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Route 66: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every time that we go to Las Vegas, we are always in a rush to get to the city to have some fun. This summer, I took the kids by myself to Zion National Park, and we made a quick stop in Las Vegas. Since I was traveling without my husband, I decided to take my time getting to Las Vegas and explore some stops along the small strip of Route 66 that was just a short detour on our way to Las Vegas. One of our favorite stops along Route 66 was Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch! The small area of Route 66 between OC and Vegas adds about an hour to your road trip (depending on how many times you want to stop and take cool pictures). Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is...

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Abandoned Town: Zzyzx Road

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia We’ve all driven by the Zzyzx road sign on the way to Vegas, and I’ve always been curious about what is at the end of the road in the middle of nowhere. While on a summer road trip from OC to Vegas, I finally took the time to pull off the freeway to explore the abandoned town at the end of this famous road. As we drove down the road, I was glad that I was driving our AWD Kia Sorento because most of the road is not paved. As a mom, I’m not used to driving on dirt roads, and when I was on the dirt road, the Sorento handled just as well as it does on paved roads. We made our way down the windy road and took a moment to stop and...

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Girls’ Getaway in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Ojai, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Visited as a guest of the venue A girls’ getaway doesn’t necessarily mean boarding a plane or heading to Vegas. Traveling a few counties over can be just as reenergizing to your mind and body, if not more so. We recently traveled to The Oaks at Ojai for a few nights, hoping to spend some quality time with our partner-in-crime. We split our time between on-site and nearby activities. Our first day, we stopped by Hip Vegan for lunch al fresco. Fresh vegetables and grains were the perfect way to kickoff our getaway. After check-in, there was time to catch an afternoon Qigong class. Focusing on centering and balancing ourselves, it was what we needed to get into a relaxed mindset. We also got to talking with Eve, who was visiting for some “me time”. She just received a...

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Bodie – California’s Official Gold Rush Ghost Town

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

  Some people dream of seeing Paris, some dream of Hawaii, I on other hand dreamed of seeing Bodie.  Bodie?, yes Bodie.  Now before you rush to your web browser to find out what/where Bodie is I can give you the 411.  Bodie is a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, off the 395.  It’s quite a trek to travel to Bodie so if you are interested in visiting might I suggest making it a weekend getaway maybe stay at Mammoth Lakes or Lake Tahoe which are about an hour away in either direction.  The drive along the 395 is quite scenic and if you don’t pay attention you may pass Bodie Road so make sure at least one of you keeps an eye out.  Halfway through the 10 mile drive on...

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The World’s Largest Treehouse at Bravo Farms

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Cool Places, Road Trips, Yosemite | 1 comment

  While on our way to Yosemite National Park, we had to make many stops along the way. While on one of our stops along the freeway, we discovered the world famous seven story treehouse at Bravo Farms in Traver. It was one of the most exciting discoveries while on our adventure, and one of the neatest places to explore while on your way to visiting Yosemite. We could have spent all day at Bravo Farms, and had trouble getting the kids to leave. There are nicknacks galore and so many neat little things to discover. The world’s tallest treehouse is the highlight of visiting Bravo Farms. It is seven stories, and I even had fun climbing up the small wooden staircase to the top of the massive treehouse. Playing in the treehouse is free, however, a donation is...

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Fit for a King: Spending Time with the Sequoias in Central California’s Kings Canyon National Park

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Featured, National Parks, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

  There’s a measure of explanation that most likely needs to happen when you tell people you’re headed off to Kings Canyon National Park. Specifically, you should be prepared to tell people where exactly it is you’re going. Even though Kings Canyon covers close to 462,000 acres and has been a national park since 1940, it is oftentimes lumped together with the more famous Sequoia National Park. This tends to render it invisible. As such, you’re probably better off telling people that you’re off to the Sequoias, to do Sequoias-related things. They’ll understand and be appropriately excited for/jealous of you. They’ll have every right to express either emotion. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, as it is officially dubbed by the U.S. National Park Service, is an exceptional spot for outdoor adventure in Central California. This particularly rings true...

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Epic California Road Trip

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Featured, Road Trips, Travel | 1 comment

 Sponsored The OC Mom Blog is hitting the road this weekend for an epic California road trip inspired by Oh and Tip’s road trip in the Dreamworks animated film “Home.” Toyota has generously given us Highlander to pack up our family of five and cruise up the coast for an unforgettable summer family vacation. Our first stop on the road trip will be in Monterey, California where we will “glamp” during the holiday weekend at the KOA campground. Our family will sleep comfortably in a small cabin and enjoy all the amenities that the KOA campgrounds offer families. While our family is in Monterey, we will visit the aquarium, play at the Dennis the Menace Park and explore the beautiful beaches. Once we leave Monterey, our next stop will be in Redding. Redding is a place that we have...

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Seven SoCal Relaxing Road Trips #FiOSConnectsFamilies

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Featured, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored by Verizon FiOS The weather is warm, and the kids are out of school, so hit the road this summer and create lifelong memories with your kids while on one of these seven SoCal relaxing road trips. All your family needs is a car and a sense of adventure to get out there and explore these fun road trip destinations. If your family wants to enjoy beautiful ocean views, explore a little bit of history, make a splash, then one of these destinations is best for you! San Diego Enjoy the beautiful ocean views while cruising down Interstate 5 towards San Diego. While visiting San Diego, your family can soak up the sun at one of their beautiful beaches, get up close and personal with wild animals at the San Diego Zoo or ride the carousel at Balboa...

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