I haven’t shared some of our adventures in awhile, so I thought I would share some of the longer road trips and longer adventures that we’ve enjoyed as a family.

My bucket list consists of visiting all the National Parks. I have been to quite a few, but my family hasn’t, so we starting planning our family vacations around them. My husband’s passion is all things beer, making it and of course drinking it. So when we were planning our road trip down to Yosemite in 2015, I mapped out the trip to cover parks AND beer! And of course, we have our minion, she was 7 on this trip, so all things that we could find for her to enjoy are included as well. One of the other things I think on everyone’s mind is budget. Sure, you could probably find a cheap hotel in all of the locations we went to, but we decided that since we have the gear and love to camp, that we would find and stay in a KOA as much as we could.

We left on a Friday after work, so we kept our first destination just a few hours outside of Portland, OR. For dinner, drinks and sunset it was Pacific City, OR. A gorgeous little beach town and the home of Pelican Brewing.


When at the coast it’s fish and chips for all! He went for the taster, of course, and I am a HUGE fan of their award winning Kiwanda Cream Ale, so I just had the one since someone has to drive us to our first KOA.

We spent some time on the beach and watched the sun set behind Haystack rock. (Yes, there are two rocks named Haystack on the Oregon Coast).

Pacific city oregon

After dark, we got back into the car and headed to our first camping spot, KOA at Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City. Of course we got there at dark and had to use our headlights to setup the tent. Luckily we have an awesome setup from Kelty. It’s light enough to backpack and big enough to sleep us three comfortably. You can check it out here if you’re looking for a great, light, easy setup, and comfortable tent.

The daughter and I went straight to bed while the husband stayed up and told campfire stories with our neighbor.

When we woke up I got to check out the full accommodations. This would be my first time staying at a KOA, so I wanted to see what they were all about. We were crammed into small sites with a picnic table, a fire pit, and a small stream behind us. There were spots for RV’s and some cabins, but my first impression, not impressed. However, we were there for less than 12 hours and spent less than $30 for the spot.

We cooked some breakfast (yay cast iron dutch ovens) and headed south on 101. Next up was Thor’s well, West Coast Game Park Safari, and camping at the Bandon/Port Orford KOA.

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