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Epic Backpack in the Sierras – Two moms and two kids

Day 1 Setting up camp at the trailhead to Maggie Lakes in the Sequoia National Forest was the perfect way to spend the summer solstice. We are the only ones at Shake Camp ($15/night). The kids, R and Christian, are … Continue reading

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Snake Bite Kit = Cell Phone

Just back from a pleasant mom’s night out. I went to a rattlesnake talk at The Reserve at Ranch Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano. Steve Bledsoe (and Noah Anderson), two avocational herpetologists, gave an excellent presentation tonight. I got … Continue reading

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Reading My Eyeballs Out

  “…the wilderness had a clarity that included me.” I’m halfway through a book I started yesterday, and I have the sore eyeballs to prove it. Cheryl Strayed walked the Pacific Coast Trail by herself at age 26 to try … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks at Jalama

Camping at the beach is always a treat in SoCal. To the coastline I say: I love your bone structure. No cell phone reception for 48 hours helped me stay focused on the moment. My husband was content and my … Continue reading

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Camping in Big Bear with Kidlets

Big Bear was our third camping trip in three weeks – which was pretty ambitious for camping with a 2-month old, but somehow worked out with the help of a supportive Ganma and Gampy. We camped at Serrano Campground in … Continue reading

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Camping at Point Mugu State Park

It is pretty amazing to live in California and have access to so many state parks and beaches. Last month we spent a couple nights camping on the coast (and I mean, really, on the coast) in Ventura County, just … Continue reading

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Montana de oro

As Chad put it, our best Thanksgiving ever. I was only sad not to spend it with Bella, but she spent her Thanksgiving with her dad in Joshua Tree (and was very excited about experiencing Black Friday at the Cabazon … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree Camping Debrief

Back from two outrageous nights of camping in Joshua Tree National Park. I say outrageous, because it was three moms and seven kids. It was a lot of work, but very very worth it. I got to Joshua Tree Sunday … Continue reading

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Joshua Tree National Park

We’re headed out to Joshua Tree this Sunday for two nights of camping and getting ready made me think fondly back to our last camping trip there early this last summer to celebrate my mother-in-law’s retirement. The National Park is … Continue reading

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Mama Scouts

Sierra and I have decided to start a new club, and we’re calling ourselves Mama Scouts of America. We just got back from an impromptu camping trip in the nearby Casper’s Wilderness Park and we had  A BLAST! We also … Continue reading

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