Hiking, outdoors, photography, School, Travel, Uncategorized

Flight of the Butterflies

I was driving to Pasadena from work two weeks ago and in the air were hundreds of butterflies. Even in the suburban jungle I call home, California butterflies from the sweet Cabbage white to the majestic Western swallowtail are fairly common. But the swarms of butterflies heading west was a sight that I had never… Continue reading Flight of the Butterflies

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Family, Kids, Museums, parenting, Pets, Travel, Uncategorized

Science Gone to the Dogs

If you’re in So Cal and need a weekend activity and love dogs, head over to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to check out ‘Dogs! A Science Tail.’ This new featured exhibit opened this past Saturday, March 16, 2019 and will run through January 2020. With the boys gone over the weekend for… Continue reading Science Gone to the Dogs

Camping, Family, Hiking, Kids, Travel, Uncategorized

Monday Night Hikes

It’s that time again: hiking season. Beginning in February, we hike up to Henninger Flat campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño, we’ve missed a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more green in the mountains than we typically see, and milder temperatures… Continue reading Monday Night Hikes

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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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Saving money Saturdays: the Citadel Outlets

Happy Tuesday! I know it's not Saturday, but we took a trip to the Outlets on Saturday, so that counts. Sort of. Take a trip south on the Interstate 5 from Los Angeles, and you'll see a set of peach-colored buildings with Babylonian-style architecture.  This is where you want to stop. The Citadel buildings have… Continue reading Saving money Saturdays: the Citadel Outlets