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Dewey Point, Yosemite National Park, California

Our October hike to Dewey Point took us under towering mossy trees, some meadowlands and three stream crossings. One stream had a wooden bridge built over it which kept us all dry. The other two stream crossings had makeshift logs put into place over the stream. We managed across the streams, with only one of us getting our foot wet. The hike under trees went on for over 4 miles before we saw a clearing indicating the granite canyon ahead.  If you love hiking under trees, you'll love this hike!

Chabot Space and Science Center and Roberts Regional Recreational Area, Oakland, CA

If you are interested in learning about anything space related, Chabot Space and Science Center will let you learn more. From a model of Mars with the largest known volcano and canyon in the solar system, to a Live feed from the International Space Station, to models of mankind's many spacecrafts, Chabot will give you a better understanding of the Space around us as we know it. 

Family Travel Budget Tips

In order to travel often, we try to keep costs as low as possible, while trying not to miss out on worthwhile experiences. We travel on weeklong holidays as a family about 3 to 4 times a year.  Our typical trip nowadays usually involves a destination within United States for a week totaling $1000 or less for accommodations, flights and car rental for our family of five. Here are some methods we use to achieve a low cost but awesome travel experience.

Mammoth Lakes, Long Valley Caldera and Mono-Inyo Craters, California

Long Valley Caldera is a 20x10 mile caldera located in Eastern California. It is a result of a super eruption 760,000 years ago, estimated to be more than 2000 times the eruption by Mount St. Helen’s in 1980. This eruption released more than 150 cubic miles of magma from a depth of 4 miles beneath the Earth’s surface. The Earth's crust sank more than a mile after the magma was ejected, forming the large caldera.

Lake Tahoe, Eastern Shore Coves, Nevada

Ever since I saw a picture of Secret Cove in Lake Tahoe, I knew I had to visit. The clear blue water interspersed with light granite boulders just spoke to me. We started our trip at 5:20 am for an almost 4-hour trip to east Lake Tahoe.  We parked at a US Forest Service parking lot across the street from Chimney Beach and started our ½ mile gentle downhill walk to the first beach, Chimney Beach. Chimney Beach has its namesake from a chimney standing on its shore, the remains of an old cabin. We arrived at Chimney Beach at 9:30 am, found the company of perhaps 10 other people there. It was much too cold for us to take a dip then at 50F, so we decided to push on further down shore.