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There’s actually  few things to do in Umatilla Oregon! 

When we left Hood River the only Midway stopping point that made sense was to the stay in Umatilla. We stayed at the Marina RV Park which I would highly recommend if you’re staying in the area. These spaces are large and the park itself was not very busy at all.

We ended up staying less than a week but the one RV park we stayed at happened to be a diamond in the rough.

 Hi!!!

The town itself is nothing to brag about and there really isn’t that much to do in general … So we played in the grass a lot! And the weather was fantastic!

…but the RV park was Green and right along the river so we had a great time. And we had a view of the river…

There is McNary dam that we went to visit…

 …and a disc golf course that goes right along the dam so we had a lot of fun there…

We went to Hermiston Brewing Company however the food was terribly overpriced and we were not that impressed with the beer. 

Other than that you can certainly walk along the Columbia River and enjoy the scenery and the gorgeous sunset. 

There she goes!!

Happy couple..

We set up the tent here too!

There’s lots of access to floating docks so we had lots of fun playing Outdoors here.
That’s about that! We stayed here early June so this is a catch up post! More soon!

Blackwell Island RV resort on the water in Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Bye Oregon, thanks for the fun!

Hi Idaho, nice to meet you!

The drive here is beautiful!

We just pulled into this RV resort and wow! My socks are knocked off.

Here’s the view out the kitchen window

This RV park has an amazing custom built pond with both a small bridge and a large bridge to go over with custom-made bench seating area!

 Not only is the entire area as luscious as Western Oregon and Portland but the views are amazing the weather is phenomenal and I can’t believe I’ve never seen this part of Idaho before. We’re really excited to be here and can’t wait to see what the town has to hold!

Apparently they have a kids playground here too but we haven’t even been over there yet…

3 awesome days at Bridge RV Park in Hood River, Oregon!

Okay so technically the RV Park we reserved is in White Salmon Washington which is directly across the bridge that connects White Salmon to Hood River. the coolest part was that our RV park was overlooking the Columbia and Hood River with a nice short five minute drive home. Anyhow the drive from Portland to Hood River was very short 90 miles and easy and one of the most pleasurable drives we’ve had to date. Once you leave Eastern Portland on 84 west, you get into this area called The Gorge…

The Columbia Gorge is this amazing Green Valley with waterfalls and rivers and beautiful tall trees for a Hundred Mile Stretch or so. 

We did get a super awesome parking spot at the RV park which was overlooking the Columbia river and Hood River!

One of the craziest and scariest things that happened to us was crossing the bridge that connects Hood River to White Salmon. Allow me to explain… This bridge is very tiny and being a toll bridge there is quite a bit of traffic. But this is no ordinary Bridge mind you it is literally exactly a 16 ft wide so that means there’s the exact amount of room for two cars side-by-side and no more no less. In other words it is a very tight fit for the half-mile it stretches over the Columbia River. When you’re going over this toll bridge in an RV it can be quite terrifying to be honest. When I was looking out my window there was 4 inches between our wheels and the side of the bridge where our top heavy vehicle could easily just flip on over. Just look at this picture. The top mirror kind of shows it but the bottom right mirror really shows how close we were to disaster.

Not only that but there were also other large vehicles coming in the opposite direction of us so at one point Scott. 

So close that he brushed up against the bridge wall which was literally four feet tall. I’m not usually scared of much but everything combined thing that this is our entire home with everything in it and a sleeping kid in the back I think my heart rate went to about 2000 beats per minute LOL

We had a blast and Hood River but it is full of the things that we like so it was easy to keep busy. We found a disc golf course and played disc golf which was a lot of fun and we hit up several of the local breweries including Double Mountain

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Full-sail Brewing

We wanted to make it to session Brewing but time did not allow so when we went to a local grocery store we ended up buying a 12 pack of session to support the locals you know!

And I think that was it but there’s a dozen or so bars in the area that are very trendy fun and popular for all ages over 21.
We had a great time at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Not only do they have a Sandy Beach area that is not packed but they also have a fantastic handmade children’s play area with all these cool non-conventional playground pieces of equipment period we spent a few hours climbing the rock walls and sliding the slides and spinning around and enjoying the view until we got hungry.

The other thing that we got to do which was very fun was to take Anikka to a second Park in Hood River that had a very homemade by cub-scouts feel!

Anyhow Hood River is a small City located in the Gorge pretty much in the middle of it. It is very Progressive like Portland but has a small-town feel. Hood River is full of great breweries which we will talk about in a minute good restaurants beautiful parks and a great ambience. I would love to spend more time in Hood River but unfortunately we don’t have time to stay any longer!!

Eating healthy for long-term RV travels.

We have found that cooking from inside the RV has been a new and challenging thing to figure out for life on the road. What’s in our fridge? 

As I mentioned in a previous post, we use the cast iron skillets more than anything else. I believe we have a six inch and 1/8 inch pan. We also use the griddle and have use a slow cooker once or twice. In general we eat much more raw food and locally grown food. We do end up at Safeway from time to time but we really tried to hit up local farmer’s markets to support locally grown product and Organics. Here’s a sampling from meals we have made in the RV…
Boiled then stir fried potatoes with fresh cut onions jalapenos mushrooms and garlic with some kale thrown in the mix.

This was a salad made from locally-grown romaine, quinoa made with vegetable bullion, and a side of veggies. Flax seed sprinkled in. Low carb. Super healthy. 

This was stir fried rice with veggies. Option for sriracha and soy sauce.

We routinely make polenta now that anikka loves it. We top with fried eggs and cayenne.

Another favorite was this awesome 7-bean soup. We actually purchased this as a homemade packet from a local grocery in Beaumont. The flavour was REALLY savory and delicious. It didn’t last long.

Bean packet Turned into….

We also eat a lot of dips. We get baby carrots and dunk them in hummus…A lot! We get avacados to make guacamole. We eat tortilla chips almost every day…

So as you can see we really try hard to eat healthy and keep everybody going with lots of good energy. We definitely do the occasional popsicle ice cream or chocolate but not much of that. Most of us have a salt tooth more than a sweet tooth LOL but we’re getting much better at cooking and more efficient at it as well. 

Eating healthy in an RV is certainly possible although it takes a lot of teamwork 🙂

Doing dishes as a breeze so the kitchen has always been clean and Scott and I like to keep the place tidy anyhow. I’ll post more fun meals we make soon!

Top 10 List: Things Learned in the first 30 days of RV Travels

Our family has been through a lot in the first 30 days transfer from living at home and working a nine-to-five job to living on the road all the time. We have learned an infinite number of new tips and tricks for the RV but that would be in another blog all by itself. This pic is Anikka on the day we left Phoenix!

This top 10 list is dedicated to the things we have learned in the first 30 Days RV travels. In the last 30 days we have traveled over 1000 miles and stayed in 6 RV parks across 3 states.

Number one. We did not need half of the stuff that we thought we would. This one requires a little bit of explanation however because we did a great job of downsizing in the first place. Even when we set our initial leave date there was still room in the storage underneath our RV so we have room to grow if needed. the things that we did need to purchase small items that we never would have thought of and less we lived in the RV full time so it took us some time to figure out. Otherwise half of the stuff that we thought we wouldn’t need we really didn’t. We ended up selling a nice matching leather recliner and footstool for $200 on Craigslist…even though it matchedbthe interior Furnishings to our RV we just found that it was bulky and ended up being a storage place for clothes and crap instead of being used as a recliner.

Number two. The cast iron skillet and griddle are Lifesavers. We’ll use the cast iron skillets more than anything else. We found herself eating a lot more raw and fresh fruits vegetables and Grains because not only is it easier to prepare but it’s readily available and all the little towns we visit.

Number three. Eating what we call a “cold quesadilla” Is pretty normal. During travel days we found that it is a quick and easy meal to put together that everyone will eat so we literally get a slab of tortilla cut some slices of cheese and eat it cold. I never thought I would do that sometimes you just have to make it work for life on the road.

Number for. You cannot always pick your neighbors. Every spot we have been up so far has had great neighbors that are very quiet. We just happened to have neighbors the last couple days here in Ashland that were cigarette smokers and it seems like the wind kept blowing it right into our RV so we had to keep the windows closed on that entire side for a couple days. It wasn’t that bad Im just whining LOL but still you never know who’s going to end up on either side of you.

Number 5. Picking a spot in advance if possible, is the best way to go when booking RV parks. We discovered most RV parks have a site map so you can pull it up and actually request that specific spot. Of course it is not always available but we have had pretty good odds so far.

Number six. Managing our time is harder with so much free time. It really feels like we have so much to do and every single place because there’s so much fun stuff to do. However we still have to find and maintain a balance with eating and cleaning and working.

Number seven. We have definitely seen growth in all of our relationships and ability to communicate. I think it’s kind of funny because it has to happen since you’re living in a box with somebody else. Everybody is super close and it seems like we watched much less TV and spend way more time Outdoors together.

Number eight. I personally really miss our pets however I think we made the right decision and not bringing them because we just don’t have the time to clean and walk and feed and do all the stuff that they would require while still having the flexibility that we do now. I miss them terribly but I feel like we made the right decision for the family.

Number nine. We surprisingly do not miss our house and Phoenix much at all. The pool sounds great once in awhile but there is so much running water and we have been around so many trees that we really do not miss the desert right now. Let alone 100 degree Heat.

Number 10. We definitely miss friends and family and having some flexibility and help when watching the kiddo. However we are grateful for the flexibility when I’ll have to visit family when we do get around to it.

There are so many beautiful places to visit!!

That does it for my recap. I’ll try to do these frequently so that we can keep a summary on everything that’s been going on. Looking forward to more Adventures I’m going to watch master of none on Netflix right now!

Our arrival into Oregon Territory and Glenyan RV Park in Ashland!

I think it’s safe to say we were all really happy to leave Redding. Although we got to spend one amazing day they’re due to some technical issues we were excited to get back to Oregon or Scott and I had originally met. On our one-day of downtime and Redding we did get to do something really cool I wanted to mention. They have a driving range where you hit floating golf balls into the Sacramento River. Aqua golf driving range. They also sold really good cheap beers and had free kids club rentals. We ended up paying for a bucket of balls several times and rented two clubs that a dollar each. We had so much fun there and ended up staying the afternoon hitting balls into the water!! The views were amazing!

Anyhow we managed to pack everything up and leave Redding California around 10 or 11 in the morning. The drive up north was extremely hilly and we knew there were some steep grades ahead so we decided to drive separately. So of course Scott drove the RV and I drove Annika in our Honda CRV. the drive up was gorgeous here are a couple of shots of the scenery changes along the way. The Siskiyou Summit and Mt Shasta were beautiful!!

We have reservations at glenyan RV Park which is about 10 minutes outside of downtown Ashland. When we pulled into the RV park we were amazed at the trees the running water and the beauty of the park. It looks like the spaces are pretty far apart as well and the park is not overcrowded..

Here is our spot. We are super close to the creek and Annika has been enjoying playing in it. The RV park also has chickens that roam the property, basketball court, swings and a merry go round.

… There’s so much to do here… Oh not to mention they also have a pond and a general store. Tons of green grass for Annika to play on and fun bridges that cross over Neil Creek!!

Ashland has one of the most amazing parks in the world to me. Lithia park!! They have a 93 acre beautiful Green Park with a pond a creek running through it and a huge children’s playground. It is a very safe and fun place to play and Annika has been looking forward to this park the whole time so of course we had to go check it out…

And naturally after playing we decided to go hit up a dreary. We had found Standing Stone Brewing very close to Lithia Park and decided to walk on over due to the awesome beer list they had!

I was really happy about this place because they had a kids menu with a $3 fruit and veggie tray option. I wish every single bar on Earth have this because it’s super good for kids to snack on and cheap for us to get! How awesome is this?

I opted for the beer sampler and they brought it out in this really cool tray…

They had enough room on their patio that we got to sit outside in the sun and enjoy the sunset.

The following day we spent mostly at the RV park playing at the swing set and basketball courts and just walking around following the chickens and Crossing Bridges. The weather has been phenomenal just about 70 degrees with the light Cool Breeze. I love it so much here and don’t want to leave but I’m looking forward to seeing friends and Portland. Scott and I love to disc golf so we looked up the course and found one on Southern Oregon University campus. We ended up playing about 9 holes and had a lot of fun with a beautiful view overlooking Ashland.

This morning we got up early and decided to head to the local farmer’s market. We walked all around Ashland and took Annika back to Lithia Park for a second time. You can bet she’s asleep right now after all the playing she did. We have a couple more days in Ashland and then up to Portland we go!!!

Our arrival into Oregon Territory and Glenyan RV Park in Ashland!

I think it’s safe to say we were all really happy to leave Redding. Although we got to spend one amazing day they’re due to some technical issues we were excited to get back to Oregon or Scott and I had originally met. On our one-day of downtime and Redding we did get to do something really cool I wanted to mention. They have a driving range where you hit floating golf balls into the Sacramento River. Aqua golf driving range. They also sold really good cheap beers and had free kids club rentals. We ended up paying for a bucket of balls several times and rented two clubs that a dollar each. We had so much fun there and ended up staying the afternoon hitting balls into the water!! The views were amazing!

Anyhow we managed to pack everything up and leave Redding California around 10 or 11 in the morning. The drive up north was extremely hilly and we knew there were some steep grades ahead so we decided to drive separately. So of course Scott drove the RV and I drove Annika in our Honda CRV. the drive up was gorgeous here are a couple of shots of the scenery changes along the way. The Siskiyou Summit and Mt Shasta were beautiful!!

We have reservations at glenyan RV Park which is about 10 minutes outside of downtown Ashland. When we pulled into the RV park we were amazed at the trees the running water and the beauty of the park. It looks like the spaces are pretty far apart as well and the park is not overcrowded..

Here is our spot. We are super close to the creek and Annika has been enjoying playing in it. The RV park also has chickens that roam the property, basketball court, swings and a merry go round.

… There’s so much to do here… Oh not to mention they also have a pond and a general store. Tons of green grass for Annika to play on and fun bridges that cross over Neil Creek!!

Ashland has one of the most amazing parks in the world to me. Lithia park!! They have a 93 acre beautiful Green Park with a pond a creek running through it and a huge children’s playground. It is a very safe and fun place to play and Annika has been looking forward to this park the whole time so of course we had to go check it out…

And naturally after playing we decided to go hit up a dreary. We had found Standing Stone Brewing very close to Lithia Park and decided to walk on over due to the awesome beer list they had!

I was really happy about this place because they had a kids menu with a $3 fruit and veggie tray option. I wish every single bar on Earth have this because it’s super good for kids to snack on and cheap for us to get! How awesome is this?

I opted for the beer sampler and they brought it out in this really cool tray…

They had enough room on their patio that we got to sit outside in the sun and enjoy the sunset.

The following day we spent mostly at the RV park playing at the swing set and basketball courts and just walking around following the chickens and Crossing Bridges. The weather has been phenomenal just about 70 degrees with the light Cool Breeze. I love it so much here and don’t want to leave but I’m looking forward to seeing friends and Portland. Scott and I love to disc golf so we looked up the course and found one on Southern Oregon University campus. We ended up playing about 9 holes and had a lot of fun with a beautiful view overlooking Ashland.

This morning we got up early and decided to head to the local farmer’s market. We walked all around Ashland and took Annika back to Lithia Park for a second time. You can bet she’s asleep right now after all the playing she did. We have a couple more days in Ashland and then up to Portland we go!!!

4 days at Green Acres RV Park in Redding California and some fun technical issues :/

We left Granite Bay California on Monday to head north on the 65 and the 99 to get to Red Bluff and then Redding California. We had made Advance reservations for Green Acres RV park with the initial intent to only stay three days and two night. We are really excited to get to Ashland Oregon because of all the awesome outdoor things to do. The one full day and Redding according to the forecast was going to be gray and cloudy and rainy which it turned out to be.

The RV park was very easy to find and about 5 minutes outside of Redding proper, and although the park itself is very nice and we feel safe here all of the hotels next door and around are definitely not a place to wander. 

We like the RV park and it is very quiet except for the occasional train that comes by the tracks (which is very close) however we quickly tuned it out and did not mind it. We got full hookups in spot 30…

They also have a beautiful Koi pond with a waterfall areas so of course we had to go check that out…

We did a quick Google search on outdoor things to do, hiking trails, bike trails and restaurants around the Redding area. Apparently there are dozens of gorgeous bike trails and hiking trails up and down the Sacramento river which goes straight through the city. We found that Redding has the world’s largest working sundial here so we decided to go check that out because it is it is attached to a bridge and a beautiful work of art as well. The challenge would be facing the cold winds and light rain that was spread out throughout the day. We drove to the Sacramento River with the intent to go on a bike ride which did not end up happening due to the cold winds although the view was magnificent.

Just around the corner from the park here was the Sundial Bridge so we decided to go exploring…

Toddler for perspective…

We found out that once you walk across the glass bottom Bridge you can walk underneath it and look up which is really cool …

here is Scott for perspective…

We also saw a gaggle of geese and their goslings..

Then today which was supposed to be the day to head up to Ashland we had everything packed and ready to go and then Scott lifted the hydraulic jacks and went to turn on the vehicle and discovered that one of the gauges was not working. Yippee!! :/  We called numerous places including Freightliner and Winnebago customer service and Scott did a few tests to see what the issue was. We are pretty certain that it is just the gauge which is not working and there are no air pressure issues (which would be a huge cost) so if the gauge is that’s no big deal …we just need to run to NAPA Auto Parts and get a new gauge… Going soon..A little bummed to bump our trip back a day as we LOVE LOVE LOVE Ashland but we should arrive tomorrow nonetheless.. you will see below the REAR AIR PRESSURE IS AT ZERO!!

Our first electrical issue oh boy! Ah the adventures of RV life!!

A perfect Tuesday in San Francisco, CA!

As I am talk-to-texting this, I am exhausted from the amazing time we had in San Francisco today. We got up early and left the grandparents house around 8 a.m. And drove the two and a half hours into the city.  Here’s an awesome California view along the way…

Here’s he view coming from the north end of the city when you get thru the hills and robin Williams tunnel:

Personally I had not been back to San Francisco for about seven years however I had been there plenty of times before so it was returning to a familiar place that has changed a lot. When you drive in we took the 37 westbound so that we would drop in from the north side and cross the Golden Gate Bridge first thing in the morning. 

Of course those first spectacular views overseeing the city are amazing. 

There was very little to no fog and we happen to be there on a very clear day. The weather was fantastic about 60 or 65 degrees, Wendy as usual, but sunny and fresh. The first thing we did was across the Golden Gate Bridge and park the car on the other side to walk on the bridge. 

It was my first time actually walking on it so I was really excited, and of course it was Anikka’s first time as well. The walk-up was short and quick and not very crowded surprisingly. 

We walked out to about the middle of the bridge took some awesome pictures enjoyed the view. 

Then Annika got really fussy because of the constant traffic that is driving right next to you while you stand on the edge of the bridge. She did not like all the noise so despite our best attempts to distract her we had to head back to the car. 

Ok so it was a LITTLE windy for Anikka…

All in all we walked about two miles here. By then it was already noon or nearly noon and we were all very hungry. We had already discussed lunch plans and decided to head into Chinatown for dim sum. 

We had the insight to reserve a space in advance, it’s called Panda space and you can actually pick the individual spot that you want to park your car for relatively cheap, I think we paid $11 for the entire day. So we drove from the Golden Gate Bridge Into the Heart of the City. We went up the steep hills, saw the cable car and trolley, and passed by Transamerica Center and Coit Tower among many other famous landmarks. We parked the car and started hoofing it. On our way towards Chinatown we passed by Union Square…

I know it’s a super popular square with the most popular brands around it but it was under construction so there wasn’t much to see or do. Anyhow we were all starving so we kept walking towards trying to town which was another five or six blocks away.

Entrance to Chinatown…

Then once we came into Chinatown we still walked another eight to ten blocks to find the perfect dim sum place. 

We stopped to get a quick fresh squeezed orange juice for $3 and then finally found the dim sum place on yelp.com. if you have never had dim sum all it is is ready-made Chinese food that you do not have to order. People just come around with trays with hot fresh meals and you tell them which plate you want. It is common to get many plates and share amongst friends at your table.

We went to New China which was a restaurant I’ll have to find the address anyhow we sat down for dim sum and a large place with at least 75 pool tables full of people eating dim sum. I had no idea it was this popular. Anyhow they quickly seated us and apparently before you can even pick up a menu they come around with a serving cart which has hot fresh food plates already made and you just pick the ones that you want. So it’s kind of weird because it’s glorified Chinese food that’s ready and presented to you and you can take as much as you want which they charge you for.

We had noodles dumplings hot tea several beers and some broccoli which was really good. This photo was the aftermath because we were so hungry by the time we got there I did not think it to take a picture before eating LOL. We all enjoyed the much-needed food then decided to continue our journey and walked all the way back to the car. Just on this leg of our journey we walked another 2 miles however these are very hilly miles keep in mind.

Our last stop was to head to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 area. 

Scott took a really cool navigation route so we went up up up the steep hills again got an amazing view of Alcatraz and then headed down down down back into the city. 

Pier 39 was hard to find parking so we ended up going into a parking garage. These are extremely expensive by the way and we paid over $21 for two hours of parking LOL. 

Anikka decided to rest…Right…There…

Anyhow we walked from the parking garage over to Pier 45 which has a huge submarine which you can pay to go on however we didn’t go on it…

and a big war ship which they were just closing up entrance to when we arrived..

We then decided to head towards Pier 39 and search of pizza and wine. 

The walk from Pier 45 to Pier 39 is not a short one and it was very windy and we were all getting tired by then…

…so we walk through the crowds stop to Boudin Bakery that has all kinds of Breads and cookies and custom desserts that are shaped like animals and all kinds of crazy stuff. 

Anyhow the crowds at this point or more than before and we were all pretty tired. We walked down to Pier 39 didn’t see the pizza place that we wanted and walked back towards the car where we knew a pizza place was located. 

We sat and enjoyed a medium cheese pizza and some beers cheers while we rested up for the drive home. Cheers!!

By this point it was already close to 5 o’clock and we were all exhausted. We drove back to Sacramento …

…and then Granite Bay which took nearly 3 hours with rush hour traffic. All in all it was a super awesome 12 hour day. Everyone had an amazing time and we got tons of great pics and great memories to share!

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