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…]

The RV Road Trip that Changed My Life

Five people.  192 square feet.  Three weeks.  This is the story of how a road trip changed my life.  My family and I left behind our routines on March 30, 2013 to drive through six states.  I can still feel the butterflies in my stomach as we were pulling away from our house.  Our goal was to spend time together, reconnect, see new places, and just have fun together.  It was the best trip of our lives!

Trip Overview

We drove a total of 3,900 miles through Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho.  Family ArchesWhen we were in the planning stages, we wanted to see and do everything.  Initially, we had so many stops on our road trip, that we were only staying a couple nights at each RV Park or campground.  We quickly realized that we needed to cut back on the sights to give us time to really relax and explore at each location.  We can always return later on another trip to see the stuff we missed, right?!

Our trip focused mostly on California, Arizona, and Utah.  In California, we spent time in Big Sur, Sequoia National Park and Disneyland.  Arizona was all about the Grand Canyon.  And in Utah, we stayed in Moab to visit Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse State Park. [Read more…]

Road Trip: Wenatchee River County Park

Are you headed to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest?  Or planning for the Apple Blossom Festival during April?  Maybe you are like us and need a warm, sunny location for Memorial Day weekend.  Then park your wheels at Wenatchee River County Park!

Wenatchee River County Park, or WRCP, has a great facility with easy access on State Highway 2 in Monitor, Washington.   thumbs up for WRCP WRCPThe sites are laid out in loops lending to its park like setting of large lawns for spreading out and plenty of room for the kids to run around or an impromptu football game.  My favorite loop is B due to its proximity to the play park.  I can relax in my lounge chair right outside my RV and watch the kids all day at the merry-go-round.  The park hosts 49 sites with 43 being full hook-ups for $30 a night/$25 for water & electric.  WRCP is strictly an RV park with no tent camping allowed.  This park is wide open and my kids love to bring their bikes.  The car and truck traffic is very low giving me piece of mind while the kids wander on their toys.  Forget your bike?  No worries, WRCP has bikes to check out.  They offer several amenities like free wifi, laundry, showers, bathrooms, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball hoop, golfing cage, free movie and book check-out, work-out areas, and a Ping-Pong table.  Check out WRCP’s website to learn more.  One downside to WRCP are the passing trains.  They do travel all hours of the day and night. [Read more…]

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 4

Part 4 – Shi Shi Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs in Olympic National Park

It’s time to wrap up our road trip to the Olympic Peninsula.  We had a memorable ten day vacation and new exploring opportunities two being Shi Shi Beach and Sol Duc Hot Springs.  Read Part 1, Part2, and Part 3 to experience the whole adventure.

I was so excited to hike to Shi Shi Beach.  I have always heard such great things and I wanted to see the beauty with my own eyes.  It is more out of the way than most other beaches in Washington and we just haven’t spent much time in that part of the peninsula.  We have traveled to Cape Flattery a few times, but never had enough time necessary for Shi Shi Beach.

On our way to the trailhead, we stopped at the Makah Cultural & Research Center to buy a Makah Recreation pass.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Makah MuseumI could have spent all day here imagining life as it once was.  I have a huge fascination with Native American life and culture and this museum features wonderful exhibits and learning opportunities as the nation’s only repository for pre-contact archaeological discoveries.  The museum is filled with archaeological finds from the Ozette dig, which is regarded as one of the most significant archaeological finds of North America.  After 11 years of continual excavation by Washington State University, the Ozette dig was closed in 1981.  Over 55,000 artifacts were recovered from this dig. [Read more…]

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