Hearst Castle, a California State Historical Monument

We love to be active and enjoy the outdoors, but hiking is not necessarily the activity of choice when we get together with grandparents. No problem, there are plenty of outdoor activities we can all enjoy. One of our favorite excursions that we took with my in-laws was a trip to San Simeon on the central … More Hearst Castle, a California State Historical Monument

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Day 1

Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park Directions: 50 miles east of Redding on Hwy 44 (to the Northwest entrance of the park) Campground: Manzanita Lake campground (amenities included camp store, pay showers and laundry, kayak rentals), $24/night, reservable through recreation.gov 6 months in advance Fees: Park entry fee $20, Campground fee $24/night Date traveled: July 2016 … More Lassen Volcanic National Park, Day 1

Camping in California’s Oldest State Park

Location: Big Basin State Park, California Directions: Big Basin is located about 1.5 hrs (65 miles) south of San Francisco and about 40 minutes (25 miles) north of Santa Cruz via Highway 9 and 236. Campground: Huckleberry Campground Fee: $35/night Ever since I heard about the Berry Creek Falls loop hike at Big Basin State Park with … More Camping in California’s Oldest State Park

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

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

Far Westerns National Qualifier 2016

One of our latest campervan excursions took us to Reno, Nevada where our daughter played in one of the biggest volleyball tournaments around. It was Far Westerns weekend! Far Westerns is a volleyball national qualifier tournament for girls 12-18 years old from all different divisions/levels. The tournament is so big (greater than 1000 teams, 15000 players … More Far Westerns National Qualifier 2016

Yosemite Valley Bike Ride in the Spring

Location: Yosemite National Park, California (Yosemite Valley) Bike trail length: 8 mile loop through Yosemite Valley from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls to Mirror Lake and back. (The Yosemite NPS site says there are over 12 miles of bike trails in Yosemite) Time: 1-3 hours depending on the number of stops Season: Spring My absolute, all-time favorite … More Yosemite Valley Bike Ride in the Spring

Wright’s Beach

Location: Wright’s Beach campground, Sonoma Coast state park (off of Hwy 1, Sonoma Coast), $45/night for premium sites (reserveamerica.com up to 7 months in advance, new dates are released in blocks 1 month at a time) Trip Date: October 2015 How do you plan for your first overnight adventure in a campervan that you’ve been waiting for … More Wright’s Beach