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

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

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

“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

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

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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