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State Park Sunday: Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe California

June 13th, 2009 by bsmith | 4 Comments | Filed in State Park Sundays
Emerald Bay by Lil' Bear

Emerald Bay by Lil' Bear

 

Welcome to the very first State Park Sunday at Family Adventure Guidebooks.  California State Parks and Beaches are facing closure.   This weekly feature is designed to encourage California residents and visitors to advocate for the parks that contribute so much to our lives and the California economy.

Emerald Bay State Park in Lake Tahoe, California is the source of many childhood memories.   As a young child I visited the Vikingsholm mansion, an elaborate Scandinavian inspired summer home located within the park.  The ornate Scandinavian designs with carvings and flowers inspired the way my family decorated my own play house at home.  My mom tacked boards along the roof line, and I had fun decorating them with colorful flowers.

As a middle school student I returned to Emerald Bay on a YMCA excursion.  My posse of giggling adolescent girls spread out lake side on their towels.  I will never forget the boom box playing “California Girls” by the Beach Boys.  That trip among girls who wore eye shadow and lip synced to Madonna around the campfire was my first glimpse at life as a teenager.

I give my own little guys the opportunity to explore Emerald Bay and make their own childhood memories.  I hope we can find our way to the island at the center of the lake and explore the stone castle tea house that captured my imagination as a child.  My mom’s family was from the Sierra town of Auburn, so we would have some family history to explore as well.  I’m worried that the impending closure of Emerald BayState Park will mean that I won’t have the opportunity to make this trip.

For more information about what you can do to advocate for California State Parks during this challenging economic times visit  The California State Parks Foundation .  Don’t forget to pay a visit to a local state park by next Sunday.  Wear green, have your photo taken with a sign downloaded from the park foundations SOS website and upload it.  Let’s let the California Legislature know  that we’re serious about preserving our state parks.

The above photo of Emerald Bay was taken by Lil’ Bear and is available on Flicker Creative Commons.  Check out her amazing photos.

Happy Trails,

Bridget

 

 

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Photo Friday: Sea Life Aquarium (Carlsbad, Ca)

June 5th, 2009 by bsmith | 12 Comments | Filed in Sea Life Aquarium, Special Events, theme parks, Travel Discounts
Jared Fish Explores a Tank

Jared Fish Explores a Tank

I must confess that I have had a major change of heart about the Sea Life Aquarium.  When I visited a few weeks after opening, I wasn’t really sure if this aquarium was worth the trip.  The Sea Life Aquarium is pretty small, and it was very crowded the day of my first visit.   My three year old kept running ahead and getting lost in the crowd. 

A few weeks ago I returned to the aquarium on a Tuesday.  The crowds were gone. They had done some tweaking with the exhibits, and I began to see that the Sea Life Aquarium is perfect for little kids.  The tanks are designed so the kids can actually come up inside and have close encounters with the fish.  There are plenty of down low peek holes, so no one has to be lifted up to see the tanks. 

Enjoy these pictures from our latest Sea Life Aquarium Adventure:

Jared and Friends Explore the Touch Pool

Jared and Friends Explore the Touch Pool

 

Fascinating Fish, Sea Life Aquarium

Fascinating Fish, Sea Life Aquarium, Carlsbad, Ca

 Another wonderful thing about the Sea Life Aquarium is its dedication to marine conservation.  They have many special events and celebrations including beach clean ups and the upcoming World Oceans Day Celebration which takes place on Sunday June 7th.  There will be special arts and crafts and a reading of  Surf Angel  by local children’s author Terry Krazewski. You can also check out the aquarium’s  brand new shark exhibit.  Get a discount coupon here .

Lego Sand Castle Building, Sea Life Aquarium, Carlsbad, Ca

Lego Sand Castle Building, Sea Life Aquarium, Carlsbad, Ca

World Oceans Day,  is Monday June 8th.   The Ocean Project encourages ocean lovers to “wear blue” and tell two.  This means, wear blue on Monday and tell people two facts that they may not know about the ocean.  If you live in California, I have one fact you can share.  Many of our state beaches may be closed at the end of the summer due to budget cuts.  I will be talking more about this at Family Adventure Guidebooks throughout the summer, but for now you can get  more information from the California State Parks Foundation website.

Finally, Family Adventure Guidebooks participates in Delicous Baby’s Photo Friday Blog Round Up. Be sure to check it out.

Happy Trails,

Bridget

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