Today I will wrap up our California trip report with a few details on our last stops, including camping in Big Sur. As you know, not all things go as planned. And this is the part of the trip where we had a little glitch and had to change the itinerary a bit. One Night in Santa Cruz After we left Yosemite, the plan was to camp in Santa Cruz for one night, and then continue south onto Big Sur via… Read more »

Yosemite National Park Trip Report - The Outside & In

Today I am continuing with a recap of our family’s recent trip to Northern California. After 3 nights in San Francisco, we rented a camper van (more details on that later) and drove 4 hours to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is the fourth national park we have stayed at in the past few years. It seems to us that to really get to know a park, there is nothing better than living there for a few days. That experience is completely different than driving… Read more »

Today I thought I would recap the San Francisco portion of our family’s California trip. This vacation was a jam-packed week and a half of city sightseeing mixed with outdoor exploring and adventure. Not one we will soon forget. Brian and I actually honeymooned in this part of California back in 2000, but haven’t been back since. It was fun to get to experience it again but as a family of four this time! Since this was the first time the… Read more »

Family Trip Prep - The Outside & In

We are in the midst of getting packed up for a family trip to California tomorrow. Our adventure will start in San Francisco, then have us hopping into a converted camper van for 6 nights of camping in Yosemite and Big Sur, then finishing up with a couple days back in San Francisco. Today I thought I would share some of the things we are doing to prepare and make the most of our time together in California. Packing for Family… Read more »

Torreya State Park

Two weekends ago we met our good friends for a little family camping at Torreya State Park.  It is about a 3-hour drive north for us and is located on the Apalachicola River.  The landscape in this section of Florida is so different than the rest of the state. There are actually hills and changes in elevation. Which, if you are familiar with Florida, is pretty close to non-existent around the rest of the state. So when we were trying… Read more »