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I recently returned from a fabulous trip to San Antonio, Texas. We were there for Fiesta, an annual celebration with music, parades and great food. So much fun! www.VisitSanAntonio.com.
For L.A. residents or those visiting the City of Angels, this spring weather is ideal for hiking and ocean kayaking. This following link offers sea-worthy outings.
Get away from city noise and traffic to these serene natural areas. http://laparent-city.digitalparenthood.com/DigitalAnywhere/viewer.aspx?id=20&pageId=18.
I recently returned from a visit to McAllen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, a border town that is known for its birding centers. See my photos and descriptions to the right.
Planning your family travels? There's a great site designed for families with kids ages 17 and younger. www.MiniTime.com has lots of great destinations to get you started. Safe travels!
Kayak Adventures - Channel Islands, CA
Kayaking through the sea caves at Channel Islands in Ventura was thrilling! I was on a guided tour with Island Packers. We kayaked through several caves, some smaller and others large.
Channel Islands Kayak (company) led us through a serene cruise through the harbor. This is great for families with young children.
Year-Round Family Fun in Hawaii
We love the diversity Oahu offers families. One of our favorite things to do is relaxing on a secluded beach. Shown here: Lanikai Beach.
My daughter Christina and I had exciting adventures in Kona (below).
San Antonio, TX River Walk
A network of river ways meander throughout San Antonio, making this a pleasantly walkable city. Portions of the river walk downtown are lined with cafes, shops and hotels. You can also take a boat tour to learn more about the seven-and-a-half miles of the river walk and expansion plans. Please read my article about San Antonio for more info and photos.
McAllen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley
Bike riding through Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.
The geographic location and climate of McAllen is conducive to biking and hiking through natural areas for wildlife viewing. At this state park, we biked to birding stations and even saw a bobcat lounging on a log.
Red River Ski Area (Northern New Mexico)
Red River Ski Area in New Mexico offers crowd-free slopes with plenty of room to roam for skiers and riders. www.redriverskiarea.com
About a two hour drive from Santa Fe, NM, Red River Ski Area is a small town (about 500 residents!) with lots of spacious trails and terrain parks for skiing and riding. It's a classic ski resort with about half a dozen lifts, aspen-lined trails and three casual restaurants. Fun is the focus here. Apres ski, try a shot ski at the Lift House Bar & Grill.
Ski Santa Fe (Northern New Mexico)
Just about 16 miles (and a scenic winding road) from Santa Fe is the Ski Santa Fe resort, another family-owned resort. The views of New Mexico from this resort are breath-taking. The Millennium Triple Chairlift takes skiers and riders up
of 12,075 feet! Ski Santa Fe recently expanded its cafeteria (La Casa Cafe Grill), rental area and ski shop. Worth a stop to relax or enjoy a drink on the sunny deck is the Totemoff Bar/Grill. www.skisantafe.com
Taos (Northern New Mexico)
Before we got to Taos (another family-owned ski resort), I heard all about its steepness - so I admit I was a bit intimidated. I signed up for an intermediate ski class and had a blast exploring the mountain and even skiing on some bumps (moguls). This is an exhilarating mountain to ski! And the food is so satisfying. I especially enjoyed the tacos at Tim's Stray Dog, green chili burger at Rhoda's, and drinks at The Martini Bar - the perfect place apres ski place. I have to add that I had an amazing lasagne at the Edelweiss Lodge in town.
An evening at Hearst Castle was the exciting opening event at Sunset Savor the Central Coast Food & Wine Festival. It was so elegant.
If you've been to New Mexico, then you know that one of the first questions you're asked in a restaurant is, red, green or Christmas? referring to, chilis. New Mexico cuisine is outstanding. Among my fave places: Mine Shaft in Madrid, and Tia Sophia's, home of the original breakfast burrito in Santa Fe. But every place was fantastic.
From Hilo to Kona
Glow from Halema'ma'u crater at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Shot this pic from Jagger Museum. Notice the reddish glow inside of the rim.
While in Kona, someone we met referred to Hilo as "the dark side." We laughed but understood what he meant. Black sand beaches and frequent (albeit short) rain showers are in contrast to Kona's white sand beaches and sunshine.
However, Hilo is also lush and flush with waterfalls and streams. And, of course, is situated on the outskirts of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a must-see region. We spent an entire day at the park hiking to the bottom of the crater and staying for the amazing glow from Halemamau crater. As the sun begins setting, the glow starts out as a faded pink and intensifies as the sky darkens. It gets very cold there! Be prepared and wear a jacket. Read more about it on my blog.