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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. 

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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 


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Seattle & Olympic National Park (6/24/17-6/26/17)

We’ve finally reached Washington and all the awesomeness it has! Seattle was amazing! Thanks to the suggestions of a few friends I have who live or have lived in the area, this is what we did:

We parked at the Seattle Center. We took a few selfies with the space needle and then enjoyed the amazing architecture of the EMP aka MoPop. They told us the kids could’ve played in the water fountains but we decided not to start our time in Seattle with the boys in wet clothes. Hindsight, we should’ve let them get in because it was so hot that day it would’ve kept them cool. 


We then rode the monorail (must have cash) to the Westlake center which is 3 blocks from Pike’s place market. It’s perfect because the entire walk to the market has tons of shops and cool things to see. I had no idea that Pike’s place market is more than just a fish shop, it’s actually a whole area with fruit and vegetable vendors, more fish vendors, etc. We walked up to the fish market and I asked the guy to throw a fish for us and he threw a few! So fun! We bought some fruit from another vendor and then ate at a restaurant with a view of the water, Farris wheel, and all the boats. Kyle and I split a clam and mussel pasta that was delicious! 


Then we went down to the piers and rode the Farris wheel. It was surprisingly hot in those boxes, but the views were worth it and the boys had fun. We went back up to Pike’s place market and stood in line at the first Starbucks. That was interesting because it wasn’t much like any of the other Starbucks. Everyone got a frappucino for dessert and Kyle bought a mug sold only at that location. 

We headed back to the monorail and back to Seattle center where we noticed a playground right by the MoPop. The boys played there until the sun set (around 9:30!) and we headed back. Seattle was amazing! 

We stayed at Trailer Inns RV of Bellevue in site 4. There isn’t a lot to look at to this park, but it is only 20 minutes away from downtown Seattle so it made it nice to stay there. 


The next day we took off and went to Olympic National Park. I had no clue how big it was so we only saw a fraction of the park. We entered and headed to Hurricane Ridge which has some breathtaking views! We talked to a ranger and he said to go to Lake Crescent and let the boys swim in the lake since it was a warm day. We saw some deer in the meadows and played in a bit of snow. 



Then we headed over to Lake Crescent which had very clear blue waters. You could look down and see logs and trees at the bottom of the lake. The boys and Kyle jumped in and had a swim and I got a great video of it. Great memories made!



We went back to our campsite at Rainbow’s end RV in site 18. It was a nice quiet park that was nice. I couldn’t do laundry there so I had to go into Sequim to a laundromat but it all worked out because I did some shopping while I waited!  


Tomorrow we start heading back south but we will have one more entry because we are planning on visiting Redwoods National Park! 

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Crater Lake National Park & Portland, Oregon (6/21/17-6/24/17)

Our trip of the northwest continues! We spent a few days at Crater Lake NP. It was soooo breathtaking! The water was so pure, clear, and blue! It’s amazing! There was a lot of snow so we could only travel almost halfway around it instead of all the way around it. At one point we had climbed a bank of snow to take a photo and then when we were headed down it I kept on slipping because I was in sandals. I plopped down and slid down on my butt and got going so fast I landed on the asphalt! We all laughed so hard! Then the boys followed me down that way too! 






We stayed at Crater Lake RV park in site 25. It was so nice there and there were trees all over the park. There were 2 trails leading to a river and a lake as well from the park. The hosts gave us a map to some falls and a gorge nearby. We saw Pearsony falls and a gorge on the Rogue river. We spent a lot of time hiking around and getting bitten by mosquitoes! Haha! Making memories! 





We spent 1 day in Portland. We stayed at Roamers Rest RV. It was nice and quiet there. In Portland, we followed some advice and parked at OHSU and took the gondolas down into the city. The ride was amazing and the view of the city was incredible! We ate at some food trucks at the base of the gondolas. I had Korean while they had waffle sandwiches. Then we rode a trolley to the waterfront and walked around and bought the boys some candy. Then we ate at Tartberry frozen yogurt which was yummy! Our next post will be from Seattle, Washington! 

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Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Utah (11/20/16-11/22/16)

We were so excited to get 2 nights at the Watchman Campground IN Zion National Park at the last minute. Even our campground had amazing views of the beautiful red rocks and yellow leaves on the trees. Fall is such a beautiful time in these national parks! It was the entire family’s first time at either of these parks. 
We arrived on Sunday and set up camp and then went on a drive to see what we could see. On the weekends you can only travel by shuttle up the Zion Canyon road, so we drove up the other road which takes you through a mile long tunnel made in 1930 to go through the mountain to the east side of the national park. 


The rocks are pretty and red on the west side of the park, and on the east side some are still red but they’re mainly shades of brown but have the coolest “scraped” look that reminds me of Van Gogh’s brush strokes on his paintings. The rest of the family was sick of me, but I made them stop so many times to take photos. 


Monday morning we woke up, got our national parks passports stamped at the visitor’s center, and then did the Zion Canyon drive. There were so many waterfalls through the rocks. It was breath taking! It rained all Sunday night and Monday morning so there was plenty of water everywhere. 

We stopped at the Emerald pools spot and did about a mile hike to the waterfalls there. It was so cool because there were several waterfalls and so much water was moving that the air was very misty. You could walk behind the waterfall, but we didn’t do it because we knew we were headed to Bryce Canyon and it had been snowing there so we didn’t want the boys wet before they go play in the snow. It still made for some amazing photos! The trail was very beautiful too! 



Then we drove to Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s about 1.5 hours east from Zion. Once we got to a bit higher elevation it was amazing because there was a fresh blanket of snow everywhere. 


Bryce Canyon was so cold, but breathtaking! Sunset point had the most amazing view of the Hoodoos covered in snow. I posted a pic on social media and everyone was telling me how lucky we were to see it covered in snow. One of these photos might be our Christmas card photo. 


We drove back in time for the sun to set and then we enjoyed some time staying warm in the motor home together. We’re leaving in the morning to hopefully stay somewhere in Arizona or Vegas before making the long drive back home. 

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Viva Las Vegas! (11/18/16-11/20/16)

The Thanksgiving holidays are here and it’s our first out of state trip in the motor home! We had a half day at school and then took off and headed to Vegas. We had some problems towing the Traverse behind us so we had an hour stop first at camping world before heading east. We also saw a nasty wreck involving a big rig the smashed into the car in front of it, that smashed into the motor home in front of it. Even though the drive had an hour added to it because of the traffic and wreck, it made us thankful to arrive there in one piece. 

We stayed at Oasis RV resort in South Las Vegas. The resort was super nice and it’s right off the 15 freeway. 


Friday we arrived at about 9 pm so we literally set down the jacks and at dinner 😳, and went to bed. We did come in at night and seeing the strip all lite up was cool. 


Saturday we got up and parked by the Las Vegas monorail and used that to get around the strip. I highly recommend it because the strip is so crowded. We paid $25 bucks for each adult, kids are free, and we rode the high-roller. It is the world’s tallest observatory/ ferris wheel. That was really cool. 


Then our “lunch” was ice cream at the ghiradelli store. Yum! We rode the monorail to the end of the line and back and then went to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. 

They got out a tarantula and a king snake for us to touch and ask questions. The boys enjoyed themselves immensely! 


Our next stop on the trip will be Zion National Park! I’ll share that on my next post! ✌️

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Ventura beach, CA (9/16/16-9/18/16)

We were just itching to take out the new rig but even though we owned it a month, this was the first weekend we could go. We stayed at Ventura Beach RV resort in site 125. It was a nice park and it was just a short walk to downtown Ventura and to the beach. They also had a pool and a heated spa which was nice since the weather was a bit chilly. 


We arrived on Friday night and enjoyed cupcakes for Wyatt’s 6th birthday! The next morning we got up and walked into Ventura to grab a coffee and tea and to see the city a bit. Then we came back and went back and got ready and walked the opposite direction to the beach. 


It was overcast and slightly windy, but it felt so good from the Bakersfield heat. James had a boogie board and was catching lots of waves and the other 2 spent a lot of time digging and playing in the sand. The water was chilly so it kept them out. Kyle did some swimming too and we took a couple of barefoot walks on the beach. 😍😍😍


We came back and had a swim in the pool and a good soak in the hot tub which had given us an idea that we need one at our house. Ha! 

Then we walked once more into town and ate dinner at the Busy Bee cafe which is a 50’s diner. It was cute and there was a juke box playing oldies. We had a slow still back with our full tummies and the boys ended up playing with about 4 other boys in the resort and I enjoyed needed to wear a jacket and have a lap quilt. 

Sunday morning we got up, ate bacon and eggs, and had another walk for coffee and tea. Then we packed up and took off. 

This trip was good because we started making a list of stuff we need in the motor home, like bedding for the boys! Geez! I can’t believe we forgot that! Haha! We can’t wait for our trip in October with family!!! 

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