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! 


Stallion Springs, CA with Ken and Anna Kuzminski

We just finished an amazing, snow filled weekend in Stallion Springs, CA camping at the home of Ken and Anna Kuzminski, our neighbors of 5 years from Cranbrook. 12/18/15-12/20/15

We got up there Friday afternoon and it was cold but clear and you could see the lights all the way down in the stallion springs valley from their place. 

 We had our trailer on a lower piece of their 6 acres. We arrived in the late afternoon, parked the trailer, then went to their house where Anna fed us potato soup and I made apple dump cake and ice cream. Then we went out to a fire pit they built in the protection of some huge rocks and trees and ate smores and enjoyed each others’ company. 

Saturday we got up, Ken made breakfast and then we went to Tehachapi park and took the kids sledding. They had a BLAST!!! Kyle and I even went down the hill a few times each. I have a few videos of Wyatt and James wiping out on them. Houston didn’t want to sled for the longest time and then once Kyle held him in his lap then he started going on his own. Ken and Anna came with us and we were laughing so hard at all of the boys. 

Then we went home and Kyle cooked burgers on their fire pit. The oak wood gave those burgers a great flavor. He was so proud of those burgers. He took the boys to Ken’s area and they shot the BB gun and bow and arrow. Then we hung out at their fire pit again and it started to snow huge white snowflakes!!! It felt magical. It was hard to capture in photos but the videos turned out well. The boys were trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues. Hilarious! We made s’mores at the fire pit and then went inside once it really started getting wet with all the snow and water. 


Anna made beef stew for dinner and her son and his girlfriend Sam and Courtney came up too. They are into cats and board games just like us so we had a lot to talk about. They boys watched a Christmas movie and I ended up talking to Anna in the garage as she painted these tiny building for us for our “Tiner Town”. Ken made us a sign for our trailer in the shape of a canoe called “Camp Run-a-muk”. It’s so fitting for us and the boys. 

Sunday morning we got up to snow! There wasn’t a ton of it, but a light covering most places. I actually could hear it all night long hitting the trailer. Everything was really wet and muddy as we walked up to the house for breakfast. It was about 28 degrees outside. We ate, then took the boys for a little hike on their property. It was so cold we didn’t last long. We went to our trailer and watched Finding Nemo. 

Then we went to the United Pegasus Foundation with a giant bag of carrots to feed the horses. That place is a rescue center where old racing horses can go to retire without being killed. Anyone can go out there and feed them carrots. They were very skiddish and loved to run, but they did let us feed them and even James and I got to pet them a bit. 

We went back to Ken and Anna’s, made sandwiches for lunch, and then hooked up the trailer and left. I got some great photos of Tehachapi and the surrounding area and all the snow that fell Saturday night. It feels like a winter wonderland up there.  They boys want to go sledding again so we might make it a day trip one more time while we are on Christmas break.