It’s Labor Day. The annual end-of-summer holiday. I can’t believe that soon we will be feeling the crisp autumn air, eating pumpkin pie, and getting ready for Halloween. Our travels have motivated us to ‘wander’ in the places we visit. We wander to parks, visitor centers, forests, and towns just because there is something interesting […]

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  • September 2, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    danielle - We wandered to Arkansas :) One of my favorite places to go! We had never been to the SW so everything was new to us though! It was in June but felt like summer so I am counting it :) Other than that it has been the year of lakes. We have never swam in the lakes here but this year we did and it was not too bad! My husband is from MN so he is used to clear lakes but these brown lakes are okay also :) I get travel guides for our area and for those we grew up at (before we make a trip to see family). I try to pretend we are tourist visiting :) I get to see so many amazing things in Oklahoma that so many people have no clue about!

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    • September 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

      Jess - Danielle – That’s so awesome!! Secretly (or not so secretly) I’m dying to go to Arkansas. I’ve heard its absolutely gorgeous!! It sounds like we’ll have to hit you up for ideas when we make it to Oklahoma. :)ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    Holly Plyler Olds - Our Labor Day adventures led us to Great Basin to the bristle cone pines. Your pictures were an inspiration. We had been before, but we could not make the hike because of all the snow on the ground. Your blog has helped inspire me and my husband to go back to RV living. We did it the first four years of our marriage, and we miss it. Thanks for sharing your adventures!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    lee vincent - We had a great summer of Wandering. We got home in late April after 8 months on the road and spent May and June wandering in our own northern backyard – Yukon (Canada) and Alaska through our adventures.

    July and August have seen us out and about again and we’ve hit Nelson (BC), Regina (Saskatchewan), Kawartha Lakes (Ontario) and Ottawa (Ontario). Some for family, some for road schooling and all for fun!

    We head home tomorrow for a month before we hit the road again for our winter adventures!

    Lee, Tim & Hunter
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    • September 10, 2014 - 10:50 pm

      Jess - Nice! I love hearing about your adventures in Canada! I also love how you balance time at home and time on the road. I’m hoping we can find that kind of a balance in the future. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Jen - We just got back from Great Sand Dunes NP and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP in Colorado. I highly recommend both parks, the canyon for the scenery, peacefulness and very dark skies, the sand dunes because it is a giant playground for the kids! Our boys loved exploring the dunes! Many more adventures to come!ReplyCancel

    • September 10, 2014 - 10:51 pm

      Jess - Oooh!! Colorado is SO high on our list. High enough that currently (haha)it is the “go to” place to settle once we are done. Glad to hear you loved it!ReplyCancel

What a great week! I’m pretty sure I always say that, but I really mean it this time. We finished up our time in Portland, Oregon with a visit to the Campfires & Candlelight event at Fort Vancouver, celebrating Rachel’s birthday, and a visit to OMSI. After leaving Portland, we visited some family in Battle […]

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  • September 21, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Mica Hale Hauley - Oooo, you should TOTALLY hit the Olympic National Park!! There are some gorgeous beaches out there, and the drive up to Hurricane Ridge is pretty amazing, with spectacular views from the Visitor Center at the top! Forks is a bit of a Twilight special, but it is totally worth a visit for the fun of it :) The beaches nearby are very worth it, tide pools and all! We did the top 9 things on this trip advisor link below in just a weekend, and it was amazing! Have fun!
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g143047-Activities-Olympic_National_Park_Washington.html
    I do remember taking a ferry to Canada’s Victoria Island from near here before with my choir, and that was cool too, saw Killer whales, a shark and all just on the ferry ride! They have some cool gardens there, but I don’t remember much else as for that Island, but I’m sure google does. :)ReplyCancel

 I was so skeptical. You have what? A Quest thing? What’s that? Oh – you have a SCHEDULE for your ranger programs? And to earn the badge they have to attend at a certain time? That’s lame. Only its not. At all. I’m now a believer. Coming from the National Park system which has all […]

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Some of our fellow travelers have been busy, and have put together the Family Adventure Podcast. They interview families that have spent significant time traveling with their kids. Many of their travelers have been boat families, sailing around the world for extended periods. They also include RV families, and aim to include all sorts of […]

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  • September 19, 2014 - 10:27 pm

    Kate - Thanks so much for sharing this, my husband and I are looking forward to listening to a few of these podcasts over the weekend!ReplyCancel

We’ve always kept a clock in the kids bedroom. When Rachel was little, we bought a digital clock and covered the minutes with a piece of black construction paper and some tape. We taught her what a ‘7’ looked like on the clock, and it became a rule that she couldn’t get out of bed […]

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With the “start” of another school year I thought I’d update the far reaches of the universe with our current road school curriculum. After a harrowing,  first ever experience putting together a curriculum on my own last year I feel that this year has been pretty low key. We’ve moved ahead in most of their […]

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I have this problem. You see, when we are in an area I feel like we absolutely have to do everything scenic, beautiful, fun, exciting, and adventurous within 20 miles. Its ridiculous, but nevertheless, I feel that way. We are hanging out in Portland, Oregon for the week (9 days to be exact) and I […]

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  • September 11, 2014 - 4:16 am

    Boyink - We had to develop a mindset of “leaving something for a future visit” – otherwise the stress of trying to do/see everything is overwhelming.ReplyCancel

    • September 14, 2014 - 10:30 pm

      Jess - Exactly. Even if you don’t know for sure there will be a next time. :)ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Derek - We only move our home every three months for work, so we pretty much have time to get everything done on our bucket list for an area. By the 8-10 week mark, we are usually itching to go to the next location. I think that’s the caveat of families who are always on the go, they all seem to feel overwhelmed by their own schedules.ReplyCancel

    • September 14, 2014 - 10:31 pm

      Jess - And we travel slower than some! But yes, it does get overwhelming. I think I’d get crazy bored at 3 months though. lol!ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Amanda Watson - I used to feel that way to, but at some point it just became too exhausting to fit it all in. Especially when you add work into the equation. There is just no way we can ever see and do it all. Now I am content to choose a few favorite activities and leave the rest for next time. And when we do make those return visits, it’s fun to then pick up where we left off with the things we missed the first time around.ReplyCancel

August has been great! We spent the majority of our time along the coast between Willits, CA and Crescent City, CA. We then meandered into Oregon seeing the Oregon Caves National Monument, Medford & Ashland, Crater Lake and finally into our boondocking spot in Bend. Oregon has been great so far! I’ll detail a post […]

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  • September 12, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Heather Christianson Braley - Costco overspending is NOT a problem IF it fits somewhere and you use it before anything goes bad. :-) I wish I could just shop at Costco…ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Loren - Thanks so much for sharing this each month. It’s so interesting to see the differences and similarities in our Airstream expenses. You must have a knack for finding the most inexpensive laundromats ever. There are only two of us and I can’t get out of there for less than $25. Do you use your propane for everything (fridge, heat, hot water heater, cooking), even when you’re connected to shore power? We haven’t filled our propane since February, but we only use it for cooking, shore power for the rest.ReplyCancel

    • September 14, 2014 - 10:35 pm

      Jess - Absolutely! I’m glad its fun. :) We do not use propane for everything. Typically we’ll switch the fridge over (or it does it automatically) and we have an electric heater. Hot water and cooking we don’t have a choice though. Those are always propane. We seem to need to fill one a month right now which is totally doable.ReplyCancel

With our remodel of the bedroom area in the Airstream also came a rearranging of storage space. Pre-remodel, the queen bed lifted up and there was a huge storage area underneath. Although it was great, some things were hard to get to, and part of the space was accessible only via the outdoor access panel. […]

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  • September 8, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Meg - I love posts like this. It helps me visualize how we would pack. I love the spring idea. Did Sam have to order them or were they easy to find at a Home Depot or other big box home store?ReplyCancel