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…]

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…]

Up Next : Six States in Three Weeks

Follow our RV camping road tripUS Map through six states!  In April 2013, we took the kids out of school and took the best RV trip we’ve had to date.  I will start a weekly series about the journey, the places we stayed, any tips, and much more.  Subscribe to the blog with your email to keep up-to-date with the experience.  Thank you and Happy Travels!

Olympic Peninsula in Two Days

I LOVE the Olympic Peninsula.  There are so many beautiful places to explore that I could spend all summer camping there and never get bored.  So how, you might ask, am I going to squeeze all that into two full days?  It was hard to choose, but I have narrowed it down to my favorite places.  There is some driving involved, but the reward is worth it.

When visiting my most favorite places on the peninsula, Shadow Mountain RV Park is a good base camp.  It is located about 15 miles west of Port Angeles and has a small general store and a gas station.  You won’t be spending much time at the RV park, but it does have a play park and a home made miniature golf course for the kids.

Day One

  • Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge offers spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Hiking is abundant and offers many kid-friendly trails.  You can even find snow as late as July on some of the trails.  On our last visit there wildlife was everywhere and we saw plenty of deer and even a bear!  Obstruction Point Road (weather and snow permitting, open from July 4 through October 15) is a gravel road branching off from the parking area that offers access to more hiking trails and even more amazing views.  The visitor center has lots of info, snacks, and maps to get you started.  Winter activities can be enjoyed weather permitting.  To access Hurricane Ridge, take Hurricane Ridge Road 17 miles south of Port Angeles (Click here for directions).  There is a $15 per car load fee to enter Olympic National Park, but stays valid for 7 days.  So when you go to visit the Marymere FallsHoh Rain Forest tomorrow, you won’t have to pay the entrance fee.  Check out the Hurricane Ridge webcam here.
  • Marymere Falls – A gentle waterfall cascading 90 feet into a small pool.  This one mile trail is well traveled and well groomed perfect for families.  Along the trail you will walk among old growth trees.  The steepest part of the trail is at the waterfall where you can get up close.  Plenty of photo opportunities and places to stop to throw a few rocks in the creek.   You can find Marymere Falls about 5 miles west of Shadow Mountain RV Park.

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