Tag Archives: Desert

Days 21-23: Baja, Mexico!

We eased into Mexico in the best way possible: by staying with friends at their home south of Ensenada. Gary was a coworker of Chris’ back when we lived and worked in Southern California. He and his wife Carol now spend much of their time south of the border – and now we know why! They were steps from the beach and an animal rescue organization was practically in their back yard, which basically kept the kids entertained for the

Days 11-20: Southern California

We are in Southern California and hopefully crossing over into Mexico tomorrow. Yikes. Things are gettin’ real, peeps! We had grand plans to be fantastic bloggers but we’re finding that spotty wifi and no down-time are conspiring against us. It’s doubtful that it’ll get better in Mexico but we’ll do our very best. We’ve been zigzagging our way across California. Nights have been a mix of wild (free) camping, paid campground camping, cheap motels, and crashing with friends. Here is

SW USA: 8 Day Road Trip To The Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks With Children

October 2014 The lure of the Grand Canyon, for most Americans, is legendary. We have to see this natural wonder for ourselves as the stories of a canyon so deep and so vast are almost unimaginable. Add in the majestic peaks of Zion and the red sentinels of Bryce and this is a road trip of almost other-worldly proportions. Grab the kids, pack the car, and hit the road: One of the world’s most famous national parks awaits. First, a

Peru Family Vacation: Itinerary and Route Map

Two Weeks in Peru with a Toddler The white walls of Arequipa, the high deserts of the Altiplano, and the tropical mountains of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.  October 2012 We took our son to Peru when he was 20 months old. Our parents (his grandparents) were not entirely enthusiastic about their only grandchild galavanting off to South America and we were worried about the long plane ride from Seattle to Areiquipa, Peru (with stopovers in Los Angeles, Miami, and Lima). We

Peru Family Vacation: Colca Canyon

From the town of Arequipa, it takes several hours to drive into the heart of the Colca Canyon. Along the way, you’ll pass through the Altiplano, a high, dry arid landscape. It also includes a 16,100’ mountain pass, no small matter for folks that reside at sea level. Before we left, I talked extensively with Ben’s pediatrician in regards to the high altitudes that we planned on reaching over the course of the trip. She told us that children often

Mexico: Cabo Pulmo Route Map

From the Los Cabos Airport north (and then east) to Cabo Pulmo, it’s approximately 1.5-2 hours on paved and then dirt roads. From Cabo Pulmo south along the coast, it’s approximately 2 hours back to the airport on dirt roads. The roads are paved close to San Jose del Cabo.   For more pictures and trip details on our Cabo Pulmo vacation with children, click here. Our route is marked in red. Side trips were also taken to Los Barriles,

Mexico: Beyond Cabo San Lucas

Baja is magical. A place for families that love adventure.We found deserted beaches, gorgeous desert hiking, chilly diving, and a waterfall oasis hidden deep within the surrounding foothills. I cannot wait to return. Planning a trip to Baja? Then click here for a complete itinerary. After two hours of driving on poorly paved and dirt roads, we arrived in the tiny townlet of Cabo Pulmo, on Baja’s East Cape. Our rental house, designed and owned by an artist, was a lush

Mexico: 8 Days in Cabo Pulmo with Children

Traveling outside the big resort town of Cabo San Lucas takes a little extra effort and planning but is well worth the trouble: imagine miles of uncrowded beaches, stellar desert hiking, and night skies untouched by city lights. This loop itinerary includes accommodation suggestions in Cabo Pulmo, a hidden waterfall hike, beach recommendations, and finishes with a spectacular coastal drive on well-maintained dirt roads back to the airport. This is Baja as its finest! Getting There Several airlines have direct flights

Arizona: Grand Canyon South Rim for Families

This post is part of our 8-Day SW National Park Road Trip with a Toddler series. The Introduction, route map, and itinerary can be found here.    The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail. John Wesley Powell The Grand Canyon is a sight to behold. They say most