Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn

I had no idea what to expect when we planned this trip. Reading about historical battleground sites led me to believe we would walk up to a big open field and just stand there, staring out into the vast openness, feeling uninspired. For me, this place offered more. Observing history outside of a book is incredibly fascinating for me and I love sharing that excitement with my family.

The Battle of Little Bighorn took place in June of 1876 and was part of The Sioux War of 1876. During this two day battle, a force of 700 men lead by Lt. Col. George A. Custer suffered a defeat to the Native Americans. Including Custer, a total of 263 U.S. Army lives were lost. Ultimately, the United States prevailed against the Native Americans who were shuffled to reservations, forever changing their way of life.  [Read more…]

26 Big Sky Montana

Weekend Getaway Exploring Wenatchee and Leavenworth

Our weather in the Pacific Northwest has been nothing short of amazing. Perfect time to hook up the trailer and head out on a road trip. This time we drove east of the Cascade Mountains to explore the Wenatchee area.

Our basecamp was the Wenatchee River County Park, or WRCP. Love this place. WRCP has a great facility with easy access from State Highway 2 in Monitor, Washington. Laid out like a park with large lawns for spreading out and plenty of room for the kids to run. My favorite loop is [Read More…]

 

Pioneer Village

Moab, Utah – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

My first impression of Moab was personal.  I fell in love immediately.  Maybe it is the stark contrast between our lush, green forests of the Pacific Northwest compared to the red rock and blue skies of Moab.  But whatever it is, Moab is a truly unique and beautiful landscape.  And after one visit you will be hooked too.

I started visiting a few years ago.  Every year, I would actually fly to Salt Lake City and drive down to meet my dad.  My dad and his friends would drive from Texas and Florida in their class A coaches pulling their toys and jeeps used to explore the 4×4 trails.  But this past April, my family and I made Moab one of our last stops on our three week trip.

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We stayed six nights at my favorite RV campground, Portal RV Resort.  I love the location.  It is right near town on the main road through Moab and it is set off the road so you don’t get any highway noise.  This resort is very nice, clean and well maintained with all the amenities you want.  I have never stayed at any other place in Moab, but why would I?  This place has [Read more…]

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.

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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…]

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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