River Bend Campground in Sweet Home, Oregon

Went for a quick weekend trip camping to the River Bend Campground. It was a really relaxing weekend. Much needed after a really long work week.
Chris got to try out his new hammock from Madera.
My whole goal for the weekend was to write for my blog. I am so proud that I got a lot done; just wish that there was WiFi service. We’ll need to get a hot spot.
The kids rode there bikes in between the rain. We were hoping for really nice weather but we can’t always be that lucky.

Even dad and the dogs all went for a walk before the next rain.
River Bend Campground is one of our favorite campgrounds because almost every spot is spaced out really nicely. There’s lots of privacy.

Dad trying out Dave’s hot pickles. He thought that they were hot; I didn’t taste any hotness. We loved them though.

Dad got to try Cheeto jalapeno chips. Everyone loved those as well. One of my favorites.

Even Shelby loved the Cheetos. She doesn’t like hot stuff but she loved these.
We kept getting closer and closer to the fire because the rain kept sliding down the canopy down our backs. Chris put pool noodles on each corner to it help with some of the rain .
With the rain came a beautiful rainbow beyond the trees.

I hate leaving day. It always helps me try to push myself to work harder and try to find away to go full time but always sad to leave.
Dominick photo bombing me.

If we brought tents our campsite had a great area for a tent to hide in the trees. Would be a great playing area as well.

So grateful that the rain held out well we packed up. It always seems to bring out the worst when you try to pack in the rain.
Please be thoughtful for the next person and your camp host by making sure that you leave your area nicer than when you arrived.

There happened to be a short simple pathway leading to Dad’s campsite.

Across the drive is one of a couple of fields from in the campground. The campground has so much to offer; hot showers, restrooms, fields, playground, volleyball net, cabins, dump station, picnic area, and shelters.

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We love these products and we hope that you will to. (If you click on image it will take you to the link).

Dominick recommended this because he loves anything to do with Bigfoot.
We love these because you can charge your phone as well as store it up on a wall. My dad loves it because on rainy days in the trailer he can watch YouTube videos and not have to hold his phone because it’s see through.
These are great because I hated always picking up cords. Great invention.
We have the single one but I would love to have the double so we can change in a dry area after a shower. They are also great for outhouses.
When you need to wash clothes plus need a little exercise.
Love to shower off when dry camping.
Dominick’s favorite decal.
We love these to save storage in the trailer.
We use these for the dogs food and water. Great for hiking, the cars, trailer, anywhere. We have lots of these.
We like the dogs to be as warm as us. They don’t have much fur so they get cold easily. They are also wind and waterproof.
It’s always good to have an extra one for hiking.

One of our favorites because of the pockets.

Another favorite because it stays cool.

We have many more recommended items to share with you.

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Haystack Campground (East Shore) in Prineville, Oregon

On our way to Haystack Campground the pets have all claimed their own seats (Tucker is sitting in the middle row in his own seat). They are a little wore out.

We stopped off at Smith Rock to get the feel of our next day hike before looking for a campground. It’s $5 for day use or $30 for an annual permit.

Just one part of Smith Rock; it’s so majestic.  Smith Rock was recommended for a few years by a coworker of mine who every year goes to camp with his family. After seeing Smith Rock I can see why his family likes here so much.

Once at the campsite the pets were all to happy to be let out. I laugh because each one wanted to go their own way.

After setting up camp I took a walk down to the resovoir and was saddend by the algea in the water. We brought the paddleboards for the kids. The kids especially Shelby was disappointed in not being able to get in the water. We were later informed that last year it was even worse.


Dominick got to get a birthday present from Shelby early. It was a snake brain teaser. 

We always make sure that the animals are as comfortable and having fun as much as we are. They are a huge part of our family and our responsibility.


Our view from the campsite. The water looks so beautiful from there.


The moss grows in what looks like a really nice birds nest. I love to take in the beauty from the ground up. I find it funny that most people only look straight ahead. Don’t miss out on the things around you; look up and down. Their is so much to see. Even though the dogs are so short to the ground even they miss the animals around them.

The campground has stunning views from most sites. 

There is a dayuse area as well as a boat ramp. It’s $5 for the day use area. img_20180828_1917373216840472453484004844.jpg

The morning sunrises brought out a stunning red that covered the land. 

The kids brought some wood for a nice fire for a few nights. img_20180828_194928050_hdr8001559746827560137.jpgShelby had lost her skills of chopping wood.  I don’t know where they went but hopefully she will get them back. At least watching her brought us entertainment.

Chris showed me a heart in the rock. 


The campground over all was very peaceful and has engaging views.

Camping Fees

Single Site    $15

Senior/GA Pass $7  (applies ONLY to single campsite occupied by the pass holder. Not valid for extra vehicle or day use fees)

Extra Vehicle (each)  $7

Day Use   $5

Check out 12 pm






Pseudo Cerebri Tumor

The past few weeks I have been dealing with a lot. My memory seems to be getting worse. It’s so disheartening to be going through this. Over five years ago I was given the news that I have a Pseudo Cerebri Tumor. The true definition “is a condition in which the pressure around your brain increases, causing headaches and vision problems. The name means “false brain tumor” because its symptoms are similar to those caused by brain tumors. It’s also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension.” -Healthline

I have lost a lot of my memory, my eyesight in my right eye for over 7 months, I was dizzy, nauseas, depressed, and had seizers. I dealt with lots more and still am dealing with most of the symptoms. I write everything important to me on my hands so that I don’t forget what needs to happen throughout the day. To me the most irritating thing is having to ask my family the same questions over and over again. I can’t do it without the support of my family and friends. I am so grateful to all.

I am writing my blog not for sympathy but to write my memories with my family. I write so I can look back on the times that we’ve shared and the beautiful places that we have been. I share my memories with you in hopes that will come travel with us.  Everyday I try to move a little closer to my dreams of traveling with my family on the road full time. I want to remember through my blog; not just the good but the bad. Life isn’t all good but it’s a lesson to be learned. Come travel with us as we explore the country.

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