Watsons Wander

(Dec. 10, 2018) — Our early departure from Lake Tahoe meant a new plan was in order. The snow, ice & rain expected to blanket the area extended far into Nevada, effectively putting the brakes on our idea to travel south through the state.

(Dec. 3, 2018) — We unintentionally ended up spending the shoulder season in South Lake Tahoe this year. I say unintentionally because at first, we were only going to stay long enough to hike a few trails and see The Devil Makes Three in concert.

(Nov. 22, 2018) — The morning after the Cider Fest we left Ellensburg and drove south into eastern Oregon. Our destination was the Clyde Holliday State Park just outside of John Day, Ore.

(Oct. 25, 2018) — Despite my earlier declaration of love for all things mountains and hiking, the reality is that we can’t indulge in those things all of the time. As fall in the northern mountains turns from golden yellow to brown and below freezing nights become the norm, it’s time for us to start moving south.

(Oct. 17, 2018) — Winthrop, WA is one of those towns that thrives on tourism. A short drive through the one block main street brings you past a string of western-themed storefronts lined with wooden sidewalks.

(Oct. 11, 2018) — I guess it should come as no surprise that even after 6+ years of full-time RVing we are still figuring things out. It seemed so simple in the beginning. We would travel around for a few years, fall in love with a new place to live, buy a house, and settle down again. Except that is not what happened.

(Sept. 3, 2018) — The journey to Cape Flattery, (aka the northwestern-most point of the contiguous US) feels like a journey to the edge of the world. As you travel the narrow, curvy road past a smattering of small towns teetering on bluffs overlooking the coast, you can’t help but marvel at the fact that for centuries humans have called this land home.

(Aug. 28, 2018) — Olympic National Park is vast, giant, and remote. Located way up on the tippy-top corner of western Washington, this park is not one you can fully explore in a weekend (or even a week or two).

(Aug. 1, 2018) — From our peaceful spot in the forest near Sisters, we moved about 30 minutes northwest to Suttle Lake. This small, narrow lake has three national forest campgrounds along its southern shore.

(July 26, 2018) — So far this summer we’ve been managing quite nicely with our no reservation policy. The plethora of national forest campgrounds with first come, first serve sites combined with our habit of arriving on a Sunday has worked in our favor.

(June 14, 2018) — What we failed to realize was that the road all way around the lake is still closed at this time of year. In fact, it turns out that unless you visit mid-summer, your chances of driving all the way around are slim to none.

(June 1, 2018) — We spent our last week in California camped next to Eagle Lake at the Merrill National Forest Campground. The theme of the week was rain…again. It rarely rained all day, but it did rain every day, with afternoon storms being the norm.

(May 28, 2018) — It rained nearly every day of our week-long stay near the Lakes Basin Region of the Plumas National Forest. As a result, we spent a lot more time inside the Airstream than we did exploring the lakes and mountains.

(May 21, 2018) — We continue our slow journey north with a long, winding drive along CA-49. This route covers the area famous for the gold rush of 1849 and every town we pass boasts relics of the past.

(May 15, 2018) — Just like last summer, we’ve decided the best travel plans are those that we make up as we go along. So far our only commitment for the near future is the Northwest String Summit in mid-July.

(May 7, 2018) — While often referred to as King’s Canyon & Sequoia National Park, they are actually two separate parks connected by one road. One step, narrow and winding road where vehicles over 22-feet long are not allowed to travel.

(April 25, 2018) — After six weeks on the Southern California coast, we were more than ready to head to the mountains. But with snow and freezing temps lingering at higher elevations we had to find an in-between spot.

(April 16, 2018) — Well, since then we’ve done our best to nullify all that hard work. Dusty dirt roads, muddy campsites, narrow tree-lined roads that we had no business driving down, three months parked next to the ocean, and a whole host of similar sins against aluminum contributed to sad state we found ourselves in this winter.

(March 20, 2018) — Over the past week and a half, we stayed at two more California state beach campgrounds, took many more beach walks, and put up with more rain. Since we got to the coast the weather seems to be stuck in a cool, rainy pattern.

(March 14, 2018) — Almost immediately after changing course for the coast we started looking for open sites at the string of state beach campgrounds that line the southern California coast.

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