On the Road Again

After five months in and around San Diego we are on our way back to the boat in Washington. We wanted to drive along the coast on Highway One but it’s closed due to recent storms. Interstate 5 through California is the most boring drive – ever, so we decided to go east of the Sierras. March is the perfect time to visit Death Valley as it’s not too hot or too cold. Day time temps were in the 70’s and even the evenings were very comfortable.With another winter storm approaching we decided it would be better to head to the coast. After one long day of driving through the Sierras we made it back to the coast and into Oregon. Mono Lake  Back at the coast we hugged a few redwoods and then rented a yurt on the Oregon Coast to keep dry during the storm.These yurts are great. At $43 per night they have a heater, table, chairs, beds and a futon. The rain on the roof makes for a great night’s sleep.Since we always have the bed made in the back of the minivan when we are traveling it is easy to just grab the entire bed, including the air mattress, to move into the yurt.

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  1. Looks beautiful! A long road trip out West is on my bucket list .. so many parks! We”ve only been to Vegas & Colorado, so haven’t seen much.

    Love the yurt. Have fun as you make your way home to the boat!

  2. thessa

    Hi- My husband and I will be doing a trip to Grand Teton – Yellowstone – Glacier NPs. We’ll be flying in Salt Lake City. Because we planned so late, all the lodgings in the area are booked; thus, we will be camping/glamping 1/2 of our trip. We are novice campers and I am set in glamping at the back of the van that we are renting. We were told the choices of vans are: Chrysler Town and Country or Pacifica and Grand Caravan Dodge…all with stow and go seats. My question is: what size of airbed did you use in your Sienna van? Floor size width of these vans are 48.8 inches and a full size airbed width is 53-54 inches. I noticed that the width of the van might increase slightly… One option is getting a futon mattress at Walmart when we arrive because they may be more flexible by folding it up on the sides but we don’t know what to with if after. It would be hard to ship back to your home. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    1. Hi Theresa, I would get a full size mattress. We’ve rented one of those Chryslers before and it fit. If you can, get one like this: http://amzn.to/2qXpKQB. It doesn’t have that awful smell and is not as tall/thick. We also found that the cheap ones get punctured VERY easily. If it’s going to be chilly at night you might want a memory foam mattress topper, it really keeps you warm! Fairly cheap from Walmart. I have tons more tips about camping in a minivan here: http://pacificsailors.com/about/the-mini-van.
      Have a wonderful time! It’s beautiful there!

      1. thessa

        Thank you Verena for your reply both here and via email. Did the full size mattress need to be raised or placed on a platform? I saw one of your post showing a platform built. We can probably make a quick platform by buying 4×8 plywood sheet from Lowes and attaching bed risers/furniture legs. I have this alternative down mattress topper which I plan to bring instead of buying a memory foam. It’s now packed with my full size air bed. Again thank you for your tips and your website! wishing you more happy adventures!

        1. Theresa, no need for the plywood unless you want to store things underneath. The full mattress will fit either way. Just be sure to put something down below it so it doesn’t puncture. Let us know how it works out and have a wonderful time!

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