Christmas in July – Book Advent

Happy Christmas in July friends! I know it's technically August 3rd, I'm running a little behind, but I really wanted to share this idea with you. It's a really good idea! Last year, my good friend RR over at Rookie Roadsters, told me that she had made her kids a Christmas picture book advent. She … Continue reading Christmas in July – Book Advent

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

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 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

Happy Easter Garden Focaccia

before baking after bakingHappy Easter Garden Focaccia

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