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!


Yellowstone Nat’l Park, Cody, WY and West Yellowstone, MT (7/25/17-7/29/17)

Yellowstone is definitely the Disneyland of national parks for many reasons. Large crowds, long lines, tons of things to see and do, and that beyond exhausted feeling when you've been going hard all day long to see it all, but it's 100% worth it! Wow! There is sooo many different things in Yellowstone, it's incredible! Geysers, boiling sulfur pits, hot water prismatic pools, mountains, forests, HUGE lakes, rivers, otters (really? Yes!), bison, elk, deer, bears, tons of birds, oh and a GRAND CANYON to name what I can immediately think of.

We camped in Three Mile campground which is 3 miles outside the park from the east entrance. Our first day we arrived at our campsite at about 1pm from Idaho so we decided to keep on heading east and check out Cody, Wyoming.

Cody was awesome! The first thing we did was find a thrift store and we bought a bunch of stuff! My favorites were a pair of Uggs for $4 and a blue and black wool
Poncho for $20. Then we walked around the town and it's a cute, touristy, cowboy town where they sell lots of Yellowstone stuff. We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant and had some froyo after. We stopped and bought some fireworks for a friend. 😉

Every evening we played some games with the boys and just Kyle and I. The boys LOVED playing Zombie dice with us. We would play Pokerkub just the 2 of us.

The next day we headed into Yellowstone. By the end of the day we had driven around the entire park. Old Faithful geyser was very neat, but my favorite was the Grand Prismatic hot pools. I also really enjoyed the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone too. I'm surprised that the upper waterfalls are very green! In my opinion, the Mammoth Hot Springs are not worth the drive. I'll include pictures and label them if where we were.

Grand Prismatic Pool

Hot pool near Grand Prismatic pool

West thumb hot pool

Yellowstone Lake

Mammoth Hot Springs

Old Faithful geyser

Bison in the road

Bison on the side of the road

Many photos of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The next day we headed out of Yellowstone to camp in West Yellowstone, Montana to get that sticker for our map. West Yellowstone was another cute, touristy town. There are tons of stores that sell shirts, mugs, magnets, etc… we walked around a bit and saw a lot of the same so we headed to the Grizzly and wolf discovery center. That place was cool! They have maybe 6-7 bears, 2 wolf packs, and many birds that all have been rescued because they can't live in the wild. They all have large areas to live that are like a native habitat. While we were there I got super pooped on by a bird! It was on my sleeve, shirt, and pants!

The next day we are headed to Las Vegas to just stay the night and then to head on home the next day. This was an impromptu trip but it went very well! Wyatt keeps on asking me to sell our house and just live in the motorhome! Haha! I'm tempted buddy! Until next time!


Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (7/22/17-7/25/17)

We were supposed to be camping with friends in Mammoth this week but the campgrounds were closed due to all the winter storms we had, so we decided we had enough time to do something we've always wanted to do: see the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone!

We drove from Bakersfield to Salt Lake City for day 1. We stayed at Mountain shadows RV park. It was a nice little park but the sites were a little cramped.

The next day we hit up a goodwill in Salt Lake City and then drove to Victor, Idaho. We stayed at Teton Valley RV resort. It is about a 30 minute drive over a mountain pass from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Grand Tetons. It was quiet there but it would've been nice to stay a little closer to everything.

The Grand Tetons were awesome! There is all this flat land with meadows and then there is a row of super high, pointy mountains. It also seemed like there was lots of lakes next to these mountains. Definitely breathtaking views of water right next to snow capped mountains.

First we went to the visitor's center and stamped our national park passports and buy our national park sticker for the motor home. Next we drove to Jenny lake because the boys wanted to go for a swim in a lake.

We had no clue, but they have boats at Jenny lake that you can pay to ride on or canoes you can rent. Th I boys were too young to do the canoes, so we took the shuttle to the other side of the lake. From there we took a half a mile hike to the Hidden Falls which were amazing! We wales around for a while and then headed back and the boys swam in the lake. It was beautiful! We had a picnic at Chapel of the Sacred Heart with a view of Jackson lake and then headed back into Jackson Hole. We stopped at a thrift store and bought the boys Lacrosse gear and a few other things since it was so cheap. Tomorrow we leave for Yellowstone and we'll be camping both in Wyoming and Montana to get those stickers for our motorhome map!


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