The Tillamook Cheese Factory has proven to be a staple in the state of Oregon, so who were we to deny our children this stop-over??? It's all about Cheese, Ice Cream and well, Cheese and Ice Cream...and an award-winning, farmer-owned dairy co-op from Tillamook, Oregon. Check out their website to learn more: https://www.tillamook.com/our-story/index.html P.S. The Grilled Cheese is to die for!!!!!
We quickly found out that there really isn't a bad spot on the Oregon coast. You literally could throw a dart at the coastal map to find your destination, and not be disappointed with the outcome! The Southern Oregon Coast, with its beautiful beaches, spectacular views, fascinating small towns and unique Northwest spirit will make you fall in love! Don't get us wrong, we love our beautiful, easy-to-get-to Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, but the Northwest's Ocean is like nothing we'
Lighthouse tour? Why heck yes! We were honored to be given a private tour of the Umpqua River Lighthouse by their RV resident volunteer, Fred. In exchange for giving tours, he gets free RV lodging - such a deal. The tour is well worth the time, as the guide has a plethora of information about the history of the lighthouse, the bay and even how the inner-workings of the navigational aid. Oh, yes, that’s right, the lighthouse is still operational, and recently the lights were s
This post is dedicated to our beloved cousins, those crazy relatives we all have and love for their outgoing, wild and fun personalities. My kids know them as the 'California Cousins', I know them as my heart and soul, my connection to my mama! I love that we got the chance to spend time with our West coast family, mostly because my children have been eager to meet the cousins I so adore. They can now put faces with stories:) Selfishly I wanted to make this stop so that I cou
Sequoia National Park is home to earth’s largest living organism (by volume) – The General Sherman Tree. The volume of the tree is slightly over 274.9 feet high above its base, the circumference at the ground is 102.6 feet, and the diameter of its largest branch is 6.9 feet. Kings Canyon National Park is adjacent to Sequoia National Park in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for its huge sequoia trees, notably the gigantic General Grant Tree in Grant Grove. The
You cannot get all the way to the West without stopping in a ghost town. I mean, at least for water or gas! So - twist our arm, we did. We stopped in Calico, Ca - an old West mining town that has been around since 1881; during the largest silver strike in California. It use to have 500 mines and produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span! Unfortunately, silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, and Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded t
Valley of Fire is located in the Mojave Desert approximately 60 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. Just like other views - staying on trend - these views took our breath away. We never thought of this area as a family destination; Nevada reeks of the 'Vegas Strip' - or at least to us it did. Our minds are now completely changed about this statel; some reasons to make this a bucket list stop: - Valley of Fire is the oldest Nevada State Park and was dedicated in 1935. - Valley of
Lake Mead, unassuming, quiet - the location contradictory to what is just 'over the hill' - 'Crazy Vegas'! This camp spot proved to be just what we needed as we explored the beginnings of our West Coast adventure. Here you can boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish - it's true, it's gotta be America’s most diverse national recreation area. The landscapes are framed by brilliant blue waters, and the year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valley