When I mentioned a power upgrade on Instagram, I received plenty of recommendations, and an overwhelming vote of confidence from those convinced I could do the install myself. I had been planning on having a professional installer do the work, and I thought I’d enumerate my reservations about doing a self-install here, for enlightenment, humor, […]

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The time has come for operation “Airstream Power Upgrade” or APU for short. When we bought our Airstream, we replaced the 5 year old batteries with flooded batteries from Costco. It was cheap, easy and we didn’t want to figure out other options or power configurations. Lately we’ve been spending more time off grid (or boondocking) and […]

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Our kids never cease to amaze me. They have adapted so well to this traveling lifestyle of ours and I see them growing and thriving in the most spectacular ways. Hiking is definitely a huge activity for us. We started with short hikes when they were little, and gradually have been able to increase the […]

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  • Tiffany Izatt - I freaking love your adventures!ReplyCancel

  • danielle - YAY! That is awesome! We are hoping to head to Yosemi
    te next year, we might need to check out this hike!ReplyCancel

  • danielle - Also, M&M’s make every hike better and now I want some…ReplyCancel

    • Jess - M&M’s make EVERYTHING better! haha! Thanks for reading!ReplyCancel

  • danielle - Also(I need to give what I type more thought before hitting post), the top pic is fantastic! Beautiful shot! Hopefully I will stop hogging your comments section now and be done :)ReplyCancel

  • Meg - Great post! Stunning photos and virutal fist bumps to your kiddos! Way to go! One question… If you handed over your camera to the person who took your family photo and you were still wearing a camera, does that mean you carry two cameras with you? I always bring the point and click for the kids to use and hand that over but the photo looks to be too good of quality for a point and click!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks Meg! Yes, we take two cameras. Our other one is the Samsung NX300 and we LOVE it. We bought the body only and the 20mm lens so it will mimic the focal length of our camera phones (about 30mm). It’s a 20mp and has great optics (so better than our camera phones) plus it has the direct wifi feature so we can transfer the images to our phones and post to Instagram.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - We are heading to Yosemite this summer and have been trying to get the kids pumped up about the hiking we hope to do. Thank you for your inspiration! It CAN be done. I also appreciated your article about how to get kids to hike without whining! On our last hike, lollipops and a battery-operated spritzing fan saved the day. Thank you for sharing your experiences.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - You are welcome!! There are definitely some shorter hikes to do in Yosemite, but this one was definitely worth the effort! They also have pit toilets along the trail, so you don’t have to worry about little kids needing the bathroom. Hooray!ReplyCancel

We love to get out on family bike rides, and with a young child that can be slightly frustrating. She often wants to ride on her own, but the rest of us can ride 10+ miles and her little legs just couldn’t keep up with us. While Cara is amazing on her little strider bike, Rachel […]

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  • Pedal Adventures - Love the tag along bikes for that age although my son would sometimes doze off;) great to see another family that likes to bike on the road.ReplyCancel

We are really fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of people. While we generally have routines for our days, we haven’t been strict at all. If there was something fun to go do, we did it. School for the kids was pretty loose and flexible. Some days we did a lot, some days we did none. This type of […]

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  • Meg - This is great! We have to follow a schedule in order to keep up with brick and mortar public school but so much of that schedule is just in my head. On the rare occasion that I am sick and Tim has to take a day off work and be the stay at home Dad, he feels helpless and it is because i don’t do a good job of writing anything down. We have a big wipe board to help with some things but other things should be written down too. Looks like I now have a reason to swing by Target before school pick up!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - nice! I’m amazed at how liberated I feel just writing things down on PAPER and not having to have everything in my phone. I seriously get less headaches!ReplyCancel

  • Leesa - Jess – You are so inspiring! It really is hard to manage a schedule with this lifestyle, or at least that’s how I’ve been feeling since we’ve started. We’ve done such little school that it’s ridiculous. Granted, we’ve only been on the road for 2 months and there have been so many things other than school that have been on our minds – settling in, repairs, a dramatic change in lifestyle, balancing work and play…

    My husband and I have been talking about trying to get some sort of schedule together and this post is PERFECT! I love that you still have flexibility, which you need, with having Saturday designated as a makeup day.

    I also love that you scheduled in some YOU time!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks Leesa!! It definitely is an ongoing battle. We did about a week of this schedule and then everyone rebelled and we took a day off! lol! Slowly, but surely we are getting into our routines though. It also helps to take a day off to earn a Jr. Ranger Badge, visit a museum or take a tour and count that as “school” for the day. It breaks things up!ReplyCancel

We arrived in Utah just as the weather turned cold. It was chilly, but it had not snowed much before Christmas. On the 20th of December we found a tubing place at Gargoza Park near Park City, and headed up with some family for some fun! We purchased 2 hour lift tickets and secured a […]

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  • Brett - Thanks for posting this. We live in South Jordan and have passed that place many times. Looks like a good place that we need to get to.ReplyCancel

We have clearly been distracted and not updating the blog on a regular basis over the holidays. It has been fun with the family, but this next week we will be heading south after some doctor and dentist appointments. I have a few video updates that I’ve been meaning to post, so I thought I […]

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We loved sending out our Christmas postcards this year, and had so much putting them together. We chose to print them through moo.com so we could use 10 different photos on the front. It was so hard to narrow it down! Each photo reminds us of a special place, story, or adventure and we are […]

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  • Christie Scott - Happy Holidays you guys!! We LOVED the Christmas post card. We got the one with the Airstream on the salt flats. I love that you put this post together and showed all of your choices and the story behind them!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thanks so much for taking the time to read it! :)ReplyCancel

What a great week!! We decided to head to Yosemite from the Oakland Temple, just because we could. We stayed in a little RV park outside the National Park for the weekend, and drove the hour into the Valley Visitor Center Monday morning. We then proceeded to hike about 10 miles, gaining 2000 feet in […]

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