We are at the halfway point of 2016, so we are plotting our course for the final six months of the year. We’ve tackled a few local and distant national monuments with the girls so far, but no national parks. Here is our plan for the rest of 2016:

August – The girls will start daycare full time, so we’ll be dedicating time to that transition to make sure it is smooth for everyone. We’ll practice some backyard camping on weekends to see how everyone does with the sleeping arrangements. Fingers crossed.
September – local camping at San Elijo or South Carlsbad State Beaches was the plan to give the girls some exposure to the “elements.” However, because September and October are great months in San Diego county often known as “local summer,” those campsites are all full. We’ll be going up to San Onofre SB near San Clemente for a night instead. It’s still relatively close in case things turn for the worse.
October – Our first National Park – Joshua Tree! Sean and I have been to Joshua Tree before, but stayed at a campground on the perimeter of the park. This time we are going to try and stay near Jumbo Rock for Columbus Day weekend. The sites are first come, first serve, so we will be hitting the road very early to claim a site. Here are some pics from our first trip to Joshua Tree. More to come on the planning for this trip.
November – We are staying on the west coast for Thanksgiving, so we are going to head to Big Sur for some camping and exploring with my step brother who recently moved to San Francisco. We already booked our site at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.  Along the way, we are going to check out America’s newest national park, Pinnacles. Pinnacles was formed by volcanoes 23 million years ago and was a national monument until it was redesignated to a national park in 2013.
December – we’ll be traveling back to the east coast to see family for Christmas, so that will be our primary focus from a travel perspective and, of course, mapping our plan for 2017!

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