Camping, Hiking, Kids, Museums, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized

El Malpais National Monument

After a quick four days in New Mexico, it was time to begin the second portion of our Spring Break 2K18 roadtrip.  We loaded up and headed west for Flagstaff, AZ, where we would spend two days before heading back to the LA area.  We headed out right after breakfast with the intention of stopping… Continue reading El Malpais National Monument

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Family, Hiking, Kids, Museums, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized

Carlsbad Caverns

The highlight of our Spring Break 2K18 Southwest Adventure was definitely Carlsbad Caverns. We had been desiring to visit the national park for at least ten years now, and finally were staying close enough to make it a reality. The three-hour drive from Ruidoso via Roswell was well worth the visit. Carlsbad Caverns, located in… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns

Hiking, Kids, Museums, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

White Sands National Monument

The official day 2 of our Southwest Spring Break 2K18 adventure was spent at White Sands National Monument and the surrounding areas of Alamogordo and Cloudcroft. Alamogordo is home to pistachio orchards and wineries, such as PistachioLand which boasts the 'world's largest pistachio.' We made a stop here on the way to the national monument… Continue reading White Sands National Monument

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Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

I love the great outdoors.  As I hike over five miles at least once a week, I can probably consider myself an avid hiker.  There isn’t much that I enjoy more than being out in nature. Except maybe Disneyland. But that’s a different post for a different time.  All to say, I have never been… Continue reading Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

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Sami’s hammies: another pet story

The tagline for this site is "Four kids, a dog, and a squeaker in the San Gabriel Valley." It goes without further explanation that the four kids are my four children, the dog is our Golden retriever, and we reside in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. But what is the squeaker? The answer… Continue reading Sami’s hammies: another pet story