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our whole trip, we tried to find a good balance between a “Planned/Carefree” mindset. We knew our timeframe for each stop and we also knew the BIG stuff we wanted to see, but we showed up to different locations without a set PLAN as to what we would be doing. For example, as we approached the city of San Francisco, Michael was driving and I heard them mention that they wanted to rent scooters for the next day to tour the city. Jill immediately got on her phone and looked up reviews for San Fran scooter rentals…. we quickly dismissed that idea.

ALL of the scooter reviews for this city read something like this “This is a horrible idea, you will get hurt, don’t do this”.  So we scratched that. THEN we realized that we HAD to rent something because driving the RV around the CURVIEST road in the country wasn’t going to work.  We located the directions to the car rentals at the San Fran airport and we headed that way.  Little did we know that our “directions” were just going to take us to the departure drop-off area at the the airport. We looped around the whole airport trying to find the car rental station and still had NO luck. As we frantically tried to figure this out, Michael made the observation that the sun was setting AND the RV was almost out of GAS!!!! So it was crunch time. The boys decided to drop Jill and myself off at the airport so that we could follow signs to the car rental and they were going to go park the motorhome at our campsite 20 minutes outside of the city.  The reason we were crunched for time was because the sun was setting and we knew our campsite was RIGHT on the coast… so of course we wanted to get there before the sunset!

So Jill and I casually walked through baggage claim and them boarded the tram that took us to the car rental location. It was really quite hilarious because this whole “Rental Car” idea was decided in about .5 minutes and then the next thing we knew, we were walking through an international airport!!! See what I mean? We didn’t really PLAN in advance… but it all worked out! Michael knew how to get us from point A to point B and that’s all that mattered!

We spent the next day exploring San Francisco and then we packed up our site and headed to the hills!! That will be our final RV Vaca Post… video included! I’m excited to share!!! Enjoy this day in San Francisco!!!

The view from our campsite! No big deal.

The transportation team for the next day! If we were going to rent a car, we had to rent a fun one!!

That night we visited the bridge at midnight!

Beginning our San Fran adventure on the steepest streets I’ve ever driven down!

Curviest road in the country! 

Not sure what Michael is doing… but he’s probably regretting it now that this made the blog:)

Lunch stop!

Seeing a city from the car can only be done well in a convertible!! We’re so glad we invested in that!

Alcatraz in the distance!

The bridge in the daylight!

So beautiful!!

Wall worthy:)

and last but CERTAINLY not least….. here’s our FABULOUS video that Jilly made in record time! She’s so good!!! I love all of her “Home Vimeos” but this one is by FAR my favorite!!! It’s such a gift to have our whole trip documented in this way!!! Thank you JILL!!!


RV Vaca 2013 from Jill Powers on Vimeo.

Here’s a little glimpse at our California adventure. We spent 5 days exploring the California coast and making tons of memories along the way!

“Flowers in your Hair” by The Lumineers
“Good Light” by Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors

xoxo, Katelyn
33 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Julie @ Table for Two reply

    San Francisco is one of Jason & I’s FAVORITE cities. We can wait to go back. we want to do stuff on the outskirts – like muir woods and go to where you guys saw the bridge up close. i laughed out loud at work seeing that picture of Michael on top of the car, LOL!!

  2. Ae reply

    Love the video! What a great way to keep your memories from your trip!

  3. Kathryn Grace reply

    So beautiful and fun! LOVE all those shots looking out over the water. Gorgeous!

  4. Jill Powers reply

    Oooo these are some of my favs! And i STILL watched the video haha! I can’t get enough!

  5. jamie reply

    loved watching the video and seeing all the places you visited! what a amazing trip to do with friends!

  6. molly stillman reply

    this is SO COOL, katelyn!! y’all looked like you had a blast!

  7. Elizabeth reply

    looked like you all had a great time….loved the video!!! i can see this becoming a tradition quickly for you guys. thanks for the smiles this morning!

  8. Mallory reply

    I have been anxiously waiting for the San Fran post!! I love all of your pictures, and that curvy road is INSANE!! I’m definitely going to have to take a trip there sometime :)

  9. katie yuen reply

    So so so gorgeous!

  10. Leanne Wight reply

    Love! It looks like you all had so much fun! Loved the sea lions! I think Jill has some serious videography skills!

  11. Regan reply

    What a fun trip!! You have me wanting to visit CA now! You did such a beautiful job capturing the beauty of your adventures!

  12. Kat reply

    When my family & I visited San Fran, we rented a mustang convertible too… It really is the ONLY way to your that beautiful city!! So fun seeing all your pics – makes me want to go back! And I love Jill’s video – so so good!!

  13. Shelley Hohe reply

    So fun to see people enjoy our city. We live just 20 minutes north of SF and we actually don’t go into the city enough. I am glad you made it down Lombard (the curviest rd in America)

  14. jaime reply

    super cute video! Now i am tempted to bring my camera to disneyworld to capture some awesomeness on my next trip!

  15. Caroline reply

    this is awesome!!! did you eat breakfast at the buena vista?

  16. Cherie Mariko Murashige reply

    Oh, I LOVE the video! Especially the end ;)

  17. Megan Chase reply

    Just love those images…. and that video brings everything to light! I clearly need to plan a road trip ASAP!

  18. Abby reply

    That video is so awesome! Jill, you are one mulit-talented lady. This entire trip looks like it was amazing- I want to do something like this one day!

  19. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    I LOVE this. San Fran is my favorite city in America. I always tell people… if I had no family or job ties (or any ties!) to the DC/East Coast area… I’d move to San Fran in a heartbeat!!

  20. Sharon Elizabeth reply

    LOL…. loved the ending!!! so cute!

  21. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Love that video! How beautiful and fun your trip was!!

  22. Kristina W. reply

    San Francisco looks great! I think renting your convertible was a great idea!

  23. Cristal Veronica reply

    You made it to Farmer Browns! That is one restaurant I always recommend to anyone who visits sf!!

  24. Brittani Croft reply

    This trip looked like it was so amazing! I’ve loved all of the pictures and that video Jill made is amazing…how special to be able to show your kids one day :)

  25. Ashlyn reply

    These look amazers and now I want to go to California. :) I love these pics! So much fun!!

  26. Annetta reply

    Wonderful video, Jill. Travelling with friends is always more enjoyable.

  27. Keesha reply

    So fun!!! Love all the pictures and the video too!

  28. Allie reply

    Oh my gosh, Katelyn. You guys look like so much fun:) That video is adorable and I’m so glad that you had such a fantastic trip!! You deserve it:)

  29. Evonne Wong | U Me Us Studios reply

    Glad you enjoyed our city! Hope you come back to SF to visit again soon! :)

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