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Three Rivers, CA (5/11/18-5/13/18)

This was our first trip with my parents and their motorhome too! We stayed at Sequoia RV Ranch in sites 53 and 54. In these sites, you are parallel to the river! It’s amazing!! I want to always have those sites when we go!

We spent the entire time just hanging out, making good food, and swimming in the Kaweah river. We brought our niece Taylor along and she and the boys had lots of fun!

My dad, Kyle, and I even got in the river and swam with our clothes on! It was definitely a weekend of memory making!!

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Disneyland, CA (4/29/18-4/30/18)

So Disneyland gave every firefighter in every department who deployed to the Thomas Fire 2 free tickets to Disneyland! We decided to play hooky from school and go on Monday! We stayed at Anaheim Harbor RV Park. It was a nice clean place and really close to Disneyland! We got to see the fireworks show from out trailer! We parked the motor home and car in the toy story parking lot and took their shuttle to Disneyland! It was perfect!

We got the new MaxPass. It was amazing!!!! It’s $10 extra per ticket but sooo worth it! We were able to ride sooo many rides that are popular thanks to it! We rode Star Tours twice, Space Mountain twice, Buzz Blasters thrice, haunted mansion, thunder mountain railroad, the Matterhorn, its a small world, autopia twice, Star Wars lounge, Snow White, Pinocchio, the carousel, all in 9 hours!

It was a blast but sooo exhausting! We’re headed home now because we all have work and school in the morning! 😜 Until next time!

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Channel Islands National Park (4/27/18-4/29/18)

Finally we made it to the Channel Islands!! There are 9 national parks in California and we have officially been to them all!!! (And a total of 17 so far in the US)

We stayed in Ventura at Evergreen RV park. We were in overflow which is in the parking lot right by the office. It definitely seems like a more residential park than vacation spot, but it was pretty cheap so we took it. We drove by Faria park, Rincon parkway, and Emma Wood campground and will probably try to stay in one of them next time.

We went on the island packers boat to Santa Cruz Island. The ocean was ROUGH, I mean rough!! They said 5 ft swells. Houston and I both threw up on the way there and Wyatt cried for a while. Kyle took care of all us, and James was the only one who really enjoyed the ride.

The island was beautiful! I would have loved to kayak, but it was way pricy! We went on some beautiful hikes one was along the cliffs and the ocean, the other was in Scorpion canyon. Sooo fun! When we were in Ventura, we visited a couple of thrift shops and enjoyed watching movies in the motor home.

Instead of heading home, we took an extra little detour that you can read about next. 😉

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Pismo Beach (3/23/18-3/26/18)

It’s SPRING BREAK!!! We peaced out of Bako as soon as possible with our niece Cecelia to spend some time relaxing with the waves and the sun. 🙂 It was so fun traveling with another girl! She makes us laugh all the time! We heard “bro” a lot, sang with her and radio every time we were in the car, and we taught her how to thrift shop and showed her princess bride for the first time.

The beach was surprisingly windy so we only went twice in 4 days and went to 9 different thrift stores! We ate froyo twice as well! Haha! C bought lots of clothes, all the boys got old school igloo lunch pails, we bought lots of movies, records, picture frames, toys, games, etc… That’s always a blast!

We spent Sunday night hanging out with Joe and Jen Martin who were camping at PCV but unfortunately didn’t get any pics! It was super windy there, but we stayed warm by fire and had a good time hanging out.

Next month we have another trip to the beach planned! Next time it’ll be Ventura and the Channel Islands!!! I’m so excited!!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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