We are always looking for ways to save in the summer months. Here is my list of FREE Things to do in SoCal. You can always download the calendar and print for your personal use!Read More
Summer is coming sooner than we thought and I thought it would be best to compare different memberships to see what would be best for your budget and family.Read More
We were invited by Legoland to check out the Lego Batman Days happening this past weekend and next weekend. Here is everything they have to offer...Read More
Here is a map of Southern California tagged with any cool holiday displays of Holiday Lights. Please let me know if I am missing anything that is not on the list, update on a site that no longer displays, or incorrect information. With the community help we can enjoy our nearby neighborhood lights and make a trip to those that worth it.Read More
A list of things to do with your kids in Southern California before they go into Kindergarten!Read More
Become your favorite character of Ninjago at Legoland California.Read More
Oh yes Everything is Awesome at Legoland California since the 4D Lego Movie has arrived. We were invited to check out the 4D movie this past weekend. The first two shows are for Legoland passholders. How this works is that Legoland passholders get to go in first and if there is room the general public got to go in. We had no problem this Sunday going in at the first showing. We just stood back while the passholders went first and then we followed after them.Read More
Circus Vargas is back to Southern California and we are doing some giveaways!Read More
If you live in the Inland Empire you know of Miguel's Jr. I would travel to Corona just to eat there. Now with locations in Fontana, Moreno Valley, Costa Mesa, and even moving into the Orange County with Tustin and Orange. So are you ready? Yes breakfast is being rolled out at the South Corona location starting today!Read More
Everybody loves going to Legoland California for all the fun rides and activities they have, but during the Holiday Season they make it extra special with Legoland Holiday Snow Days. We were invited to attend last Monday and my son was thrilled to see that they had real snow there!Read More
We are so lucky here in So Cal. There are so many different Halloween events to attend that are kid friendly, it's almost hard to narrow it down to only a few. We love going to Legoland once a year but had never attended their Brick or Treat event held during the month of October. So when we were invite to attend we more than happily made the trip down.Read More
Do you have a Lego fan in your house? Luckily we live close enough to one of the most fun things to do in So Cal, Legoland. My 7 year old is crazy about the Lego Friends. From the building set (which are taking over my house) to the T.V shoes and books mt girl can't get enough. So when we heard that Legoland was opening up a brand new area dedicated to the friendly fab five, I promised her we would go and visit during her summer vacation. It's a bit of a drive for us, but let me tell you....It's so worth it!Read More
Living in Southern California you might have heard of a small town called Julian. A California Historical Landmark in San Diego County is very popular during apple season, but we decided to give it try for our Spring Vacation.
We stayed in a small cabin that on the property had a cute little pond. We explored the different types of birds from wild turkey to wood peckers, tons of ladybugs, tadpoles, and frogs! For this trip we really just wanted to get close to nature and of course my husband wanted to go fishing!
Not having any luck at the pond we went to a nearby Lake Cuyamaca, it only took about 15 minutes from where we were (nearby town) to get there. And look at that view! This place was beautiful! The picture above has no filter! You can fish, boat, and camp there. They even have a restaurant with a great view of the lake. I unfortunately had a bad experience there waiting around to put a to-go order. They didn't acknowledge me for fifteen minutes, and after serving someone else ahead of me and nothing I left. Instead we had pizza which was delicious from Wynola Pizza and Bistro. While my husband and the oldest fished, I entered the little one with the worms.
Unfortunately I had to stay at "home" because of a toothache, so my hubby took the boys to Eagle and High Peak Mine Tour. This is what he experience (his first post btw)
What a great surprise. As you first arrive, it doesn't look like much, a bit of a junkyard maybe. Of course, this junkyard has a couple of relic cars so it's cool. As soon as I got out of the car I was pleasantly greeted by a man who ended up being one of the brothers who own the mine. It was a Monday so there were just us and another family. Craig said he was off that day doing chores and his brother Carl (pretty sure this was his name) was inside and will do the tour for us. We ventured in and found Carl sitting in his rocking chair, he was a little gruff at first but once he got talking he was really great. We checked out the store/museum a bit while we waited to see if others arrived. After a few minutes he started the tour with just us and the other family (10 total).
Just walking into the mine is exciting, you go about 1,000 feet in, which at first seemed like it wasn't much but 1,000 feet into a mine is really far. Carl gave so many details about the mine and mining in general it made for an amazing tour. They show you the quartz which holds veins of gold, the tools they used over the decades, and the rails for the mining cars which run all through the mine. You see off shoots of tunnels, climb a steep but safe ladder to another level and they shut the lights off and use a candle at the assessors desk to get a feel for what it was like 150 years ago. Aside from having to duck a few times from the low ceiling in spots and getting some dust (it is a mine after all) you feel really safe, and my kids really liked it.
This isn't it either, after you finish touring the inside of the mine you get to pan for gold. He shows you a really good technique and the kids panned for quite some time and were able to find plenty of specs of gold. I know everyone enjoyed this part, the kids, teens and adults; I could hear everyone when they'd say...."I found some". You'd think we actually found gold... wait it supposedly is real gold, not that you get to take it home though. I get the feeling Craig and Carl (there was another gentlemen with a long beard there that was nice and talkative too I see his picture in other tours) will talk to you about the mine for as long as you'll be willing to listen and will answer any of your questions. Now, like I said, we were the only ones there, so maybe on busy days they have to keep giving tours so maybe they can't sit and talk to you all day. I am really glad we stumbled on to this Gem (pun intended) of an adventure and would love to go again.
For more information about the Eagle And High Peak Mine Tour call (760) 765-0036.
We were planning to visit California Wolf Center, but since I wasn't feeling well then we couldn't make it happen. I think we will go again to Julian as there were hikes and other places that we didn't explore.
Oh and how could I forget the PIE!!!! Now I am not typically a pie person, but I didn't care about my toothache all I wanted to do was eat this Apple Pie!
So tell me have you ever been to Julian? What places should we explore there?