After a lovely first week in Portland, OR, our second week was insane. Looking back, I can’t believe we still managed to see and do so much. This is a quirky city with walkable neighborhoods, good food and creative community events. When you want a break from the city, short drives in every direction will take you to scenic landscapes, memorable hiking areas and historic sites. This is definitely a city we’d return to. [Read more…]
Appreciate your patience with the radio silence! We had a vehicle debacle and an airline fail while we were staying in Portland (some of you may have read the story on Facebook), so we lost a few days of play dealing with real life.
So let’s get back to where we left off, in Ashland, OR, on Memorial Day weekend.
TL;DR: Ashland is charming and a wonderful place to stay. I don’t think we ever would’ve sought it out, were it not for Eric’s years of living in the Pacific Northwest and the fact he had visited a long time ago and remembered it fondly. After our two-week visit together, I’d say Ashland probably makes our Top 5 list of favorite places we’ve been during our RV travels. [Read more…]
I had never been to San Francisco, save for a swing through during a family vacation in high school, which involved a foggy drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and a late-night ride on a trolley car. Not quite the full experience. Eric had spent some time in the city a number of years ago, but his expertise was mostly the nightlife scene (as sailors go). Again, not quite the full experience.
So once we were set up at the military campground at TRACEN Petaluma (highly recommended, for those of you with access), we decided to spend the next day in San Francisco. One day there, and we’d both rank it among our favorite big cities. [Read more…]
Pulling into Monterey on April 16, 2016 meant we had officially driven coast-to-coast with Meriwether! I don’t know why, but I was expecting the city to be large and bustling with tourists–closer to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Instead, we found a laid-back marina town that was intimate and in an amazing location for exploring the Pacific Coast. [Read more…]
Because of our generator issues and scheduling around Spring Break crowds, we had way too many short stays in a row. For us, short stays are anything less than two weeks. It may sound silly at first, but two weeks goes quickly for us because we work Monday-Friday. When we arrived in Las Vegas, our travel schedule finally started to normalize. We stayed for 11 nights.
We like big cities: the excitement of being around other people, the things to do and (usually) good food to eat. Las Vegas provided a balance because we stayed on the outskirts in a peaceful campground, but we were only 20 minutes from the city center. [Read more…]
Our travel itinerary is typically planned months in advance, and stays pretty firm. So while changes of plan can be disconcerting, they’re also exciting. We were supposed to spend two weeks in Sedona, followed by two weeks in Lake Havasu City. We never intended to go to Flagstaff, or Kingman to the west. But because plans changed, we ended up getting to stay in those two cities we wouldn’t have seen otherwise, and they were both super cool. [Read more…]
We were heartbroken when we had to leave our first “real” wild camping spot in Sedona. I had been looking forward to living in the peaceful desert, on our own for a whole week, and really proving to myself that I could do it–and enjoy it!
But when our generator decided not to function, we had no choice but to pack up and find power. [Read more…]
I visited Sedona for the first time in 2009. It was a short day trip–just enough time for a Pink Jeep Tour and a stroll through Uptown. Touristy stuff. But I was captivated by the scenic beauty. Those red rocks! And I’ve wanted to return ever since.
So when Eric and I started planning our Grand Loop Tour for 2016, I insisted that Sedona have its place on our itinerary. I’ve changed a lot since 2009, so I found the things I experienced seven years ago had lost their charm for me. But, fortunately, I made new discoveries this time that fulfilled my hopes for our visit.
I’ve heard it repeatedly from friends who have visited Sedona. The first time they drive in, they can’t get over the surrounding mountains of rock, with their varied shapes and brilliant colors. Go see them for a slice of Arizona beauty, and stay a while for good food, memorable hiking and browsing this eclectic town. [Read more…]
As I spend my afternoon writing about Tucson, I continue to be amazed at how much we found to do there, and the fact that I still have a list of things we didn’t do! It really is a fabulous city.
So, just to recap. We’ve written about the beautiful Sonoran Desert, an article that chronicles all of our outdoor adventures in Tucson. I’ve also covered our spontaneous afternoon in downtown Tucson, a guide to a full day of sight-seeing, eating and cocktail-ing in the center of town.
This will be my last article about things to do in Tucson until the next time we visit. It’s basically “everything else” that didn’t fit into the first two articles. But don’t consider these the leftovers. You’ll see tortillas larger than your face, and experience a 30-degree temperature change in the space of an hour. [Read more…]
Neither of us had ever been to Tucson before, so we were both surprised at how big the city is, how beautiful it is and how much there is to do there. I can’t believe how much we stuffed into two weeks, and there was still more we didn’t get to.
As I started planning our article about Tucson and going through all our photos, I realized I’d need more than one piece to talk about everything we did (and ate). So let’s start with one of our first days in the city, which was unplanned and ended up being pretty perfect. [Read more…]