Travelin' Tuesday

Summer Adventure – Camping

We (my DD and I) are going camping this weekend for the first time!  I’m a bit terrified, but luckily we are going with three other families who have all been camping before.  So, I think we should be okay.  I went to Amazon this morning and ordered a blow up mattress (I think I had to throw ours out because it had a slow leak), a sleeping bag (how did I not own a sleeping bag?!?) and a couple of lanterns (which will function as flashlights when home, which we needed for emergencies anyways).  I’m borrowing a camp chair  and a tent and will share another family’s camp stove.  I’m working my way through camping lists on Pinterest trying to make sure I don’t look like a total rookie despite being a total rookie.

We camped a lot when I was younger, but we always had a trailer or van conversion that we slept in.  We were definitely NOT tent campers.  So, we had a sink and refrigerator in the van.  We had beds.  We didn’t have to “set up” anything when we decided to pull off and sleep for the night.  I guess I was a bit spoiled.  We spent many a night in a parking lot or a rest stop or something similar.  If at a rest stop, we would get up and bust out the camp stove on a picnic table and make breakfast and then get back on the road.  I loved the way we traveled.  It was relatively simple and minimalist.  We didn’t need a ton of stuff and could pick up things along the way.  I want to capture that same simplicity for Bean.  I am trying to decide if we can take the Prius or need to pay extra for gas and take the SUV. I am leaning towards the latter just because it would give us plenty of space, dirt roads would be easier to take and we could always sleep in there if everything went to hell.  🙂

We are going to a lake and I am already paranoid about her swimming in it.  We will probably try to do more paddle boats and such to keep her dry but enjoying the water.  The water will probably be too cold for her to spend much time in it anyways.  I am sure we will have a grand old time.  I am looking forward to sharing an experience that I really enjoyed as a child her age with her and I hope I can make many memories with her out in nature!  I am also looking forward to taking books to read and not much else. No iPad, no laptop – I will take my phone, but I don’t expect to be able to use it much.  It will be nice to have a tech vacation and see what we can do!

Wish us luck!

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Travelin’ Tuesday #3 – Staying Home…

This Travelin’ Tuesday post is going to focus on the opposite of traveling.  It is going to focus on staying home.  This weekend is Labor Day in the U.S.  It is the holiday that signals the end of summer (even though with new school schedules, most students have been back in school for weeks at this point).  It is also a big travel holiday with people getting in their last “summer” trip of the year.  But, I’ve decided to stay home this holiday weekend.  I could go to the Bay Area and visit my parents and take my daughter to the amusement park in their hometown.  But, I went back to work this week and even though it is only Tuesday, I’m exhausted.  And I feel like trying to do a trip and big fun this weekend will only wear me out more.  So, I’m going to stay at home.

I think that I will take this weekend to do a bit of a Staycation though.  I know that staycations are a bit cliche at this point, but I do feel like there is plenty of fun to be had around our own little hometown this weekend and it doesn’t require a drive, an overnight stay in a bed other than our own and sacrificing any chance of getting some time to clean up and organize my house (the neverending quest of my life it seems).  The University that I work at is offering a bevy of entertaining events trying to keep students entertained without alcohol and huge parties (which turn in to riots when things get out of control – already happened earlier this week when the students were coming back into town), there is a Friday Night Concert, a Saturday Morning Farmer’s Market.  My daughter would love to go to Turtle Bay Discovery Park again (we have not gone all summer long).  We can go shopping downtown.  We can go to the river and play in the water, feed the ducks in the pond in the park, go for a short nature hike…I think what I’m going to do is check one of the Summer Bucket Lists on my Pinterest page and do as many of those things as we can around our area this weekend.  It should be fun,  little less exhausting than traveling somewhere while doing it, and can be scheduled around a little housecleaning and organizing!  The best of all worlds, I would say.

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Travelin’ Tuesday #2 – Ch-ch-ch-changes…

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A favorite when visiting the in-laws: Insect Lore’s Bugseum.

Last week I talked about our trip we were planning to Oregon.  Since then, it seems that plans may have changed.  We may be staying closer to home and our in-laws house.  In all honesty, this wouldn’t break my heart.  The more I started thinking about taking a trip with my 4 year old and my in-laws where we would be on the road, in the car, for hours each day and then packing and unpacking in different hotel rooms almost every night, the more I started to feel a bit queasy about the whole thing!  With my daughter, we are not light travelers.  We travel with medicines, syringes, snacks, activities to keep her busy, clothes, extra clothes, a few diapers (she still sleeps in them), wipes, etc.  And that doesn’t even take into consideration our own things (which mostly consists of clothes – we are both relatively light packers).  My MiL is definitely not a light packer.  She travels with extra pillows, snacks, magazines, lots and lots of clothes, emergency kits, and other things as well.  My husband and his dad like to do outdoorsy stuff, so that adds in fishing poles or hunting rifles and all the accessories that come with those things.  By the time we get everything loaded, it will be time to come home from vacation!

So, we are now considering just coming to my in-laws.  I am going to insist on staying in a hotel simply because the full-sized bed here is a bit too small for all three of us to sleep in comfortably and my daughter loves to swim and stay in hotel rooms, so why not make it more of a vacation?  Plus, that would allow us to give both ourselves and our in-laws some space, which is a key commodity to enjoy a vacation of any type.  I don’t mind doing this as I love my in-laws and there are a few touristy things here that we have not done in a while (or at all with my daughter) and it means less time in a vehicle, less time packing and unpacking, and is pretty low-key.  

So, I guess you could say our Oregon VAcation is becoming more of a Cali STAYcation.  By tomorrow, it may all have changed again though…we shall see!