camping Archives - The Magic Onions

Camping and some Duly Needed Unplugging.

Many of you know that our lives here in California have been turned upside down in the last few months. A few days ago, our Governor signed into law legislation that forces each and every child to be fully up to date on all state mandated vaccinations in order to attend school. California now hasIf you want to read more…click here

Winter Camping

One of the great perks of living in Southern California is that winter doesn’t prevent us from going camping. The evenings and early mornings are cold… cold enough to need gloves and hats… but soon the sun comes out and warms up the day and by 9.30am we are in T-shirts and shorts again. There’sIf you want to read more…click here

Camping in Julian, CA

Julian, CA, is one of our favorite camping spots. We stay in a campsite that has a little pond. Teddy loves to fish. We wake up early to fish, when the shadows are long and the light is golden. Kitty isn’t much of a fisherlady. But, I did catch her saluting the sun. Autumn inIf you want to read more…click here

Camping Food Favorites

We discovered some new camping food favorites on our recent camping trip. Firstly, Teddy is our resident fire man… he is in charge of gathering the supplies we need to start the fire. He sets the fire expertly with crumpled up newspaper on the bottom, twigs and kindling arranged like a teepee over the paperIf you want to read more…click here

Camping in the Wheeler Gorge Forest, Ojai, CA

When city life gets too much for us and we find ourselves fractious and irritable, we pack up our camper van and set off into the wild. We have found so many beautiful, out-of-the-way places in Southern California… some as close to us as  only an hour away. This time, we tried a new campingIf you want to read more…click here

Camping Activities

We took the kids out of school for our recent camping trip to Big Sur. And promised that they would do ‘homeschool’ while we were away. The girls dove right in. Their task was to pick an animal, tree or bird from Big Sur to learn about. Kitty chose a bear, her friend a minnowIf you want to read more…click here

Camping at Big Sur, CA

FIVE glorious days camping amongst the Redwoods at Big Sur, CA. We are all so happy when we camp. We are carefree and relaxed. Our days revolve around hikes and BBQ’s and fun. We unplug and unwind. We swim in the river. We build dams like beavers. We laugh and live and learn and love.If you want to read more…click here

Unplugged and Ranging Free.

We ended our two-week Spring break with a burst – 4 days of blissful camping with wonderful friends. Oh, what a gift it was to be out in the wild places, watching our unplugged children ranging free. No computers, TV’s, phones (except to listen to the daily Oprah/Deepak meditations), microwaves, radios, Starbucks, washing machines. LotsIf you want to read more…click here

Cactus Fruit

Cactus fruit ripen to their best in Southern California at Christmas time. The fruit turns a lovely rich red color and, as Kitty pointed out, with the green of the cactus leaves, it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in the wild places around here. Cactus fruit, or prickly pear, is a delicious fruitIf you want to read more…click here

The Great Outdoors

Here are some fun pics from last weekends camping trip. Lots of acorns, autumn leaves, puppy love, archery, treasure collecting, reading, apple pie, crafting, cook fires and, at the end of it all… tired children and puppies. Blessings and magic, Donni

Autumn Camping

One of the coolest things about living in Southern California is the gorgeous weather. Autumn lasts well into December and fall camping trips are a family favorite. We live in such a huge metropolis… houses and lawns and cars and traffic, people and rushing and so much city life. It gets too much for usIf you want to read more…click here

All in a Day

Some precious moments from our day camping in the mountains… We were lucky enough to stay in our friend’s gorgeous mountain cabin, early morning coffee while we prepared the fishing rods, chocolate croissants for breakfast, fisher-boy, early morning lake scenery, Kitty drawing, an afternoon stroll through the woods, beauty, huge trees, brand new oak leaves.If you want to read more…click here

Late Autumn Camping

We are so lucky to live in Southern California where the weather is perfect for most of the year. This means that we can go camping just about all year round. Speaking of camping, I wanted to share ths post from a few years ago…  : : : Our little family of 4 live inIf you want to read more…click here

Our Little House in the Big Woods.

I am sooooo sorry for my abrupt absence! You see what the stress of having to choose a winner for the Fairy Garden Competition did? Just too hard to decide, so, we did the next best thing… we procrastinated and went camping! Choosing a winner has been delayed but will happen, anon (keep checking in,If you want to read more…click here

May I have S’more!!

To all of my American friends… I bet you can’t believe that the first time I ever tried a S’more was a few years ago on our first American camping trip. I’m totally serious… I’d never even heard of a S’more before then. Yes, we grew up roasting marshmallows over the coals, but a S’more,If you want to read more…click here

These are the Days.

Oh, the excitement of camping… setting off for somewhere new. Our little family of four… together… exploring… sharing… making memories. Up the Southern Californian coast this time to a breathtakingly beautiful beach called El Capitan, just outside of Santa Barbara. So many beautiful moments… Breathing smoke like dragons into the cold, early-morning air. Our mistyIf you want to read more…click here

Name the Bird…

Now this is a bird after my own heart! Can you guess what his name is? Yes, he is a woodpecker, but what type of woodpecker? I’ll give you a clue… YOU GOT IT!! He is an Acorn Woodpecker! Look at what he does! He makes hundreds of little holes all over the tree trunkIf you want to read more…click here

Home of the Apple Pie.

On a whim, we packed up the RV and set off on a camping weekend. We headed to Julian, the home of the apple pie… Such a quaint little town, old fashioned and sleepy and filled with pie shop after pie shop filled with delicious pastries and steaming pies. We had our fair share, AndIf you want to read more…click here