May 13th ~ Southern California
Our friends, Laura and Michael knew that we would be gone for two weeks, traveling together in our small RV and that we would be visiting three National Parks. Beyond that, the trip was to be a surprise, unfolding day-by-day as we went along.
We agreed to meet at our shop in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Los Angeles, early on April 28th. I had provided them with a packing list, suggested they bring along their favorite snacks, and of course a camera.
I used Roadtrippers.com to plot out our course. Here is a synopsis and highlights of our trip, with links to show pictures of each days special events:
Our first day was mainly driving north on Interstate 5 with an overnight at an Army Corps of Engineers park.
The next day included a photo stop and short hike to Castle Crags before we arrived to meet my sister, Jan and brother-in-law, Mark, at Howard Prairie Lake for Morel Mushroom hunting
Backstage tour and play tickets had been ordered in advance, followed by a stroll through Lithia Park.
A brief stop at Lake of the Woods before continuing on to explore the old mining town of Jacksonville.
I got to spend one final day and evening with my sister and brother-in-law before we parted ways.
Onwards further west with stops at It’s a Burl and the Oregon Caves.
Redwoods National Park was awe-inspiring, peaceful, impressive and moving.
There is nothing that compares to the wild and incredibly scenic Oregon coastline where we explored between Cape Blanco Lighthouse and Brookings.
Looking for a thrill? Check out taking a jet boat up the Rogue River from Gold Beach, OR.
Heading back inland we questioned what was real at the House of Mystery.
Crater Lake National Park was still dressed in a layer of snow.
Heading the RV back toward the south, we witnessed Mount Shasta in all her glory.
Our original hiking plans to do Bumpass Hell Trail got derailed due to road closures and a boardwalk being reconstructed, so we had to settle for an easy hike around Manzanita Lake.
Two weeks of sharing, caring, laughter, and a couple thousand pictures later we returned safely home to Southern California.
Now it is time to get the laundry done, repack and on Sunday, May 20th we will be taking off on our next RV adventure ~ three weeks to explore the highlights of Colorado!
Hope you will join us as we will be visiting several more of our amazing National Parks along the way.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: It feels good to be back “home”, even if only for a week before we once again load up our RV, Ellie Mae Camp-it, and hook up our tow vehicle, Jethro. I was blessed to get to spend some time with our son, Dane on Mother’s Day. Checking in on our cabin remodeling showed progress can be made, even when we are absent. Feeling especially blessed by the family and friends we surround ourselves with. Our lives are so rich, full and rewarding.