Joshua Tree National Park (2/16/18-2/18/18)

We finally got some time to get away and we decided to visit Joshua Tree National Park! There are 9 national parks in California and it is #8 for us. (We plan on doing Channel Islands in April.) We stayed at Joshua Tree Lake RV in site 301. It was a fine campground but site 301 was a bit annoying because it’s so big people think they can walk through it and it’s right next to the port-o-potties for the tent campers.

Joshua Tree was really fun! We were advised to go in the north entrance because the west entrance always has a long line and that was true because we saw it leaving. We bought postcards to send to the Stevenson girls and our NP sticker at the visitor center before we entered the park.

We first went to the Cholla cactus garden and did the 1/4 mile walk through all the cacti. That was very interesting because some anima bores holes in them and uses them as a home.

We then went on to White tank campground and let the boys climb on the rocks for a bit. Then next we went to skull rock and climbed some more. Then we ate a picnic lunch and then went to Keys view point where you could see all the way to Mexico on a clear day!

We stopped at Hidden Valley because the boys were begging to climb again and boy did they climb! They went way higher than we expected and Kyle had to climb up there to help them down. Watching them come down was scary and yet funny at the same time.

We went into the town of Joshua Tree and visited 2 thrift stores and then ate at a Mexican restaurant. We went back to the motorhome and watched Star Wars on the outside tv with a fire going. That was super fun!!! People even commented how awesome our set up was! We’re headed home today and looking forward to camping at the beach next month!


Death Valley National Park (12/28/17-12/30/17)

Death Valley NP is sooo beautiful in the winter and the weather is too! Highs were in the mid 60’s and lows in the 30’s. This time we stayed in Furnace Creek at The Ranch. We were in Fiddler’s Campground. It was a fine place with no hookups and it’s right next door to the NPS visitor center.

Our first day we visited the visitor center and got info for James’ school project. He has to do a video on a CA landmark and present 10 facts. So we got our info and visited Devil’s golf course, Badwater Basin, got a workout to see Natural Bridge, Artist’s drive, and Salt Water Creek. We were so tired after all of that!

The next day we got up and walked around the Mesquite Sand Dunes and the went on a very nice hike in Mosaic Canyon. Last time we didn’t get far on that hike so I was glad to get to this time.

We’re looking forward to 2018 and all the adventures we will take!!


King’s Canyon NP and Three Rivers, CA (11/24/17-11/26/17)

We took our niece camping with us for the weekend in Three Rivers and we definitely had fun and made some great memories! We stayed at one of our favorite places, Sequoia RV Ranch in site 26. I like that site because it’s at the end of the row and next to the river.

We went into Sequoia NP but didn’t stop too much because we’ve been there plenty and we wanted to go further and go into Kings Canyon NP. Houston vomited a few times on the road up there because it’s windy and Cecelia was giggling all day long. She was a lot of fun to have with us.

In Kings Canyon NP we went to Grants Grove and walked around and ate a picnic lunch. We went and saw General Grant tree and while we were walking around the kids found a fallen tree and climbed through the middle of it.

We had a campfire and spent some time together by it. We came inside and one night we played a game and the other night Cecelia painted my nails. On the way home we stopped for donuts and Wyatt just started puking on the side of the road. So we’ve had lots of vomit this trip! 🤢😬 Next month we’re off to Death Valley!


Wyatt’s Birthday trip at Pismo Beach (9/15/17-9/17/17)

Wyatt wanted to celebrate his birthday boogie boarding in Pismo so that’s what we did! We took his cousin Taylor with us because they’re super close. My parents also came along and got an Air bnb. We stayed at Pismo Sands RV resort because we love the hot tub they have!

We went out to donuts twice because he didn’t want cake. We also went to 2 different goodwills and had lots of fun getting stuff for some good deals! We spent about 3 hours at Avila Beach letting them boogie board and have fun. They had a blast playing and having fun! We went out for pizza and ice cream and swam at the resort a few times. Taylor got a design book and has been having tons of fun designing clothes in it.

It was definitely a fun trip and many awesome memories were made!!! 🏖🚎🍕🍰


Pismo Beach with mom (7/9/17-7/13/17)

My Mother’s Day gift to my mom was a trip camping at the beach! Luckily we picked a week when we avoided super high temperatures and smoky air from fires in the valley. Basically everyday we did a lot of the same everyday and it was perfect that way! 

Everyday we would go to the beach and spend a few hours there, hit up a coffee bean and tea leaf, then go thrift shopping at a goodwill, and finally we would swim in the pool and hot tub at our campground. 

One of the days my old neighbor, Anna, came to see us and hang out. That day when we were at the beach we saw 2 whales jump COMPLETELY out of the water! I had never seen that before! It was awesome! 

We also spent some time with our friends Robert and Leigh and their kids since they were also staying at Pismo. It was such a fun trip and boy did we have fun catching some good deals! 

We stayed at Pismo Sands in site 20. I think the is the best site we’ve ever had there. U can see the pool and it’s really close to the playground. 


Redwood National Park (6/26/17-6/27/17) 

This is the last leg of our northwest trip and what a beautiful place to end at! Redwood National Park is where the forest meets the ocean. It’s so wet and lush here with ferns and lillies growing under the trees. We did the Lady Bird Johnson trail and it was beautiful!!! It was cool, but not cold, and the beauty of the trees and the vegetation was breathtaking! Kyle also remembered that Return of the Jedi and parts of Jurassic park were filmed there! So cool! 

We stayed at Elk Country RV resort. That place was super cool and we definitely need to stay there again. There is a herd of Roosevelt elk that roam and stay there for a lot of the day. They were very neat to watch. The RV resort had meadow sites and forest sites. We were in the meadow and that was fine, but next time we want to stay in site 96 of the forest area. They had a man made pond that was super pretty too! It’s been an amazing trip and I’m so glad we ventured out far to see things we’ve never seen before! #startreknerd 


Sacramento and Lassen Volcanic National Park (6/19/17-6/21/17)

This is the start of a 10 day trip we’re taking to Oregon and Washington. Our first day we drove from Bakersfield to Sacramento and stayed at Sac West RV park. It was hot (109 because of a heatwave) but definitely fun! The park is right on a river and you can rent paddle boats and go out on the river. We were in site 76 which is at the back of the par and close to the river. They also have a pool and playground for the kids. I would definitely stay there again. 

Next day we went to Lassen Volcanic National Park. We entered in the south entrance and we come to find out that the road through the park was still closed due to snow and we couldn’t drive through the park and see everything and get to our campsite and Manzanita lake. We stamped out National Park passports and we saw the sulfur works and then we headed back out the way we came and had to take a couple crazy roads to get to the west entrance by Manzanita lake. We were in site A-16 and it was beautiful! You are in the middle of the forest and the lake is beautiful and quite large. You can rent paddle boats and canoes but we didn’t have time. It’s definitely a place we would like to come back to. 

​We spent the evening hanging out outside. The boys were playing, then they gathered lots of stuff for a fire, then played with flashlights, then they went to bed and a Kyle and I gazed at the stars and saw 2 shooting stars in about 10 minutes. Our next post will be from Oregon!