May 172015
 

Kalaloch Beach State Park on the Olympic Peninsula via J5MMM.com // RV Lifestyle #Airstream Style

“Mommy?  Mommy, are you still sleeping?” B is whispering this into my ear as I sleep  . . .

I don’t say a word, hoping he will take pity on his poor tired and sleepy mom and let me be, for at least a moment longer.

“Mommy?  Mommy?”

This boy of mine.  No matter what time he goes to bed, as soon as the crack of dawn is upon us, he is up and at ’em.

“B — we are on vacation — you can sleep in if you want . . .” I try and convince him.

He is still standing next to me, I can feel his presence — he is probably pondering his next move . . .

Then hubby says, “Good Morning B,” with all smiles (I can hear him smiling, does that make sense?)  and he is next to rise and now it’s official, our day has begun.  But after the fog clears from my sleepy head, I am grateful for the early morning wake up call.  I look outside and see that the clouds moved out overnight and a beautiful pastel sunrise is on its way.

These two posts of mine covering our trip to Kalaloch Beach State Park is proof of the Olympic Peninsula’s moody weather behavior.  Cloudy, cozy and drizzling one day and the next?  Nothing but blue skies.  I took at least a million pictures.

Hubby and B headed down to the beach for a game of soccer while Oliver and I pulled ourselves together and made a skillet breakfast fit for an Olympic Peninsula king :)

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After breakfast, we packed into the truck and drove a quick minute up the road to Beach 4.

Beach 4 is home to some pretty interesting tide pools we learned from some fellow campers.  It was a, “must see,” according to them.  So off we went.  An old driftwood bridge welcomed us as we arrived . . .

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If you look closely, there on that big sun drenched, barnacle encrusted rock, you can see the ocean’s waterline at high tide.  Where B is exploring, that entire area is underwater where at low tide, offers up some pretty cool opportunities to check out the sea life.  We saw some beautiful sea anemones, star fish, hermit crabs and some baby fish of some sort.  The colors of the sea creatures were completely captivating.

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Sea stars everywhere — pink families in front and orange ones farther out . . .

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We spent the day exploring Beach 4 and just taking things easy.  We really wanted to soak up our environment because the weather was just too perfect on this day so when we came back to camp, we stuck around.  We spent time reading in front of the ocean’s glorious view and every  now and then, we would hike back down to the beach and walk to our heart’s content.  We chatted it up with people on the beach and both B and Oliver made new friends.

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When it was time for lunch, out came the Toas-tite.  Clearly, we can’t get enough of the melty concoctions this little gadget produces.

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For dinner?  Caramelized mushrooms and soft boiled egg toasts with a lemony hollandaise sauce.  It was a super easy dinner to make that delivered big on the yum factor.

“Mommy, can you make this again,” B asked.

Love him.

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As the sun began to set, we all agreed that we had to pinch ourselves with how lucky we were with the weather.  Being able to experience both sides of the Olympic Peninsula’s weather was a true treat from the drizzly day prior to this glorious sunny and summer-like day.  Once again, the Olympic Peninsula did not disappoint.

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Thank you for being here,

With all my heart ~ Monica xoxo

 

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:

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

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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.

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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 :)

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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 :) !!

Apr 222015
 

A Taste of Washington's Coast for #GoRVing via J5MM.com #Airstream

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Grayland Beach State Park along Washington’s coast, it is a trip that I highly recommend.  There you are greeted with beautiful sites — some boast privacy, some are very spacious and all are within close proximity to trails that take you straight to the beach and ocean.

I had the honor to write about our recent trip to Grayland Beach State Park for GoRVing.  There I shared our experiences of  razor clamming for the first time along with catching  Dungeness crab and enjoying starry nights.

Here is a direct link to my piece and I truly hope you enjoy it – and most of all, I hope it inspires you to find your Away :)

Link:  A Taste of Washington’s Coast

xoxo
Monica

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~ Monica

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 :)

 

Feb 252015
 

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I’m always amazed at how fast time goes when we’re on the road adventuring with our silver girl.  I guess the saying is true that time really does fly when you’re having fun.

We had a beautiful time exploring Washington’s coastline from south of Ocean Shores at Grayland Beach to the Olympic Peninsula — Kalaloch State Park.  We foraged for our own seafood from many varieties of clams (razors, manilla, butters, etc.) to dungeness crab and oysters.  I’ve always enjoyed my oysters raw on the half shell with just a squeeze of lime but this time I decided to make a cucumber shallot mignoette topping and oh my, what a flavor sensation that was.  We enjoyed a crab boil along the coast with our freshly caught crab and clam sliders were on order most days.  Speaking of clams, have you ever cooked with a razor clam straight from the shell?  It was an interesting experience for me.

Some non-seafood goodies we enjoyed on our trip were chocolate crepes, baked eggs in my trusty cast iron skillet as well as nostalgic  Toas-Tite campfire treats.  Cooking with our Toas-tite’s brought back sweet memories for me from my childhood days in Girl Scouts when our camp leader introduced this camping essential to us.  If you don’t know, you butter a piece of bread and place it in the round part of the Toas-Tite.  You then proceed to fill it up with whatever meltable filling you’d like (in our case – ham and swiss cheese).  Then you place another buttered piece of bread on top (the buttered side facing up) and close the griddle together creating a “seal” and then you cook it over an open flame.  About a minute per side.  It creates the most perfect little portion of heavenly melty goodness.

We spent our days exploring sandy beaches and enjoying pastel sunsets.  The weather was pretty and clear with no rain and then we had rain but it was all perfect for us.  On the cloudy days we enjoyed beach fires with our trusty One Log Fire.  Such a cute little “campfire to go,” that log fire is.  B carried it easily in his tiny hands and lit it without a hitch.

Evenings were peaceful inside the Airstream and early walks were guarantees with just Ollie and I.

I’m enjoying sifting through all of my photos and putting them together to share with you and soon I will have a grand post that details all of our doings during this trip.  It was a beautiful trip indeed and thank you for being here.  I love sharing our adventures with you xx

Thanks for being here, 

With all my heart,

Monica

PS
While hubby, B, Ollie and I were on the road I learned that GoRVing published my story of our Airstream winter road trip through the sweet mountain town of McCall, Idaho.  If you would like to get a taste and feel for adventuring in McCall, you can travel with me here.  I also shared some things that I do for peace of mind when traveling with Ollie.

I hope you like it and I hope it inspires you to put McCall, ID on your travel bucket list.  We’ve been back twice already ♥

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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.

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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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Oct 082014
 

Suddenly Last Summer with our Airstream via J5MM.com

Fall is upon us now and the other day, it suddenly dawned on me, that last summer — a lot of cooking had been done in my silver kitchen which never made it onto J5MM.  Pouring over all my photos I took of my culinary creations made me realize also — what a beautiful, gloriously long summer we had here in Washington.  The warm breezes continue to blow, even now in what should be a chilly October.  We have our funny days where temps reach 80!  But today will be a nice mid 60’s October day according to the weather woman.  I’m ready for warm sweaters in the upcoming season and exhilarating early morning hikes where the frost graces the edges of the creek near my home. Continue reading »