Road Trip: Camping the Oregon Coast

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Last week was a quiet one here on the blog as we were enjoying family time at the Oregon Coast!  The majority of our time was spent camping at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon.  We went to the aquarium, played on the beach, and ate fresh crab!

This road trip, the journey was just as much of a focus as the destination. We took our time driving and split it into two days each way, with a stop in Bend going and La Pine coming home (where we woke up to 30 degree weather!)  Spreading out the drive made road tripping much more enjoyable with a toddler, and we got to experience camping in more destinations and environments!

Trip Details:
Stay: Tumalo State Park, South Beach State Park, La Pine State Park
***All the campgrounds we stayed in were very nice and clean (hello flush toilets and hot showers!) 
Eat: Old St. Francis School (Bend), Brewer’s on the Bay (Newport), Mo’s Seafood & Chowder (Newport)
Do: explore Downtown Bend,Newport Aquarium, crabbing (the boys went out and caught us a crab dinner!), explore the Historic Bayfront in Newport (we got to see a bunch of seals here, which Lucy thought was intriguing!)

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Road Trip Stops: Yellowstone National Park

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I feel like I have so many fun photos to post to the blog from our trip but I just need some time to do a mass editing session, which just doesn’t seem to happen these days.  So I will just continue to post little by little!  Here are some views from Yellowstone. We saw a grizzly bear, lots of buffalo, and elk, as well as some gorgeous landscape!
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Road Trip Essentials

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Yesterday we started our trek to Minnesota and will be arriving sometime tonight. I am really looking forward not only for the time we will spend with family, on the lake, and attending a wedding once we get to our destination, but I’m also really excited for the travel time. I have always loved a good road trip! Here are a few of my essentials to make the drive more enjoyable!
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1. Comfy Clothes: Being comfortable doesn’t mean sacrificing style- these joggers from Anthropologie are cute but feel like pajamas, which is definitely important for sitting in the car all day.
2. Drinks: We bring a variety of drinks because when you’re bored in the car, I always get thirsty which means we have to stop and look for somewhere to get a drink- total time waster. Although I’m not saying you shouldn’t stop and find those local coffee shops- that’s all part of the adventure! But this trip we have a bit of a deadline so there won’t be as much stopping. Some of our favorite drinks are Starbucks Doubleshots, Rev3 Energya natural energy drink that is super refreshing- purchasable through the link here, and lots of sparkling waters!
3. Sunglasses: no explanation needed, am I right?
4. Camera: I always take my camera on a road trip- you never know what you may see! And documenting any trip is important. I absolutely love my Canon Eos 60d– it’s an amazing camera!
5. Sunscreen: I’m sure you all know this, but the rays that come through the sunroof and windows are perfect to fry your little legs and arms! Make sure to protect your skin- this little travel sunscreen from Anthro is so cute.
6. Audiobooks: We get hours of entertainment out of audiobooks on the road. Make sure to get the unabridged versions for the full amount of listening time. I think The Girl on the Train: A Novel would be a great road trip read! Also, if you sign up for Audible, you can get it plus another book for free! Sweet, right?

7. Cooler: our Yeti Hopper bag is perfect for storing drinks and snacks. When we pack a cooler, I have noticed we eat healthier snacks because I can pack carrot sticks, hummus, and yogurts.
8. Pillow and Blanket: I always get sleepy after a few hours in the car! This cool travel set by Lug includes fleece blanket, matching pillow cover, and inflatable pillow.

What are your essentials for a road trip?

XO,
L

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