Podcast: Inside the making of “Hiking with Kids Southern California”

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What does it take to physically cover all 45 hikes (and then some) throughout California’s Central Coast, Desert Regions, Southern Sierra, Los Angeles and San Diego counties–as a family 5? With a dog not welcome on many trails? Without anyone missing a day of school? All within 15 months’ time?!

The author’s son climbing a ladder up a dry chute on an adventurous family hike in southern California.

Well over 3,000 miles were driven, all within the southern half of California, in the making, mapping, and writing of this hiking guidebook. And, yes, somewhere in there our refrigerator died the night before a week-long trip as well!

Find out about some of our favorite hikes for families throughout the southern half of California in my recent interview with Howard Fox for the Outdoor Adventure Series podcast.

And if you’d like to share the wonders of California with your kids–from Death Valley to the Channel Islands, and San Simeon to the Salton Sea–I hope you’ll take a look at my new guidebook. With color photos, maps, tips, restroom info, directions to the trailhead, age recommendations and difficulty ratings, and more — it makes SoCal adventures in nature easy and FUN for your family. (And it’s on sale now!)

Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli

Founder of TravelswithBaby.com & FamilyTravel411.com

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