Due to technical problems that made it impossible to write this post until today, we are 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 seems 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 let’s not get too TMI. On to this week’s photos.
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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 a fantastic view of the Palm Springs area.
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 historical homes, and they are all around the city of San Fransisco.
And yes, that is the “Full House” house in the picture above.
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.
We then left the city via highway one and started enjoying fantastic ocean views. When the sun began 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.
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…
and sometimes we allowed the sound of the waves to send us into afternoon slumber.
At the end of the day, I honestly didn’t want to leave the area. My senses were overflowing from all the beauty I had seen that day.
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 incredible 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.
The views were fantastic. If you ever visit the area make sure you go up to the Tunnel Lookout. There you can see the view in this picture above.
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.
One last thing that I enjoyed the entire week was the green hills in the area. Every day we 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.
How To Follow Us Now That The Journey Is Over
My husband and I are currently traveling one weekend a month, you can check out our adventures on our blog The Parents Flew The Nest.
We also have an Instagram account that we keep updated with our most recent travels — @theparentsflewthenest is where you can find us there.
Wisdom Learned On The Road
12 Tips For Long RV Road Trips
10 Things To Bring When Exploring The National Parks
Want to read more about our RV trip? Dig into the links below!
Week One Update: Nashville and Atlanta
Week Two Update: Atlanta, Savannah and St Mary’s
Week Three Update: St Mary’s and Little Talbot Island
Week Four Update: Orlando and Niceville
Week Five Update: Niceville, New Orleans, and Sea Rim State Park
Week Six Update: San Antonio, Carlsbad Caverns, and White Sands
Week 7 Update: Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks & Sedona
Week 8 Update: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam & Lake Mead
Week 9 Update: Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, Palm Springs, Laguna Beach
Week 10 Update: Joshua Tree, San Francisco, Yosemite, and Sequoia (you are here)
Week 11 Update: Sea Glass Beaches and The Giant Redwoods of California
Week 12 Update: Seattle, Port Angeles, & Victoria
Week 13 Update: Nanaimo, Tofino, & Courtenay
Week 14 Update: Vancouver Island & Vancouver
Week 17 Update: Canadian Rockies, Drumheller
Week 18 Update: Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake
Week 19 Update Carters of The Moon, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton
Week 20 Update Grand Teton National Park, Salt Lake City, and Zion
Week 21 Update Kolob Canyon, Red Cliffs, Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon and Estes Park
Week 22: Rocky Mountain National Park, Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Custer State Park, And Wind Cave National Park
The Final RV Road Trip Update: And Now We Are Home
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