Center where we purchased tickets ($7 per adult & kids were free) for the shuttle bus. At this time, the only way to access the lighthouse was by shuttle. Once the shuttle dropped us off at the … Continue reading Point Reyes Lighthouse – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

The Woodpecker Trail – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

2/8/20 After hiking the 1-mile Earthquake Trail we grabbed a brochure and headed to The Woodpecker Trail. This trail wasn't paved and wasn't as flat as Earthquake Trail, but it was still super kid-friendly. We ended up running from one numbered post to the next, stopping at each to read the first paragraph of the … Continue reading The Woodpecker Trail – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

Earthquake Trail – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

2/8/20 After being sandblasted off Limantour Beach we headed inland for some better weather. We made ourselves lunch and ate at picnic tables next to the overflow parking lot at Bear Valley Visitor Center before heading to Earthquake Trail. At the very start of the paved path, keep left at the fork so that the … Continue reading Earthquake Trail – Point Reyes National Seashore – California