• RV Vaca 2013

started last year. Michael was only able to stay at WPPI for a mere 48 hours last year and we knew that next year we wanted it to be different. Buddy and Jill stayed out west after WPPI last year and had a little vaca in the desert! They went exploring and their video convinced us that we needed to have a vacation out west in 2013!! So we did just that! Back in the fall we reserved a motorhome and Michael started planning out trip to the California coastline. We knew it was going to be fun but we had no idea how much AMAZING-NESS we would find on our journey!!

So our journey began in Vegas. We checked out of our hotel and said goodbye to nice showers and comfy beds for the next 5 days.  We picked up our rig on Thursday morning and the adventure began! Michael and Buddy had been watching RV videos all week on youtube and so I surprisingly felt somewhat confident that we were going to be ok. Jill and I decided at the very beginning of the trip that we would be having no part in the “tank dumping” process. GROSS! The boys did a great job taking care of all of that… it was entertaining, but they got it done.


So we left Vegas and started making our trek across the desert! Jill and I found our spots in the back of the RV and I was quickly reminded of why I love traveling this way! We had a big window with a view and we got to spread out with our laptops. We did some last minute business checkups before we lost signal and then we just enjoyed the scenes of the desert that were passing by! 

Buddy and Michael drove… for some reason they didn’t feel comfortable with us driving… I have no idea why. :)

There are some STRANGE things in the desert… this road sign being one of them. 

After our first Walmart stop, we were finishing our drive to Bakersfield and the light was golden… so of course, we made our first “Portrait Pitstop”!

YAY for a tripod!!! BEST purchase of the trip!!! We have so many group shots thanks to that thing!

Love this one!! 

Here we go! Off to our first night in a Walmart Parking lot! (RV’s can park there for free overnight!)

We woke up the next morning and started early. Destination: Yosemite.  But on the way there, we had NO idea how much the scenery would change!! We went from desert-ville to HOBBIT LAND!!! EVERYTHING was bright green and the rolling hills took our breath away! It was gorgeous! 

Group pic in Hobbit Land!

And off we went! Monday’s post will be of YOSEMITE!! Sequoia’s and waterfalls are coming your way!! Have a fabulous weekend! 

xoxo, Katelyn
29 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Mallory reply

    Oh my goodness, this looks like SO much fun!!! I can’t wait to see more pictures of your trip!! :D

  2. Maria reply

    I love this! I have always wanted to travel from Texas (where I live) and go through New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California. I really love the idea of a desert road trip and seeing all those lonely beautiful isolated places. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Deborah Zoe reply

    so so so fun!!! Aren’t good friends the best?!

  4. Sarah Adams reply

    I sooo cannot wait to see the rest of your pictures!! This looks like a BLAST!!!

  5. Elizabeth reply

    gorgeous so far…cannot wait to see more…so jealous!

  6. Annetta reply

    Looks like your having fun!! Can’t wait to see more!

  7. Rebekah Carter reply

    These are awesome! I can’t wait to see the Yosemtie pics. I was hoping to go there this summer also but have had to postpone the trip d/t buying a house.

  8. Kathryn Grace reply

    I would love to travel with a group who would be ok with “portrait stops.” LOL! Beautiful scenery!!

  9. Meredith Sledge reply

    Oh my goodness! It’s hard for me to believe places as gorgeous as those are real. Man, I need to move to CAlifornia. Or maybe visit first.

  10. Melissa Coetzee reply

    Looks like so much fun !

  11. Jennifer Krieg reply

    Looks like so much fun!! You guys will NEVER forget the trip! Can’t wait to see more!

  12. Jill Powers reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Let’s go back!! Pretty pleasssse! xo

  13. Abby reply

    This sounds so dumb, but I had no idea there were places in California that were that GREEN! It’s so pretty!

  14. Mallory McCrea reply

    We had this same idea but were going to drive our jeep from ohio to cali…we decided against it but maybe next year! LOVE the pics! The desert in Vegas WAS amazing, riiiight!!

  15. Caroline reply

    woohoo!!! lovely!!!

  16. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    This looks like so much fun! Just wondering….who did the cooking? :) Looking forward to the rest of htis series. :) :)

  17. Brenda reply

    Beautiful!!!! Can’t wait to see the waterfall pics . . . reminds me of that RV trip when our family had to “educate” Michael on the importance and thrill of stopping to see EVERY waterfall, no matter how small a trickle it may have been! :) And your Daddy stopped at every single one because of my obsession!

  18. Sandra reply

    I have to say Katelyn, ever time I read your blog it makes my day! Love This post! Can’t wait for the next post!

  19. Allison reply

    the four of ya’ll are just adorable!!! Glad ya’ll had a great time!!!

  20. Abbby Grace W reply

    Wowzers!!!!!!!! That’ looks like an AWESOME trip:):) God bless y’all!!

  21. Ashlyn reply

    This is so amazing! It’s been a long time since I’ve been out west… Makes me want to go!! :)

  22. Sharon Griffith (kirk george mom) reply

    Oh, I want to be young again and doing what you are doing. This is fantastic!

  23. RachelMcCloud reply

    This looks like so much fun:)

  24. Brooke reply

    Oh my gosh all I can think about when you talked about the guys and tank dumping was the movie RV.. When I thought I was going to pee myself laughing! I’m glad your trip was fun. :)

  25. KAtie Beale reply

    I’m so glad all those cold january trips to the beach have instilled a love for RVing in you and Michael :) especially love that you have enough experience to know that walmart parking lots are the best camp sites! I’m thinking a JAmes/Beale/Alsop trip is necessary in the near future… :)

  26. Crystal Paul reply

    What fun! Can hardly wait to read (and see pics) of the the next leg of the adventrue!

  27. Amanda Hedgepeth reply

    oh my gosh this looks like SO much fun!!!!!! I need to be more adventurous :)

  28. Trish reply

    Wow! Your beautiful images have me wanting to do a road trip out west too! Thanks for posting!

  29. jaime reply

    Being from socal i drive to vegas like 3-4 times a year and i love zzyzx road next time i see you in person ill tell you how to pronounce it its fun!

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