Trinidad California Northwest Coast Ocean Forest

Our First Summer Vacation

I am here to say that we all survived our first summer vacation.   *Glamping away in our brand new camper that slept all 6 of us comfortably but by the end of 2 weeks I did realize how much I appreciate the square footage of my house when placed in a tiny space with all of us.

*glamping. n. 1. a form of camping in which participants enjoy physical comforts associated with more luxurious types of holiday

We went to the northern coast of California again this year and stayed in a little bayside town called Trinidad. Trinidad California I believe the population to be around 600 people…Wikipedia has it listed under 400 back in 2014.  If you include the population of freeloaders it’s probably a lot more.

We had one who climbed over the fence from the freeway, made her way through thick brush, and stopped to ask my husband for a cigarette.  She had been collecting butts of cigarettes, smoked by other people, all morning, apparently.  *shrivels at the thought*  She was sneaking in to use the shower facilities although it looked as though she hadn’t showered or brushed her teeth for quite some time.

She was about 20 something and I am guessing a heroine addict.

The campground we took over occupied for the majority of our trip was called The Emerald Forest.  I will be writing a review about the place in the near future.

The best part about staying there were the people who we camped with at the beginning of our stay.  They were from Redding, CA and were vacationing for the Father’s Day weekend.  They had kids who were our kids ages and taught 2 of my 3 littles to ride bikes without training wheels in literally a day.  Not to mention by the time nightfall rolled around all I had to do was put the 3 littles in their beds and they were out within minutes.

Campfire, cocktail, and shenanigan time!!!

Shenanigans included:

  • Pouring water in chairs without each other knowing
  • Poking each other with hot sticks
  • Roasting each other with witty comments
  • Karate chopping sticks
  • Laughing hysterically
  • Staying up way too late and probably disturbing other campers by breaking the quiet after 10pm rule

The following is a video of my teenage monster M after I had poured water in his seat and he sat in it…he pouted and went to bed.

The best part about the northwest coast of the US is that you can hike in the forest in the mornings and lay on the beach in the afternoons.  The average temperature during our stay was around 65*F.  The ocean water was super cold but the kids didn’t seem to mind as they still went in it.  As for me and the hubby, we just enjoyed watching them from the shore.

Below was the cove that we spent the majority of our beach time in…

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The first days hike was an easy one.  Trail was good and it was a little over 3 miles round trip.  But the next day was a lot rougher terrain and about 7 miles round trip.  I don’t care what my husband wants to argue about that.  My fitbit said so…

FitBit hiking steps miles tracking

When we started I was at around 1,000 steps and just under a mile logged.  The scenery was breathtaking though.  Or maybe that was just me out of breath and realizing that I need to get myself back to the gym.  On the other hand, my 4, 5 , and 6 year old were champs!  No strollers or carrying packs needed.

I will be posting more about our fabulous vacation so make sure you stay tuned!

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32 thoughts on “Our First Summer Vacation”

  1. WOW! That looked like fun! I don’t know how we would do in a camper type deal–the Mrs. and the littles struggle in our 900 sq feet now! But the pictures are glorious Trista and your family is beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful, well deserved vacay! Mwah! ❤ #momsterlink

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    1. Thank you! It was glorious! Even the six of us being on top of one another. I really do love our camper as it saves us a fortune on hotel rooms as we have to rent two if we go anywhere and they never guarantee side by side. Thanks for reading and commenting! You rock! 💋💨❤️

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      1. Absolutely!

        My brother lived in Sonora; now he’s near San Fransisco/Oakland – which is pretty in its own way – but I prefer the great outdoors to the concrete and asphalt jungle.


  2. Looks like you all had a fab time…. Have not been glamping before and I think it’s more fun when kids are a bit bigger like yours as they can take on an adventure and enjoy it. #KCACOLS.

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    1. Yes. The hike wore them out and then they had other kids to play with at the campground all week so when we’d get back they’d ride bikes and play in the park and by bed time there were no arguments. It was awesome! Thanks for popping over!


  3. What a lovely holiday location! (Expect the heroin addict person). I really love the sea curve that you have – I could do a bit of chill outing there too. I think you should be so proud of yourself. It is very impressive. I am breathless just walking up the stairs! lol! Thank you so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

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  4. I love the Shenanigans! I am going to adopt this and treat it like my own personal to do list with which I am going to torment my poor unsuspecting husband! It will keep me entertained for weeks! *runs off to find a hot stick* Love this post – really looking forward to hearing more about your vacation! Thanks for sharing with us lovely! #fartglitter x

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  5. I have always wanted to go to California! It sounds like such an amazing place and like a fun camping trip. My aunt has a really nice camper and I’m looking forward to taking trips in the future. Love the pictures. You should consider joining my walking club since you enjoy using a fitbit. I’d love to have you!#KCACOLS

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    1. I have fallen off the workout train since summer hit but have managed to maintain my weight loss from the beginning of the year pretty well. Do you run the walking club? I’ll have to check it out. At the moment I don’t even have my Fitbit on 😬


  6. Looks like a great holiday! This is just the kind of holiday we would like to do when mine are a bit bigger (though in the uk – places like the lake district and scotland etc. It sounds like you had a lot of fun together 🙂 #KCACOLS

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    1. In a few years, when my kids are older, we will plan a trip to the UK. I have never been and would love for my kids to see a different culture. The US is beautiful but likes to tear down things that are old and rustic to build new and sparkly. Thanks for popping over 🙂

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  7. Wow what a fantastic place for your holidays. Love the view of the beach. You can tell that it was a fun family trip. I love the idea of glamping. This is really something that I would like to do more now that my girls are older. Well Sienna will be 2 soon but she is more manageable now. Love your photos. They are all having a great time. Although not sure about having that weird lady around lol. I really need to organise a summer holidays soon. We haven’t gone any where for a while! I need a break! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is always nice to have you here, 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you for hostessing. We have a very busy summer ahead of us. We have been to two cities in the last 3 days and now getting ready to go glamping again on the 14th. It’s hard to go anywhere during the school year so we try to get in as much as possible during the summer holiday.

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