Family Travels

Reliving My Childhood

Reliving My Childhood

My favorite place to visit growing up in Nanjing was Zhong Shan Ling (home of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum). Every year my parents prepared snacks and took us by bike or on the bus to this special place. We would climb up all the steps to Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s tomb, marvel at the exceptional architecture, take in the amazing views of the city below, and have a picnic in the shade of a tree. Dr. Sun Yat-sen is the founding father of modern China and his resting place in Zhong Shan Ling has made a lasting impression on many Chinese people’s hearts.

The Adventures Begin

The Adventures Begin

After what seems like an age of planning and preparation, and with more of the same on the horizon, our family travels have begun. Well, it has for the girls.  Yafei, Xaria, and Yafei's parents left for China on October 2nd, for an eight-week visit to Nanjing and the surrounding area.

Where Tall Pines Meet Blue Sky

Where Tall Pines Meet Blue Sky

One of our favorite campgrounds in Southern California is at Table Mountain in the Angeles National Forest. We had timed our visit to coincide with ARRL Field Day and had been able to snag one of our favorite spots, Site #10. Table Mountain Campground offers well-separated sites, particularly at the top and bottom of the campground, and clean and tidy vault toilets. Firewood is available for purchase on site. Xaria lost absolutely no time getting down in the dirt on our arrival. 

Oysters, Frogs, Strawberries and Champagne

Oysters, Frogs, Strawberries and Champagne

For Mummy's 25th (again) birthday we headed to Agua Caliente Country Park, CA. Famous for its hot springs, the park is located 26 miles north of Ocotillo on S2 (also known as the Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849 - now that's a mouthful!).

Mountains of the Moon

Mountains of the Moon

We were all looking forward to our first teardrop outing of 2018 to Anza Borrego Desert State Park; it seemed an age since we were last out camping.  January is the best time of the year to come out to the desert, and we had booked the same site at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground as we had last time.

2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering

Great fun was had by all at the 2017 Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering. Just under one hundred teardrop campers turned up and we were greeted with thousands of acres of yellow flowers surround the lake.

Joshua Tree National Park 2017

Joshua Tree National Park 2017

We love Joshua Tree National Park. For this trip, we planned to split time between the Indian Cove Campground and an Airbnb located in Wonder Valley, near Twentynine Palms. However, it was so cold that we decided to extend our stay in the Airbnb and just use our reserved campsite during the day.

South Carlsbad State Beach 2016

South Carlsbad State Beach 2016

South Carlsbad State Beach campground offers 220 campsites, approximately half of which are oceanside; offering a fantastic vista. Access to the beach is mainly via stairs down the cliffs, but there is one ramp at the south end of the facility. During the summer months, the campground is full every weekend and most weekdays. 

San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach

San Clemente State Beach campground sits high on the bluff, back some distance from the ocean. From the majority of the camping spots, including ours, you cannot see the sea, but you can smell the salt in the air.  The campground is not that pretty, functional would be the more appropriate description.

Back at Paso Picacho

Back at Paso Picacho

Our second trip to the Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park certainly proved to be warmer than the first.  Spring was finally here, and the sun was shining.

34 Degrees and All is Well

34 Degrees and All is Well

Our first camping trip with Xaria was to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park - she was just eleven weeks old. Only thirty miles from our home in San Diego it offers great camping and hiking through oaks, pines and lovely meadows with creeks. Paso Picacho sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet in the shadow of Stonewall Peak. Paso Picacho campground has 85 campsites; we were in Site #11.