Boyden Cavern – Sequoia National Forest – California

On our drive to the bottom of King’s Canyon, we stumbled upon a turn out marked “Boyden Cavern”. We wanted a little leg stretch so we took the exit and noticed a sign reading “tours”. Unbeknownst to us, guided tours were being offered every half hour for $15/adult and $10/kids over age 5. We were … Continue reading Boyden Cavern – Sequoia National Forest – California

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

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

“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

One-Way Ticket to Vegas ✈️

My husband bought a one-way airline ticket to Las Vegas, Nevada. As is often the case though, things aren’t always what they seem... We heard about a really good deal on pre-owned Minnie-Winnies. At 23-feet, this Winnebago will fit in our driveway. We decided to purchase an RV that had previously been used as a … Continue reading One-Way Ticket to Vegas ✈️

Happy Father’s Day! & We Sold the Winnebago!

In honor of Father’s Day, I’ll begin this post with something that my dad recently told me, “the 2 best days of owning a recreational vehicle [be it a boat, motorcycle, or class A motor home] are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.” 1982 – my parents, my younger sister … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day! & We Sold the Winnebago!

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

Earthquake Trail – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

2/8/20 After being sandblasted off Limantour Beach we headed inland for some better weather. We made ourselves lunch and ate at picnic tables next to the overflow parking lot at Bear Valley Visitor Center before heading to Earthquake Trail. At the very start of the paved path, keep left at the fork so that the … Continue reading Earthquake Trail – Point Reyes National Seashore – California

Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Fairfield, California

This post includes two trips to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California. On the first trip, I took the kiddos and my mom (01/08/19). On the second trip, E and I took the kiddos (01/05/20). The self-guided tour is free and runs every 15 minutes or so. It's definitely more fun to go during … Continue reading Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Fairfield, California