Our Camper Van (Sportsmobile)

Sportsmobile, Dodge, Vanlife

Three years ago, we decided we were going to invest in an camper van.  Like most, we started looking exclusively at VW Westfalias and VW Adventurewagens.  We stopped after realizing the price of the VWs were climbing and we aren’t fans of the cab over/forward command layout either.

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Day 1- Ozette Ranger Station to Cape Alava

We caught an early 6AM flight Friday morning from LAX  (the flight ended up being delayed for an hour and a half) and arrived in Seattle at 10:30AM. After picking up our rental car, lunch, water and fuel we headed out to the Ozette Ranger Station. We arrived at Ozette Ranger Station around 4PM only to realize this is a seasonal ranger station and our backpacking permits should have been picked up at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles! After reading over the online permit again, I realized it was my oversight. We were relieved to hear from the maintenance worker that the ranger will be coming back to the station later in the afternoon. The ranger finally pulled in at 6PM and was able to sort out our back country permit and lend us a couple bear canisters. IMG_20160513_165206.jpg

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Overview of the North Ozette Coast, Washington

IMG_20160513_195436.jpgA couple weeks ago, Louis and I both had a last minute 4-day weekend and decided we would use it to backpack the North Ozette Coast located within the Olympic Wilderness and National Park area. Similar to the Lost Coast write up, we will break up this trip into several different posts including daily trail reports and tide reports.

Olympic Wilderness Coast is located 4.5 hours west of Seattle. The upper most portion of the coast (Shi Shi Beach) is a part Olympic National Park, while the reminder of the norther coast is a part of Olympic Wilderness area. Our choice of transportation for this trip is taking a flight from LAX to Seattle and renting a car to drive to the coast.  Continue reading

Redwood State Park- Klamath and Miner’s Ridge Trail

The Quick and Dirty:
Location: Klamath River and Miner’s Ridge Trail near Elk Prairie Campground.
Distance: 2 miles of walking around Klamath River and 8 miles round trip to Miner’s Ridge Trail
Terrain Type: Coastal, partial shade and good coverage on Miner’s Ridge Trail
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Mendocino, California

The drive from Big Sur to Little River in Mendocino, California took about 4 hours. We decided to pamper ourselves after two nights of camping at the Glendeven Inn in Little River. We first stayed at this quaint Bed and Breakfast last year after our Lost Coast backpacking trip and fell in love with the property.

There are two main houses at the Glendeven Inn, the main house and Inn at Cobbler’s Walk across the street. Both times we have stayed at rooms within the Inn at Cobbler’s Walk because they were cheaper than the main house. We checked in at 5PM, made a reservation for dinner at a local sea food restaurant and took a much needed shower before dinner.

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View of the alpacas at the grounds of the Bed and Breakfast at sunset

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