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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.


  • It’s been a while since I last checked out your blog. I was hoping you had blogged more about your trip from last Summer! I’m looking forward to your next entry!

  • Lovely site! I found many common interests.
    The most recent being that my kids and I also just finished a Southwest Road Trip!
    No where near as many miles. I think it was just over 3,000 for ours, but I guess that was still a feat considering that we left from Southern California.
    Anyhow, it was a cousins trip and for one week we also had 4 kids with us (2 of mine 15 & 12, and 2 of my cousins 10 & 8) as we all explored New Mexico for the first time!
    Next road trip for my crew will be heading to Utah on a ski trip by way of Lake Tahoe!
    Does your family ski?

  • We have never canoed or camped in the Boundry Water area but we have been up near Lutsen & Grand Marais for a ski trip last Winter. http://www.visitcookcounty.com is a great website to get info for that area. Visiting the Boundry Waters is on our list of places to visit. We actually went camping up in the Apostle Islands this Summer & it was pretty amazing! We camped in Big Bay State Park which is on the main island Madeline Island. We went on a boat ride that took us around most of the smaller islands. They also took us to Sand Island & we got to kayak the sea caves which was amazing!! It was a trip we will never forget!

    • I am really looking forward to a canoe trip someday! I actually just looked in to visiting the Apostle Island ice caves this winter if the weather stays cold enough. The pics I’ve seen of this look amazing! I will definitely look up that site when planning our trip up north. Thanks for the link!

  • WOW, what a big trip! I also have been eagerly awaiting your blog about this summer’s adventures. SO glad to see you did so much!

    • I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted this! Along with adopting our puppy during our summer travels, after we returned home I started a new job, ran a couple marathons, subsequently got a stress fracture in my hip and just have been all around stretched for time! Things are finally settling though, and I will be back to writing up our report this week.

      • You’ve been just a little busy! 🙂 I hope you’re healing well from your injury. And now your next big summer adventure must be in the works. I’m putting the finishing touches on our trip itinerary — a loop around southern Colorado (and a little Utah): Denver, Manitou Springs, Great Sand Dunes, Durango, Mesa Verde, Arches, Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Denver. We’ll be camping in many of those places, except for visiting with my in-laws. I am going to try dehydrating some dinners (or maybe just ground beef) to avoid bringing a large cooler. You’ve been an inspiration in many ways!

  • I’ve been waiting for a new blog!! I cannot wait to read all about your trip. I hope your family gets to go on the canoe & camping trip next Summer. Northern Minnesota is beautiful!

    • I was so disappointed at first about Minnesota! Definitely planning a future trip, the pictures I’ve seen look amazing! Do you have any tips on best places to canoe camp?

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