I think I inherited my itch to travel from my mom. She has been all over the world, and when I was younger, she took my sister and I to some pretty cool places. She is also the one who introduced me to the love of snow skiing. Growing up in Florida, this was a somewhat unusual hobby. I have been so fortunate to have skied in Germany, Austria, Argentina, and all over Colorado. It's all her fault that I ended up living in the mountains of Colorado for the past 22+ years!
Besides just ski trips, we also did a few driving road trips, one in particular to California. We visited dude ranches and rode horses, went to San Francisco and rode the street cars, and went to Lake Tahoe and rode bikes. We visited the Redwood forest, hiked in the wilderness, went river rafting, and went to the movies (with my dad who never goes to the movies!) Great family memories!
In early 2014, my friend, Holly, posted pictures of her family visiting the Redwoods and that brought me back to when I went there with my mom as a teenager. Around that time, I also discovered Kirsten Dirksen on YouTube and FairCompanies.com. I was especially inspired by their movie “Summer of Love”, a documentary of their summer spent traveling with three young kids in a VW van while they went different places to interview people living in Tiny Houses and other small spaces. The videography of the the landscape made me really want to go explore Oregon and Northern California with my kids. I had spent almost every vacation for the previous 6 years either going to San Clemente (don’t get me wrong the beach is awesome) or visiting family in Florida (I love doing that as well), but wanted something different. I wanted to branch out and explore new territory with my favorite people, my kids.
So in February of 2014, I started to plan out a summer road trip with our pop-up camper. I had only done one other solo/not married trip with the camper to a lake about 3 hours from home (Highline Lake in Loma, CO...love that place!) So summer of 2014, all three kids and I (no dogs) went from Edwards, CO to Bend, Oregon to Portland, down the coast to Yachats, then to Jeddidiah Smith Redwoods, Mendicino, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and home. (The pop-up was really hard…it took a lot of time and effort to set up and break down camp. Sometimes we stayed in hotels just to avoid dealing with the pop-up. I knew then that when I did another camping road trip, I would want a hard-sided camper)
After about a month on the road, we headed home but I wanted to stay on that trip longer! I think that is probably part of the reason for doing this adventure…I finished that trip wanting more! I wonder if I will finish this being glad that it is done, or still wanting more? We shall see...