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A quick flight to Portland for some fun!

A good friends daughter who is also a good friend happened to be turning 21. I also happened to make her a promise when she was 11 or 12 years old that I would be there for her on her 21st birthday and no matter what. So that was very important to me and we made it happen. The flight leaving Sacramento was very full, but it was a clear sunny day for flying.

1 hour and 20 Min later…. Portland!

On her birthday, I took Kendra to shop and have drinks at Thirsty Lion! Because what else would we do right??!?

We drink lots of IPA and had a great day out. Then we had Kendra’s birthday party at the Rock Woodfired Pizza in Beaverton.

We went out to Portland afterwards and spent time on Alberta with friends…

The next night we grabbed a drink at Waltz Brewery.

Before I knew it, it was time to leave!

Weekend trip to Olema Campground and Point Reyes National Seashore

We had planned this trip prior to Halloween, and included our family, Scott’s sister, brother in law, niece Jayne, and Grammy and Grandpa…oh and 2 big dogs.

The drive was very pretty and about 3 hours. 

Anyhow, we arrived and the place was flooded from all the recent rains… Good news was the campground was fairly empty. 

Once everyone arrived and setup…this was the crew:

We took a few good walks in nature and saw lots of deer. We had a campfire going and stayed up late talking outside. Sunset wasn’t bad either.

The next day we all went to the beach… because in CALIFORNIA you can roast in the sun during January.

We parked a short walk to the beach and arrived early enough to beat the crowds.


Then the kiddos were ready for naps and shade….so were we!

That’s about the 3-day weekend visit to Olema. It was fast but fun. It is great to spend so much time with family!!

Sacramento to Barstow and back in 4 days!!

When we first decided to do the RV thing, we decided on not bringing our beloved pets with us. As rookies, we didn’t have much basis on how all that works, let alone working full time, raising a toddler, and maintaining an RV. 

Well after 8 months we missed the animals so much we decided to get our mutt Hot Dog back. This meant arranging him to get from Tucson Arizona to Sacramento California.

Thanks to some awesome family members and some carefully planned road tripping, we were off to visit family and pick up our pup from Barstow.

Along the way, we spent the night in Bakersfield CA. Which isn’t a terribly exciting place, but we stayed at Rosedale hotel and had a great experience. The room opened to a huge playground and we enjoyed the hot tub!

The sunset was beautiful and we ordered a pizza for dinner while working.

The next day, we hit the road. Southern California is a different terrain, but has its beautiful and unique features.

We were finally reunited with hotdogs and able to see family and that we had not seen in 8 months of travel… especially Anikkas great aunt Tia who was over the moon happy to see her girl!

We were over the moon happy to see hot doggie!! And cousins!!!

One of the things that we are most grateful for is our ability and freedom to travel and see friends and family as much as possible. It was really great to catch up with everybody and we appreciate the hospitality.

Holidays in Granite Bay, CA

I can’t even start to explain what a great holiday it was to be around family, be out of the RV in an actual house, and watch anikka play with her Grammy, Grandpa, and cousin Jayne.

The grandparents had a beautiful tree.

Anikka did lots of baking…but more cookie eating.

She played outside lots and lots and lots

We took too many pictures…

We attended cousin Jaynes first birthday!

And opened sooooooo many presents!

Clear Lake, California

We had a a pretty long 4-5 hour drive from arcata to clear lake….but I gotta say that it was SO worth it. We ended up taking a detour to see a Redwood Forest for about 15 miles…

Not knowing what to expect because Scott booked the RV park, it was beyond amazing! After Brookings where we parked 10 seconds from the ocean I didn’t expect anything to wow me for a while…

But we parked ON the lake. It was an epic spot at Aurora RV Park and Marina.

We parked facing the water and had a great view for the ONE night we stayed. 

We had family obligations or we would have stayed longer. It really was gorgeous.

A BIG bonus was the free kayak and canoe available for guests…about 50 feet from our spot…

Before sunset we were all geared up with lifejackets for a canoe ride! Anikka took her fishing pole and cast during the ride.

The weather was nice…a bit chilly but nothing out of the ordinary for December in Cali.

Scott did most of the paddling lol

There’s the RV!!

A beautiful sunset to end a beautiful day.

Arcata, CA and Patrick’s Point State Park

Our stay here was short and sweet. I had tons of work to do so Scott took anikka to Patrick’s Point State Park which was about a 30 Min drive from our RV park in Arcata.

I will have to add the pics in later.

There is a huge nature preserve in the town so I went for a short walk one sunny afternoon… We were Def in Cali with the warm weather!

The RV park did have a huge playground immediately behind our RV so that was a huge bonus!

I enjoyed some time working at Redwood Curtain Brewing Company!

They had several IPAs and a double and triple IPA.. The sticky fingers IPA was my favourite.

Cruising the 101 (Oregon Coast Highway) from Florence to Brookings

Ok, if you ever get the chance to take a 3.5 hour drive of your life, this is it! Granted the RV provides some epic views due to its height 🙂 still a highly recommended drive.

Among the many towns we drove through include Reedsport, Winchester Bay, Coos Bay, Bandon, Port Orford, and Gold Beach… Before arriving in Brookings. I have to say, gold beach was impressive and beautiful in it’s hidden bay area. Port Orford was much larger than expected. The entire drive was like a movie scene…

I honestly can’t say exactly where these spots were along the way but it felt like the entire drive was a visual treat.

We don’t typically pull over to look on travel days, but this was an exceptional day with no clouds and warm sun!

Another cove.

Then beach front RV Park in Brookings! Literally ON. THE. WATER. I could throw rocks or sand and hit the Pacific ocean.

We arrived just in time for sunset.

And oh what a sunset it was! I’m the first week of December no less.

Anikka got to play in soft, dry sand too.

The next morning, we got to wake up to this:

Its crazy but hardly anyone is here.

I took anikka to Azealea Park to find a playground. Guess what we found!!!

The most amazing playground ever.

It was a play land custom built for kids.

It was close to sunset again (430pm) and we saw some Christmas lights turn on in the park…so we went to investigate…

It was their annual holiday lighting in the park. And…we were there before opening so basically had it to ourselves!!

3 Days in Coos Bay, Oregon

We had the opportunity to spend a weekend in lovely Coos Bay, which is 1 hour south of Florence. While the RV was parked for free at the thousand trails park we stayed at the Edgewater Inn which offers Bayside views, indoor pool, jacuzzi, workout room, and continental breakfast.

It was the first time sleeping outside of the RV in 5 months so needless to say I was stoked! The room was large and below are views out the back porch!

Naturally, we visited the only brewery in town.. 7 Devils Brewing.

This is a good sized city with 15,000+ residents. We found an epic flower outside.

One of the less rainy days we went for a drive toward Cape Arago…and ended up finding Sunset Bay!

And Simpson Reef.

And Shore Acres State Park.

And finally Cape Arago State Park. Then the rain started again.

We were heading back when a huge break in the clouds happened. We diverted to the nearest beach which happened to be Bastendorf Beach!

We ran, dug, and flew kites until we were all tuckered out.

Ah, life is good. We really liked coos bay overall and would definitely stay there a few weeks to get the local feel. The food was good and reasonably priced. Try eating at Simon’s Chinese and Japanese restaurant!

There’s a beautiful board walk which we didn’t do because of rain…next time! 

The big bridge on the north end of town is amazing to drive through too!!

Florence, Oregon

The drive from Pacific City to Florence is only 96 miles, but with a land yacht, wet roads, and continuous hills, it took nearly 3 hours to drive.

The next RV park is South Jetty RV Park and another one of our Thousand Trails system resorts. This park is massive, hilly, and heavily wooded with 100′ tall trees containing 25′ branches, gently swaying over the RV. We picked our spot at the top of a hill, full hookups, and more sunlight that we’d seen in a few weeks.

Anyhow, Florence has about 8,000 residents so it’s much larger than Pacific City and dining options are plentiful.

The town has one main Street for shopping, eating, and strolling. The town is full of painted sea lion statues.

Main Street is parallel to the Siuslaw River and provides some gorgeous scenery.

There are a few docks to walk along and open to the public.

We walked and enjoyed a sunny day in the middle of November!

Since Florence is not directly on the water like Pacific City, we had to walk a good 3/4 mile to reach a beach…but it was totally worth the effort as we watched the sun set.

Florence has a GREAT public library for little kids to play on rainy days…not that those ever happen here lol

We got to make new friends.

A big attraction here is the Sea Lion Caves which are the largest in the US.

This attraction has been around since 1930!!!

Anyhow, entrance is cheap at $14 per adult and free kid. If you come here, plan on walking. ALOT. UPHILL. DOWNHILL. THE WHOLE TIME.

See that path? It’s like 300′ long and 150+ feet up. The views are worth it!

Once you follow the path down, you take a 1 minute elevator ride down into a cave 200 feet. It’s intense, let me tell you. I included a video with sound below. The sound from 100+ sea lions in a cave is eerily powerful…

In the caves you can climb more stairs…

But you are rewarded with…

We stayed about an hour then took the dreaded walk back uphill.

Last but not least, Thanksgiving…

We don’t do things traditional style, but were not exactly a traditional family so it works for us 🙂 we had a cruelty free feast and loved every second of it! We continue to be grateful for the freedom and opportunities we have on a daily basis.

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