I’m way behind on updates, so I’ll start bringing you up to speed. This trip started when my friend Kori asked me if I wanted to see one of my favorite artists, Brandi Carlile, perform at The Gorge Amphitheater in WA. The Gorge is an epic outdoor venue, rivaling scenery at venues like Red Rocks… Continue reading Brandi & The Gorge
While camping in a self-sufficient van offers more options than camping out of my 4Runner, locating suitable campgrounds is still tedious. There are tons of apps to help folks find camping. My usual go-tos include: Campendium FreeRoam Hipcamp Harvest Hosts In addition to those apps, I also use recreation.gov (federally-operated campgrounds) as well as reservecalifornia.com… Continue reading There **should be** an app for that
The last couple of days have been a real treat as I got to visit and stay with my friend Ginger and her peeps on the Oregon coast. I’ve known Ginger from the WordPress community since 2013. She’s a fellow Texan enjoying life on the Left Coast and I hadn’t seen her since my trip… Continue reading A hidden beach
Yesterday was my first camping experience with hookups! I had electricity and water and also a, ahem, hole to get rid of waste. Thankfully the poop shoot tube wasn’t long enough to reach said hole, so I didn’t hook that up. Yes, this is foreshadowing. Living like a Queen I wanted to sit outside and… Continue reading Great and Awful
The reason I cut inland instead of staying on the coast was to get me in the vicinity of Pinnacles National Park. Approaching the park entrance (after a six-mile stretch of more winding roads), the landscape was burned to a crisp after a fire destroyed 180+ acres in late July. 🙁 Here’s some video I… Continue reading Pinnacles National Park
Let me back up to August 5th. I left a beautiful campground and enjoyed an amazing drive along the coastline. The views are absolutely stunning. (The photo at the beginning of this post is of a waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park — I tried to hike in that area but it was overwhelmed… Continue reading Can you hear me now?
Parts of this west coast drive are so incredibly beautiful, but the price you pay for beauty is long stretches without cellular service! Pair that with a campground in the boonies with no cellular data and I went dark. Will post more updates later, but just wanted all the millions of people reading this to… Continue reading I’m alive
First night done. I can’t say I feel completely refreshed. 😂 The overnight temps were perfect for camping, so with nothing but a fan on, I stayed very cool. However, being this close to the coastline meant an overall “damp” feeling which was unpleasant. My coffee is perking, I converted the bed back to a… Continue reading Well that was interesting
I aimed to get off at 10am this morning. Believe it or not, I got off 2 minutes early! The day started with a 4-hour drive to pick up the van. For the sake of privacy and security, I’m going to be a little generic about locations until I’m far away from them. 🙂 The… Continue reading Greetings from the campground
Or really, the journey just continues after a hiatus! Tomorrow I set out from LA to make my way allllll the way up the beautiful west coastline for the second time. First time was in 2019. I figured I’d keep an online journal for myself, friends, and family. Join me on my adventure?