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…]

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…]

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington – Part 3

Part 3 – Kalaloch, Beach 4, The Big Tree, and Ruby Beach

Where is the best place to watch a Pacific storm blow in?  Kalaloch Lodge, hands down.  From the comfort of your cabin, hotel room, or in our case, the restaurant, Kalaloch Lodge has great views from every direction.

During our trip to the coast, the weather was a roller coaster ride.  To ride out one of the storms, we drove down to Kalaloch Lodge and had a nice long lunch from their great menu and watched the waves crash against the shore.Kalaloch

Kalaloch Campground is just north of the lodge with access to the beach.  Campsites are nestled among a lush coastal forest.  There are 168 dry camping spots to choose from each equipped with a picnic table and fire ring.  A dump station is located at the campground for your convenience for a $5 fee.  You can make your reservations for the campground at Recreation.gov.  Be sure to reserve early.  Sites, especially with beach views, are reserved quickly.  Several walks surround Kalaloch including The Kalaloch Creek Nature Trail, which is a mile long trail along Kalaloch Creek though the forest.

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