How to Navigate a National Park Visit During the Holidays

I am not an expert on travel or national parks by any means, but having traveled around the holidays for the last 4 years, I wanted to share an observation that we made. That is, the days before the major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the parks are very sparse. Like ‘everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays so no one … More How to Navigate a National Park Visit During the Holidays

The Liebster Award

Last week Weekend Campervanning was nominated for the Liebster Award. This is an award given by the blogging community to help new bloggers get recognized/discovered. How nice and thank you! Thank you to The Adventures of a Day Hiker who kindly nominated me. The Adventures of a Day Hiker is a beautifully written hiking, photography and outdoors … More The Liebster Award

Sonoma Coast camping

Location: Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Rd, Bodega Bay, California Campground: Doran Regional Park campground, 120 sites, $35/night Reservations: sonomacountycamping.org, reservations can be made 1 year in advance Date of trip: May 2016 We left our home on Saturday excited about the gorgeous weather, convinced that the weather report was wrong for the Bodega … More Sonoma Coast camping

Fortynine Palms Oasis Hike in Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California. Off of Canyon Road/Fortynine Palms Canyon Road via Hwy 62 Hike: Fortynine Palms Oasis hike, a hike to an oasis surrounded by palms (and back) Length: 3 miles, round trip Time: 2-3 hours Level: Moderate, no shade on trail (shade at oasis) Elevation change: 300 ft (300 ft climb … More Fortynine Palms Oasis Hike in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California Campground: Indian Cove, at the end of Indian Cove Road off of Hwy 62 Campground ammenities: Pit toilets, water available at Indian Cove Ranger station 2 miles from campground Campsite: # 73 Reservations: recreation.gov, 6 months in advance (Oct-May). No reservations during summer months (first come, first serve) Campsite … More Joshua Tree National Park

Sunset State Beach

Location: Sunset State Beach, California Directions: 16 miles south of Santa Cruz (from Hwy 1, take Andreas Rd exit to Sunset Beach Rd) Day-use fee: $10 Parking: end of Shell Road Date: April 2016 We have been coming to Sunset State Beach for years now. We discovered it one day when we were checking out beaches south … More Sunset State Beach