Family Fun Adventure: Rose Valley Falls Trail, Ojai CA


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Today’s Family Fun Adventure post is from Rose Valley Falls Trail near Ojai, CA. Lately our weekends have been pretty filled up with birthday parties, track meets and other miscellaneous busy stuff. Other than our weekly beach trips we haven’t found the time to go in search of adventure. So I was delighted when quite spontaneously the Hubbs suggested this place. Unbeknownst to him, its been on my pinterest board for quite some time now.

The Rose Valley Falls Trail is off of the 33 past Ojai and located in the Los Padres National Forest

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The trail head you are looking for is located inside the Rose Valley Campground. Just outside the campground is the day use parking area, which is just a thin shoulder on the road in front of a bulletin board. After a short walk through the tiniest campground ever (I think there is 9 camping sites. So cutesy!) You will see the sign for the falls trail. There is a vault toilet available, but bring your own drinking water as there isn’t any

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Keep in mind this place is at 3,450 thousand feet. We left the sunny coast and within an hour it was overcast, rainy and even hailed! All but Daddy were immediately freezing cold and didn’t feel like the hike would be enjoyable in the cold. Turns out we were fine and warmed up within a few minutes of walking and it was actually was a very nice change from normally being SO hot when we hike

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The nice shady half mile trail was an easy walk for the littles and we pasted at least five families with little kids. I think you could manage a stroller easily except for a two spots where there was some puddling

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L: Follow the Leader on the trail R: Some huge fancy mushrooms

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The moss covered falls had some water running in February

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Very peaceful

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L: A little adventurer R: The stream leading away from the falls

Unfortunately we weren’t able to get a family photo due to a couple people taking their sweet time getting lots of pictures in…the older kids got tired of waiting. Truthfully, they were tired of the walk before we started. Teenagers!

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L: A small waterfall downstream will a few little splash pools. I wonder if there is enough water in the summer? R: Another shot of the big falls. The water comes down all over the the rock, instead of one big stream. All the moss gave it a wild jungle-y feel

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 The view from a hill on a different trail that starts by the bulletin board outside the campground. Beautiful country! I would definitely suggest this short hike for some good, free family fun. I want to come back during warmer weather and see if the water is still running in the summer

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Memory Keeper: This Week In March and April

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Hello. Hello. Sorry its been awhile. Busy, busy as is goes. Here’s some snaps of our lives from last month

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L: Azure dancin’ up a storm at his school’s sock hop dance R: Playing ‘guitar’ on the Mindstorm lego the big boys got for Christmas

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L: A smart little turkey that lines up numbers 20-100 all by himself. For.Fun! In fact this is how he keeps himself busy while I have breakfast R: A lovely little reminder note posted by one of the big boys in their bathroom 🙂 Hehehe, we parents had a good laugh

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L: Homemade peanut butter in the new food processor. Just peanuts and salt! R: My version of Chile Rellenos stuffed with fresh queso, sweet potatoes, corn and garlic

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L: Azure attending his school’s science fair night. R: Holding ‘Rosie’ the 5 year old tarantula

Science Fair night is an absolute highlight of the year for this boy. The demonstrators are the older elementary students from his school conducting experiments and the other tables are staffed by local college students passing along their love of science. As soon as he saw the DNA strand model (pictured above) he ran right over and said ‘Oh it’s DNA! Like Cole’s model.’ Cole recently made a small version out of pipe cleaner, beads and tinker toys for his science class project

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L: Checking out the shark jaws and teeth R: Watching an electrocuted pickle light up. Very cool…until it starts stinking 🙂

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A couple of smoothie inspirations for you…PS I always freeze the fruit first, so I don’t need to add ice

L: Pineapple Banana Orange Juice Smoothie R: Cole’s creation: Yogurt Banana Pineapple Smoothie

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And some fresh salad inspiration too

L: Baby greens Blue Cheese Red Grapes Pecans and a tangy Honey Dressing

R: Cucumber Tomato Red Onion Pork and Pineapple with Honey Lemon Dressing in a Cabbage Leaf Boat

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L: Not sure what’s up with the silly tongue lately R: Posing with paper kitties they made during Spring Break

And that, my friends and family is where we leave off tonight. Hope you had some awesome spring adventures

xo