If you read my post last week, you are excited to plan your trip to Death Valley, but what should you do? Death Valley is huge (the largest National Park in the lower 48) and you can spend days exploring if you want to see everything. If you want to see just the top highlights you need at least 2-3 days (assuming you are staying in the park, so have less driving). Here is an ideal itinerary for Death Valley With (or Without) Kids (all distances are round trip):
Day 1: Badwater Area
Day 2: StovePipe Wells
Day 3: Northern Death Valley
I recently became obsessed with Death Valley; I had seen a few pictures on pinterest and was stunned by how beautiful it was. Despite only living 8 hours away for the last 30 years, I had never been, so it was time to plan a trip. So here is everything you need to know to know before you plan your trip to Death Valley National Park and why it is a great destination for kids.
If you haven’t been to Yosemite yet, add it to your wish list. Yosemite is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the USA! And if you haven’t been there in the winter, think about adding it to your seasonal list. Yosemite in winter, in the snow, is stunning. Not only is it beautiful, but there are no crowds!!! Here are a few pics to inspire you from a trip we took with big D when he was just 9 months old.
Whenever we are on vacation we always look for a great place to watch sunset and have a glass of wine. Yet, very often, we never do this at home. To bring a little vacation to daily life (and who doesn’t need that?!) we have started to go out on sunset walks post dinner. Sunset in San Francisco can be magical. Between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Beachside Cliffs, there are amazing places to watch the sunset. In the summer, sunset walks are pretty easy; we eat an early dinner, do baths and jammies (you’ll see it in the photos), and then head out and explore. Here are our top 5 places to watch a San Francisco sunset:
If you have been following me for a while, you know we love to hike as a family; but sometimes it can be really hard to find family appropriate hikes. It needs to be just the right length and difficulty. Our current criteria are: 5 miles or under, almost any difficulty. We can do any difficulty, but if there is too much vertical gain, then we need to shave some of the mileage off to make it more doable with minimal amount of complaining. So under 5 miles, shouldn’t be that hard, right? Wrong. Tahoe is a beautiful place to hike, but it is difficult to find good kid friendly hikes. A lot of the lists we find have hikes that don’t give you very good views, aren’t that interesting, or are all in South Lake. Here is our top 10 list of hikes in North Lake Tahoe with (young) kids. If you have any additional suggestions, please add them in the comments section, we are always looking for new ones. (Difficulty rating: 1 ★ = easiest, 5 ★ = hardest)
It is so easy to get comfortable, to do the same thing. As a busy family there is a ton of value in routine and ritual, but there is also so much reward when you break out and try something different. One of the best parts of starting a blog has been that it has inspired our family to try new things, to not rely on “what we have always done”. We do this in small ways like going on an after-dinner sunset walk in a new place or eating new foods, and most recently in bigger ways by visiting Lassen National Park.
Summer is almost over, but there is still time left to squeeze in a weekend camping before the weather turns. Camping with small kids can be a daunting idea, but can also be amazing. Kids LOVE the novelty of camping, it is a fun weekend together as a family, and totally worth all the effort, and yes, there will be some effort put in. Here are are my tips for taking small kids camping, surviving, and actually having fun:
We love hiking with our little ones and one of the best parts of San Francisco is its easy access to beautiful hikes. Hiking post-kids is not quite the same as hiking pre-kids, but still can be a lot of fun. Here are my top tips for hiking with kids:
We love to hike. Sadly, our kids do not…yet. I totally sympathize with them, up until college, I did not really like hiking, I would do it with friends on school field trips or something like that, but it wasn’t one of my passions. Going to college in Vermont, I learned to LOVE hiking. Luckily Mr. H also loves spending time outdoors.
Pre-kids and post kids we try and get out and hike as often as we can (which isn’t as often as we would like). Post kids, those trips are a little less frequent, and the hikes are a little different (shorter, more mellow), but still great to get outside. Someone once told us that a child can hike the same number of miles as their age (ie. a 3 year old can hike 3 miles). We have been using this as our guide over the last couple of years and it seems to be a pretty accurate benchmark.
One of my favorite parts of living in San Francisco is the access to amazing outdoor activities within minutes, including hiking. My current fave hikes with kids are Lands End and Stowe Lake: