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June 12, 2017

Watkins Glen State Park – Upstate New York

When you have to drive all the way from Ohio to Maine, it’s best to find ways to break up the trip. It’s exactly 1054 miles from our driveway to Mount Desert Island, Maine (our furthest most destination for this trip). Which translates to 18+ hours without any traffic or bathroom stops. Clearly, you see that 18+ hours in a car with three teenagers was never going to be a good idea. As such, we planned to stop along the way, and I’d been just dying to check out Watkins Glen State Park. It was only 8 hours into the […]
June 8, 2017

10 Days on the Road: What to pack (and what to leave behind)

I’m just home from 10 days on the road. Ten solid days of family time – two to get there, two to get home, and the rest hiking our butts off and eating our way through every lobster pound we could find. More on that coming soon. Pics are being edited. Videos are being spliced. Words are flowing. But before we could go, we had to pack. There are five of us in this family – the Dad, me, the oldest boy, the girl and the youngest boy. Obviously, we each have our own things we need, and my husband handles […]
May 25, 2017

Niagara Falls + Internationally Traveling Kids

My first trip out of the US was at the age of 14. I went on a mission trip to Antigua, and it changed my life. Partially because seeing the way people live outside of the US is enlightening. I mean, it was mind-blowing to me that people lived on a regular basis without MTV. I don’t want my kids to be like that. And while Canada is basically America’s sister, and they have basically all the same things we have – we decided it was time to get the kids started on the road to being International Travelers. It […]
May 25, 2017

Best Hiking in Ohio – Hocking Hills

We are big campers. In the last 10 years, we’ve camped a LOT. And our very favorite spot to camp in our home state of Ohio is Hocking Hills. If you haven’t been there, I’m sorry. The first time we were there for four days with two other families in the Spring. We hiked all five of the major areas, and even did one twice because we thought it would be fun to walk the “rim trail” at dusk on a little ghost hunt. The second time, we went in the fall and it was much busier. We skipped through Old […]
May 25, 2017

San Francisco, Yosemite, Sequoias, Oh My!

Sometimes we all have to travel for reasons beyond our control. A business trip, or a family thing. Sometimes you take a specific trip for a specific purpose – like to take your kids to an archery tournament (we had three last year). And sometimes you travel just because you want to. No reason other than to see parts of the world that you’ve never seen before. I’m an advocate of traveling for either reason, and I always say go big or go home. This past fall my husband and I took a just because trip to California. I’d never […]
April 10, 2017

Driving and Parking in Washington DC

I don’t want to jinx anything by talking about this – but when we were planning a trip to our nation’s capital for last summer, our number one concern was parking. Just take the train, that’s what we thought, until a week before we were slated to be there, the trains were down for three days. And then friends told us about the time they were in DC and got stuck for five hours with no way to get back to their camper, again, because the trains were not running. Now you need to understand that what they say about […]
March 21, 2017

Lafayette #1 – Adventures in NOLA

I never had any doubts that I was going to love New Orleans. There are few places that I’ve been that I don’t develop an affection for (ahem, looking at you Louisville…), but the way I feel about this place, well that’s something far beyond affection. My husband and I were in town with friends to embark on a cruise to Progreso and Cozumel, and we worked in both a day and a half before and a day and a half after to make sure we had time to enjoy the city. The day of the cruise, we didn’t have to […]
November 19, 2016

The Last Place I Thought I Wanted To Go

When I first started this blog, the goal was just to have an outlet to talk about how much I love to travel. And maybe start selling trip planning services. I still want to do both of those things, but I’ve realized I need to focus in a little better. Travel is a really broad topic – and I want to be a little more specific. I’ve finally decided where I’d like to focus – and it’s on encouraging people not just to travel, but to travel to places they hadn’t really ever thought about going, because while going to […]
September 3, 2015

Petroglyphs + Secret Canyon

So, after we left Arches and that hellish hike, we stopped at the Moab Diner for a quick bite. I cannot recommend this place more strongly – and if you don’t try the green chili, you might as well not bother. I got the Chorizo Sweetwater Skillet, with green chili on the side. It was OMG. Next we headed towards Canyonlands, because if the state you are in has FIVE national parks, it only stands to reason that you must hit them all. No other state has as many NP as Utah, and they are each unique and beautiful. (Bryce Canyon […]