California “Golden Poppy”Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass

I have a new mission. I’m not sure how long it will take, or how much planning it will require- but our family is going to visit every state park on the list.

California’s State Park System is the largest in the country, offering some of the world’s most varied natural wonders. No matter where you are headed, there are exciting activities to choose from. We hope you enjoy your upcoming visits and that your adventures help you “Discover the many states of California.”

There are 112 beautiful California destinations on the list. I plan on documenting the journey with a Blurb book, this way I can print one book for each kid to have as a keepsake.

So follow along while I take the kids on “112 California Adventures”.

#1 California Poppy Adventure: Point Lobos State National Reserve

Carmel-by-the-sea, Monterey County

Sunday February 7, 2021 (Super Bowl)

53 minute one-way drive time.

Arrival: 9am

Departure: 11am

We decided to visit this beautiful reserve because a friend suggested it. Growing up in California, I never would have imagined that I was missing out on this majestic place that is less than an hour from my home.

Think little alcoves with crystal clear water and stunning views. Mother nature out did herself with the decoration of succulents on the rocks, scattered amongst the cliffs.

We left the house at 8am and pulled in around 9am. We drove to the furthest parking lot to take the China Cove walk. We had to pick the stroller up on some parts, but it was nothing too crazy. We were not able to bring the stroller to the beach, so we parked it at the top of the stairs. I have never been on such a steep and narrow staircase. The beach had beautiful white sand and tall rock structures. We poked around a bit and when back to the trails for the last thirty minutes.

If I were visiting the ocean for the first time, this would be the place to experience it. So serene and so beautiful.

It was the perfect inaugural adventure.

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