May 152015
 

The Road To Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

Hwy 101, as it meanders around and occasionally hugs the Washington coastline takes us to our last stop during our road trip through the Olympic Peninsula not too long ago.  I have shared our OP trips on GoRVing’s blog up until this one.  This one, I’ve been saving for J5MM.

Here is a map I designed detailing our road trip in visual detail with our three stops:

Map of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State via J5MM.comj // #Airstream #GoRVing

My first post for GoRVing shared our experiences at the Waterfront at Potlatch . . .

Waterfront at Potlatch via J5MM.com // #Airstream Olympic Peninsula

and then we continued on to: Grayland Beach State Park . . .

Grayland Beach State Park in Washington State via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVingToday, I share with you a story about our adventures and explorations at Kalaloch Beach State Park.

We arrived at our campsite at Kalaloch in the late-ish morning.  The clouds rolled in overnight and hung around all day.  Occasionally they would transform and allow a bit of blue to peek through, but we took the weather as it was.  If you have ever visited the Olympic Peninsula along the coast, you know that the weather can change in the blink of an eye.  One moment it’s nothing but blue skies and before you know it, the dark grey clouds creep in over the ocean’s horizon.  You can see it coming.

After we found our site and set up camp, we did what we usually do when arriving in a new spot.  We explored!  Down to the beach we headed.

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We also took a walk around the campground in general.  There are some really nice spots with sweeping ocean views in the D loop as you can see.

The Road To Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

But we weren’t complaining about our site at all and were very grateful for it.  Here is a shot of my silver girl in her happy spot :)

The Road To Kalaloch State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVing

And here is a view from the inside looking out, to where I was standing when I took the shot prior :)

The boys were still out exploring and I came back inside to fix something to eat.  I whipped up some easy chocolate crepes for a late breakfast and while I was cooking those up, I had in the oven some savory drop biscuits we would enjoy later in the day while we were away.

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We packed up the truck and headed down the road.  What is really wonderful about visiting Kalaloch Beach State Park is the close proximity to all the beaches. The beaches here are numbered in sequence from south to north — Beach 1 – Beach 6.  South Beach is at the far south end, Ruby Beach is at the far north, and Kalaloch Beach, where we are, is located between Beaches 2 and 3.  So if you come, start at South Beach and work your way up the road.  It can take a full day and will be one your most memorable days ever, I can guarantee it.

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Beach 4 — this was our favorite.  So much in fact, we returned in the early morning the next day to explore the tide pools (more to come in Part 2)

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When we came back to camp, we noticed that a few spots down from us, the previous occupants had left!  It was a beautiful ocean view site so we quickly packed up our silver girl and moved her on over.  After we were settled,  I made a delicious smoked salmon spread that we enjoyed before embarking on another trip down to the Kalaloch Beach.

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If you have been following me along here on J5MM, you know how much my little dog means to me.  I love him so much and with all my heart.  He is always — ALWAYS on his harness because I fear losing him.  Not that he would take off running and leave me intentionally but if he does happen to see something that catches his eye, I can see his instinct to chase.  The thrill of the chase lives deep inside of this little dog and it comes out unexpectedly when we are walking along and a little bird decides to pop out of a nearby bush, or a chipmunk, or anything — even a leaf could buzz by and Oliver would be off.  Maybe it’s the terrier in him.  I don’t know.  He even tries to chase B’s school bus as it drives away.  So, with all that said, this little dog has lived on a harness his entire little life so far until this day.

This day, hubby convinced me, that for once, to let this little dog off his leash and let him run free.  He begged me to do it.  I could tell he felt sorry for Oliver.  All this big open space surrounding him, beckoning him to come and run and be free.

I looked around, analyzed the entire beach for as many miles as I could see.  No one was around.  No animal was around.  It was beach and ocean.  That was it.

So I did it.  I let him free . . . and held my breath . . .

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I kept my eye on Oliver like a hawk and eventually, as we drew closer to camp, back went on his harness.  What a feeling of happiness it was to let his little legs free and to allow him to run like that.  We were all happy for Oliver :)

Back at camp, we started a fire — or should I say, B started a fire.  He is getting very adept at building campfires.  Hubby has been teaching him how since we started this Airstreaming adventure back in 2010.  I am so proud of my boy and he, proud of himself!

And for dinner?  Toas-tites!  Melted ham and cheese Toas-tites are the best as are the sliced strawberry and chocolate chip variety.  The combinations are endless and I couldn’t imagine being without this campfire treat from now on.  The boys agree too.

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Even Oliver enjoyed a smidge of a ham and cheese Toas-tite thanks to B :)

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Day one of our visit to Kalaloch Beach State Park was full of memories we will cherish forever.  The weather today was chilly, cloudy and sometimes drizzly, but here on the Olympic Peninsula you take each day as it comes.  When the weather was as it was today, it creates a very romantic and cozy experience.  We loved it.

When B and Ollie were safely tucked into their beds in the late evening, hubby and I had some alone time, outside, just the two of us. We chatted about our day and what to expect tomorrow.  We watched the storm clouds roll in over the ocean ahead and we were mesmerized.  What a beautiful day and even more beautiful night.

Evening Ocean View via J5MM.com // #Airstream #GoRVingTomorrow is a new day with new surprises I can wait to share with you — stay tuned for Part 2 coming very soon!  I know you will love it.

Thank you for being here,

with all my heart,

Monica xx

:: Postus Scriptus ::

Recipes coming soon :) !!

Mar 182015
 

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Come travel with me to the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula as we embark on a seven day journey visiting three idyllic campsites.  We begin the first leg of our trip with a visit to The Waterfront at Potlatch RV Park along the Hood Canal.  We spend our first day in the cool misty mountains that are just a hop skip and a jump away from camp adventuring in the rainforest.  After we return to camp along the waterfront where we dig for clams that will soon become our delicious dinner.  B makes new friends, I make a refreshing oyster appetizer with Oliver by my side and hubby relaxes.  We experience pastel sunsets unparalleled anywhere else all while in the loving company of each other and our sweet silver girl.  I hope you can join me at my new writing venue with GoRVing // The Scenic Route.

Shall we go?

“The Magic and Beauty of the Olympic Peninsula”

xoxo
Monica

PS  I hope you enjoy the trip :)

 

Jan 242015
 

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Not too long ago we traveled to the Northwestern-most point of the Contiguous USA here in Washington State.  I feel honored to have been able to write about that pretty amazing trip for GoRVing.  I shared with GRV’s readership the beautiful sights we saw, picturesque hikes, snow dusted ocean beaches and some delicious recipes I made in my silver kitchen.

If you have a moment and would like to read more about that beautiful trip, you can visit me over on GoRVing and get some great recipes to take with you on your next road trip ❤

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AirstreamAdventures_10AirstreamAdventures_13Thank you for being here and visiting me over on GoRVing’s blog — The Scenic Route.

With all my heart,
Monica xoxo

Jan 072015
 

LaConner, Washington Town Guide via J5MM.com

Happy shiny 2015 to you!  Hubby, B, Oliver and I are wishing you only the best for 2015 and we hope that your hopes and dreams come true in this brand new year :)

We felt very fortunate to have been able to ring in the new year at the picturesque Thousand Trails campground in LaConner, Washington.  Our site was #164 and has been proudly added to our “must return” list.

Thousand Trails Campground LaConner, Washington Site 164 via J5MM.com Continue reading »

Dec 022014
 

Northwesternmost Point of the USA Road Trip via J5MM.com

There was much to be thankful for over this past Thanksgiving holiday road trip of ours. I am no doubt so very thankful for my boys, our health, our silver girl and so much more.

I was also incredibly thankful for mother nature bestowing her generosity upon us with good weather during our holiday road trip.  One morning though, she did decide to pour buckets of rain down upon us but luckily our plans were to wrap up camp and head to our next destination.  As we drove, the gray skies turned blue and the sun shined so brightly, turning our surroundings into the most beautiful golden color.  The sky was also the most beautiful shade of blue I had ever seen.  Maybe it was just my imagination, but the color was different to me.  I took so many photos.  I just couldn’t help it.

We just got back home-home this Sunday from our trip.  On our trip we visited the quaint town of Port Townsend and glamped at the Point Hudson Marina and RV Park.  We then motored up along the windy, and sometimes white knuckle — coastal roads towards Hobuck Beach RV Resort where we secured a beautiful ocean view spot.

We did so much, together.  It was a special time and B couldn’t stop talking about what fun he had on our trip, during our drive home.

“It was the best trip mommy!  Thank you.”

That’s what makes my heart squeeze with happiness — this child of ours and these memories hubby and I are making for him.  As I looked out the truck window, I couldn’t help but get teary eyed thinking that one day, maybe, he will bring his family to these spots we visited and possibly, just possibly share his stories — his memories with us — with his family for his children to remember.

It’s now Tuesday, December 2nd as I type this.  I have so many photographs to sort through, but I love it all.  I’m looking forward to sharing a detailed story of our trip with you so that perhaps, if you are considering planning a trip out this way, you may consider visiting the places we have.

In the meantime, every night after work — after all the home chores are taken care of, I sit down at my work bench and craft silver inspired travel accessories.  I am hoping very much to update my Etsy shop this Sunday with silver goodies.  I’ve been working on two sets of earrings so far and they are just about the most beautiful little earrings ever.  Another leaf design (which has been very popular.  THANK YOU !!)  and a new silversmithing technique I have learned — a tiny concave silver bowl with teeny-tiny little silver drops inside.  They are small, delicate and very sweet.  I love them and I think you will too.

Please stay tuned  — they would make the loveliest gift for the Glamper in your life.

With all of my heart,

Monica xoxox

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Dec 262013
 

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Ever since bringing home our Airstream in 2010 it has somewhat become a tradition to spend the cozy Thanksgiving holiday in the San Juan Islands – specifically Orcas Island.   Year after year we return with the longing of peace, relaxation and just taking things easy next to the Salish Sea.

There is never a dull moment when spending time in the islands . . . Continue reading »

Jun 112013
 

Airstream trailer road trip and glamping around the Olympic National Park

Map of Port Townsend Fort Worden

It was day three of our Olympic Peninsula Loop which meant, two more days before returning back to reality of corporate America (insert sad face).   We enjoyed a breakfast of chocolate croissants, coffee and hot cocoa. With maps spread out over our morning table we began analyzing how our day would be spent.

“Can we go to the beach mommy?” B asks me pointing to Rialto Beach on the map . . .

Hubby and I looked at each other — “Yes! Let’s do that.”

And off we went . . .

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Jun 042013
 

Airstream trailer road trip and glamping around the Olympic National Park

Day two takes us north from beautiful Pacific Beach State Park to a day full of beach explorations, rainforest discoveries and settling into our new campsite.

Olympic Peninsula Loop Day 2 with our Airstream

Have a look at our beautiful Washington Coast.  With miles upon miles of undeveloped land, it is easy to sink in the vast beauty that is found here.  For me, this rest stop was special as I was really able to feel like I was “away from it all.” Continue reading »

May 202013
 

Delicious Tarts Prepared in an Airstream Kitchen
“You must have loved to build forts when you were little . . .” My friend Amy tells me as we both sit in the Airstream one evening enjoying a glass of wine while taking in our silver surroundings.

Such a keen observation I thought — and how it made sense to me. Forts were one of my favorite outdoor activities as a child and now that I think about it — I get a similar sense of happiness in my Airstream today, such as when I spent time in my forts as a child.   My small space in the world where I can get away from it all.

Fortunately, I’ll be able to take my “fort on wheels” on a trip.  It’s a very last minute trip but one that is well needed and I can hardly wait!  You can see where we will be going on the map below. We are doing a complete loop around the Olympic National Park here in Washington. We’ll be doing a lot of hiking, exploring, cooking and just taking things easy. Oliver is coming too! It will be his first trip to the ocean ♥

During our trip I’ll be taking a lot of pictures I am sure.  If you would like to follow me during our trip, you can find me at {Instagram}.  I’ve been using it more and more lately and I really like it — it kind of gives you a “behind the scenes” on what we are up to between blog posts.  Continue reading »