San Luis Obispo

By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Dec 10th, 2018
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Margarita Adventures hosted our family so that we could experience and share about the Zipline Tour. Each weekend we have all the kids together, we try to plan something fun. Whether it’s camping, going to an amusement park, heading to the movies, or bowling, we try to get out and do something together as a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Feb 22nd, 2015
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5439 Views
Laguna Lake Park is a nice 375-acre park in San Luis just south of Cerro San Luis Mountain. This park used to have a beautiful 25-acre lake that has now shrunken to look more like a pond, but the ducks are still there and like to be fed. There is also a very nice playground […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 3rd, 2014
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3801 Views
Last month my friend Melanie, our kids, and I participated in a local 5K…A Zombie Run! Zombie Invasion SLO was such a fun experience; I love themed runs! This 5K was a fundraiser for the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center – a local charity. Zombies are horribly dangerous to all human life and zombie infections […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Sep 17th, 2014
4 Comments
5580 Views
      It’s been a while since I’ve written about my hiking adventures, and my hikes have been few and far between over the last 4 months. I plan on catching you all up in the coming weeks with the handful of hikes I did go on over the summer; however I thought I’d […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
May 21st, 2014
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7218 Views
  A couple weeks back I joined about 9,000 other participants in this year’s Run or Dye Color Run in San Luis Obispo, CA. We had so much fun! My girlfriends and I created a group called “Parental Colors,” and we even brought a few of our kids. I don’t know who had more fun, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
May 6th, 2014
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9240 Views
  Oops! We did it again! It’s only been 7 weeks since Arleena and I last visited Murray Hill (otherwise known as the Unnamed Hill)/ Reservoir Canyon Trail. I cannot believe we chose to do the other side – and on a sweltering 90-degree sunny day no less! The last time we ventured up this […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
May 4th, 2014
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  This week Arleena and I wanted to revisit the trails of Irish Hills.   This mountain range has several different routes to hike that it will take a few more trips to explore the entire area. Back in week 15 we ventured through Mariposa and King trails. This week we traveled along Poppy to Froom […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Apr 29th, 2014
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7348 Views
This week Arleena and I revisited Cerro San Luis (or San Luis Mountain). Back in week 12, Arleena and I made a wrong turn on this trail that only got us to the M on this mountain which about ¾ of the way up to the top. Needless to say we were a bit bummed […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Apr 3rd, 2014
2 Comments
4659 Views
  After being sick for a week, I was ready to “get back on horse” as they say and kick butt hiking.  I was on my own this week and didn’t want to hit an all-new spot, so I chose the Sycamore Crest Trail.  This trail is the backside trail to one of our first […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Mar 26th, 2014
5 Comments
4624 Views
Objective:  Hike at least once a week.  Whether the hikes are big or small, long or short, with or without kids, I want to actively engage my body and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.  There are so many places to go (free places to boot) that I want to explore them all. I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Feb 26th, 2014
4 Comments
3065 Views
  Last year I had to travel to Los Angeles to participate in my first mud run and absolutely fell in love with the concepts fun runs.   I am so happy that Run or Dye is coming to the Central Coast in May that I’m tickled pink!   Or shall I say colored pink… What’s Run […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Feb 24th, 2014
2 Comments
6621 Views
 A few weeks back, Arleena and I tackled Bishop’s Peak which I thought was an amazing feet.  Climbing that mountain gave me a sense of accomplishment.  Last week’s climb trumps Bishop’s Peak!  By the luck of the draw, Arleena and I choose Reservoir Canyon Trail located just off the 101 Freeway at the base of […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Feb 20th, 2014
2 Comments
4589 Views
Week 12 was a little disappointing.  Arleena and I were super excited to climb yet another mountain, the Madonna Mountain in San Luis Obispo…You know, the one with the M on the side that you see while driving on the 101 freeway.   We didn’t do the research to find out that the route that’s marked […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Feb 10th, 2014
16 Comments
4028 Views
Last week, Arleena and I climbed a mountain – literally – we climb a freaking mountain!!!  In all my years since I’ve lived here on the Central Coast, I’ve always looked at Bishop’s Peak saying, “one day, I’ll hike up that mountain.” And I cannot even tell you how accomplished I feel for completing that […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Feb 4th, 2014
7 Comments
3309 Views
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this past week’s hike.  Arleena chose for us to hike the Stenner Creek Trail; I think mostly due to being one of the closer and shorter trails on our list. In the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains near Cal Poly, the Stenner Creek Trail is […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jan 15th, 2014
5 Comments
9234 Views
I love to bake!  I could bake cupcakes, cakes, and brownies all day long!  Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but I do really love to bake.  Cooking on the other hand.  Well, let’s just say that I let Frank cook more often than naught.  It’s not that I don’t like to cook, because I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Dec 9th, 2013
0 Comments
3070 Views
With California catching up to the rest of the country’s cold spell, I’m finding it more challenging to go on hikes in the morning when there’s still frost-covered paths.  But I have to say that I am counting my blessings that it’s just the cold wind and the crisp air that I’m contending with.  What […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 13th, 2013
4 Comments
2140 Views
We live on the Central Coast and have a few Flea Markets near us – in Santa Maria, Nipomo and San Luis Obispo.  Frank and I have been to the one in San Luis Obispo once before (at the drive-in location), but it was right before they closed down on Sunday.  So we thought we […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Conferences
Oct 20th, 2013
8 Comments
2967 Views
Picture courtesy of Monica Young  I have been blogging for over 5 years now and have been to several events representing The Mommy-Files, but none had quite topped the experience I enjoyed recently at Fitcation ‘13.  If you know me, chances are probably pretty dang good that you know I am NOT a fitness guru, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jun 27th, 2013
11 Comments
2624 Views
Calling all Central Coast Circus Vargas fans – I am excited to let you know that Circus Vargas is back in San Luis Obispo, from now through July 3rd!!!  Frank and I took the boys to Circus Vargas last year and it was a lot of fun.  We’re looking forward to taking all 6 kids […]...
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