The Mountains are Calling and We Must Go – to McCall, Idaho

Frequently named one of the most beautiful small towns in Idaho, after visiting McCall overnight, I have to say that I couldn’t agree more! This fabulous tourist destination sits next to Payette Lake, which is stunningly beautiful, even with the smoky sky. Pondorosa State Park is here in McCall as well. We took the kiddos … Continue reading The Mountains are Calling and We Must Go – to McCall, Idaho

Bigfoot! Stout Memorial Grove Trail – Crescent City, California

Before the California wildfires went from bad to really really bad, we are so grateful that we were able to visit Crescent City and explore some of the State and National Parks’ Redwood Forests. These forest are absolutely incredible. There just aren’t enough words. Did you know that there have been multiple Bigfoot or Sasquatch … Continue reading Bigfoot! Stout Memorial Grove Trail – Crescent City, California

Trees of Mystery – Klamath, California

Our recent weekend getaway to Crescent City, California was lots of fun. Out first stop was a 30 minute drive to Trees of Mystery in Klamath, California. Trees of Mystery is home to majestic and gigantic redwood trees as well as towering statues of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. Due to Covid-19, both … Continue reading Trees of Mystery – Klamath, California

“Dryveway Camping” – Crescent City, California 2-Day Itinerary

Another week of unhealthy air quality spurred us on to another weekend getaway. This time we traveled to Crescent City, California and “dry camped” in the driveway of some favorite relatives. Crescent City is a small coastal town near the California/Oregon boarder. It is surrounded by natural beauty and is delightfully off the beaten path. … Continue reading “Dryveway Camping” – Crescent City, California 2-Day Itinerary

“Chasing Waves” – Mac Kerricher State Park – Fort Bragg, California

There are so many wildfires burning in California right now, and the air quality is so unhealthy from all the smoke. Several times these past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself wondering, “Why did we decide to move back to California anyway?” This past weekend, we decided to take our Minnie Winnie on its maiden … Continue reading “Chasing Waves” – Mac Kerricher State Park – Fort Bragg, California

Sierra Discovery Trail – Nevada City, California

“Mommy this is not a hike, this is an adventure!”B (age 6) Located in Nevada City, California, this easy 2-mile loop trail is perfect for families. There are informational sign posts all along the way for educational credit as well. Natural Science lesson ✅ If you’d like to see photos and read about the Sierra … Continue reading Sierra Discovery Trail – Nevada City, California

Mirror Lake – Yosemite National Park – California

We could’ve spent so much more time at Yosemite National Park. We are grateful that we were able to visit this amazing place before COVID-19 was spreading here in the US and the Shelter-in-Place directives were in effect. Yosemite is a really crowded park and I don’t think it would be possible to practice social … Continue reading Mirror Lake – Yosemite National Park – California

Yosemite National Park – California

We decided to take two mini vacations in February to test out the RV. After a great weekend at Olema Campground to check out Point Reyes National Seashore (2/7/20-2/10/20) we took a week off and then headed to Yosemite Lakes RV Resort to check out Yosemite National Park (2/21/20-2/24/20). We had a wonderful time on … Continue reading Yosemite National Park – California

Drakes Beach – Bull Elephant Seals – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

When we arrived back at Ken Patrick Visitor Center we ate a picnic lunch in the Jeep and then walked out to Drakes beach to see the bull elephant seals up close! The bulls were sunbathing in the afternoon and didn’t move much. Rangers were putting little orange flags a safe distance around them to … Continue reading Drakes Beach – Bull Elephant Seals – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

Point Reyes Lighthouse – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

2/9/20 Day #2 of our weekend getaway to Point Reyes National Seashore took us to Ken Patrick Visitors Center where we purchased tickets ($7 per adult & kids were free) for the shuttle bus. At this time, the only way to access the lighthouse was by shuttle. Once the shuttle dropped us off at the … Continue reading Point Reyes Lighthouse – Point Reyes National Seashore – California