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Blaine,WA

We are back in the US after spending the entire summer in British Columbia. Although we are not sure how long we will be here, we found a beautiful city right across the border with an amazing playground and awesome views. I hope the food is good when we eat lunch LOL

Return to Portland Oregon

Back again for a month in a great city with many of our amazing friends!! Even when it’s raining so you just laugh in the car 🙂

This was a whole ago, sorry for the delay, but here are some highlights.

We were at Alberta Park and a little girl randomly asked to paint Anikka’s face… It was good practice 😉

We played with friends…

And went on many many bike rides. The weather was great in April!

And played golf at Top Golf in Beaverton.

And parks…

Aaaand Wintler Beach on the Washington side…

Aaaand enjoyed lots of beer and pizza between Hot Lips Pizza and Breakside Brewery!!

Otherwise, were happy to say, Portland is about the same as it’s been and we like it that way!

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!

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!!

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.

Our little robot.


A quick stay in Bothell, Washington

We found a gorgeous RV park in Bothell, which is about 45 Min north of Seattle proper. It’s called Lake Pleasant RV Park and each spot backs to a lake. It’s a cool concept with every spot getting a lake front space. There are tons of mature trees surrounding the property and because the park is a loop, it makes a run or bike lap totally fun! (And achievable for me lol)

Here was our view out the front windshield…

We really didn’t do much as anikka had a cold with cough here so it was mostly work and catching up on things like haircuts, massages and chiropractic care.

We have both spent plenty of time around Seattle so it wasn’t a critical thing that we visit hmthe city. It was actually kinda nice to stay in, exercise and work. 

If we had more time, we would have went to Seattle Science Center, Pikes Place market and a ferry ride…next time!

Where in the world have we been?

This is our ongoing list of cities/RV Parks we have stayed at starting April 17, 2017.

Phoenix, AZ, Desert Shadows RV Resort, about 5 days

Beaumont, CA, Country Hills RV Park, 3 days

Coarsegold, CA, Yosemite RV Resort, about 10 days

Granite Bay, CA, stayed with family, 2 weeks

Redding, CA, Green Acres RV Park, 4 days

Ashland, OR, Glenyan RV Park & Campground, 5 days

Portland, OR, Jantzen Beach RV Park and Columbia River RV Park, 1 week

Hood River, OR, Bridge RV Park & Campground, 3 days

Umatilla, OR, Umatilla Marina RV Park, about 5 days

Coeur d’Alene, ID, Blackwell Island RV Park, about 1 week

Cranbrook, BC, Canada, Mount Baker RV Park, about 1 week

Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada, 5 days

Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Spring Creek RV Campground, about 10 days

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Calgary West Campground, 10 days

Fernie, Alberta, Canada, Fernie RV Resort, about 1 week

Whitefish/Coram, Montana, North American RV Park, 10 days

Waterton Lakes National Park, Albert, Canada, Waterton Springs Campground, 1 week

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Westerner RV Campground, 3 days

Edmonton, Alberta, Kinsmen St. Albert RV Park, 1 week

Hinton, Alberta, Hinton-Jasper KOA, 1 week

Canmore, Alberta, Spring Creek RV Park, 10 days

Golden, British Columbia, Whispering Spring Campground and RV Park, 4 days

Revelstoke, BC, Lamplighter RV Park, 8 days

More soon!

Top Things to do in Ashland, Oregon

Here is our list of things to do in Ashland Oregon. Some are kid-friendly some are not. We learned that you have to check with each individual bar to see if they allow children inside. Oregon has some funny laws about serving alcohol in vicinity of children.

VISIT LITHIA PARK

This park is world-renowned for its beautiful space, expansive playground, and great hiking trails. Ashland Creek runs straight through it so the entire time you are surrounded by the sound of water. There are also several large ponds, lots of ducks deer and Wildlife to be seen. An amazing Park to go to!
DRINK LITHIA SPRINGS MINERAL WATER

Pic here!

Okay I’ll admit it. I tried it. Did I like it? No. It tastes like some like a blend of sulfur and flower and terrible fumes and your face all at once. It is not good but apparently it’s very healthy to drink and full of vitamins. I’d rather take the daily supplement instead of drinking that again though.

GRAB A DRINK DOWNTOWN AT BLACK SHEEP PUB

What an entrance. You have to walk up a giant flight of red carpet stairs before you get inside the British theme Pub. Apparently the place is closing in the next few months which makes us sad because it’s been in business for nearly 25 years. It is well-known around Ashland and has a great selection of beers. We ended up just getting a giant platter of french fries which was served with Organic ketchup and malt vinegar. 

VISIT STANDING STONE BREWERY

The beer selection is fantastic and reasonably priced. They also have a nice patio out on the west side where you can watch the sunset. We did not get any food here but we did get drinks in a flight of beers which was super fun period a great atmosphere and child-friendly place.
VISIT GRANITE TAPROOM

This place is located in the heart of downtown on a 3rd floor space overlooking the valley below. Great drinks and happy hour specials! Lots of local microbrewery!

VISIT THE GROWLER GUYS FOR DRINKS

This place is definitely child and dog friendly. It is not located in the heart of downtown but still has a great view of the mountains around. They have a fantastic patio and a great beer selection with over 60 beers on tap. The only downside is that their food was definitely not fantastic. We ended up with garlic bread and sauce that was less than desirable but the beer made up for it.
GRAB SOME BUBBLE TEA AT DOBRA TEA IN DOWNTOWN ASHLAND

The shop has a great location on one side of the river that is very close to the downtown vicinity. I got an awesome Thai tea which was a blend of black and oolong tea mix with coconut milk. It was really good and cost about $5.50. Tons of other tea combinations made fresh and in-house. Highly recommended!

DISC GOLF

We are huge disc golf fans and try to play as often as possible. We ended up finding a course on the Southern Oregon University campus. I believe it was only 9 holes, and was a bit difficult to navigate at times but was really fun to play. The course slash school grounds are very well-manicured with lots of big beautiful trees.
PLAY A ROUND AT OAK KNOLL GOLF COURSE

This is a public golf course located just outside of downtown Ashland. The golf course looks absolutely amazing and well-manicured. It is centralized in the valley so it’s mostly flat with some light Rolling Hills. The prices are really reasonable as well for a 9-hole or 18-hole round. Golf cart rentals available!

GO FOR A DRIVE

Just about everywhere you look in Ashland is full of beauty. You can drive just about anywhere in the city and see tons of tall trees and Wildlife around.

WALK AROUND DOWNTOWN

There are a few main walking trails that go right along the river straight through downtown Ashland. I would highly recommend parking anywhere you can because everything is Within Reach on foot. If you have a kid put them in a stroller so you can navigate up the light Hills. There’s so many shops to stop at you could spend the whole day walking around.

VISIT EMIGRANT LAKE

Less than 15 minutes outside of downtown Ashland is a cute little late with very easy access. The views are gorgeous and you definitely get a country vibe from it. There are few. To hang out on and it looked like they had paddle board and boat rentalsnas well!
 VISIT SCIENCE WORKS

Science works is a children’s museum within 5 minutes of downtown Ashland. Admission was $10 for an adult and $8 for children 2 to 10. Very engaging for toddlers!

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