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My Best Images From 2014

Absolutely gorgeous outdoor photographs!

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Yosemite Or Bust

Our first night in the Jucy, we stayed at a campground called the 49ers.
They were so friendly!  When we checked in, they pointed us toward the brat dinner.  No set cost, just a donation.  One gal said “We’ve saved many a marriage with our Friday night cookout.” Later, a cowboy named Cricket entertained folks around the campfire with songs and stories. Everyone loved his original songs.  If you are looking for a highly recommended campground, click here:  http://www.49errvpark.com/
The next morning, we walked next door to Columbia State Park. They have a gold mining town replica, and many costumed interpreters. We decide to ride the stage-coach, and got robbed!!!  The pulled chicken BBQ and sarsaparillas were wonderful at the country restaurant, and we bought 5 hard candy sticks for a dollar at their grocery store. The blacksmith and tack shops are a must see, as well as the candle shop where the kids dipped candles for Father’s Day.
Jamestown was our last stop before heading to Yosemite. We missed the last train ride of the day, but saw the famous #3 steam engine ride the roundhouse and be put away for the evening.  This train has been in countless movies and TV shows over the years, and is still being used in films.  The guys really likes looking around at all of the equipment.
If you’ve visited these parts, or have questions about this area of California, please leave us a comment.  We’d love to hear from you, or see a new like on our page.  Thanks!
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Good Bye San Francisco, Hello Jucy

Before leaving the San Francisco area, we took some iconic photos of Lombard Street in bloom (ahhhhh) and the Golden Gate Bridge from Sterling Park. They were just beautiful!  I still can’t get over the grade of the streets. I think my ankles now have muscles.
Uncle Rob was a jem and drive us to the Juicy rental. Given all the other colorful murals we’ve seen on the outside of the rental RV’s, we’re pretty lucky.   We got the full tour of our nearly new van, and she even threw in some partial fuel tanks upon request. We stopped at a bakery outlet about two blocks away, and away we drive toward Yosemite.
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San Francisco with Uncle Rob

Uncle Rob wanted to get out of the house and show us around town. He drive us passed city hall, Twitter and alike, then we went to the Ferry Market. At the market, we purchased wonderful foods for our camping trip, like aged cheeses and smoked salmon!  We had a wonderful lunch at their favorite restaurant, Crapevine. The last photos are on top of Twin Towers, where we could see both the Bay Bridge and the Goden Gate Bridge. It was so windy.  Look at the tree in the background!
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Fall Euchre Snack Mix and Festive Campsites

Are you looking for festive campout ideas?  I always start by looking around our house.

Fall Mantle
Fall Buffet

 

What can I borrow from the mantle or buffet to make my camper feel like home?

How about taking along Mr. Owl and setting some fall leaves around him on the table?

A couple of small ghosts set amongst gourds, or the ceramic pumpkin full of candy?

If you are looking for a crafty idea, maybe something to do with the kids, Frankenstein is easy to paint and adds a wonderful glow to the picnic table.  All you need is the correct size mason jar, or any jar you’d like to up-cycle, glue, two nuts that look like the correct size for “ears”, and a candle.  Super cute!

My Fall Euchre Mix looks festive and is loved by everyone (especially me, because many of the ingredients can be purchased at the Dollar Store).   It can be easily put together at the campground.  A perfect job for the kids!

Fall Euchre Mix

5 cups Oatmeal Squares
5 cups Pretzels
5 cups Chocolate Animal Crackers
1 bag of Indian Corn
1 small box of Fiddle Faddle
Mix and enjoy!
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Camping Recipes From Bloggers You’ll Love

I really do love to read blogs.  Especially foodie blogs.  And cottage decorating blogs.  And, oh I guess I should stop.  Anyway, I read them because I love to read happy news and because they have so many great ideas, insights and personality.  I never feel bad about deleting a blog that is unfocused or has poor information.  Sorry, folks.  Life’s too short.

Today I’m excited to share some of my favorite blogs with you!  OK, BuzzFeed at the bottom is more of a bonus than a Blog, but the rest of them are blogs.  I am able to follow all of these foodie blog authors on my page at BloglovinClick here to access my easy list, then simply click to follow as many authors as you’d like to enjoy their regular updates.

If you like these, there are plenty more camping and travel blogs listed on my blog page.  Feel free to critique these, as I’m looking to edit my list for variety and examples of the very best in camper blogging.  I hope you’ll comment and link to other blogs you read to love.  It’s always fun to try something new.

And now here it is.  The camping recipes your family will love!  Click on the link below the photo to grab recipes for some great grub.

 The Camp Gal

5 Fantastic Fall Camping Recipes - Dutch Oven Pumpkin Corn Bread, Apple Cider Toddy, Campfire Baked Apples, Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate, Veggie Chili

 Six Sister’s Stuff

25 Delicious Camping Recipes

Rachael Ray

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Serious Eats

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Dirty Gourmet

BuzzFeed

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Dreaming of GNP

So many things to see in GNP!  Many Glaciers will be our first stop, then maybe a Red Jammer bus tour.  Who has visited GNP?  Is Going to the Sun road as exciting as it sounds?
 
Isn’t he crazy looking?!?  There is a mountain rich with salt near Essex that everyone stops at to watch the mountain goats climb for the salt.
Yes, we’ll visit Waterton, Canada for a day.  Who can resist “the Switzerland of North America” when they call it an International Peace Park?  This is the chalet where we’ll be having afternoon tea.  I wonder what it looks like inside.
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Bears and Food

“I saw a bear” (I saw a bear) “Out in the woods” (out in the woods) “A great big bear” (a great big bear) “A way out there” (a way out there).  I saw a bear out in the woods. . . a great big bear a way out there. . .”. Love that camp song!

Mama bears in Yellowstone don’t resemble Yogi at all.  I “bearly” (hehe) remember the two cubs.  I wish I had a picture to show you, but my entire family was on horseback at the time.  I was a bit too freaked out about loosing my kids in the wilderness to stop and take a picture!  So, here we are minus the bears:
When we went to Yellowstone (a few years back), I quickly learned that we had packed WAY TOO MUCH FOOD.  My “turtle trailer” is a pop-up and all food must be stored in the van overnight.  Moving a week’s worth of food for a family of four every night was a huge hassle.  Then again, so was driving two hours to Cody, WY to find the closest grocery store of any size.
I need to find a good balance this time, and will start with a menu of recipes we can take into a grocery store in Great Falls, Montana.  I’ve got a lot of time between here and there to write out some “one-liner” meals.  From what I’ve read, this is the last major town we’ll visit before heading into Glacier.

There’s a foodie gal, Jesseca, I’m following on Pinterest that has rounded up a fair amount of fun camping recipes on her blog.  I also saw a tin foil trout recipe in case we catch a few.   I’ll take a look at them, and also ask my two boy scouts what camp food they are sick of this year.  You can only eat so many tinfoil dinners!

Before we go, I always make and freeze a couple of homemade goodies.  Trail Mix, a sweet treat for on the road and this year I’m going to try making “Baked Oatmeal”.  I’ll post the results and recipes, so check back soon!