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

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

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

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

“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

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – ESSENTIAL TIPS & TOOLS – RV Essentials & Toys for Kids

This week's Friendly Friday Photo Challenge comes from Sandy at The Sandy Chronicles. The theme this week is Essential Tips & Tools so I've decided to combine and re-post two posts that I wrote over a year ago: 17 Essential Items for Living in Your RV and The 10 Best RV Toys For Kids. Thanks … Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – ESSENTIAL TIPS & TOOLS – RV Essentials & Toys for Kids

Limantour Beach – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

2/8/20 After checking in at Bear Valley Visitor Center we headed straight for the nearest beach. The rangers we spoke with let us know about a high wind advisory and suggested we hit the beach as soon as possible. The beach was a short 0.3 mile walk from the parking lot. At first, it was … Continue reading Limantour Beach – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

Bear Valley Visitor Center – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

2/8/20 Our first stop on our weekend getaway to the coast was Bear Valley visitor's Center. It was conveniently located only 5 minutes from the campground we stayed at. I hadn't done much activity planning before we left home and the staff at National Park Visitor Centers have always been exceptionally helpful when we inquire … Continue reading Bear Valley Visitor Center – Point Reyes National Seashore – California