We Wilt in the West
The East is Freezing; The West is Melting
The East Coast and Midwest are taking a beating this year, 2014. Is it global warming or just a wild and tumultuous winter? That answer is for a completely different lens. Today, we're going to focus on the West. We on the West Coast are very familiar with dry, enervating heat. What do we do? We get creative. It can be an activity that requires money, like a cruise. Getting cool can also be family-oriented and, well, free. Sometimes all it takes is thinking about those places that are right around the corner that you've never considered. Though, if you have the time and are feeling your family needs a little communing,there are places that will require a little trekking, but are well worth the effort.
Can't get any further west than California
Face it, California is about as far west as you can get. While the East Coast is pummeled by ice, snow and storms that have buried them in freezing cold, the West Coast, as usual, is spending the winter months with above 55 degree weather. The weather is shutting down the economy in the East and Midwest, but in the West, all they're trying to do is take advantage of the good weather they get, feeling a little guilty about it even. Still, residents of California have to be mindful, as water for all activities, including washing clothes and showering, is being monitored. Introduce a drought and an additional 30 to 45 degrees, and then it's time to find those cool activities that allows California residents to prevent summer wilt.
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Just a few examples of California diversions. - Finding places to go does not have to be difficultClick thumbnail to view full-size
Near or Far
Hit the Coast or Travel to Cooler Climes
Getting to your destination is always a consideration. Deciding where to cool off is the first family-oriented activity. How far do you want to travel? How much time do you have to spend on your trip? Should it be free, or do you mind forking out a few dollars? Wet or dry, breezy or tropical, active or passive - all these questions have to be answered before you climb in the van and undertake your adventure.
If one is feeling adventurous and is willing to travel, going north to Crater Lake in Oregon is beautiful, presents hiking and learning opportunities, and you'll return with fantastic photos that commemorate your trip. Just be aware that Crater Lake's rangers, shops and eating facilities are available primarily in July to October. More hardy individuals, of course, can visit any time of the year; just be prepared for snow, ice, and very frigid weather.
An opportunity for traveling to the opposite point of the coast, Southern California, provides ample opportunity for shows, roller coasters, wax presidents and renaissance fun. Six Flags Magic Mountain is for those who enjoy testing their limits for fear on the multitude of roller coasters in Valencia, California. If you travel further south, Anaheim, California, boasts not only Disneyland, but Universal Studios, the wax museum, and Medieval Times, a unique dining experience for the whole family!
Central Calfornia provides many opportunities for outdoor adventure, such as fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping. Ice House is home to several lakes and campgrounds just up Highway 50, north of Placerville. Further west, one can walk the beaches of San Francisco and visit the small, local community fairs that take place along the ocean. The Napa Valley provides plenty of vineyards for wine lovers. And art lovers will find themselves right at home in Fort Bragg with its antique shops and art galleries.
Lake Tahoe sits on the border between California and Nevada and has over 3.9 trillion gallons of water in its lake, the second deepest lake in the U.S. (second only to Crater Lake). Beachfront fun, gambling, lots of shops and restaurants, hiking and even skiing in the winter months, Lake Tahoe is for every member of the family.
North to south and east to west, California residents may wilt in the 70s up to the 80s this winter, but they also have more than enough opportunities to escape the heat, unlike our poor East Coast brothers and sisters who are hemmed in their cities, and their homes, by ice and snow.
A Little Travel Can Be Wondrous - Crater Lake
Crater Lake in Oregon is spectacular and beautiful. It provides historical education, beautiful hiking opportunities and a great place to go for simple zen rejuvenation for the soul.
Not ready to travel so far? - Raging Waters, San Jose
Raging Waters is a water park in San Jose, California, that allows family members to cool off and have a crazy active adventure at the same time!