Morro Bay, CA for Mom’s 60th birthday (2/19/16-2/21/16)

For my mom’s 60th birthday present, we took them camping at her favorite beach, Morro Bay. It was a little cramped in our trailer, but definitely tons of fun and we made memories that will last! 

We stayed at Morro Dunes RV park. This is definitely a park for older, retired people. We only saw one other family with kids the entire weekend. The sites were pretty small and cramped so it was hard for the kids to play at the trailer. Kyle and I both agree we have no desire to stay there again. One nice perk to the place though was it was just a couple minute walk to the beach.

Friday night we arrived and got set up and Kyle made us burgers on his new 3 burner camp stove and griddle. We hung out by the campfire and made s’mores. I got these great shots of my parents and also with their grandkids. 

 Saturday we got up, made a great breakfast and then went for a walk on the beach. My dad had never seen a selfie stick till I busted mine out. Wyatt lost his shoes on the beach and my dad needed new ones so we headed to the outlets at Pismo to buy shoes. 

Then mom wanted to go to Doc Burnstein’s ice cream laboratory in Arroyo Grande for a treat. That’s always a fun place to visit and the boys love the toy train that is running around the top of the restaurant. 

 Then we headed back to our campsite and changed in our swim suits to go kayaking in the bay. Unfortunately it was too windy and they weren’t doing any more rentals. 

We went back and went to the beach. The wind was still rough so we ended up setting up in the dunes and the boys had lots of fun playing in the sand. 

We headed back and Kyle made fabulous tri-tip with beans and a salad for dinner. My parents watched Despicable Me with the boys in the evening in the trailer and Kyle and I enjoyed the campfire and made plans for our next 3 months of trips. 

Sunday morning we got up and cleaned everything up because the wind was blowing it all away and then we headed back to the bay to kayak. 

We had a fabulous time kayaking. James rode with me and Kyle had the 2 little ones with him. James probably inhibited me paddling more than he helped, but it was still great! We saw otters, sea lions, fish, and birds while we were out there. There was some wind that made it a bit difficult, but we managed. 



After that we packed up and headed out. Our next trip will be a little less than a month away but it’ll be out of state to the Grand Canyon! 


Pismo Beach (2/12/16-2/15/16) for Gabe’s birthday

It was our first time camping with friends who also have their own trailer and it was a blast! It’s something we definitely want to do more in the future. We camped at Pismo Coast Village in site 136. Our site was very near the main road where people drive in. The sites were very small with a lot of gravel and a little patch of grass. The advantage is that you have full hook-ups, but there are many other camp grounds I prefer to PCV. If we stay there again I would ask to be at a site in the higher 200’s near a playground for the kids. Also, I wished we would’ve brought our dog.

 We got there Friday night and Leigh and Robert and the boys were already there. They made us burgers for dinner and we just hung out and then went to bed. 

Saturday morning we got up, had an awesome breakfast made by Kyle on his new griddle top for our camp stove. Then we all went to the beach. It was amazingly warm for it only being February. We were all in our swim suits, the boys and Kyle swimming in the ocean, and it was perfect. Robert bought all the kids some shovels and castle molds and if they weren’t swimming they were playing in the sand. Luke and James played together a lot in the water and the younger 3 boys played more in the sand. Leigh and I enjoyed the sun and talking and Robert and Kyle played with the boys and then went downtown to find Kyle a swim shirt. It was perfect weather to be on the beach. 

  We came back to the camp site and Kyle cooked us burgers on his griddle and then we had Gabe’s birthday party. They brought Star Wars decorations and we had cake and even hit a Darth Vader piñata. Gabe loved the Storm trooper head and Star Wars sign we gave him. 

 We roasted marshmallows and hung out by the camp fire for the evening. A lady in our neighboring campsite told us that our family is darling and she loved seeing us interact with our kids. 😊 

Sunday morning Robert treated us to breakfast at the PCV restaurant and then Leigh started packing their stuff up and Robert and I played with the kids in this play area they have near the restaurant. 

Then we said goodbye to the Bridges because they left on Sunday but we left on Monday. It was SO FUN camping with them. 

 We went back to the beach and enjoyed a few more hours of swimming and playing in the sand. 

(Kyle and James swimming in the ocean)

Then we went on a walk to the monarch grove which is less than a mile from PCV. Right next to the monarch grove there is North Beach Campground. It’s first come first serve for $25 a night except May-September you can do reservations online for $35 a night. There are no hookups but I definitely would want to stay there once we figure out a generator or solar for electricity. 

The monarch grove was so beautiful! We’ve been there before, but it’s always nice seeing all those butterflies and since it was warm they were very active and 2 pairs were even on the ground right in front of us mating. 

 We ate taco salad for dinner at the trailer and then made s’mores and enjoyed the camp fire and went to bed. 


Monday morning we got up and walked through the monarch grove again and then went on a trailer further almost all the way to Oceano. It was warm in the sun but a good activity to get out some energy before the drive home. 

This trip was the perfect kick on the beach season trip since it’s starting to warm up. The best part about leaving the beach today is knowing that on Friday we’ll be back for another weekend of fun in Morro Bay!