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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. M…

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.

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?

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!

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.

Homemade Graham Crackers

Well, once I found a delicious marshmallow recipe, I had to find one for graham crackers of course. How else to make those perfect s'mores?!

Homemade "Clean" Marshmallows

When I first found out about my daughter's food sensitivity, I scrambled to try to make all the foods and snacks she loved in a homemade version. Through trial and error (lots and lots of error) I was able to make almost everything. But marshmallows, marshmallows were the bane of my existence. I just could not get them right. I couldn't find any organic versions without natural flavors or corn syrup in them. I made homemade versions using agar-agar and almost gagged at the grainy, sea watery flavor. I got marshmallow string in my hair, on my kitchen floor and everywhere. I had flat marshmallows and gray marshmallows. I gave up. I admitted defeat.

And for most people, what's the big deal about marshmallows anyway? They taste kinda' gross, they're sticky and gelatinous and they were definitely not one of my favorite foods. Now caramel, that's another issue altogether, but I digress. For a camping family, marshmallows and s'mores are such a huge part of the ca…

Real Food on the Road--RV CRAZY?'s tips for fitting it all

When we eat mostly fresh or homemade foods we feel healthier and happier. Bonus Points: no one in our family gets hives. Yay for no allergic reactions! However, these foods don't have the additives that prolong their shelf lives. Most of our food needs to be frozen, or made within a day or two of eating in order to remain fresh. So how do we fit it all?
Okay, lets get serious here. We have five people traveling in a tiny RV. Five people who love to eat. Five people who I am constantly prepping, cooking or shoveling food into when we're AT HOME with all of our modern conveniences. At home, I have a large refrigerator and freezer in the house, and a huge freezer outside in our garage. On RV trips, I have this:

RIP Big Tree

I was so sad to read about the loss of the big Pioneer Cabin Tree over this past weekend. The tree, which we had visited on our trip to Calaveras Big Tree State Park was blown over in the recent rain and windstorms near us. Rest in peace, big tree, in the forest with your friends. Thanks for the memories.