In a nutshell: I am a wife, mother, adventurer, urban farmer, bookworm, foodie, fiber artist wannabe, lover of traveling and the great outdoors. I love an adventure and am lucky to be the mother of a 9 year old boy who loves one too! He has become one of my very favorite travel companions and along with dad, we have seen a lot. I have loved the outdoors and nature as long as I can remember. Skiing, camping, water-skiing, boating, swimming, hiking, exploring – I love being out there and I have never been afraid to get dirty!
As an Oregon native, I know we have lots of places to explore in the Northwest. It is a big place! We have been spending a lot of time camping and traveling with our little teardrop trailer over the last 5 years – putting on over 19,000 miles, visiting 10 western states and lots of National and State Parks. Some things I am getting to see for the first time. Other things I am getting to experience through the eyes of my son. Hitting the road has been an awesome way to accomplish that. This is changing a little bit as we move up to a slightly larger trailer where we all have a bed we fit in! We are changing from Teardroppers to whatever you call people in a 19′ travel trailer – gasp! RVers?
Camping isn’t our only jam however – we love to travel the world as well! We have journeyed as a family to Southeast Asia (the Philippines), love to have ski vacations in Whistler, BC, spend much of our summers on a boat in Canada, and have trips to Europe to visit our many friends and family who live there. This started as a camping blog but quickly changed into a travel blog. We will take you along no matter the mode of transport!
So many places to see, so little time!
About our modes of transport
We used to be backpackers/tent-campers, but we got soft and couldn’t sleep on the hard ground anymore. Camping in the Northwest can be awfully wet most of the year as well and hard sides are pretty nice to have and can extend our camping season. We started out camping as a family in our little 8′ Camp-Inn teardrop trailer we called “Dottie” (aka .e). She became our beach house, mountain cabin, lake house, cabin in the woods, and ‘bug out bag’. I didn’t need a full hookup and I could easily off grid. We had some amazing adventures through the Redwoods, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, we conquered the Southwest in 2014 and last year we took Oregon by storm. It became very clear last summer that our needs were starting to change. My son is nearing 5′ tall and with 3 of us the space was getting pretty tight. I was also finding that a bathroom close by at night was becoming necessary and my husband gave me the green light to start looking at something that would work for us. Sadly, I couldn’t find everything we needed in a teardrop. We recently purchased a used 19′ Flying Cloud (Airstream) that we will be soon hitting the road with. We have named her “Tin Tin” and along with my car “Snowy” we know we will be off on more amazing adventures! We plan to head to ski areas to camp now too, which is something we couldn’t really do with our little teardrop. We plan to continue visiting our National and State Parks as well. While our sweet little Dottie will be finding a home with another family soon I will remain forever a teardropper at heart. I will miss her, but grateful with what is to come!
We are really really fortunate that my parents invite us on their boat trips. The boat is a second home for them and we are allowed to tag along for various trip. For a long time we were traveling in their 47′ Swan sailboat. She was a gorgeous sailboat that gave us wonderful memories for 14 years. She held together and kept us safe through some really scary weather, and she was wonderful to relax on. My parents were finding it difficult to live aboard with ladders and lots of things to trip on and last year traded the beloved sailboat in for a 56′ Alaskan. This is truly a house on the water and this year we were lucky enough to be on the maiden voyage (well, my parent’s maiden voyage…the boat had been previously owned). As we spend a lot of time in BC we want to take you along on those adventures too!