Camping…sort of :)

April 8th, 2011

Last week we took the 5th wheel out for the first time.  We decided to stay close home and just go for 3 nights for the first shake-down trip.  Friends recommended Malibu Beach RV Park which is just 45 minutes away (or actually 90 minutes in SoCal traffic) and it was AWESOME!!!  We had a full ocean view and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect – especially considering the fact that it poured down rain the week before and rained some again a few days after we got home.  We wished we could have stayed at least one more night and we will definitley be going back.  I thought I would share a few photos.

On the road!  Here we are just pulling away from our house.  Tessa is all set in her car seat and is excited to go on vacation for the first time!

We’ve got our spot and the Rocket Scientist got it backed in just right after a few tries.  We’re going to be finding a big empty parking lot somewhere soon so we can get some practice.

We’re set up and the slide-outs are out.  The one closest in the photo is the bedroom, and the one further away is part of the living room and where my “coloring station” is set up!

Here it is from the other side.  The slide out over here has the sofa in it.

Here’s the view out the back windows.  If you’re sitting down, you just see straight out to the ocean.  We saw lots of dolphins frolicking and one evening just at dusk we saw whales!

There were trails for dog walking.  Tessa liked that the first day, but I think it might have been hard on her little princess paws because she did not care for it after that at all.  She loved being in the trailer with us though!

We took tons of food with us and one night we made pizza for dinner. There was a wonderful seafood market and cafe just down the hill and we splurged and had lunch there one day and dinner there the next night.  YUM!

Is this the BEST PART or what?  I set up a fabulous coloring station and brought all my copics and an Ott-Lite.  I spent hours sitting here coloring.  Aaahhhhhhhhhhh!  The image I used in the TESC this morning is one that I colored on the trip and so was my TE Day 1 sneak peek.  I have lots more done that need to be made into cards still.

I can’t belive I’m posting this pic – especially after telling Curt not to take it!  But it’s just so much of what the trip was about – sitting in my robe, dog in my lap, drinking in both the ocean view and the new Paper Crafts special edition gifts magazine.  Aaaahhhhhhhh…I wanna go back!

I just love this photo taken right outside our back window.

Tessa wants to go again!!!

I titled this post “Camping…sort of” because I know that many of you will tell me that this isn’t camping and I get it.  I do.  But in my book, this is the ONLY WAY to camp.  When I met the Rocket Scientist, he and his friends were really into super-rough-it camping in the middle of the desert with NOTHING.  I actually told him on our 2nd date that I would NEVER camp.  I wanted to be upfront about it.  I told him I wouldn’t stop him from going, but that if my not going was a deal-breaker to let me know!  And I was serious!  I’ve always said camping is a hotel with no room service!  So while I recognize that this is luxury camping for sure…it’s the only camping I ever want to do! :)

We’re already looking at places to book for our next trip.  Do you RV?  If so, I’d love to hear any tips you have and I’d especially love to hear of your favorite recipes to make for dinner in the RV.

I hope you have a great weekend.  I hope to get a little time to turn some of those images i colored into cards that I can share with you here next week!  Thanks for stopping by!

9 Responses to “Camping…sort of :)”

  1. Bonnie aka raduse Says:

    OMG!!!! The look on Tessa’s face as you’re leaving is just like my Bella whenever she hears the words “car ride”. LOL She is so priceless Jami!! I”m so glad you & Curt kept her. Thanks for posting your pics and giving me a smile.

  2. Mary Says:

    What a beautiful view! Who wouldn’t want to sit and color, walk to the back and see the view, color some more, play with the doggy, color some more… 😉 Glad you had some R&R!

  3. Dawn Easton Says:

    Jami, your pictures are beautiful!!! What a VIEW! Wow! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip out to the ocean in the trailer! Looks fun and exciting!!! I love Cali and am looking forward to our vacation later this summer! Thanks for sharing the pictures!!

  4. Linda Lapotka Says:

    Oh Jami, that looks wonderful. I wish we had an RV We have an old and I mean old cabin in the North woods of WI. I like it but… It is always the same thing. I love to fish and go in my Kayak. The weather is always so ify in WI. It is a lot of work too. I hope when DH retires he will want to go other places. He does talk about a lot of other places.
    Enjoy your time and I look forward to seeing what you colored. I always take coloring with me too.

  5. Linda Gray Says:

    I love camping in our 5th wheel too. After years of tens and sleeping on the ground and then moving up to a pop up tent trailer this is heaven to me. Our first trip out this year will be next month. Hopefully the nights will be warmer then although we have had a mild winter here in Denver. Have fun with your trailer.

  6. Leslie Miller Says:

    What a fabulous start to the change of season! Now, that’s my kind of camping these days, but I’m afraid we’ll be roughing it just a bit more. As long as I’ve got something cushy to sleep on I guess I’ll be okay. Wally really wants to go camping. Tessa looks soooooooo adorable!

  7. LeAnne Says:

    Oh, this brings back memories of when I worked at an RV dealership! It was so fun seeing the layouts and models–and thinking of where people would be visiting! I am amazed to see you have a little crafting area—priorities, right?! Hope your next trip is just as spectacular! It is still COLD here in PA!

  8. Eric Says:

    Your hubby, my coworker, sent me the link to see the new adventures you 2 are having with the new 5th wheel. I have to say, I’m quite impressed with the pictures of your 1st outing and it sounds like you’ll be having quite the adventures w/o even traveling far out of the local area! Look forward to seeing the next pictures for your trip in May, although you really shouldn’t comment on how many tries it took Curt to back in the trailer. The park job looked great!! (Ok, he told me it really took 7-8 tries, but who’s counting). Have FUN!!!!!!

  9. Kathy Bohan Says:

    I love this post! We have just taken our first trip in our RV – went straight from a tent to a 5th wheel. We took our Boston Terriers. I set up my card making and had the best time. Can’t wait to go again!

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