Friday, September 28, 2012

Car Seats in an RV?

Before buying our View, my husband and I thought about how we could configure three car seats for all of our children in an r.v. We were very happy to read that the View had four seat belts in the dinette, which were actually bolted down to the floor for safety. Because of this feature, we would be able to safely install all of our seats. The Winnebago View also has anchor points behind the seats for car seat tethers. It was very difficult for us to find information on car seat installations and even seat belt locations, without physically inspecting them, so I decided to show you how we chose to install our seats. Keep in mind, each state has its own safety laws, so make sure you check what the laws are for your state (or the state you are driving in). This is what we have chosen to do for our children's safety, we are offering this information for anyone who is interested, but in no way telling you what to do for your kiddos. If you'd like professional help, you can ask your local police or fire station for help with your installs. They should have certified car seat technicians available and willing to help!

When we first got the r.v., we just placed the car seats in the dinette area to get an idea of how they would be set up.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Goodbye Yosemite

We had a wonderful time in Yosemite, and hope to be able to visit again sometime. As night fell on our last day in the park, our little guy relaxed with a good book.
He loves to snuggle on the first step and read his book, while keeping one eye on the campground outside. I guess he doesn't want to miss anything exciting that might be going on!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Yosemite: Day 6; Hike to Vernal Falls

Our oldest daughter had asked for a "hard hike" so we decided to try the Vernal Falls hike. It began with about a mile bike ride to the trailhead, followed by a 2 mile hike with a 400 foot elevation change. This would be no problem for the adults in our party, but it could be somewhat challenging for our 2 and 4-year old. We would see. The trail was paved, which was kind of hazardous for toddlers, but the kids did great for a while. Our 4-year-old hiked the entire thing without being carried, but our little guy got a shoulder or back-pack ride for most of the trip.
The trail to Vernal Falls

Yosemite: Day 5; Glacier Point and Tunnel View

Our trusty Winnie, taking in the gorgeous view
Glacier Point was on our "must see" list for our visit to Yosemite. We decided to have breakfast in Yosemite Village, and then head out to Glacier Point for the remainder of our day.

Yosemite: Day 4; Biking and breaking out

Morning broke, and our little K was covered in hives. Poor little thing. So we decided to stay around our campground and explore, and bike ride if she felt up to it later.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yosemite Evening 3: Olmsted Point; Dinner al fresco

After two hikes in one day, all of us were happy to get back to the rv and sit down for a bit. And now it was about 5 pm, the time that our kids normally eat dinner. We decided to get on the road, and either stop at a grill we had seen on the way up, or make dinner somewhere along the road home. Before we passed the grill, we asked if anyone was hungry yet. Of course, there was a resounding, "No Way!!" from the back of the vehicle, so we drove on by. 10 minutes later, the kids were so hungry, they were about to chew their own limbs off. Ay yi yi (yes, I find myself saying this a lot!)

As luck would have it, we were just approaching Olmsted Point, a lookout we had seen on the drive up, but drove past, in order to get to Soda Springs in time. We pulled right in to the large parking lot, and looked out over the valley. Wow, what a breathtaking view!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Yosemite: Day 2: Biking around Yosemite Valley

In my opinion, biking around Yosemite Valley is the way to go. There is often a lot of traffic, large buses, and huge (many rental) RV's driving around, making for lots of congestion and lots of wasted time for you. Also, parking is very scarce, and almost impossible for rv's. There are very nice, paved bike paths all around the park. Just make sure you don't ride on trails or dirt paths, as they will ticket you!

There are so many beautiful views, you can easily stop your bike for a fantastic photo whenever you like. Here are some of the photos I took during our ride:

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Yosemite: Day 1; Bee Stings, Bike Rides and Baby Deer

So, the big trip to Yosemite is upon us! First the road trip itself. It takes about 8 hours to drive to the park, so we got an early start and left at 6 am. That was perfect for our early risers! They were so excited to go, they all woke happy and ready to hit the road.

We watched stark, desert landscape like this for many hours.

Yosemite trip is on!

 After discussing it at length, and reading all of the information possible, my hubby and I decided to make the trip to Yosemite, despite the recent news of hantavirus outbreaks, including two deaths from the virus. During our previous visit in 2002, we had looked at Curry Village, and the "tent-cabins" they provide for guests. We felt pretty certain that the illnesses were due to the mice nesting within these cabins themselves, and we would be safe staying in our own rv, in a different campground. If you look at the cabins, you can see that they are insulated to provide greater comfort against the elements. As Yosemite staff has substantiated, they have found nests and mice within the insulated walls of these cabins (ew, blah, yuck, disgusting! I hate mice...even if it is nature & all.)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Packing for kids


I feel very lucky to have so much storage space in our little Winnie, but it is always a challenge to get everything packed and in order before each trip. This is due in large part to the fact that I have a two-year-old very active baby boy who likes to attempt to give us heart attacks at every moment with his latest adventures. I can't leave him unattended for even a second, or hand soap gets spilled all over the counters, he unscrews the toilet seat and flushes the bolts down, gymnastic feats of epic proportions etc, etc. You get the picture, right? 

So all of my prep work must be done at nap time, or with my little "assistant" who is not really a little helper at all, but an energetic ball of fury, bound on un-doing all of my hard work. That being said, I'm getting more & more efficient at the packing thing.

Jeep-ing around Big Bear

Since Big Bear was only a few hours away, we decided to bring the Jeep along with our  RV. This way we'd be able to try out some of the ...