A Weekend In and Around Yosemite National Park, California

As we were planning our route through California, we had multiple obstacles to contend with. First, we knew the price of gas was going to be sky high (we were right). Second, the wildfires were only growing in intensity and were making their way toward Sequoia National Park. And third, there is so much weContinue reading “A Weekend In and Around Yosemite National Park, California”

Wine Tasting at Emerson Vineyards, Oregon

Typically, when we arrive at a Harvest Hosts, either Will or I will go into the storefront to complete the requested minimum $20 purchase to support our stay. But Bird had napped for most of the drive to Emerson Vineyards and the tasting room was huge and not very busy, so we decided to letContinue reading “Wine Tasting at Emerson Vineyards, Oregon”

Sunday Hikes to Heceta Lighthouse and Hobbit Beach, Oregon

The word that comes to mind when thinking about the Oregon coast is character. There are so many capes and lighthouses and beautiful rocks jutting up from the ocean floor. It is unlike anything I have ever seen, and while we were ready to move on to new adventures, I truly cherished the couple ofContinue reading “Sunday Hikes to Heceta Lighthouse and Hobbit Beach, Oregon”

Enjoying the Quiet of the Quinault Temperate Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

Growing up in school, we always learned about tropical rainforests, so I felt utterly unprepared going into my first temperate rainforest in Olympic National Park. Once we got there, I felt a little let down by our education system for leaving this incredible ecosystem out and by our language for using only “rainforest” with qualifiersContinue reading “Enjoying the Quiet of the Quinault Temperate Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington”

Saturday Morning Hike to Hidden Lake, Leavenworth, Washington

We have recently been enjoying slow, quiet mornings that lead to us not getting anywhere particularly early, so when we pulled into the Hidden Lake trailhead mid-morning on a Saturday, we were ecstatic to find we were the only ones there. As we got ready to hike, another truck pulled in, but we were stillContinue reading “Saturday Morning Hike to Hidden Lake, Leavenworth, Washington”

It’s Feeling Like Fall on the Icicle Gorge Trail, Leavenworth, Washington

As soon as we stepped on the Icicle Gorge Trail it felt like fall was in the air. Where we have recently only seen lush green with multitudes of wildflowers, we were seeing browning vegetation and smelling that distinct fall smell. After the onslaught of heat we have faced over the past few months, thatContinue reading “It’s Feeling Like Fall on the Icicle Gorge Trail, Leavenworth, Washington”

Escaping the Washington Smoke on the Tubbs Hill Trail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The day after the fire broke out north of Spokane, we (not surprisingly) woke up to the absolute worst smoke we had experienced yet. It was so thick in the campground, and there was a thin layer of ash over everything. We had already planned a daytrip to Coeur d’Alene, so we packed up inContinue reading “Escaping the Washington Smoke on the Tubbs Hill Trail in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho”

Escaping the Heat: Part 1 at Blue Lake, Idaho

When you pull off the main highway and onto dirt roads and Google tells you that you have 30 minutes left and less than 10 miles to go, you know you are in for a real treat! Our week in Boise was hot, hot, hot! While the air conditioner in the camper does a decentContinue reading “Escaping the Heat: Part 1 at Blue Lake, Idaho”

Hiking Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado

We could have hiked for miles every single day of our stay in Colorado Springs and never even scratched the surface of the trails available in the area. To say we were overwhelmed with possibilities is an understatement. As we scoured the AllTrails app, we were repeatedly drawn to the Red Rock Canyon Open SpaceContinue reading “Hiking Red Rock Canyon Open Space, Colorado Springs, Colorado”

Escaping the Crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park is 1 of the National Parks that is requiring the advance purchase of tickets for timed entry during the peak hours of the day. Luckily, we had been following these developments, so we hopped online as soon as we were eligible to get our ticket for our visit. Unfortunately, there wereContinue reading “Escaping the Crowds in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado”