Mount Diablo State Park

I hope all of you amazing moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day! The past couple of years, I’ve spent Mother’s Day at my daughter’s volleyball tournaments. It’s not my favorite way to spend Mother’s Day, being inside a convention center with absolutely nothing resembling a Mother’s Day brunch, and hundreds of cheering fans – NOT … More Mount Diablo State Park

Napa Valley Day Trip For the Whole Family

With the kind of unstable weather we’re having in California, you may have to get a little creative when planning an outing. Finding places to explore that are somewhat near “shelter,” so that if the rain suddenly starts Niagara-falling, you can find somewhere to run-like-heck and go on with your day. My parents were joining … More Napa Valley Day Trip For the Whole Family

SF Bay Area Hike with Waterfall and Coastal Views

We finally had gorgeous, “I can’t believe this is January!” weather this past weekend and we couldn’t get out the door fast enough to enjoy the outdoors by doing some hiking just south of San Francisco. We were going to meet up with some friends on Sunday, so it was fortuitous that the weather was perfect … More SF Bay Area Hike with Waterfall and Coastal Views

October Day Trip Along the California Coast: Apples and Monarchs

October is one of my favorite months. The craziness that is September has passed and things have settled into a nice rhythm. My daughter has gotten used to her school routines, the weather has cooled down and beautiful, orange pumpkins are everywhere. October for our family is when middle school volleyball season is in full swing … More October Day Trip Along the California Coast: Apples and Monarchs

Biking the Truckee River Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe

Location: Tahoe City to Squaw Valley, California Bike ride: Truckee River Bike Trail, popular multi-use path Length: easy 5 mile bike path from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley (10 mile round trip) Parking (if you are starting at Tahoe City): Free parking lot off of Hwy 89 on Cabin Creek Rd, next to the transit center … More Biking the Truckee River Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe