The Family Guide to Tide Pooling…

No such thing as star fish, this is really a sea star!

Our kids did not grow up visiting the ocean.  But it is now one of our favorite places to go! And one of our most anticipated activities on the coast is to go tide pooling! The first time that we ever tide pooling, we had no clue what we were doing.  It was still a […]

Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, OR – why we went back!

watching the sharks in the Passages of the Deep area in the Newport, OR aqaurium

One of the very first destinations that we stopped at on our first year out, was the Oregon Coast Aquarium, in Newport, OR.  Since that time we have measured all other aquarium visits against it, and I have often wondered if its high ranking in our esteem was partially influenced by it being our first […]

Clamming near Florence, Oregon…

so fun we stayed and clammed until sunset!

Florence, Oregon, holds a special place in our hearts.  It is one of the first places that we stopped and spent time in on our first month on the road!  It was where we first heard of, and tried, sand boarding, it’s where we spent days and days clamming and crabbing, and it’s where we […]

Volunteering at YWAM in Salem, Oregon…

volunteering with YWAM's Mission Builders at the Salem OR base

We spent a week and a half volunteering at YWAM in Salem, Oregon.  Youth With A Mission is a non-denominational Christian organization that encompasses a bunch of different ministries including lots of DTSs (Discipleship Training Schools) and mission trips. *You can read more about why volunteer and who we volunteer with (including an overview of […]

Willamette Heritage Center

hands-on exhibit at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, OR

Part of our love of traveling is the opportunity it gives us to learn about new places and their history!  While we were in Salem, we were able to learn about the Willamette Valley’s rich heritage (Oregon Trail buffs here, so it was right up our alley!). Off topic, but did you know that nearly […]

The Salem Kroc Community Center might be the find of the year…


Seriously.  Our visit to the Salem Kroc Community Center was super fun – so fun that we went out for pizza and then came back, and were at the center for over 7 hours total!  The reason that it might be the find of the year for us when we don’t even live here?  Because […]

Salem’s Riverfront Carousel is tops for family fun!

choosing a carousel horse to ride

Salem’s Riverfront Carousel in western Oregon is a beautiful and fun place to take the family!   Located in a beautiful downtown area, looking out over the Riverfront Park to the waterway, and the next-door playground make the carousel is a perfect destination for some family fun, and a great place to take colorful and […]

Phoenix RV Park in Salem, Oregon…

Playground equipment at the Phoenix RV Campground in Salem, OR

After we spent two wet and rainy weeks on the coast, near Pacific City, OR, we were ready for a change.   So we pulled up the jacks and drove to Salem a few days early.  We would be volunteering in Salem, but had a few days to kill before then. We had done some […]

trekking west to the Oregon coast…

kid with salmon he caught

After our camping-in-the-cold-but-marvelously-wonderful trip to southwest Montana (well, marvelous except that our furnace quit the last couple of nights we were there and we pretty much froze)… it was time to head west!  Getting out of dodge for the winter! Due to a late start (because that is how we roll), and some tasks to […]

Crabbing on the Oregon coast…

Crabbing on the Oregon coast… One of the reasons that we spent an entire month on the Oregon coast the first year that we hit the road was because we loved all the activities out here. Besides being enraptured with the coast simply for the ocean’s sake (only Vaughn and Greg had been to the […]