Travel

Sequoia Ranch RV park

We just finished spending 3 days and 2 nights (11/22/15-11/24/15) at Sequoia Ranch RV park and it was awesome! We were at site 56 which was super secluded from the rest of the place and had a beautiful grassy area with many oak trees shading it. There was a river that was flowing very good on the edge of the campground and if we weren’t at site 56 it would’ve been nice to be next to the river.    

   
 
( 2 pics of site 56) 

  

     
(Pics by the river)

It was surprisingly warm during the day but cool at night. We went with Nick, Annie, and Cecilia. That was the first time we have traveled with friends and had guests in our trailer, but it totally worked out well! 

The first day there we just chilled at the campsite, hiked around a bit, and fed a donkey and horse that stayed by our campsite. 

   
    
 James got stuck in some barbed wire on our hike. 

Day 2: 

We decided to pack our lunch and go into the Sequoia National forest. That was awesome! It was so beautiful and the views were amazing. We called ahead and made sure we didn’t need chains because we could rent them in the town of three rivers before we left if needed, but we didn’t. 

   

  
    
 After a super windy road, we visited the Giant forest museum, the Sentinel (a tree a little larger than the average tree, but still super huge compared to most trees). This area and everything higher was covered in snow. It was so beautiful. There was snow from 6,000 ft and higher. 

   
 
We then went on Wolverton. They had an awesome snow play area! It was so spread out and on some hills in the back people were sledding down the hills. We didn’t stay too long because we could BBQ our lunch there.  

   
We went on and tried to see the General Sherman tree but the tiny parking lot was full both times we passed it so we didn’t stop.

We moved on to Lodgepole. There was A LOT of snow, most places 3-4 ft deep. There was some brave soul tent camping in the snow. We were able to BBQ our burgers there and play in the snow. The boys played so hard in the snow that their shoes, socks, and pants were soaked and freezing and James and Houston became whiny babies. Even though we wanted to play more in the snow and take some fun pics, we ended up stripping them down to their underwear and putting them in the truck with the heater on. 

   
   
We went back to the trailer and the kids enjoyed playing hide and go seek and then watching Diary of a Wimpy Kid in the trailer while the adults built and awesome campfire and talked for hours. We all slept well that night! 

I want to go back to that same place before the snow is gone and make it all the way to Grants Grove in the Sequoia forest.

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Indian Hills Campground, Tehachapi, CA

We took the trailer out for her maiden voyage November 10-11th in Tehachapi, CA at the Indian hills campground. We just found the campground online and the pictures looked wonderful so we went. 

When we arrived it was SNOWING! My boys had never been in active snowfall before. The camp host, Valerie, was really nice and she even pulled her truck over and let the boys climb in the back and get all the snow out that had accumulated there. 

 

The sun quickly set soon after we arrived so we piled in the trailer and started enjoying it. 

  
  It was cold but the heater in the trailer works well and kept us nice and toasty. We stayed where all the residential people stay because the campground further back into the hills was closed due to the roads being covered in mud. Valerie told us those sites are only open in spring and summer. 
We hiked up the road on foot and since everything was covered in snow, I was able to take our family photo for our Christmas card. 

  
   
There was a lot of space to walk and hike around. We even found a complete cow’s carcass on a walk. It was slightly on the chilly side, but in the sun you felt warm. I would definitely go and stay there again. The boys loved being outdoors and just playing hard. We also went into town and ate at Kohen’s bakery and cafe. It is a German cafe with amazing sandwiches and baked goods. I will go there every time we go to Tehachapi. All in all, it was a great first trip! 

 

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We’re going on an adventure

We are a family of 5 from Bakersfield, CA. My husband, Kyle, is a fire fighter. I am a high school French teacher. We have 3 beautiful boys who are currently 8, 5, and 3 years old. 

James, our oldest boy, has ADHD and we have had a lot of success helping him through diet and excercise, without meds. One part of his treatment that we never did was to get him out, away from the city, out into nature for as long as possible. His doctor says that nature can undo some of the damage that tv and video games has done to him by programming him to expect a change in action every 3-5 seconds. Nature can help him because birds fly, trees sway, water flows, all at this same slow speed that God designed. This can reprogram his brain.

Since we are finally out the the baby stage with diapers, potty training, and naps, we feel like we can finally go out camping. So we went. Mid-October we went to San Simeon state park and we stayed in the Washburn campground which is primitive camping. 

We stayed in a tent we owned. It was nice, but TONS of work. We are not shy to do hard work, but we could see how tent camping could limit where we go and what we do. 

So, WE BOUGHT A TRAILER! That was quite a process too, but we think that the trailer we got will allow our family to travel easily and cheaply and allow us to have some great adventures. I wasn’t too excited to spend the money buying a trailer, but my husband was right when he said the kids are only going to be little once and this is the time to take them out and make memories. 

  
(The day we brought home the trailer.)

The purpose of this blog is to share the stories of our adventures. Whether anyone else wants to read it or it’s just a way for me to record and remember our trips is fine by me. I plan on explaining where we went, where we stayed, what we did and could do while we were there, and share some photos. We’re on an adventure! 

  
 (The boys enjoying the top bunk of the trailer.)

  

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