Friday, July 21, 2017

California State Park Camping Reservations-Big Changes Coming Soon!

Big news from the California State Park System. They are changing the reservation system to make the parks more accessible for visitors. Hopefully this will make it easier for all of us to finally get some camping reservations this year! 

Main changes (beginning August 1st) include:
  • Rolling reservation window allows for reserving sites 6 months from present date. No more waiting for the first of each month. And if your trip extends past the 6 month window, they will allow you to reserve the whole time as long as there is availability!
  • More campsites available.
  • Better photos and views of each campsite.
  • More self-service options.
  • Make reservations on or call 800-444-PARK (7275).
Changes beginning March 2018 include:
  • View your reservations online in real-time.
  • More payment options and trip-planning information online.
Here's hoping that the changes will allow us all to find that perfect camping spot this year...and actually get to reserve it! Good luck everyone. May the fastest fingers (or internet service) win you a spectacular site!

Read the full press release here.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Laguna Creek Trail: Elk Grove, California

One of our favorite local trails meanders through the city, tucked in between neighborhoods and underneath railroad tracks, behind city streets. You can see the homes behind this pond, but aside from that, you forget you're in the city while walking this peaceful trail.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Parental Survival Tips for RV'ing with Kids

1. Keep it Simple- The less non-essential stuff you have, the easier your life will be. Less to pack (and un-pack). And let's face it, the kids want to see the great outdoors. They don't really need you to lug toys from home which will likely be ignored once they see that beach, or river, or amazing campground you arrive at. They will play with sticks, and rocks, and bugs. And isn't that the point?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Winter in Yosemite

We've been to Yosemite now so many times, it really feels like home. We've been in spring, fall, summer, and now....we can add winter to that list!
I kept hearing how beautiful the park was in the winter, but honestly, I couldn't imagine it being any more amazing than it already was. I was wrong!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

After tasting how delicious homemade marshmallows really were, I went a bit crazy, trying all different sorts of flavors. Chocolate, vanilla, and peppermint marshmallows. They were all a big hit, but our favorite, by far, was the peppermint.