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

What Do You Mean There’s No Gasoline? – Death Valley National Park, California

Day #3 (Sunday, 3/14/21) exploring Death Valley National Park included: earning Junior Ranger Badges, Badwater Basin (take 2), Natural Bridge, "Ice Cream Canyon", a failed attempt to leave for home, and star gazing. Here are links to my previous 2 posts: Day #1 and Day #2 The kiddos did a great job on their Junior … Continue reading What Do You Mean There’s No Gasoline? – Death Valley National Park, California

Can We Do That Again? – Death Valley National Park, California

Day #2 (Saturday, 3/13/21) of exploring Death Valley National Park included: Ubehebe Crater, Mosaic Canyon, Salt Creek Trail and Mesquite Sand Dunes (take 2). To see what we did on our first day in the park click: Day #1 The drive to Ubehebe Crater was about an hour and a half from our campsite at … Continue reading Can We Do That Again? – Death Valley National Park, California

South Yuba River State Park, California

One of our family/homeschool values is getting out into nature and exploring new places. We took a day trip to South Yuba River State Park this past Sabbath. It was great weather and we were delighted by the crystal clear river. There was a lot of scrambling on river rocks/boulders. We hiked along The Buttermilk … Continue reading South Yuba River State Park, California

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