Currently Wandering » Outdoor Family, Adventure Travel, Simple Living - Family of 5 Traveling the United States in an Airstream.

I’m starting to see signs of summer plans popping up all over social media. The snow photos are decreasing and people are looking forward to sunshine and warm weather. We are excited for our summer plans too! This year will be different for us, but so far we have a month scheduled through Glacier, Waterton, […]

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Big Bend National Park has been on our “must see” list for quite sometime. Unfortunately, Big Bend is on the way to exactly nowhere and we hadn’t been able to carve out the time to get down there before now. The park sits on the border of Mexico and Texas where the Rio Grande takes […]

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  • Mike and Gerri - Quite an awesome experience and thanks for all the great information about Big Bend NP. The stargazing must have been magnificent and your rv looked really good in the night lights.ReplyCancel

  • Les Dye - Headed down your path in 2018 with retirementReplyCancel

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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  • Malinda - Hi Jess. Love your blog!
    I was at target yesterday and saw nick and Nora Jammie’s for women with air streams and pink flamingos on them. Thought of you. Check them out.
    Safe travels.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks Malinda! I’ll have to look for them!ReplyCancel

  • Kyle - Your shopping list looks A LOT like ours! With the exception of diapers of course…(we have a two month old and Costco diapers are a great deal. Encouraging to read how much you can still fit in the airstream! I So agree about the Coastal cheddar! I’ve been known to make a trip for ONLY that cheese when we’ve run out. LOL This helped a lot! Thank you! xxReplyCancel

    • Jess - You are welcome! SO glad we are done with diapers. Too many years of buying those at Costco!ReplyCancel

      • Kyle - I bet! So expensive. someday…..hubs wants one more I worry we won’t fit in the airstream ReplyCancel

To date our kids have earned 112 Junior Ranger badges at the various National Park, National Historic Sites, and Monuments run by the National Park Service. Its a great way to learn more about the parks we visit, often giving us direction and more information about the wildlife, geology and history (see our list of badges). […]

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  • Heather - Thanks so much for the link! I LOVE your info here–you’ve provided great deals. I’m excited to check out that secret service one as we head up the east coast this year. Seeing your collection of badges really got my kids excited!ReplyCancel

White Sands National Monument is one of those other-worldly places. Located in southern New Mexico this park is truly one of a kind. We visited three years ago on our initial trip from Virginia to Utah and the kids have been begging to go back. When we decided to stay west this winter they unanimously […]

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  • Betty Marvin - Kudos to you for hitting the road with your kids and helping them appreciate the excitement of spontaneous adventure. We’re doing that now that we’ve retired, but I wish we had been able to gift our children like you are. White Sands dunes are indeed “other worldly,” I’m envious of your full moon visit. Thanks for the report.ReplyCancel

  My husband, Sam, and I completed our first backpacking trip together in New Zealand’s rugged mountains four months after we were married. Actually, it was my first backpacking trip ever. While he grew up with parents who frequently went into the back country, we were more front country, car camping kind of people. Despite […]

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Las Cienegas has been on our visit list since the WanderingWatsons visited two years ago. Once we managed to pull ourselves away from the mountain biking haven at McDowell Mountain, we drove straight to this boondocking site southeast of Tucson, AZ. Loaded up with extra water, groceries, and not very many plans we were set […]

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  • Debra Bergmark - Yep I agree that AZ has some amazing sunsets. We lived in Vail (Tucson suburb) for 2 1/2 yrs before deciding to hit the road full time. Our big backyard faced a mountain & it was beautiful, but I was ready to hit the road.ReplyCancel

There are many perks to the traveling lifestyle, but there are also a lot of activities and hobbies we have put on hold. When we were selling the house and most of our stuff, I looked longingly at the guitar I had bought 6 months previously. I had every intention of learning to play, but […]

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  • Lani - This looks like an awesome product. I’d love to be able to play an instrument but haven’t yet learned. We have a piano and guitar at home and my kids love to “play” music. This seems like a great product on which all of us could learn a few songs and basics. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Boland - Oh this is so neat. I’ve never seen a JamStik before. This would be great for my kids. They have been learning piano and just recently expressed an interest in the guitar. They listen to music and sing all the time. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Christopher Sorel - Could start a band with my daughter that plays clarinet and son saxophone. Used to play guitar but it brokeReplyCancel

  • Kristen Privett - This is SO great! My husband said he’s always wanted to learn to play guitar. My sons would love it too. Both my husband and I weren’t brought up with musical instruments, but we would like to change that with our boys. We do listen to different varieties of music daily. Thanks for the contest!ReplyCancel

  • Michele Reyes - Mike from Ditching Suburbia mentioned you today and this post on the jamstick. This looks so cool. My husband has been learning guitar and I’d like to join him.ReplyCancel

I sat outside on my yoga mat with my eyes closed and just breathed. It was cold outside in south eastern Arizona, but the sun warmed my upturned face. The kids were off in the grasslands playing in their “fort” and I could hear them laughing in the distance. For a moment I was content to […]

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  • Shannon Bassett - Hi Jess – loved this! I can identify. As the first full time family we met almost 2 years ago at that special site in Sedona over Easter weekend, I was so impressed by your kids. You may not feel you are always the best — but even way back when you were killing it! Your family and especially your kids, set the bar high. Accepting, interesting, outgoing, friendly, talkative, nice – all amazing traits for anyone and impressive of such little people.
    Keep up the good work, keep saying no and enjoy the moment. Hope to cross paths with you soon.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks Shannon! You are so sweet. We’d love to share a campfire again with you guys anytime!ReplyCancel

  • Te - Wonderful 🙂 Big hug!

    TerriReplyCancel