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    Thanks for stopping by our page! Here we will share our adventures and travels. If you were brought here by accident and were looking for my business page, please visit www.bluella.com. If you're here to catch up on the Crazy Clark Clan, you've come to the right place! Thank you for letting us share our life through images with you.

Morro Strand in Winter {Camping and Hiking with Kids}

Hit up the Central Coast with some friends to kick the year off camping style. We stayed at Morro Strand State Beach which is literally ocean FRONT. The trailer sites closest to the beach are back in concrete but have a little patch of grass and direct access to the beach. Score. It was super wet and foggy in the mornings but it wore off around 11 to reveal some gorgeous skies and warmer temps. We stayed in sites 37, 39 and 41 and the kids spent hours riding their bikes around the loop (no pics of this for some reason). We only ended up hiking one day as a storm rolled in Sunday but we did get to summit Cerro Cabrillo. What this short hike lacks in distance, it more than makes up in elevation gain and rock climbage. The kids definitely struggled a bit to the top and of course got their second wind at the crest where there was some great bouldering. We will back to this site for sure! And yes…we broke the law. Dogs are not allowed on the beach so we decided we would happily accept the citation for Dodger to live out his 11 year old, aging dog, coastal dreams. Don’t do as I do. I am not one for rules.

 

Tech nerdery: Canon 5Diii, 35L, 135L, and iPhone

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That smile though! How can you not risk a ticket for this!?Morro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro Beach

So ya…too lazy to actually walk the few steps back to the trailer and get the bathing suits. Chonies it is!Morro Strand Camping Moro Beach

My heart exploded on this one. We’ve had Dodger for 11 years and he’s such a pivotal part of our family unit!Morro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro Beach

 

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And of course some iphone shots:Morro Strand Camping Moro BeachMorro Strand Camping Moro Beach

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Goodbye pretty beach!morro strand state beach central coast

In Love and Adventure,

The Clarks

 

First Snow of the Season {Sierra at Tahoe with Kids}

One of the major perks of living in Northern California is that we have SEASONS…actual seasons! With 100 degree sunning at the beach and pool summers, allergy infused flower explosion springs, vivid leaf autumns, and by far my favorite…snow laden pine tree winters! We had an absolutely epic summers of camping, hiking, and backpacking but it’s time to tuck away the fishing poles and pick up the skis and snowboards. We’ve been in a horrid drought the past few years so an early November snow and the possibility of a wet winter predicted has us jonesin’ for some of the fluffy, white stuff. Pulled the kids out of school (don’t SARB me) for the first snow day of the season. The grounds of the Sierra at Tahoe ski resort is pretty much open to the public in the off season so we had the entire mountain to ourselves. A fresh pow bluebird day to ring in the winter season!

Tech Nerdery: Canon 5DMiii, 35L, and 135L.

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And so here is the weirdest self timer photo I’ve ever taken…where are my legs?snow kids outdoor REI

In Love and Adventure,

The Clarks

 

Central Coast by Foot {Hiking with Kids}

We ended 2015 and started 2016 in the Central Coast where we made it a goal to hike as many peaks as possible! If you are looking to hike smaller mountains with kids, this is your place! If you think your kids are too young to hike, they’re not. Just find out which snack moves them to action and tie it on the end of a stick for miles. Give it to them at the top and watch them bound down the mountain with reckless abandon. Only partially kidding.

Tech Nerdery: All iPhone 6 because I’m wayyyy too damn lazy to haul a DSLR around while hiking.

My obsession with silhouettes at the beach continues.

Pismo

Our first hike of the week was Bishop Peak.

3.5 miles with 950 elevation change.

Next up was Valencia Peak which was by far my favorite all around view both up and down the mountain.

3.7 Miles with 1275 elevation change.

Cerro San Luis, otherwise known as Madonna Mountain.

4 miles and 1100 feet elevation change

And finally…the one that kicked the little one’s butt…Cerro Alto.

5.35 miles with 1600 elevation change

In Love and Adventure,

The Clarks