Yosemite for Thanksgiving – November 2018

The day before Thanksgiving we headed out at 4:30am, hoping to beat the holiday traffic and the storm that was coming to Yosemite, stopping only for a potty break and Starbucks, then lunch. We arrived at Upper Pines (site 228) around 1:30 PM, the earliest we’ve ever made it! We also beat the storm. As…

24 Hour Trip to Yosemite & Hite Cove – April 2018

Our original plan was to stay in Monterey for 2 nights (see previous post), but when I realized my other family members were only staying 1 night, I proposed the idea to Scott of cancelling our 2nd night at the Lodge (no cancellation fee) and taking a spontaneous trip to Yosemite for one night. He…

A Short Trip to Monterey, CA

As I mentioned in my last blog, we planned to return to Monterey, CA in a few weeks for my sister-in-law’s Memorial Service. We decided not to take the trailer this time so we could travel more quickly, and chose instead to stay in a local hotel. I was also able to find a wonderful,…

Marina Dunes RV Resort – Marina, CA

In early April 2018 we got word that my sister-in-law, who had been diagnosed with ALS less than 6 months earlier, was deteriorating quickly and may not have long on this earth. We quickly packed up and drove up to Marina, CA with our trailer in tow, just Scott, me and our dog Mickey. We…

2018 Road Trip Last Stop – Yosemite!

After a quick breakfast in Tonopah, NV, we set out for Yosemite. The drive just to the border of NV/CA seemed like forever, but once we got across the border it wasn’t too long until we started seeing prettier scenery. As we entered Yosemite from the Tioga Pass entrance (9945 elevation) well, it just keeps…

2018 Road Trip Part 3 – Zion National Park & Panguitch Lake, UT

This will not be the normal, happy, “amazing!” blog. Though we did have some of those moments, we also had quite a few challenges. Before we get to that, the campground… On Wednesday, June 13, we drove from Moab to Panguitch Lake Campground in UT, a 5+ hour drive. There was a lot of nothing…

2018 Road Trip – Part 2 – Canyonlands & Arches National Parks

The Moab Valley RV Resort Campground is a nice place in a great location with full hookups, essential for us in the summer heat of Moab. Each site has a little bit of grass, and the campground also has laundry facilities, Wifi (though unfortunately it was down the entire time we were there), showers, and…

From Pop Up to Minnie Winnie!

For two years we have loved camping in our little 1994 Coleman Destiny Royale pop up trailer (ironically we named her “Minnie”), but we started thinking about getting a hard-sided trailer. We were a little weary of the set up and were hoping to find something that would be easier to set up and could…

Joshua Tree National Park – Feb. 2018

The theme of this trip was COOOOOLLLLDDD!  The low was 23 with a “feels like” 15 degrees, and very windy! In our pop up we used a propane heater and we were so glad to have it! On the first night there was even snow flurries! We stayed at Black Rock Campground (Site 68) which…

Camp Pendleton-Del Mar RV Resort Nov 2017

Our church has an adults-only RV Group (fur-babies allowed) that goes camping about 4 times a year and this was our first time joining them. You can only camp here if you are military or hosted by military personnel (active or retired), and there are several veterans in our group. You have to be “on…