California’s North Coast

Elk hanging out in the Prairie near the Prairie Creek Visitor Center

The 10 Best Things to Do in Redwood National Park

Bug and I smiling on the Smith River in our inflatable river kayaks

July 4, 2021

Today I asked 6-year-old JJ what his favorite part of our visit to Redwood National Park was. He looked at me like I was a complete idiot and said, “seeing the redwoods.” Yes, seeing the tallest trees on Earth up close is the main draw, but my question was genuine. There are many things to do in Redwood National Park beyond the spectacular groves. … Read More

10 Amazing Things to Do in Mendocino with Kids (2022)

Main Street Mendocino as seen from the Marin Headlands State Park

June 10, 2021 (updated January 2022)

Sandwiched between ancient redwoods and the Pacific Ocean, Mendocino’s wild and rugged landscape gives it a secluded feel. And yet, its unconventional and adventurous spirit is a draw for visitors of all ages. In this post, we share the best things to do with kids on the Mendocino coast.  … Read More