Free Redwood Parks Day. Redwood Parks in California (CA)

California's 49 Redwood State Parks Map

I can say with conviction that I am not a Black Friday shopper. I think the only Black Friday sale we indulged in was to buy a new dishwasher and it was not on Black Friday and was online not in a store. I am a firm supporter of not participating in any of the insanity associated with “the biggest shopping day of the year.” Don’t get me wrong. I love to shop. I crave deals. I just think that the Thanksgiving holiday is one that should be shared in a relaxing environment surrounded by family and friends.  I am all about this year’s new tradition, Free Redwood Parks Day. (more…)

Get Outside. Free National Park Day. (California)

Golden Gate Bridge from Ft Mason

This week school and work are both out on Wednesday, November 11 in recognition of Veterans Day. I sort of just realized this as I was doing our weekly meal plan. Would be a perfect day to get out of town for the day and explore somewhere new.

Then I found out that The National Park Service invites all visitors to remember our veterans by visiting any National Park Service site for free on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015 for Free National Park Day. There are many National Parks that honor our military and their long service to our country.

There are gorgeous National Parks right here in California and definitely some worth the off-season visit. This time of year crowds have thinned out some and a midweek visit might be the only opportunity to get up-close to some park attractions that usually are difficult to maneaveur with kids. (more…)