An 18-hour road trip was not in the plans when we booked our flights to Idaho this year. Many people have canceled trips, rescheduled, or decided to take a road trip. By the time we decided to cancel our flights and hit the road, we only had two days to prepare. These are trying and sometimes lonely times for many and seeing family responsibly is important.

We had all dreamed for months of staying in the Cascade mountains, reconnecting with friends and family outdoors, and just getting away from the routine of home. Canceling the trip was just not an option for us. After packing up the van we headed for Santa Barbara, San Simeone, Big Sur, and Carmel. To say this was a beautiful drive would be an understatement.

We stayed in a quiet hotel in San Simeone, woke up the next day to take a walk on the beach across the street. This morning stroll prepared us for the moment we had all been waiting for, the drive through beautiful Big Sur. We stopped many times along the way to enjoy the expansive ocean views. Our favorite spot included a short hike down to a quiet beach. The kids looked for unique rocks and shells, while we admired the waves.

There were bumps along the road, but we were all together and this time in the car with our family was worth it. We stayed in Idaho for over two weeks visiting the Cascade mountains, McCall, Boise, and other areas. The best part by far was staying in the family cabin, biking to the lake every day, and watching the cousins play together.

We left Idaho the same way we came with not much of a plan. We considered going through Oregon, Point Reyes, even San Francisco, but it was time to get home the fastest way possible. Thankfully we were able to book a hotel in Reno. It was clean, quiet, and within walking distance to shops. A
ccording to Guinness Book of World Records, the Whitney Peak Hotel is known for having the world's tallest climbing wall. In the morning, we walked by the river, checked out a few shops, took pictures with the art displays, and grabbed a coffee for the walk back.


Our final stop was South Lake Tahoe, we hiked in Emerald Bay and enjoyed taking pictures of 
Vikingsholm Castle. The view of the lake and Fannette Island from the road was breathtaking. We eventually made our way down to the beach to explore and take in the lake view. Truly a beautiful place to visit.

We took many precausions on the road trip, including packing a cooler with food so we didn't have to eat out. The van was stocked with plenty of masks and sanitizer. It was an adventure to remember.


Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

Big Sur
Big Sur

Big Sur
Big Sur


South Lake Tahoe


South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay, Fannette Island


South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe

Vikingsholm Castle
Vikingsholm Castle


Vikingsholm Castle

Vikingsholm Castle
Vikingsholm Castle

river in Reno
Reno

Rock Climbing Wall Reno
Rock Climbing Wall in Reno

Reno Arch
Reno