Walking Among the Ancients: Highlights of Our Sequoia National Park Trip

It was hard to put into words the humbleness I felt as I stared up at this leviathan.  It loomed above me, dwarfing me as if I was an extra in Honey I Shrunk the Kids. But then not many things in this world can make feel you as tiny and insignificant like the mighty…

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Road Trip Series 2018: How to Stay Safe on the Road

“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover how truly capable you are.” Anonymous Safety, or to get to the heart of the matter, fear, seems to be the number one concern for women when it comes to traveling with their kids, but without their partner.  I think…

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Road Trip Series 2018: How I Prepare For a Solo Trip

It’s always a lot of work preparing for a trip isn’t it?  Some of it can be exciting while other parts just feel like, well, work.  When it comes to planning a road trip I prefer to break it down into manageable steps so it’s less intimidating and doesn’t leave me feeling emotionally as if…

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Astoria, Oregon: Where Gritty History Meets Modern Sophistication

What is it that causes a destination to burrow deep in your heart, flooding you with the warmth of memories and an overwhelming urge to return?  How is that connection made? Is there a general, overall feeling or is it a specific event that is the catalyst for the spark that soon grows into a…

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Four Days in Olympic National Park

“I’ve been to a rainforest,” Grandma said, “There are so many trees and the moss just drapes from them with all the rain.”  I was a child and this statement surprised me.  My grandparents were campers not travelers of exotic locales.  To me, this statement just didn’t make sense.  This is when I first learned…

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Five Alternative Views to Yellowstone’s Iconic Attractions

  Every national park has their unique set of iconic features.  Yosemite has El Capitan and Half Dome, Olympic has the Hoh Rain Forest, Grand Tetons has its famed mountain range, and Crater Lake has its surreal cobalt lake.  But Yellowstone National Park is the shining star of our national park system when it comes…

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