Caravanning with Friends

(Note, we mostly could have linked to you this post from the Keiters and said “ditto”, but figured we should say it in our own words as well, so here is the…rest of the story…)

A few months ago, Mike and I discussed the idea of caravanning with another traveling family. We’ve met with a couple of groups that travelled together for a spell, and their experiences were very positive. Our problem was - who would want to go in our general direction about the same time we wanted to?

An Unexpected Email

Shortly after we had this discussion, we received an email from Kevin Keiter (we met and camped with his family at Lake Pleasant Regional Park and got together one more time while in Cottonwood/Sedona area).

He noticed we were both in California and heading northward. He asked if we’d be interested in hooking up in Oregon. He gave us his general plan, but left the definite dates and campground locations flexible.

Just what we were looking for.

We set up camp next door to each other for a few days at Crater Lake. We moved on down the road and again set up next to each other outside Bend.

The next move was to Milo McIver State Park, outside of Portland.

After a week there, we drove to the coast and spent 3 days together at Nehalam Bay State Park (Kevin changed his reservations from another park to this one so we could hang together a bit longer).

No Expectations

It was a wonderful 2 1/2 weeks. Our two families were a great fit. Some days we spent together, some days each family went its own way. I so appreciated that we both knew this together/apart thing was fine. No arguing over what to do or when to do it. Driving at our own pace between campsites (we tend to take many potty breaks and/or a picnic lunch alongside a pretty river). Common core beliefs.

We really enjoyed our first caravanning experience. In fact, we plan to try it again. Probably this fall. When the Keiters’ journey takes them to Michigan and the east coast again.

Keiters: We miss ya’ll already and look forward to seeing you again soon. In the meantime, we’ll be following along on your family travel blog.

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Storybird's photo of her friend

Storybird's photo of her friend

The boys working on their project

The boys working on their project

The ex-suburbanite-bike-gang

The ex-suburbanite-bike-gang

Kevin by Crater Lake

Kevin by Crater Lake

A group lunch

A group lunch

Group Hiking

Group Hiking

Tailgating in obscure parks

Tailgating in obscure parks

Harrison and Joel biking out of Crater Lake

Harrison and Joel biking out of Crater Lake

The girls do nails at the picnic table

The girls do nails at the picnic table

Meeting local friends around the campfire

Meeting local friends around the campfire

Visting a lava tube

Visting a lava tube

Storybird gets the chance to be a big sister

Storybird gets the chance to be a big sister

Awesome s'more spreads

Awesome s'more spreads

Sampling cheese

Sampling cheese

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2 Comments Caravanning with Friends

  1. Picture of BrianBrian July 11, 2013

    It was funny to me as I follow both of your blogs and I started seeing pictures with both of your kids in each other’s posts. So awesome to see you having fun together.

  2. Picture of JenniJenni July 20, 2013

    So I am WAY behind on my blog reading and just now seeing this (blazing fast wifi in Anacortes!), but I love it, especially the photos.  I’ve told several people recently how much we are now looking forward to Michigan since it means we can get together again.  Also, I cannot remember if we thanked you for the books.  The kids have been thoroughly engrossed in them.

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