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After the Storm… Petaluma and Point Reyes

Our stop in Petaluma was a particularly special one to John because we camped on the very Coast Guard Base he lived on for six years before his retirement in 2003. According to him not much has changed in Petaluma since then, and of course I got to … [Read more...]

California Coast- Santa Cruz to Pacifica

After Big Sur and Monterey we continued north to Santa Cruz. The only real reason for our stop there was to see some old friends of mine who John had met once before. Mindy… a long time friend… drove from the Bay Area to her … [Read more...]

California Coast from Monterey to Big Sur

After our very soggy stay in Morro Bay we continued our trek up to Monterey. Knowing we’d be covering Highway 1 in Zippy (tow car), we opted to take The Beast around via Hwy 101… for a few reasons. Although it’s longer, it’s … [Read more...]

Saguaro National Park, and Tucson

I forgot to mention that our return from Mexico was punctuated with a puncture. (Yep, that pus was intended.) One of Zippys tires went flat with a hiss right as John tucked her in behind The Beast in our campsite at Organ Pipe National Monument. We … [Read more...]

Over the Border to Puerto Peñasco

While I was traveling solo, I toyed with crossing the border into Mexico. I never actually went because there were too many “unknowns” for me to feel safe in doing so. (Solo woman… nice motorhome… might I be easy prey?) John … [Read more...]

Christmas in The Desert… Cave Creek

We left Alamo Lake and headed back to Phoenix, and then turned north. Cave Creek Regional Park is not far out of town, but it sure feels like it is. The campground is very spacious, and surrounded by desert, hills, hiking trails, and of course… … [Read more...]

Arizona… The Only Thing Missing is an Ocean Beach!

After parting with the masses at Grand Canyon we moved on south to Lost Dutchman State Park, a place I had enjoyed once before. The campground sits at the base of Superstition Mountain, about 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix, and it’s well … [Read more...]

Nature’s Beauty Surrounding Page Arizona

After a week in Kanab, we pulled stakes (slides in, jacks up ) and headed east to Page Arizona. I traveled here in my solo years in route to Zion National Park. Some of you may recall my very first breakdown in The Beast. It’s memorable to me … [Read more...]

Sailing the Canadian Islands

After farewells and good wishes to the rest of our Princess Louisa flotilla, we turned toward Desolation Sound roughly 50 nautical miles to the north, pretty much requiring a stop along the way. The west facing harbour of Lund was that stop. The only … [Read more...]

Princess Louisa Inlet… A Treasure Worth the Voyage!

Princess Louisa was without a doubt the high of our first summer cruising together on Summer Breeze. A little more than a month after setting out through the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands of Canada we met in up with friends and … [Read more...]

Oh Canada… the Gulf Islands and Beyond

A month after departing Olympia we sailed into Canadian waters! First priority was going through customs which we did in Sydney Harbor. This is a sizable harbor with several marinas and yacht clubs. After “checking in” by phone (just that … [Read more...]

At Last… The Journey Continues!!

At the crack of dawn on July 14th John and I began our long-awaited Journey on Summer Breeze. My wonderful team of “roadies” was down to one after losing Jazzy last year but Sadie, who got her sea legs while traveling in the motorhome, was all in … [Read more...]

Birding With Kids

I’m going to start this post with a really honest declaration – I am the worst resource for birding. BUT, I have an amazing TEAM and am so thrilled Jackie is willing to share her tips – I’ll be using them with my own children … [Read more...]

Top Eleven Favorite Places from MY Journey in Focus

As many of you know, I’ve relinquished my “full-time road warrior” status in order to be closer to my parents in my hometown of Longview Washington. Here, I am within minutes of my Dad’s house as well as my Mom and Stepdad’s, and all four of my … [Read more...]

No Lions or Tigers, but Bears! Oh My!

In my last post I was finishing my trek across British Columbia to the northern-most west coast town of Prince Rupert. It was the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary  that drew me to stretch my journey to the far reaches of Canada. If you’ve … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Crossing British Columbia

Early morning on July 3rd I left Purden Lake Provincial Park and headed west toward my next destination… the town of Smithers. Along the way I found a place to leave my motorhome behind in Vanderhoof so I could make a short side trip to Fort St. … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Crossing British Columbia

Early morning on July 3rd I left Purden Lake Provincial Park and headed west toward my next destination… the town of Smithers. Along the way I found a place to leave my motorhome behind in Vanderhoof so I could make a short side trip to Fort St. … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Crossing British Columbia

Early morning on July 3rd I left Purden Lake Provincial Park and headed west toward my next destination… the town of Smithers. Along the way I found a place to leave my motorhome behind in Vanderhoof so I could make a short side trip to Fort St. … [Read more...]

Venturing back to British Columbia

It was with mixed feelings that I rolled out of Jasper National Park in late June; sad to be leaving one of the most amazing places I’ve EVER experienced, but looking forward seeing more of Canada. While planning my route and reaching out to … [Read more...]

Venturing back to British Columbia

It was with mixed feelings that I rolled out of Jasper National Park in late June; sad to be leaving one of the most amazing places I’ve EVER experienced, but looking forward seeing more of Canada. While planning my route and reaching out to … [Read more...]

Venturing back to British Columbia

It was with mixed feelings that I rolled out of Jasper National Park in late June; sad to be leaving one of the most amazing places I’ve EVER experienced, but looking forward seeing more of Canada. While planning my route and reaching out to … [Read more...]

Crossing into New York

It was only a matter of time before my journey took me over the border. I came very close to making a day trip into Canada while visiting Glacier National Park, and probably would have if not for a rock slide closing Going-to-the-Sun Road, and … [Read more...]

Catching Up With Family from Nebraska to Wisconsin

At the time of this writing I'm sitting along a lovely shoreline on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, looking out the windows of my motorhome at perfection... blue skies filled with dramatic clouds... and wanting so badly to go out and play. The last … [Read more...]

The Utah I Never Knew

Until a few months ago I never knew any of Utah beyond the Salt Lake City airport. Last fall, during the "baby steps" of my journey, I squeaked through the very northeast corner of the state. After leaving Colorado on my way to the northwest I camped … [Read more...]