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Hiking: Franklin Canyon Park

7 Jun


On a beautiful and warm Saturday morning, we took a family trip to Franklin Canyon Park to go hiking. This park in tucked away in the Hollywood Hills and is a hidden jem! With about 13 miles of hiking trails, this place has it all! You can picnic, take an easy walk around Heavenly Pond, bird watch, sit and paint, take photographs, hike, or find a spot to sit and read a book.


If this place looks somewhat familiar… you may recognize it from the opening credits of The Andy Griffith Show. I grew up watching that show with my dad. Our favorite episode is Aunt Bea’s kerosene cucumbers!


While we hiked, I took tons of pictures! You wouldn’t guess that I was just a few minutes from bustling Beverly Hills! If you plan on visiting, take lots of water! Enjoy!!













Weekend adventure: Part 2

27 Mar

As if visiting and walking trails at Joshua Tree National Park wasn’t enough, we decided to stop by Pioneertown too! We were in the neighborhood and Pappy & Harriets was calling our name! I have posted about Pappy & Harriets and Pioneertown here, we went New Years weekend this year. Also, check out the LA Times article for Joshua Tree from Sunday’s paper- they also talk about this hidden gem.


When we arrived, we walked around Pioneertown with the kids. The kids enjoyed exploring the little, sleepy town.

Afterwards, we stopped to eat an early dinner at Pappy & Harriets. They have the craziest and most random decor.

The Entrance Band

I also spotted one of Summer’s favorite bands had played there before, The Entrance Band! The restaurant also doubles as a bar at night where shows are played. I will have to check that out for sure!

So Meaty! (in "The Soup" voice)

I had the chili and it is spectacular! Of course, I didn’t finish the bowl! Could you imagine? The leftovers tasted good the next day too!

The kids loved the atmosphere and they love to make silly faces too! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Our weekend adventure

26 Mar

Skull Rock

We took a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park this weekend. Purely by coincidence, the Los Angeles Times had this article in the Travel section and we looked for insight into our day trip.

A secret passage way

We stopped at the visitor center and picked up a map. We set out with a plan to walk a trial first, have lunch, then walk a second trail. The first walk we took was at Skull Rock, a 1.7 miles trail.

I did it!

We climbed a few rocks and took in the view. The kids had a great time exploring.

Be cool

We completed the first half of the trail and then the little one got tired and hungry. We cut the trail short and headed back to the car.

Key View

The next stop: Key View. This .25 mile trail has great panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. We had some lunch first, then walked the trail to see the sights.

A little breezy

We had a great time, despite the fact that it was extremely windy and a bit cold. We will be going back for sure… we have a pass now! Have you ever been? What are your favorite trails?

Day Tripper

17 Aug

Can you hear it?  Summer is coming to an end.  I was born and raised in Southern California so sunshine is in my blood…I dread the cooler weather.  Heck, I dread the air conditioner!  Before we head back to school and a routine, we’re trying to cram as much outdoor time in as we can.  Here in San Diego there is plenty to do outside, but this weekend we headed North-East for a day trip to scenic Idyllwild, CA.

Once you arrive, you want to head to the ranger station to pick up an adventure pass for $5.00. There are plenty of trails. We headed up Devil’s Slide. It sounds more dangerous than it really is. Although you should always be cautious, especially when you have little ones with you.

I not a regular hiker and neither is my not-quite-two year old, but we managed just fine and yes he hiked part of the trail himself. There were occasional streams of cold water, which the dogs loved! The kids spent most of the hike looking for the perfect stick.

We didn’t make it all the way to the top, but our only goal was a nature-filled afternoon of family fun.

It was pretty warm out there so after we made it back to the car we headed to a biker’s hang out for a bite to eat. Jo’Ann’s is located in the middle of all the little shops and her “mountain burger” is definitely worth a taste! We sat on the patio where we could enjoy a leisurely lunch with our K9 friends while also enjoying the live music from the beer garden.

My life’s motto is that a meal isn’t complete without dessert, and I found no exception following an afternoon hike. After our mountainous burgers we headed to the Candy Cupboard for some old-fashioned ice cream bars and shaved ice.

The Candy Cupboard was a perfectly sweet ending to a great day trip to Idyllwild. I would totally recommend spending the day in Idyllwild if you’re looking for family friendly fun that’s out-of-the-way without being too far away.

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