During our time in Portland, several local friends recommended that we visit Chapman Elementary School and watch the birds. This seemed both unique and local, which are two of the best reasons for us to try something during our travels. ‘The Birds’ turned out to be Vaux’s Swifts, a variety of bird that roosts at […]

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People seem surprised that we have kept our Costco membership even while living in such a tiny space. Either we are crazy, or there is more to Costco items than large, bulk purchases. I prefer the latter explanation. Truth is, we are probably addicted to some of the items they carry, and even though the […]

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  • October 16, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    Betsy Groh Ptak - The flat ham steaks (only available in Western states I think. Slip flat into the freezer, fast meal, great snack leftovers. Some states sell 1 gallon milk, keep looking for those. ReplyCancel

  • October 20, 2014 - 3:58 am

    Mica Hale Hauley - Is that a new photo on the top! That waterfall has been on my bucket list since I saw a stock photo of it! Where is it!? Love it! Love costco too :-) have you had their tri tip steak they have? I think it’s omaha but I forget… amazing! Splurge for sure though. Love the fruit leather too.ReplyCancel

Our visit to Patrick’s Point and the Trinidad area was most notable for it’s amazing blackberries. I’ll get to details there, but first, let’s talk about fun on north coast beaches. When We Visited: August 10-14, 2014 Ages of Kids: 8, 6, 4 Where We Stayed: 4 Nights at Sounds of the Sea RV Park, […]

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I’ve had to revamp the budget. AGAIN. I hate budgeting. What I was doing was just not working – see that “Bonus Item” category? That’s for everything that didn’t exactly fit int he budget (Rachel’s new bike, birthday presents, workout DVD’s, Amazon orders, etc). Notice how large it is? Yeah. That needs to stop. Lol. […]

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  • October 14, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Lauri - I’m really trying to keep track of expenses. Camping and gas is easy, it’s the bonus items that sneak up! And so far I’ve learned expenses are going to look SO different from month to month!ReplyCancel

We spent last weekend cuddled up in our Airstream listening to our church leaders and their inspirational messages centered around Jesus Christ. It is always a fulfilling weekend for us, leaving us spiritual uplifted with a renewed determination to be better and do better. The last address, given Sunday afternoon, took me by surprise. Elder David […]

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Ahhhh…Whidbey Island. You stole our hearts with your beautiful coastline, amazing state parks, and peaceful atmosphere. The kids asked if we could stay forever. We loved being able to listen and watch General Conference last weekend. It was a weekend full of hanging out in the trailer in our pajamas, eating yummy breakfasts, and feasting […]

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We were recently interviewed by Michael Boyink for his Ditching Suburbia project, and our conversation has led me to a few realizations about our town travel and our motivations to travel. Many of the travelers that we know, and those interviewed for the same project came to travel because of their dissatisfaction with the typical […]

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  • October 11, 2014 - 5:00 am

    Boyink - Thanks for the mention Sam! We feel a bit newbie-ish to travel getting rolling again after 5 months down.ReplyCancel

As we were waiting for our tour to start in the Lehman Caves, Sam and I started discussing how many caves we had actually been to in the last year. We started counting and realized this was our fourth is just the last year! Not only that, the locations of these caves ranged from Virginia […]

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Beautiful Nightscapes usually have some foreground elements. This can often be a silhouette, but being able to see elements in the foreground can be very helpful as well. One of our favorite images capture in Bryce National Park was enhanced with some light painting. Consider both images, and see which you like more. Foreground Subject […]

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Full-time travel as an active Latter Day Saint family provides us with plenty of experience visiting new congregations. Each week, we walk into a new building, meet new people, and visit new classes. We’ve had all kinds of experiences and we’ve learned a few things about effective ways to welcome people into church. Some of […]

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We did it! We crossed the border into Canada! Definitely more details coming later, but we enjoyed the beautiful city of Vancouver, B.C. for 4 days before heading to Whidbey Island and relaxation at Deception Pass State Park. Lots of trees, our hammock, some hiking, school, and not much else going on. It’s perfect! This […]

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