A Guide to Outdoorsy Travel in Belize

Oh, Belize. When the Belize Tourism Board reached out about the opportunity to do a sponsored trip to the Placencia peninsula (ps: this post is sponsored, all thoughts are my own, especially about how good the huevos rancheros are at Turtle Inn), I … [Read more...]

Your Guide to the City of Lights: Perth Australia

Travelling west across the remote outback of Australia, you come across the city of Perth, deemed the city of lights. Facing the Indian Ocean with miles of unspoiled beaches and distant rugged terrain, Perth Australia is your final destination for … [Read more...]

Top Reasons To Check Out Florida This Summer

Source: Unsplash Trying to decide where to take the kids this summer that won’t break the bank? It might sound too good to be true, but have you considered Florida? While it sounds like an expensive excursion, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, Florida … [Read more...]

Onward up the Oregon Coast… Florence to Newport

In my last post I shared our visits to Sweet Creek Falls Trail and Neptune Scenic Viewpoint. While flying the drone over Thor’s Well we got chatting with a couple who recently moved to the area, and discovered in the course of our conversation … [Read more...]

Reedsport Oregon and The Beauty That Surrounds

I sure wish there was a way to stay truer to our timeline with my writings here, but our desire to stay as close to nature as possible, and our thirst for experiencing said nature as much as possible, makes it an impossible task. WiFi and decent data … [Read more...]

Southern Oregon Coast, and the Detour From Hell

At last, we were ready for our final push back to the northwest… crossing into Oregon along the coast on Highway 101.  I already had us booked at four different campgrounds, each strategically farther north near places we wanted to see, and … [Read more...]

Eureka! …Or Thereabouts

From Fort Bragg we opted to take highway 20 inland and up highway 101 to drive The Avenue of The Giants. If the weather had cooperated we would have found a place to park The Beast and take Zippy (the tow car) into the redwoods, and find a good hike … [Read more...]

Onward Up The Coast… to Fort Bragg

As we continued up the coast, and all we could see on our radar was foul weather. But, with Zippy hooked up and our belongings battened down we rolled out of Coast Guard base in Petaluma toward Fort Bragg on Highway 1. We made a quick pullout near … [Read more...]

He Had a Dream… Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley

Castles are rare in this country. They’re not from “our time”. But there’s an allure… a romance about them that draws people. This was no doubt the case for Dario Sattui when he dreamed up Castello di Amorosa. To quote … [Read more...]

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...]

Up the Coast… Santa Barbara and Morro Bay

The morning after our visit to the Channel Islands, we headed for my old stompin’ grounds… Santa Barbara! I lived in this beautiful town for nearly four years in the early 1980s. While there I studied and got my degree at Brooks Institute … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz Island- Channel Islands National Park

From Joshua Tree National Park we hopped over to Fairways RV Resort (another military campground, and one of the nicest we’ve stayed at thus far) in Port Hueneme… just down the road from our next adventure. The following morning we took a … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park

The drive from Saguaro National Park near Tucson to Joshua Tree National Park in California wasn’t that long… only about five hours… but it was wrought with bucking winds for the latter part of the drive. Unless you’ve driven … [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...]

Grand Canyon… Such a Fitting Name!

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most jaw-dropping places I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there’s a way to actually capture, in still images OR motion picture, just how vast and magnificent it is. (And I’ve seen some … [Read more...]

While in Flagstaff…

Before heading up to Grand Canyon (south rim this time) we made a stay-over for a few days in Flagstaff. From there I knew we could head out in a few different directions in Zippy (tow car) to see some sights. As I’ve mentioned, much of this is … [Read more...]

The Importance of Travel for Young Developing Minds

The human mind is one of the most malleable and incredible living masterpieces in the world. The young mind of a child is particularly impressionable and is continually growing and being shaped by its environment, by its experiences. The human brain … [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...]

Kanab Utah… Central to So Many Cool Places! (Part 2)

Now that I have my last four missing posts reposted, I get to rewrite this one since it disappeared as well, while still in the que. So… as I was saying, we planted ourselves in Kanab for a full week in hopes of snagging permits to hike … [Read more...]