• RV Vaca 2013

previously, we tried to have a “go with the flow” attitude on our RV adventure out west! It served us well…. especially on night 4! We were headed to Monterey with when Jill and Michael randomly found a campground that they wanted to try out. It wasn’t our original plan but we decided to go for it. It was advertised as being close to “The Dunes”. We had no idea what that meant or what it was going to look like but the campground was well kept and they had SHOWERS so we pulled in and hooked everything up for the night.

We had about 30 minutes before the sun set and so we threw on some shoes and jackets and headed to see what these “dunes” looked like.  It was quite a walk in the cold sand but once we reached the end of the fence line, we were in awe of what we saw!! We were right on the coast and it was gorgeous!! So natural and so beautiful! It wasn’t full of hotels or restaurants, it was just a gorgeous beach with amazing dunes rolling up and down the coastline!! GAH!! What a find!!!

So we spent the night outside of Monterey and then began our trip down the California Coast in the morning! It’s a good thing we had an early start because Jill and I made the boys stop every “Vista Point” or as us Virginians like to call them, “Scenic Overlooks”. :) Pretty soon, we realized there were too many to count and we had to be ok with just shooting from the RV. So Jill and I got creative! We took turns laying on the overhead bed that is over the cab and we shot from the little window on top!! Dangerous for our cameras? Yes. Worth it for the pictures and memories? … OF COURSE!

I still can’t believe this amazing trip is over but gosh was it wonderful! It was one of those trips that we’ll tell our kids about one day.  Our crazy “RV” idea came to fruition and it was incredible!! We would do it again in a heartbeat! We learned very quickly that March is an AMAZING time to travel through these areas of CA! It’s not too cold AND it’s not crowded with tourists. The BEST part was that the RV rental was super cheap! The most expensive part of the trip was GAS and between two couples, it was still affordable!!!

Even after 9 days total, Buddy & Jill and Michael & I still love each other! If that’s not a sign of good friendship, then I don’t know what is!! We just love the Powers and we’re so thankful that we have had the opportunity to spend so much time together the last couple of years. We’re already looking for new road trip locations so hopefully this trip was just the beginning!!! Enjoy some images from our last few days on the road!!!

Does this look familiar?? :)

The boys saw it first….

How beautiful is that?!

Portrait time!!

Love this Jill!!

Beautiful sky!

I look like I’m power walking…. I just had a glimpse of me 40 years from now!

Leggings and no shoes… I hadn’t gotten myself together yet that day. haha

AH- mazing!!!! 

Pit stop for lunch at this amazing place!!


Santa Barbara!!

Had to show them the Four Seasons! :) 

Awwww THE END!! Can’t wait for the next one!


xoxo, Katelyn
31 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Mary Marantz reply

    LOVE!!!! And that picture of you & Michael where you’re looking down is INCREDIBLE!

  2. Erin Schrad reply

    Just gorgeous photos… I’m so jealous of your trip!! I’ve wanted to visit that part of the country forever and just haven’t gotten there yet!

  3. Deborah Zoe reply

    BEAUTIFUL!!! when I was a kid my Mom, Dad and I went down that same scenic route and right before that big bridge there was a “scenic overlook” ;) that we stopped at… and a big gust of wind came and blew the map straight out of the car!! bwahahA ok I guess you had to be here, but its a story we ALWAYS tell in our fam:) So glad you had an amazing trip!!

  4. molly stillman reply

    gahhhhh these are gorgeous! i had no idea the water was so BLUE there!!

  5. Bethany Cox reply

    There is one of you and michael that you simply MUST have gallery wrapped. For sure!

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  7. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    So beautiful!! What amazing photos and memories you guys have :)

  8. Elizabeth reply

    so jealous!!! my husband lived out in the west coast for years and does not want to go back…i maybe able to convince him by looking at your vacation pics….stunning, stunning, stunning.

  9. Kathryn Grace reply

    OH MY GOODNESS. I never thought of California as being high on my to-visit list. I think I changed my mind. I HAVE TO GO THERE! Soooo incredibly beautiful!! Thanks for sharing your lovely trip with us!

  10. Sarah G reply

    Ahhhhhhh! this makes me want to take a roadtrip! love it all (and jill’s video was wonderful!)

  11. Caroline reply

    GAAAAHHH!!!! this post is INCREDIBLE!!! absolutely gorgeous scenery and people :) SO pumped that you had a feloow photographer along with you to capture some incredible shots of you and Michael. Pretty awesome to see the love between you grow :) Love yall so much!!!!!!

  12. Alli McWhinney reply

    Wow, gorgeous! Makes me want to make a trip there now!

  13. Jill Powers reply

    GOSH! They just keep getting better! Love love loveeee them!

  14. ashley link reply

    so gorgeous!!! the views were so breathtaking! some of them made me a little scared y’all were gonna fall! glad y’all didn’t! haha. every single moment looked like a beautiful memory!!! so happy for y’all! :)

  15. ashley barnett reply

    Oooo this is my favorite post!!!! Now I’m SO sad we didn’t go further up the coast!! Monterey looks absolutely incredible! Now I just have to go haha. Those photos of you guys are so cute!!

  16. Ashley Cochrane reply

    I feel like you should post your exact trip plan including routes and stops because i want to go to every single place you have posted! we’ve been dreaming of an rv trip out west. love love love, thanks for sharing!

  17. rosie reply

    Loosk like a wonderful time! What a great portfolio of memories :)

  18. Sharon Elizabeth reply

    i’ve really enjoyed living vicariously through you =)

  19. Brittani Croft reply

    This trip just blows me AWAY! I want to plan something like this ASAP…you hit all of the must see places and it makes it so much more fun to do it with another couple. And such gorgeous photos…I feel like I would die at the sight of those beaches! Wow!

  20. Michelle reply

    I’ve loved these posts! We did almost the exact same road trip in may (WILDFLOWERS!) a few years ago and seeing your posts makes me want to do it all over again! Road trips really do make the best memories.

  21. Annamarie reply

    Oh my gosh..The portraits on the beach are gorgeous!! Also, I laughed out loud at the group shot where michael is posing really weird..hahaha…

  22. Sarah reply

    I second the suggestion for a post with routes and stops and tips :)

  23. Jody g-ray reply

    Girlfriend! Love the photos. So fun and so beautiful :) What great memories to have!

  24. Ashlyn reply

    Girl, this is AMAZING. Some of those last photos look magical. My word, this trip looks amazing. I’ve got to get out there! What was the name of the campground, do you know? CA… Here I come!!!

  25. Kim reply

    Beautiful Photos!! Looked like so much fun. We’re looking to go on an rv trip this summer up the coast to Big sur and monterey too! out of curiosity, i would love to know which lenses you brought on your trip and if you wish you would have brought anything different? thanks so much!!!

  26. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Absolutely amazing! I had never thought of an R.V. road trip before but this is getting me inspired!!

  27. Kristina W. reply

    Awww, sad it’s the last vaca photo post. these are so beautiful! I want to go to all these locations now!

  28. Faye Bernoulli reply

    beauuuuutiful! The east coast was okay when we lived there, but there’s no place like home :D

  29. Christa reply

    What a trip! loved seeing your images and seeing your adventures.

  30. Joel Keddie reply

    Beautiful pictures! An RV Vaca is definitely on my list of things to do! And I agree with mary…Gorgeous picture!

  31. Katie reply

    Love this!! Looks like it was such an incredible time!! I’m trying to convince John we have to go on a trip like this..haha hopefully if I show him this post he’ll be convinced:)

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