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Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

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Angel Island

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Route 49: Gold Country

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Preston Castle, Ione

Sep 07, 14 Preston Castle, Ione

Posted by in California, Featured, Sacramento

This was the unexpected surprise of our Gold Country Road Trip. Originally we were going to bypass the Preston Castle, but I’m happy to say we decided to stop anyway. There is something about this place that is really intriguing… so much so that La Niña was inspired to start writing a story with the building as a...

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Return to Los Alcatraces

Sep 05, 14 Return to Los Alcatraces

Posted by in California, Featured, San Francisco

During my last visit to Alcatraz, I meandered the prison, did the audio tour, wandered the nature trail and looked at the birds. It took a few hours and I thought I had explored the whole island. Boy was I ever wrong. I managed to only scratch the surface… literally, because under the prison is a fort… and somehow I...

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Angel Island

Sep 03, 14 Angel Island

Posted by in California, Featured, Hiking, San Francisco

Angel Island is one of the three islands charted by Juan de Ayala when he first entered the San Francisco Bay in 1775. He was asked to explore the area to determine if the Russians had established a settlement; Ayala anchored in what is now known as Ayala Cove on the North West part of the island. Before leaving he named it Isla de...

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SF Shakespeare Festival

Sep 01, 14 SF Shakespeare Festival

Posted by in California, Events, Featured, Silicon Valley

La Niña surprised me this summer. While I know there’s a little poet inside her that keeps poking it’s head out. What I didn’t realize is how much of a poet there is… and how deeply complex and intuitive her understanding of the world. This came out at this summer’s Shakespeare Festival. I love...

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Morton’s Warm Springs, Glen Ellen

Aug 30, 14 Morton’s Warm Springs, Glen Ellen

Posted by in California, Featured, Kidtastic, Sonoma

We found this place through another blog: Marin Mommies and after a day of ziplining, it seemed like a more practical and less extreme approach to our summer adventure theme. It also happens to be between Santa Rosa and San Francisco and was a great place to stop on the way back to the city. From the looks of it, this swimming pool...

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Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

Aug 28, 14 Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

Posted by in California, Cemeteries, Featured, Sonoma

This is now one of my favourite cemeteries. It’s easy to explore and discover stories about the people buried under the earth. As you walk in, leaflets with a self-guided tour are by the entrance; these make wandering the graveyard a bit like a treasure hunt. The local historical society also does a GREAT walking tour that...

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Charles Schulz Museum

Aug 26, 14 Charles Schulz Museum

Posted by in California, Featured, Kidtastic, Sonoma

Just like with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, you’d have to have lived under a rock for the last 50-years to not know Charles Schulz and the Peanuts. In fact, both cartoonists have very similar early lives. Both were born into immigrant European families, grew up in the midwest, served in one of the World Wars, and...

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Sonoma Canopy Tours (a.k.a. Ziplining)

Aug 24, 14 Sonoma Canopy Tours (a.k.a. Ziplining)

Posted by in California, Featured, Kidtastic, Sonoma

For this episode of the Daring Adventures summer theme, little Miss Niña chose ziplining. There’s no need to fuss about her choosing something “so dangerous,” because this isn’t her first flight. In fact, she spent an entire week this summer at Sanborn County Park learning about ziplining, rappelling, and...

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