California Acrostic

Can’t it be they way it was? Almost, but not quite Loving a place isn’t enough I wish it was Future —- unpredictable Or is it clear as day? Red flames and yellow-gray smoke make it hard to see clearly Never want to say goodbye Instead I’ll say Au revoir…

Boyden Cavern – Sequoia National Forest – California

On our drive to the bottom of King’s Canyon, we stumbled upon a turn out marked “Boyden Cavern”. We wanted a little leg stretch so we took the exit and noticed a sign reading “tours”. Unbeknownst to us, guided tours were being offered every half hour for $15/adult and $10/kids over age 5. We were … Continue reading Boyden Cavern – Sequoia National Forest – California

King’s Canyon National Park – California

You won’t believe this, but we recently accidentally stumbled across the perfect Christmas in July thing… I know it’s August now but we did this trip in July so it still counts. Did you know that “the Nation’s Christmas Tree” is the General Grant tree in King’s Canyon National Park? General Grant - The Nation’s … Continue reading King’s Canyon National Park – California

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)

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

Table Mountain – Wordless Wednesday

No Reservations – Death Valley National Park, California

We recently went on a family road trip and spent three days exploring Death Valley National Park. Here’s what we did on Day #1 (Friday, 3/12/21): Furnace Creek Visitor Center, West Side Road, Badwater Basin, Artist Drive, and Mesquite Sand Dunes We took two days to drive from our home in Northern California to Death … Continue reading No Reservations – Death Valley National Park, California