A couple of days ago I shared a recap of the fun Epic Play Date we were invited to attend at Dos Pueblos Ranch in Goleta, California. As I mentioned, we decided to take the kids camping for the weekend.
I made a last-minute booking at El Capitan Canyon which was only a 7-minute drive to Dos Pueblos Ranch. El Capitan Canyon has a variety of accommodations available including safari tents, yurts, and cabins. I decided I wanted to give the kids a 'camping' experience, or should I say 'glamping' experience, so I reserved a Safari Tent.
At El Capitan Canyon there is a market, hiking trails, complimentary beach cruiser bikes, a playground, and a pool. There are also numerous other activities such as a summer concert series, yoga, story-telling, and massages.
This was our safari tent. There were hardwood floors, two double beds, a bedside table between the beds with an alarm clock, lamp and flashlight. There was also a large chest that contained extra blankets, a heater, a fan, and a table and chairs. We were thankful for the electricity because it was a little chilly in the evenings, and we were able to keep our cell phones charged.
Similar to a hotel there were maps and information about what we could do in the area, and even a bowl of toiletry items. Everything we needed was provided included towels and linens. The only thing we needed to take was cooking utensils, we also took our own portable grill, although there is a grill provided for over the fire pit.
This is the perfect location for bird watching and hiking, and the wildflowers are spectacular. The kids had a great time. I'm about to bombard you with photographs so I hope you have a cup of tea and biscuits.
Let's start with a few more of the kids and some of the lovely things we saw at El Capitan Canyon.
On Saturday evening we watched the Acorn Woodpecker (pictured above left) while we grilled our dinner and had s'mores. You can see a hole in the tree just above where it's sitting and it was popping in and out with what we can only assume was food for babies.
We spotted the prairie dog above at the playground. He wasn't scared of us at all and Flynn was fascinated watching it pushing the earth up out of its tunnel.
On Sunday morning after breakfast I decided we should head out on a couple of the hiking trails. The shortest one took us past an organic farm to a Llama farm. It was an overcast morning but the view over the ocean was breathtaking. The little man even saw a train going past.
On our way back, we spotted a small sign almost hidden by the brush for the Paradise Trail. Of course, I insisted that we take that one too. It takes you on quite a steep climb to the Overlook. Thankfully though once you have reached the top, it's all downhill to get back to El Capitan Canyon.
Once we returned to our car we headed down to El Capitán State Beach. It's a lovely spot and there's a short nature trail. The only thing I would warn you about is the tar on the rocks. I ended up throwing out my flip flops, and there was a lot of scrubbing to get it off the kids' feet and knees. Unfortunately, we arrived right on high tide, but if you go at low tide I can imagine that you would see an abundance of sea life in the tide pools. The kids especially loved all of the ladybugs they found on the seaweed that had washed up onto the sand. At one time Flynn had 5 on his arm.
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