Alturas Lake Inlet camping trip

On one hand, we had to cut our recent camping trip in half because we weren’t properly prepared. So, it might seem as though it was a waste of a weekend. On the other hand, the country was so beautiful that it didn’t matter to us that we essentially drove 6.5 hours round trip just…

We won’t forget Big Creek Campground

One of my favorite parts about camping is waking up on a crisp summer morning in the woods, lighting the Coleman camp stove to boil some water, pour it in the French Press, wait for it to stew and then pour it into a cup and enjoy some piping hot coffee. Mmm, just thinking about…

Describe Idaho in one word

TravelingThePNW would like to welcome Olivia Metcalf, who writes about life’s Winding Path at her blog, as our new contributing writer. She and her family recently went camping and she wanted to share their experiences here. So, without further ado, here is her story. Idaho is known for a lot of things. If you live…

The not so peaceful camping trip

There is sand everywhere. Sand in my socks, sand in my hair, in every crevice of skin possible and especially all over the blow up mattress. As I lay my head down next to Catarina, listening to her heavy breathing as exhaustion tugs her deep into sleep, I can’t help but smile. Despite my cold…

Kalaloch Beach and campground

Beach or mountains? That was the question Veronica and I faced when we decided to do a last-minute camping trip. Since it is late May, and the weather isn’t generally all that warm in the mountains this early, we chose beach. And that turned out to be a fantastic choice, even though the weather wasn’t…

Hiking and camping with a newborn or toddler

I can count on one hand the number of times I went camping growing up. I grew up in a small, dusty city in West Texas. When people went on vacation it usually meant you were going to Six Flags. Even so, I’ve always loved camping. Admittedly I hate being dirty, but there’s something so relaxing about…