Monterey Coast RV Trip (51)

We visited the Monterey bay for the 5th time in the Big White Box (BWB), enjoying the Carmel Coast and also Moss Landing, where we camped at the Mosss Landing KOA. Each trip, we try to take in something different, and the highlights of our previous trips are listed below. They bring back good memories. #8 Continue Reading →

Pismo Beach (and Avila and SLO) RV Trip (46)

For this months trip, we drove south from the San Francisco Bay Area to Pismo Beach for a long 4-day weekend. Because of the large sites and a grassy meadow, our favorite place to stay is the North Beach Campground at Pismo Beach State Park.  It is also next to the beach, the butterfly grove, and is a short walk into... Continue Reading →

Bend, Oregon RV Trip (43)

We met Debbie's family, for our annual camping trip, in Bend, Oregon this year, traveling inland rather than camping on the coast like we usually do. It was our first time to Bend, but hopefully the first of many vacations there. The first night we stayed in Mount Shasta City, KOA. We just needed a... Continue Reading →

Monterey RV Trip (42)

A great advantage to living in the San Francisco Bay Area is that we can visit places like Monterey Bay at our own pace, and not feel rushed to take in everything on one visit. We get to come back again and again any enjoy a different visit each time (RV Trip #8, RV Trip #29, RV Trip #37). We... Continue Reading →

Buellton, CA (a windmill, a mission, and a beach) RV Trip (40)

We ventured a little further down the coast for this trip, heading south on 101 past San Luis Obispo (yes, we still stopped for Firestone Grill's Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip!) to a little town called Buellton. Buellton is probably most famous as the home of Anderson's Pea Soup, but we visited Flying Flags RV Resort, to use it as... Continue Reading →

Observation Deck Loop: Henry Cowell State Park

Here’s a post about a great place to RV from the perspective of my daughter and her blog about the Bay Area. Makes me want to camp there again soon!


Pre-Hike Nutrition

If you happen to be in the Santa Cruz area in the morning then I cannot recommend Cafe Brasil enough. It is a small, colorful house located on Mission Street. This was my third time dining there and every time it’s been packed (and for good reason!). Usually the wait time ranges from 20-40 minutes, but they’re very good about getting people seated and fed as quick as possible.

They’re well known for their Açaí Bowls so we made sure to get one before our hike.

IMG_3528 My cousin, Michael, with his junior açaí bowl

The fresh cut fruit on top adds an energizing sweetness to the mix.

IMG_3529 Jon and I split the regular size

Check out their website here to see their menu, address, and hours.

The Hike


Our hike began in the super beginner section of Henry Cowell: the Redwood Grove. This is a short 3/4 mile…

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Batteries to Bluffs Trail: Presidio of San Francisco

I’m sharing this post from my daughter’s blog. A great hike in the San Francisco Bay Area for any RVer visiting the area and wanting to get some great photos of the Golden Gate from a different perspective. You will also enjoy some great beaches that will make you feel you are in the wilderness instead of the middle of a famous city!


Have you ever had a relative or friend come visit from out-of-state and felt like you just had to take them to see the Golden Gate Bridge? As much as I feel like this landmark is always awe-inspiring, sometimes it can feel monotonous to experience it in the same way over and over.

Batteries to Bluffs Trail is an extremely short hike (1.5 miles) that can add a new perspective to your Golden Gate visit.

This is my cousin, Michael. You may recognize him from the previous post I did about the Observation Deck Loop in Henry Cowell SP. If you haven’t checked out that post yet, you can view it here.

original_url: 9F66CBED-192A-4A0F-A964-D47F06AFF998 Grabbing breakfast at Vic’s All Star Kitchen in Downtown Pleasanton before heading to SF

He came to visit me all the way from Virginia for a week this January. We saved San Francisco for his last full day…

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San Francisco Coast (Pacifica) RV Trip (36)

We are camping on a bluff 60 feet above the Pacific Ocean. You can hear the pounding surf below. Looking out from our windshield all you can see is ocean! From there you can see whales spouting surprisingly close to shore and many dolphins playing in the surf....great view! We are in Pacifica, CA at the San Francisco... Continue Reading →

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