Portland, OR to Olympia, WA

Leaving Oregon with a sigh… Bye-bye Hwy 101 beautiful beaches, great seafood, and lovely weather! On the way from Tillamook to Portland we stopped at a few Oregon wineries.     In Portland we had to stop at the famous Coco Donuts and the unique Abbey Creek Winery.   When we got to Olympia to…

Read More

Oregon Coast Beaches

We traveled along Oregon Highway 101 to enjoy the beach campgrounds and lighthouses on this lovely stretch of coast. Here are the highlights. Coos Bay We camped in a field right on the water in Charleston (thanks, Seamus and Pa Kelly!!) where we had water and electric hookup to their house. We woke the next…

Read More

R-Pod 180 HRE Named “Bandit”

I want to introduce you to Bandit, our R-Pod. We bought her in Arizona right after our trip to the Grand Canyon. She is a 180 Hood River Edition (HRE) model, 180 meaning she has a kitchen slide and a dry bath up front with lots of storage for a ultra-light micro travel trailer. HRE…

Read More

Northern California – Marin & Redwoods

So many wonderful things happened while we stayed in San Rafael, California. Many thanks to Bry, our good friend who invited us to stay with her and her Oma there. We love you two 🙂 Marin County is full of beauty. The flora of the region is spectacular and the weather is perfect. The most…

Read More

Packing For CBCG American Road Trip

When the weather gets warm in my neck of the woods I tend to get the travel itch. It gets positively HOT/HUMID by April 15 on the Gulf Coast so I like to head to less humid areas. So far, some of my favorite destinations have been NorCal and the Pacific Northwest. They have such a vibrant culture, great food,…

Read More

Grand Canyon Weekend On A Budget

I say we start a petition to change the name of Grand Canyon National Park. The current name doesn’t really prepare you for the experience of looking over the south rim for the first time. Maybe SPECTACULAR Canyon or perhaps even SUPERCALAFRAGILISTICEXPIALADOCIOUS Canyon would be more appropriate? When I first walked through the Visitor’s Center…

Read More

It’s An RV Life For Us!

So… this happened 🙂 While at Grand Canyon we saw amazing sights and felt tremendous awe at the natural landscape around us. We envied those in the campgrounds that got to sleep even closer to nature. We started thinking about boondocking and RVing and, well, we decided to look for an RV. We *had* actually…

Read More

Free Camping and Boondocking Websites and Apps

In our new Forest River R-pod 180 we hope to be able to camp on solar power out under the stars away from RV parks. Honestly, the amount of food we can store may be the only limiting factor. We already have a dual battery system, solar hook ups, a small generator, and an inverter……

Read More

Las Cruces, New Mexico

The drive from Fort Stockton, Texas to Las Cruces, New Mexico was lovely. Driving west on I-10 gave us nice views of the Sierra Blancas to the south and the Organ Mountains to the north.  I want to go back and hike there.  Driving through El Paso was crazy. Lots of people in a hurry.…

Read More

Cotulla and Fort Stockton, Texas

We chose the Microtel Inn in Cotulla, TX and were pleasantly surprised that an inexpensive Hotels.com choice turned out to be perfect for us and our service dog while in town. Their complimentary breakfast included eggs and bacon.  Early morning started out rocky… or didn’t start as it actually happened. We have a dual battery…

Read More