Weekend Wanderer

Wandering the Weekends in California and beyond



Cabin Fever

Lake Side Cruisin!

IMG_2860This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend a weekend from my normal and hectic life; and spend a weekend locked up in my families cabin in Twin Peaks! About ten minutes away from Lake Arrowhead and Lake Gregory!

Scaling Creeks with My Boys

We had a great time hiking and exploring the mountain.

IMG_2893I love adventures and exploring new paths. I think getting out of your everyday life and emerging yourself in a completely different setting does the mind a piece of good! Being able to let go of your everyday chores and just be free of any burdens you have keeping you down everyday!

Yes ofcourse- we found time to do some light paddling on the lake. Even took the Biggz out! IMG_2934OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All in all it was a great weekend.

Cheers to hoping that this weekend is as fun as the last!



Instagram: KelThompson
Twitter: @KelThomp

52 Lists- Week 2 & 3

I’ve combined these two; I’m trying to catch up anyway! So I’m probably being brief but hold on here we go- lets get crazy!


Week 2

List Of My Greatest Comforts

1. Teen Mom- watching this trash tv show on MTV every monday night really comforts me. I know that doesn’t matter what happens in life I will NEVER have to go through what those girls did- as I will never be a teenager. More power to ya mom!

2. In all seriousness- I find comfort in the rain. It reminds me that not everyday or everything can be perfect. Raining is the sky showing emotion- and everyone should show emotion.

3. As corny as it sounds, I find comfort in  my boyfriend and puppy either having them at home with me at night. Knowing we made it through another work day, we have a roof over our head and I’m sure we had something to eat for dinner! Whether it was healthy…I’m not too sure. Or even just road trip in to races together! I just like the idea of sharing adventures with them.


4. Singing in the shower. I have the greatest voice when I’m in the shower. And I find comfort in the fact that no one else can hear me.

Week 3

List of Things You Should Be Proud Of

1. I’m proud of being 23, having a great full time paying job that makes me happy and being able to support myself for the past 4 years. I worked for what I have, I take pride in the place I live and I take care of the things I own. You take care of the job and the job will take care of you.

2. I’m proud that I can tie a bowline on the fly; and can make boats dance (quote BW ha). I can jump start my own car and I can navigate my own boat.


3. I’m proud of my ability to take care of people. I always want people to be happy and I will go out of my way to make them happy.

4. I haven’t gone crazy yet.

5. I’ve jumped off the most southern point of the United States; and landed in the ever refreshing pacific ocean.

That’s it for now!

S A N O ~ S U N D A Z E


Sano Sundays

A day full of fun



Good Food

IMG_1929They are honestly my favorite type of days

It starts at 6am and you go home when you want to

We take down the surf canoe, and its out for hours

Break out the BBQ and we can take care of every meal that day!

I love a good beach day with the good friends





Instagram: KelThompson
Twitter: KelThomp

11 Reasons Why My Pug Is Auh-May-Zing

Everyone thinks that they’re dog is THE BEST, and THE CUTEST and THE COOLEST.


I have 11 strong reasons why MY PUG is super cool.

11. He’s ready to travel, anytime, anywhere. 

Package Biggie

10. Biggie is a cuddler, always has and always will be.

9. He’s always up for an adventure, well Bruce and Biggie.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA8. Biggie always pays attention to detail.


7. He loves to share.

581609_4565575211246_1795145711_n6. Biggie is a GREAT watch dog.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5. He isn’t afraid to get a lil dirtyIMG_8950

4. Biggie can hang with the big dogsIMG_7793

3. He KNOWS when he’s been caught


2. Biggie can be ready to take a picture at any moment





Campin California!

It was so awesome to spend the weekend away from Newport, away from work, away from the teenagers I coach (no offense guys) and just escape to the mountains, and then the beach, with Bruce and Biggie. We packed up the truck on Friday afternoon and headed out for our weekend adventure!IMG_8883ROSE VALLEY, LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST: First night was a cold one! There were about 12 spots in this camping area, but you felt like you were all alone. We set up the tent (well Bruce did, the wouldn’t allow me to help) made some dinner on the grill and hung out around the fire! We woke up to SNOW. Not necessarily at our campsite, but when we drove to the top of the mountain it was COVERED in snow. We decided we wanted to just continue through the mountain range. We took that windy road all the way down, it landed us in Maricopa. A very small country town we probably won’t return to. We then decided to head on over to Carpinteria State beach for some “warmer” weather camping.

CARPINTERIA STATE BEACH: This place is PERFECT for a good time. 12 miles of open beach, and grass campgrounds. I had SO much fun just setting up our home base for the day. We pitched our tent underneath a huge shady tree and went for a walk along the railroad tracks. Dog’s aren’t allowed on the beach but we snuck Biggie up onto one the dunes for a few minutes. Just to see him play! IMG_8951IMG_8954When the clouds moved in, so did the rain. We realized we had about an hour before the rain came in! It’s 5 o’clock and rushing to make our dinner! Bruce made an amazing dinner of corn, steak, and chili on top of the fire pit!

We knew there was bad weather at home, our friends were warning us, but it didn’t make us want to come


home early. We were in it for the long haul, well however long the rain lasted which was only 45 minutes. While Bruce made dinner, I stood around taking pictures of course, and watching the amazing sunset with Biggie. We woke up the next morning, took another long walk and packed up. I made Bruce stop at the local bookstore because I had just finished my book, and then headed to Malibu! We were supposed to go home that day, Sunday, but since the next day was new years eve anyway and we didn’t have to work; we decided to head to another state park on the way home! Malibu here we come!

MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK: Now this place was a little difficult to find, but I’m sure if we had listened to our directions we would have found it…anyway. This is the state park were Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H was filmed! AND it was not full at all! We were the only people around! IMG_8986

We got to the park, and once again we set up camp and headed out for a hike! This park has a lot of great trails, but since apparently dogs aren’t allowed on the trails we had to take a hike of our own! The forest was just a football field away from our tent so we headed up into the trees! Biggie was having a blast. This place was a lot cooler than the other two campgrounds we had been too, even Rose Valley. We were deep in a valley surrounded the mountain range. It was a good night to end our trip on. We talked around the campfire, played fetch with Biggie and just waited for our fire to burn out. We got in our tent and realized this was the COLDEST night we had so far! I wore two pairs of pants, 3 pairs of socks, 2 shirts and a sweatshirt to bed! Along with mittens! We woke up the next morning with frost IN the tent! IMG_9040All in all, it was a great trip and I can’t wait to see where we go next. With plans to go to more places and explore more of the coast, I’m sure we will have some more adventures coming up! IMG_8988


First Week of November…


During the first week of November, we said BYE BYE to the ever popular Crown Victoria and said HELLLOOO to a 1987 toyota pick up.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a beat up old truck as much as the next girl. But if Brucey Boy was getting him truck…I made him drive it straight to Santa Ana so I could pick up my new favorite boy…Biggie!  A three month old black pug that has just taken over my world.

He is just SO calm and has such attitude…we get along perfect. Plus no one can say no to that face! So in the end of that weekend we both got what we wanted. A truck, and a pug. But we weren’t done yet. A few days after that we found a perfect little townhome in Costa Mesa to move into! We started moving in this past weekend, and I’m hoping to have everything done by tonight. I’ve had such great friends coming around and helping out: Malia, Skye, Maddie (check out her blog!). We ended up painting everything first! Well not everying, just bedrooms and bathrooms. Bruce wouldn’t wish anyone to paint the top trim of any room in a walking boot! We’re still garage sale searching and craigslisting all new funriture and fixtures. Quite an adventure! I can’t wait to get everything in it’s right place and actually be able to relax! But it is fun! Well, until you get to clothes. I always have too many clothes and NEVER enough space to put them anywhere. While we were unpacking everything Bruce throws away one of my dressers. He said “If you can’t fit all your clothes into these other two dressers we have a problem.” HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM!  But really, the month of November so far has been really good to us and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store!

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: