Lava River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument – Bend, Oregon

Our trip to Bend, Oregon checked off 2 of our family bucket list places to visit: Crater Lake and Lava River Cave. We had visited Newberry National Volcanic Monument in May 2019, but were unable to tour the cave due to having very recently visited Pinnacles National Park – California. To avoid the spread of disease … Continue reading Lava River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument – Bend, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park – Oregon

We finally made it to Crater Lake National Park! This spot has been on our bucket list for almost 3 years. [Pardon me while I pat myself on the back for finally making it] At a max depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and the … Continue reading Crater Lake National Park – Oregon

Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area – Trail, Oregon

On July 1st we headed out for a vacation in Bend, OR - unforeseeably the road trip was taking significantly longer than anticipated plus we had to reroute. We made an unexpected layover at Joseph Stewart State Park. Thank goodness we found a first come, first served site for the night. Site A23 was really … Continue reading Joseph Stewart State Recreation Area – Trail, Oregon

Happy 4th of July

We bought these Beautiful 4th of July cookies at https://www.thesparrowbakery.net/ Happy 4th of July friends! 🇺🇸

Vegetation Fire on Interstate 5

Traveling north on I-5, July 1st, 2021 at about 1:00 pm, we hit a delay driving past a vegetation fire. Spot Fires and Flame Retardant Covered Ridgeline Bright Pink Flame Retardant Hero Hero’s Ride Burn Area Pink Flame Retardant Too Close Heroes Back-Burning A heartfelt “Thank You” to all the first responders and their families … Continue reading Vegetation Fire on Interstate 5

U-Pick Cherries 🍒 Stagecoach Lane Ranch – Oroville, California

We went cherry picking on Memorial weekend at Stagecoach Lane Ranch in Oroville, California. The u-pick ranch is operated by wonderful people and the fruit is so delicious. We met up with our friends from Returning to Paradise and had a delightful time harvesting together. It was a day of old-fashioned family fun at its … Continue reading U-Pick Cherries 🍒 Stagecoach Lane Ranch – Oroville, California

Boysen Berry Farm – Orland, California

One of our family’s favorite activities is visiting farms to pick our own food. Last weekend, we took a day trip to the Boysen farm to harvest some of their heritage boysenberries. According to the website, boysenberries were invented in 1923 by Rudy Boysen, when he crossed blackberries and loganberries. According to Wikipedia, loganberries are … Continue reading Boysen Berry Farm – Orland, California

Lake Siskiyou, California (2021)

Our youngest kiddo, age 7, requested a camping trip to Lake Siskiyou for his birthday this year. Happy Birthday B! We had a great weekend! Lake Siskiyou Campground is one of my most favorite camping places ever. Lake Siskiyou Campground The lake is so serene and Mt. Shasta in the backdrop is beautifully majestic. Lake … Continue reading Lake Siskiyou, California (2021)

10 Awesome Camping Activities for Kids

Fellow blogger, Betty, over at Chambers on the Road recently gave me the idea to write a post about camping activities for kids. Thanks for the great idea Betty! In our family history, we’ve gone from rare overnight camping once a year in a pop-up trailer, to living in a 35ft class A Winnebago (Blaze) … Continue reading 10 Awesome Camping Activities for Kids

Lake of the Springs (Thousand Trails) – Oregon House, California

Our monthly camping trip took us to a Thousand Trails spot we hadn’t been to before. Unfortunately, everything was closed due to COVID. Fires weren’t allowed and hanging up hammocks was against the rules too. Hmmm 🤔 The water faucet was missing from the faucet handle at our site but my husband had brought his … Continue reading Lake of the Springs (Thousand Trails) – Oregon House, California