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…]

Big Sur, California – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

Our first destination in California to explore was the Big Sur area.  What better way is there to start off exploring through California than on the coast?!  This was my first time exploring this state, so in my mind’s eye, California is all beaches, blonde hair and tan lines.  I could not be more wrong.  California is so diverse and so beautiful.

We left San Jose in the morning and headed down the curvy and Big Surscenic Highway 1 to our campground, Kirk Creek Campground.  When planning for this trip, I knew if we were staying on the coast, I was going to STAY on the coast.  Kirk Creek Campground is practically falling into the Pacific Ocean.  It was perfect.

This was our shortest stay during our three week road trip for only two nights because Kirk Creek is dry camping. View from Kirk Creek Campground If our fresh water tanks and holding tanks were bigger, then I would have enjoyed a longer stay.  Kirk Creek is located on the west side on Highway 1 perched on a hundred foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The views of the ocean and the jagged California coast are indescribable.  Kirk Creek is truly a unique camping experience and a must stay location.  A bonus for Kirk Creek [Read more…]

Getting to California – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

This was our first time heading out on a trip this long – three weeks.  One day, trips like this will be more frequent, once the kids graduate college and my husband retires.  But right now, I will take what I can get!  🙂  I have to admit I was nervous and excited at the same time.  All the ‘what ifs’ were running though my mind.  Then I remembered.  We are in our RV.  We can be flexible.  That is the beauty of RV travel and camping.

Our first day on the road, we drove from outside of Seattle, Washington to Grants Pass, Oregon.  What a beautiful drive.  We drove about 430 miles that day Moon Mountain RV Resortand stayed overnight at Moon Mountain RV Resort.    This RV park is about 55 miles north of the California and Oregon border.  It was the perfect pit stop for us.  Moon Mountain is a nice and quiet little RV park with 24 of the 55 sites being pull through.  Great for our overnight stay at $37.  It was very clean and well maintained with several amenities like laundry, full-hook ups, Wi-Fi, cable, self-check in and on-site propane.  This park is open all year long.  My only complaint [Read more…]

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