We celebrated Grant’s 9th birthday at Disneyland over the weekend! We had an awesome time (until he got smacked with the flu bug and we had to cut our trip short.) Boo. We will be taking him back for a “re-do” of Disney’s California Adventure, but today I wanted to share our trip to the […]
Field Trip: Red Rock Canyon in the Mojave Desert
I am not a desert person. I get cranky if it’s too hot. I can appreciate the “rugged beauty” of it all, as long as I am doing so from an air-conditioned car on the way to a more temperate climate. Along our drive up to the Lake Tahoe area we have to go through […]
Someone always has to go and be stupid. Best to be prepared for it.
I am a camper. I am a planner. I am organized. I am also mom to 4 boys, and they do stupid things… like throw rocks and crack their little skulls open while playing in creeks. This was on our camping trip 2 years ago. (That was a bumpy trip.) I had not planned to spend […]
The cost of camping is less than the cost of NOT camping. (Does that make sense…?)
So in July we took our annual camping trip to Markleeville, CA. I’ve posted ad nauseum a lot about how much we love this trip. Camping is seriously one of the most fun, most economical vacations a family can take. It’s generally not considered polite to discuss the cost of something… but I’m not always polite. We have […]
My camping MoJo took a hit this year. (But I’m still going back again!)
I think that this is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. This building has wooden floors that squeak and there is a large dip in the wooden threshold of the doorway, created by 150 years worth of foot traffic. This building houses some of my favorite childhood memories. This building is the […]
Camping Is Good (Part 6) …How We get Ready To Do It All Over Again.
Camping Is Good (Part 1) Camping Is Good (Part 2) Camping Is Good (Part 3) Camping Is Good (Part 4) Camping Is Good (Part 5) We love our time camping, and the night before we leave, I am always a bit sad. Because we have such a long drive ahead of us, we are usually […]
Camping Is Good (Part 5) …Why We Do It.
Camping Is Good (Part 1)Camping Is Good (Part 2)Camping Is Good (Part 3)Camping Is Good (Part 4) “Once you do something twice, it’s tradition.” ~ Family Motto My Uncle Chris took a summer job with the California State Forestry Service when he was in college. He lived in Southern California at the time, but for […]
Camping Is Good (Part 4) …What We Do.
Camping Is Good (Part 1) Camping Is Good (Part 2) Camping Is Good (Part 3) In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of these camping posts, I wrote about the traditions associated with our annual camping trip, but also about simple organization tips that make any camping trip easier. This post is completely personal. This is […]
Camping is Good (Part 3) …What We Eat.
Camping is Good (Part 1) Camping is Good (Part 2) OK. You’ve done your road trip. You’ve set up camp. You know it’s coming… “Mooooooooom!? What is there to eat?” Food while camping is incredibly important. It’s a vacation, after all. I don’t know anyone who goes on vacation, stays at a nice hotel… and […]
Camping Is Good (Part 2) …How We Live.
Camping Is Good (Part 1) While getting to your campground may be half the fun, setting it up properly is imperative if you want the fun to continue. Who wants to crack a cold one after a long drive, but can’t, because you have no idea where a bottle opener is? Who wants to be […]