RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

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I am writing this from a Starbucks inside a Safeway in Oregon. We left Northern California Saturday morning. Once again I wasn’t ready to leave. It seems like that is the overall trend of this trip. I am LOVING all the areas we are exploring so much that it feels like a small part of my heart gets ripped out and left behind when we leave each area.

We spent most of this week on the northern coast of California and something unexpected started to happen. The ground we are staring to cover is starting to look and feel more and more like my childhood home (Vancouver Island). The smell of the seaside, the green moss growing every where, the stores, even the dress of the people is starting to remind me more of more of my Canadian Pacific Northwest roots.

I wasn’t expecting this to happen until we hit the state of Washington. By the time I write you next, my feet will be on the soil of my childhood island, but for now lets move on to what my family got up to during our travels this week.

 

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

We arrived at our campsite near Caspar Beach, California right at dinner time Monday night. It was pouring rain, so as my husband was graciously unhooking and leveling the RV while we all stayed dry in the truck, I decided to search on my smartphone for a place to grab a pizza (a favorite dinner of my hubby’s).

When he got in the truck to tell us we could all go in and get a start on dinner I told him my idea and before I could give him the address he was already pulling the truck out of the campsite. We ended up at Frankie’s in Mendocino, a small town up the hill from our campsite. It was REALLY good.

Tuesday morning my husband and I headed into nearby Fort Bragg to get the truck’s brakes checked. For a while both of us had been thinking they were getting a bit worn. We were right, turns out some of the brake pads were almost down to the metal. YIKES!

Thankfully we budgeted for such things when planning our trip so it wasn’t a money concern and we turned the time the truck was in the shop into some much needed couple time by taking a good long walk around the seaside in Fort Bragg.

(psst—I really like my new Birkenstocks that you can see in the picture above. They are great for exploring, they give great support, are super comfy and are easy to slip off and on for beach walks.)

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

I was so moved by the contrast of the white foamy waves crashing against the dark grey rocks in a sea of various shades of blue. I spent most of our days exploring the Northern California coast saying, “wow!” over and over.

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

We came to the Fort Bragg area for one particular reason. A year or so ago a Facebook friend of mine had posted a picture similar to the one above. Those little gems are sea glass and I have a fascination with it that dates back to my childhood.

Due to the unfortunate use of using the ocean as a dump many years ago, three Fort Bragg area beaches have a high concentration of sea glass and are known as the sea glass beaches.

Now, you are not supposed to collect the sea glass at these three particular beaches, instead just enjoy the beauty the high concentration of glass creates–but sadly we saw several people filling gallon-sized freezer bags with it. It made me sad.

Yes, I do collect sea glass on various beaches, but only where it is allowed. If a sign says don’t collect, I don’t. Plus these beaches are very different than the ones I have collected from. Never have I seen such high concentrations sea glass and it makes these beaches unique, soon they won’t be if people keep hauling the treasure away.

 

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

After visiting the sea glass beaches we stopped at the Point Cabrillo Light Station. Inside we found a small museum about the area and a very informative volunteer.

The light station also has several guest homes available to rent and I might have just stuck the business card with their info on it into my purse so I could dream about a future vacation at one of them.

They were large, 100+ year-old restored homes with awesome views of the beach and they were tucked away from everything else. It would truly feel like you had the whole beach to yourself. And yet I never did snap a picture of the homes (Sorry. Trust me–they are awesome).

 

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

We had two full days to explore the Fort Bragg area. On the second day we went north up Highway One, stopping whenever a view “wowed” us and that was pretty often.

One such place was Ten Mile Beach. At first all we could see was sand dunes, then as we reached the summit of the last sand dune this huge beach came into sight with large roaring waves as far as the eye could see.

We saw several sea lions resting on the shore, plus a huge collection of sand dollars.

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

Further down Highway One we saw several rock arches like the one above.

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

And just when we thought the area couldn’t get any more beautiful we were treated to wooded arches over the highway.

 

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

On our return trip to our RV for dinner we stopped at one more beach in the town of Westport. There we found tiny black pebbles instead of sand.

They stuck to my feet, but they were also very warm! I stopped, laid down and had a nap in them while the family explored the area. When I got up, every inch of me that wasn’t covered in clothing had tiny black pebbles clinging to it.

I did my best to brush them all off but there are still a few showing up now and then in our travel trailer.

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

Thursday morning we left the beach and headed towards Redwoods National Forest. We arrived to our campsite just outside of Crescent City once again in the pouring rain and it continued to rain all night and all morning.

Thankfully it stopped around lunch time, allowing us to get out and explore the Redwood Forest without getting rained on.

I couldn’t get over how little my people looked in the forest made up of giant Redwood trees.

RV Trip Week 11: Sea Glass Beaches & The Redwoods Of California

See what I mean? We could have made a home out of some of the openings in the bottom of the giants!

As I write it is now Saturday and as I said we are now in Oregon, but not for long. We plan to hit Washington by Monday. So far I am loving the ocean views available on Highway 101 in Oregon. We are staying in two state parks during our drive through the state, but truly don’t have the time we wished to explore the state. Five and a half months sounds like forever, but with so much area to cover and so much to see, we had to cut a few things out.

My husband and I have already mentioned a few times lately that perhaps one day we could come back just the two of us and drive through Oregon at a more leisurely pace. This trip truly does have use dreaming of more travels, but first we need to enjoy the rest of the one we are on.

Come back next Monday to see what we got up to this week.

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10 Books That Will Help You Grow Your Blog

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Starting a blog is easy, growing a blog is tough. However, the job can be a lot easier when you have the right tools in hand. I find books and eBooks  are great low price tools to help you grow your blog.

Grow your blog in pageviews and profit with these 10 books.

 10 Books That Will Help You Grow Your Blog

I have read each and every book and eBook on this list and found them helpful for growing my blog in either numbers or profit.

Blogging Strategies

1. Blogging For Profit Without Losing Your Soul

Blogging For Profit took me from wanting to give up on my blog to finally earning a part time income that eventually grew into a full time income. When I applied what I learned from it, I doubled my pageviews and my income in just 30 days.

2. Delicious Blogging: The Ingredients You Need To Create A Better Blog

I read Delicious Blogging several years into my blogging journey, but still found it helpful. If you are a beginner blogger, Delicious Blogging can help set your blog up right for growth from the very start.

3. The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers: A Proven Roadmap to Becoming a Full-Time Blogger

The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers provides not only a look at how other bloggers became successful, but gives you an outline for how you can reproduce their success and create a profitable blog of your own.

4. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Micheal Hyatt, the author of Platform, runs a very successful blog and in Platform he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what he believes to be the important “supports” of that platform and tips on how to create them for your own platform (blog).

5. iBloom in Business: Equipping You to Build a Successful Business while Living a Life You Love!

iBloom in Business takes you through an important series of questions that will help you create a clear focus for your blog as well as a clear direction for its future. When you have completed all the questions in iBloom in Business, you will have built the foundation on which to grow a successful blog.

6. 17 Strategies I Used To Go From 17K to 350K Pageviews in 9 Months

I recently read 17 Strategies and came up with a list of 23 new things I could do to increase readership of my blog. Yep, 23 things from a list of 17. Now some of the suggestions in the eBook were outdated, but the author is planning an update in the near future and all those who have purchase the book before get the update. Plus, as I said, even with tossing the outdated information aside I came up with 23 things I can try to increase my traffic.  (psst.. the only reason I haven’t tried them yet is I am on an RV trip of a life time and am trying to keep blog work to a minimum until I return home)

Blog Design

7. Blog Beautiful: 50+ Tips & Fixes To Make Your Blog Grow

Blog Beautiful is another eBook that I plan to go back to after our trip is over and start implementing the suggestions. If you want a blog that looks great, but you can’t afford a designer Blog Beautiful can help. It breaks down how to make design changes to your blog into simple to follow steps. I did manage to make one simple change suggested in between our exploring and I am already seeing an increase pageviews from it.

Networking

8. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Getting to know other bloggers is vital to blogging success. Blogging is so much simpler when you have blogging peers to help you with your blogging questions.  I don’t know about you, but the number one thing that keeps me from getting to know someone new is simple breaking the ice with that first conversation.

If the idea of starting conversations with strangers freaks you out too, How to Talk to Anyone can help. I will warn you–some of the language in it is a bit outdated and therefore seems kind of corny, but the tips on conversation starters within it are excellent.

Time Management

9. 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

If you struggle with breaking down blogging tasks into simple, daily doable action steps, then I suggest reading 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life. When you apply what you learn in this eBook, you will be able to take a big blogging project like creating your first email subscriber freebie and break it down into small pieces that can fit into your daily life.

10. Time Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your Passions

Are you a mom of little ones trying to fit in time to blog around chasing toddlers and nursing babies? Time Management Mama will reassure you that you are not alone, plus give you examples of how others make it work and how you too can become a successful work at home mom.

What books have you read that have helped you grow your blog?

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RV Trip Week 10: Joshua Tree, San Fransisco, Yosemite and Sequoia

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Due to the technical problems that made it impossible to write this post until today, we are now currently part way through week 11 of our 22 week trip. Which means we are officially past the halfway mark of our travels.

How on earth did that happen?! At first the trip often felt like it was crawling by, but then we got into a good routine, traveling began to feel normal, and longings for home disappeared–since then the trip feels like it is flying.

Now, I still miss my friends and my bathroom dearly–but daily exploration and frequent moving feels normal. The RV now has that “so good to be home” feel at the end of the day.

Of course some of it all depends on the area we area in, the weather and a certain “cycle” that effects my mood…but lets not get too TMI. On to this week’s photos.

RV Trip Week 10: Joshua Tree, San Fransisco, Yosemite and Sequoia.

We started out week 10 of the trip exploring Joshua Tree National Park. My husband’s aunt and uncle, who were also visiting my husband’s parents in Dessert Springs, joined us.

Joshua trees are so unique and we even got to see some with blossoms, which apparently doesn’t happen often. One short hike during our day treated us to an amazing view of the Palm Springs area.

RV trip: Day trip to San Fransisco, "Full House" house.

We spent most of Tuesday traveling, arriving around dinner time to a privately owned RV park in Chowchilla, California. It was my favorite privately owned RV park by far that we’ve been to. Super clean, a great area, plus cement pads that made parking the RV so simple.

However, except for Sunday we didn’t spend much time there. In fact one night we didn’t stay there at all.

We got up early Wednesday and took a two and a half hour drive into San Fransisco. Right away I started noticing the amazing architecture of the area. I LOVE historic homes and they are all around the city of San Fransisco.

And yes, that is the “Full House” house in the picture above.

RV trip: Day trip to San Fransisco.

After exploring the Golden Gate Park and the Fisherman’s Wharf we headed outside of the city via the Golden Gate Bridge.

We stopped at one end to walk half way across it and back and then headed up a nearby lookout to view its entirety.

RV trip: Exploring coastal California.

We then left the city via highway one and started enjoying amazing ocean views. When the sun started to set we pulled over and sat as a family watching as the sun slowly disappeared into the ocean.

At almost 8:00 p.m. we pulled into the town of Santa Cruz and checked into the most rundown hotel I have ever stayed at in my 43 years of life–but the price was right and truthfully we were not in it long.

Road trip: Playing in the waves of the Pacific Ocean.

We got up by 8:00 the next morning to explore more of the seaside. We spent most of the day driving south down highway one stopping whenever we saw a beach that was calling our name.

Sometimes we spent time playing in the waves…

Road trip: Taking a nap beach side in California.

and sometimes we allowed the sound of the waves to send us into afternoon slumber.

At the end of the day I truly didn’t want to leave the area. My senses were overflowing from all the beauty I had seen that day.

RV Trip Week 10: Joshua Tree, San Fransisco, Yosemite and Sequoia

But the next day was filled with more beauty. Friday we got up early once again and headed out to Yosemite National park. As we entered the park we heard the amazing roar of the Merced river. After pulling over to enjoy the sight of the fast flowing river we headed to the first of the four waterfalls in the park.

RV Trip: Amazing views at Tunnel View.

The views were amazing. If you go make sure you go up to the Tunnel Lookout. There you can see the view in this picture above.

RV trip: Sequoia National Park.

Saturday we explored one more national park before heading out of the area–Sequoia National Park.

The winding road up the mountaintop was full of amazing views, but small trees. I was left wondering where exactly the BIG trees were–until we turned one particular corner just past the summit. As we turned that corner suddenly they appeared: giant sequoia trees.

We quickly found a place to pull over and all got out to get close to the giants. We spent the next several hours exploring them all.

RV Trip: The green hills of California.

One last thing that I enjoyed the entire week was the green hills in the area. Each and every day we were drove through them on the way to wherever we were exploring. Roaming them were cows of red and black.

I have heard that normally they aren’t this green, but California has had an unusual amount of rain over the winter. If that is true, it is too bad because their green coverings add so much beauty to the state.

Come back next Monday to see what we got up to this week.

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