July 2, 2018

Day 15 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Vegas, Baby

When I say we don’t like crowds – I mean it. We were at the Hoover Dam before anyone else. Waiting patiently for a tour that was not to be. (Broken elevator). We did do the visitor center – very informative, very interesting. We spent quite a bit of time checking it out, and headed out for the rest of the day. If you don’t get a pic in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, it doesn’t count, right? And even though, the gang is never there, we still wanted to see the Pawn Shop. Fremont Street…the kids […]
July 1, 2018

Day 14 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Bryce Canyon + Valley of Fire State Park + Lake Mead

Our last real day of travel has arrived. We are all feeling it a little – ready to head home, but at the same time totally in love with this trip we’ve taken. Or at least most of us are. My daughter is 14, and she’s…well, she’s weary by this point. For our finaly day, we were up by 5am for an early morning hike for a few reasons. 1. The husband and I have done this hike before, and it gets hot down in the cathedral. It’s best done early in the morning. The hike out is brutal, and […]
June 30, 2018

Day 13 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Grand Canyon + Horseshoe Bend + Paria Toadstools + Ho’Made Pie

This post wins for longest title ever…but I couldn’t leave any of them off! The day started just outside of the Grand, at our campground at Ten X. I want to stress again that this was in our top 5 campgrounds of the whole trip – and it was TEN DOLLARS a night!! So, I’ve been to the Grand Canyon before. A couple of years ago, the husband and I stopped here at the tail end of our trip through Utah on our way back to Vegas. It was kind of like this: Not that I was unimpressed. It’s pretty, […]
June 27, 2018

Day 10 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Glacier Point + Sequoia National Park

Contrary to the name – you will find no glaciers at Glacier Point. This fact bummed me out. There ARE glaciers in Yosemite – but you have to hike over 14,000 feet peaks to see them, and since I couldn’t hack Vernal Falls – well, yeah, it’s just not happening for me. You will however, find the most amazing view of the Yosemite Valley. Legit, the best view in the park. There used to be hotels up there, but the park wisely chose not to rebuild, making that view accessible to anyone who wanted to drive up. It IS worth […]
June 26, 2018

Day 9 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Yosemite

When you leave Lake Tahoe to the South, you will encounter an agricultural inspection point. They grill you about what kind of fruit you are bringing in and where you got it from. We blew the fellow’s mind because we’d been in California, only very briefly back in Nevada, and then in California again. He asked where we were headed, we said Yosemite, and he asked if we were going in the front way or the back…and we were actually prepared for that one. We really wanted the kids to see it first from Tunnelview. We set out from there, […]
June 25, 2018

Day 8 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Lake Tahoe

Collectively, this was our least favorite stop on the trip. Lake Tahoe is lovely. But… The mountains surrounding this gorgeous lake are incredible. The whole area looks like a postcard. We arrived by noon local time, and desperately wanted to rent a boat – but 30mph winds for the afternoon meant there were no rentals available. Just to get out on the water, we decided to do the MS Dixie II Paddleboat tour to Emerald Cove, and while that was fine, and the Cove itself was very pretty, it was a little underwhelming. AND it meant we missed out on […]
June 24, 2018

Day 7 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – The 8th Wonder of the World + Lassen Volcanic

It’s said that when Teddy Roosevelt saw Burney Falls, he said it had to be the 8th Wonder of the World. He’s not wrong. (Full disclosure: I have a massive dead-guy crush on Teddy Roosevelt, so I would probably just believe everything he ever said, but, this is legit) Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic Park are literally in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing near them. There is spotty service at best. But Burney Falls is probably the prettiest waterfall I’ve ever seen. Lassen is kind of like mini-Yellowstone, but we didn’t get to experience much of it. It’s lovely. […]
June 21, 2018

Day 4 – The World’s Most Epic RV Road Trip – Big Sur and San Francisco

If I didn’t mention this before, I will now – for this 16 day trip, we had exactly SIX nights with pre-arranged lodging. Primarily this was in campgrounds, with the last night booked at the Bellagio in Vegas. I don’t like over-planning trips, because I find it stressful. Not the planning part – but the sticking to the planning part. This becomes more evident halfway through the trip when we decide to bail out on one of those pre-arranged stops. San Francisco was one of those pre-arranged stays – at San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica. It’s the only RV […]
February 20, 2018

The Steel City

When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle lived outside Pittsburgh in Coraopolis. (I don’t want crap from you Moon Township-ers.) I spent a ton of time there, and developed a deep and abiding love for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In fact, I’d say there are very few things I love more than Pittsburgh baseball – even though their last championship occurred when I was 3 years old. When I was 18, my aunt and uncle moved to Atlanta. This was fresh on the heels of the 92 NLCS (in which the Atlanta Braves beat the Pirates out for the […]
January 31, 2018

The Spot – Oak Openings (NW Ohio)

If you are from NW Ohio, there is a strong possibility that you’ve heard about The Spot. If you are late to the party, that’s okay, I’m going to hook you up. So the short version of the story is that this dude found a stand of red pine in a certain part of Oak Openings MetroPark. As you’ll note, the name of the park, Oak Openings, speaks to the reality that the majority of the trees in the park are, in fact, Oaks. So, this rare grouping of red pines are not native to the area, and basically, they […]
November 14, 2017

We’re headed to Louisiana – and we need your best recommendations!

In the coming months, we’re taking the kids on a trip through southern Alabama, Mississippi and back-country Louisiana. With the exception of the city of New Orleans, this is new territory for us. We’ve got a max of four days, and one is dedicated to New Orleans, but other than that…we need some ideas. Bayou. Swamps. Gators. Plantations. We want to see the deep south. Drop your best recommendations in the comments. (We’re open to just about anything that is appropriate for kids under 16.) HELP!
October 2, 2017

Our first helicopter ride HAD to be over a volcano

We arrived in Kona on the first flight of the morning. We had no plans except an AirBnB we’d booked on the other side of the island, that we didn’t end up even using. You can read about that over here. I wanted to drive the Red Road in Puna. I wanted to see the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. I really wanted to hike out to the lava… We left the airport, stopped to get a quick bite to eat, and took off towards Hilo. Not far down the road, we saw a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter tour. Neither my husband, […]
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