A few missed opportunities in San Diego — and a hit or two

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These shacks at the end of Crystal Pier on Mission Beach were among the highlights of my visit to Southern California last week. You can actually stay in one of the larger cottages right on the pier, which is something I’ve never seen.

San Diego, the second stop on our month-long tour of the West Coast, was quite the experience. I had a chance to reconnect with long-lost relatives and to meet up with the folks at Hertz, who introduced a few interesting new concepts for rental cars.
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The adventure begins …

It’s been five weeks since we returned to the mainland from Hawaii and the kids are getting a little antsy. Family travel may be an addiction.

Here’s what happens when the kids go stir crazy. It’s episode one of our adventure. I hope you’ll follow along by signing up for the Away is Home channel and tuning for the next episode on Friday.

What will happen next? I’ll give you a clue: Our son Iden didn’t get very far.

Oh, and there were no cats in the bag in the final scene.

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Outwitting hotels’ maximum occupancy rules

Although he sometimes feels “a little dishonest” about it, Jeremy Reed says he doesn’t have much choice: With seven children, from an infant to a teenager, and on a limited budget, he often reserves only one hotel room when he’s on vacation.

A big room.

“We usually get a suite with two queen beds plus a couch, and sometimes ask for a portable bed, too,” said Reed, a software engineer from Keller, Tex.
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