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  • County Fair fun for kids

    County Fair fun for kids

    County fair fun and games “I want to play  basketball! It’s my sport!  I can do it.  It’s easy!  Not sure why I keep missing… I just need to make a basket.” ”I want a snack.  Can I have popcorn?  Is there chocolate?  I really like chocolate.  Look — chocolate cookies!  With sprinkles” ”They have…

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  • Conversations between Kids on the Swings

    Conversations between Kids on the Swings

    Playground conversations between kids captured in kid-attracting sunlit candy tones. Recent conversations between kids while playing at the park. “Is that a dog?  I like dogs.  But I like cats better.  Especially our cat.  He’s so cute!” “I think it is a dog.  Maybe it’s a coyote.  Do you think it’s a coyote?  Don’t they…

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  • Santa Margarita Road

    Santa Margarita Road

    Santa Margarita Road Turn-around Point Santa Margarita Road starts out as a paved road, becoming a dirt road spur, then a trail before disappearing completely.  The map doesn’t differentiate this progression which might explain all the traffic we saw recently.  Also, a turn-off onto the dry riverbed appeared recently closed.  The drivers of the four-wheel…

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  • Cooking with Sand is Serious Business

    Cooking with Sand is Serious Business

    How to cook with sand The business of cooking with sand is serious, especially when done on the beach.  It involves various textures of sand (wet, dry, part wet, really really wet, not so wet, was wet a few minutes ago).  Sometimes, it also needs some water and a variety of containers.  Container color is…

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  • Playing in the water

    The kids spend a lot of time playing in the water whenever we are at the beach.  Shade is also great when we have it.  The sand gets really HOT so the feet don’t like to spend a lot of time in it.  The sand doesn’t look very dark, but apparently it is dark enough…

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  • Santa Margarita River basin flowers

    Wild fennel Santa Margarita River basin flowers still abound even if it is mostly dry right now.  Walking through the river basin showed a variety of foliage, even as dry as it is right now.  Besides the trees, grass and cactus, I found many kinds of flowers.  It wasn’t my thought I would find arid…

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  • Cub Scout Beach Day

    Cub Scout Beach Day The Cub Scout beach day was an afternoon at the beach cooking, eating and playing.  It was a rather hot day and the shade of a brightly-colored umbrella was a good resting and daydreaming spot.  The afternoon is not the usual time we are at the beach, but anytime is good beach…

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  • Santa Margarita River

    Santa Margarita River

    The Santa Margarita road follows the river, which shows up a rather hidden creek since there is not much water.  Apparently, the dryness isn’t as severe as a few years ago, but much of California is in some level of drought.  Again.  This seems to happen a lot and the state spends quite a bit…

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  • Building the sand city

    The sand city takes shape as we add layers of structures across the beachscape, incorporating shells, rocks and kelp to give it texture and interest.  The youngest builder is our main architect and holds the plan.  Once completed, the cat royalty would inhabit the tiny spaces, create their city and culture with a feline viewpoint…

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