Leaving the Lower 48

It started as a joke about saving $14 per plane ticket and ended up being one heck of an adventure. Six months ago we were looking for a vacation spot to link up with Dad and Elaine and we decided to look for something more outdoorsy not knowing what the ‘Rona would allow for. We…

a (longer) Hello! from the mountains

There are few places within a hard day’s drive of SoCal that are more beautiful and enjoyable than the Sierras. This month I had the opportunity to grab a backpack, a tent, and some rods and put some miles on my boots in the mountains. Absolute blast with picture perfect weather, great views, better company,…

Southwest Turkey Trot

Refusing to let 2020 dampen our spirit of adventure, we hit the road to take in more of Mother Nature over the kids’ Thanksgiving break. I wanted to explore more of Utah and The Grand Canyon was on Sophia’s West Coast bucket list. Phil drafted an itinerary and the Sunday before Thanksgiving we hit the…

Jackrabbit Camp

Dad got the adventure itch and William is always ready for a good time so we blasted out to Anza-Borrego for another physically distant adventure. I had spotted a few potential campsites during a few aerial adventures over the past few months. With a handful of grids in my hand, we set out to the…

Closing out an Adventure

The Grand August Adventure wrapped up with a stop at Point Reyes. We made a stop pit stop in Fort Brag where Will showcased his inner salty sea dog and the whole family gobbled up tasty morsels from Princess Seafood Market & Deli. Down in Point Reyes, the weather was a bit dreary – total…

Lost Coast Found

Ever since the idea was hatched for the trip, I was struggling to find a way to work a trip to the Lost Coast into the itinerary. Who would’ve thought it was hard to just swing on by the most undeveloped and isolated part of California…? Meredith was the one who hatched a plan, picked…

Walking with Giants

There a good dozen parks in Oregon and NorCal that make up what folks collectively refer to as “the Redwoods” including Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwoods State Park, Redwoods National Park, Humbolt Redwoods State Park… the list goes on. We had always planned on visiting “the Redwoods” as…

Oregon Coast

The Grand August Adventure continues. Goodbye to Shasta (and California for a moment). Rest and refit in Eugene then it was time to set off on one heck of a winding road en route to the Oregon Coast. We popped out near the Oregon Dunes and found ourselves all alone on the beach which was…

Cannonball Camp

After a quick stop in the North Bay to clean up and refill the cooler (and grab some ice cream), we headed inland, jumped on the 5, and headed to the next stop on the August Adventure: Mount Shasta. We had the same issues in the planning phase – campsites were either closed, booked, or…

The Biggest of Surs

This month we are embarking on the The Great August Adventure. COVID spoiled the original plan (Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia) but version 2.0 of the plan is just about two weeks on the road and off the beaten trail. With the truck packed, we hit the road for the first leg. After a quick bite…