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Giving Thanks

I wanted to take a moment to wish youphoto (3) all a very happy Thanksgiving and to THANK YOU for subscribing to my blog or following my adventures via Twitter and Facebook. I pray that you all are able to enjoy great food and even better family time. I also want to express my sincere thanks to all the service men and women home and abroad. We owe our freedom to you.

Safe Travels,
Carley

Sequoia National Park – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

Where can you find the largest living thing on Earth?  Sequoia National Park.  Since 1890, people have traveled to this national park to stand next to some of the biggest trees on the planet. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, over 80% of Sequoia National Park is raw wilderness and only accessible by foot.  And the star attraction??  The General Sherman.

Exploring Sequoia Cursive

We woke up early with a full day planned, packed foodIMG_8583 and gear and headed out.  We entered Sequoia National Park from the south via Highway 198.  Our first stop of the usual tourist attractions was Tunnel Rock.  This huge, giant boulder is the roof of the former route into Sequoia.  It was fun to get out, climb to the top and grab some photo ops.  Can you see us?!

Hospital Rock – This archaeological site is just off the Generals Highway and was once home to Potwisha Native Americans who used this area for the wintertime.  Here you can explore the remaining petroglyphs and bedrock mortar sites.  It was fascinating to imagine the Potwisha grinding nuts and other food products in the mortar holes.  Hospital Rock was named when an explorer recovered here after an injury from a shotgun snare trap. [Read more…]

Washington Road Trip: What Do Oysters and RVs Have in Common?

Belfair State Park! This summer, we were lucky enough to grab a camping spot at Belfair State Park and join our friends for a post-July 4th celebration.  What a unique location.  Nestled at the tip of the Hood Canal, this park offers water activities, views and plenty of shellfishing.

This park has good facilities with full RV hookupsView from Belfair, plus dry camp sites.  There are three loops, Beach Loop, Tree Loop, and the Main Loop.  We stayed in T28 on the Beach Loop and had close access to the beach.  If you want the best spot, choose from one of the pull through sites right along the beach like T27, T30, T31 or T32.

With shallow waters and a lack of waves, the beach water at Belfair State Park was warm and my kids loved playing there and going for a swim.  Just be sure to bring slip on water shoes for the whole family, it is rocky.  The dramatic tide change also offers great exploring opportunities and wildlife watching.  While the tide was out one morning, we encountered two bald eagles enjoying an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. [Read more…]

Elephant Seals and Hearst Castle – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

What do you love about RV travel?  I love the flexibility.  Here’s why.  Surprises.  Whether good or bad, surprises happen, and in a RV you can take most things in stride.

We left Kirk Creek Campground early since we had five hours of driving ahead of us.  Our next destination was Sequoia National Park, only about 200 miles, but mostly on two-lane, curvy roads, certain to slow us down.  Little did I know what was in store for us.

Surprise One

Elephant Seals.  Thousands of Elephant Seals.  We pulledIMG_5632 in at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery about 30 miles south of Kirk Creek Campground.  This unplanned stop was fantastic.  A large parking area greeted us with plenty of room for several more RVs.

As we walked along the trail beside the beach, we chatted with one of the volunteer docents with Friends of the Elephant Seal.  They were extremely [Read more…]

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