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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.


  • Awesome trip! I am trying to figure out where to find pics of your camping setup. We have 3 kids under 10 and are looking into a van. I am amazed that you don’t even have a roof rack. How did you do it?

    • Jen- Thanks! While we don’t use a roof rack, we do have a small back hitch. We are planning a series of posts that will show our set up both while on the road and at camp so be on the lookout. We LOVE having our van and find it is the best mix of easy to drive, convenient set up and comfort! 🙂

  • Tricia,

    Great trip reports and I love the new look of your site, very appealing. Really enjoyed reading about this summer’s road trip, especially the Colorado 14ers. I love Colorado, Isle Royale and the west. We took a break from outdoor adventures this year and visited England – London and Liverpool! I have not stopped listening to The Beatles since we have been back! There is too much there to even begin posting about.

    We are planning another (third) Big Bend trip next spring. I am transplanted Michi-gander living in Texas so really love your Ultimate Michigan trip section too. I have posted before, I am the guy who has backpacked Isle Royale six times. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures, you have a wonderful family!

    Jim Lee
    Fort Worth, Texas

  • We’re so excited to have found your site, will be following your adventures for sure! Our family is similar in our passions. We love camping, backpacking, hiking, road trips, the National parks and traveling as a family.

    Last year we spent 7 weeks roadtripping the Westeren United States following a similar route as you are and hiting 18 national parks and monuments. (Don’t miss Craters of the Moon in Idaho, I can’t tell if it’s one of your stops already but it’s a great location for something really different)

    We just spent a week road tripping from Wyoming to West Virginia and are currently on our way up to New York. Monday we set out for some time backpacking the Appalachian Trail! We plan to end up in Harper’s Ferry, WV and then road trip back to Wyoming.

    Our 4 year old says this is going to be a long long, long hike! But he’s as excited as we are.

    Safe travels to you all and we can’t wait to follow your adventures! 🙂

    • Angela- Thanks so much! It means a lot to me to read this. Your trips sound amazing! We did a shorter family backpacking trip through West Virginia to Harper’s Ferry years ago and it is something we will always remember. It sparked something in my middle kiddo and she is currently planning a thru hike starting next summer. How exciting to do a large chunk with a 4 year old!

      And we are planning on stopping at Craters on the Moon. From the pictures, it looks like no where I have ever seen.

      Have a wonderful hike and enjoy the rest of your road trip.

  • This sounds like a great trip -it overlaps with part of the route I took when moving from Seattle to New York many years ago (although I had much less time). There are some truly amazing things on your itinerary. On your map though it looks like you will be missing the Olympic rainforest and coast – if you can manage it I would try to fit that in as they are by far the best parts of Olympic national park. In the North Cascades the hike to Cascade pass is also awesome.

    We are big fans of your website and your blogs have been an inspiration to get us out more with our four kids. We did Acadia last year (wonderful albeit a little nerve-wracking with a 4.5 year old on the Beehive and Precipice hikes) and have been trying to get permits for the Grand Canyon Rim-to-rim hike (for the older kids and I) but have not had any luck so far.

    • Mike- Your 4 year old is a rock star for hiking beehive and precipice! And I hope you are able to get a rim to rim permit. I know they changed the process of getting permits this year. I hope it doesn’t make it harder to get one.

      As for Olympic, we will definitely be spending time in the rainforest and on the coast. I just was lazy with the mapping. 😉 I will check out Cascade Pass in North Cascades too. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

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