Currently Wandering » Family of 5 Traveling the United States in 188 Square Feet of Airstream Awesomeness.

We’ve known for over a year that we wanted to spend Christmas in the Florida Keys. Last winter we covered Arizona, so naturally the other place to spend winter as a wandering nomad is the Sunshine State. Within Florida, we couldn’t think of a better place than the Keys to settle down for a fantastic […]

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  • Meg - Looks like a wonderful Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Girvin Smith - Dear Curren Family (and especially, Andrew)… It was lots of fun to read the commentary and see the lovely pictures of your family blog. You are very fortunate to have all of these experiences and Brother Smith and I hope you will come our way again. If you want to see our blog about serving a mission in Africa, go to Adieu & Bon Voyage Joan Girvin SmithReplyCancel

I own far too many cameras. In all honesty, its probably a photographer thing. Or maybe just a someone-who-likes-to-take photos thing. Unfortunately, the overabundance doesn’t end with cameras. I also have lenses, an external flash (or three), a light stand, Pocket Wizards, and quite a few other gizmos needed to create beautiful, stunning, portraiture. Only I don’t do that anymore. […]

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  • Micah Stubblefield - That camera body looks tiny compared to the lens! Great info. I find that my Canon G7x takes great photos for a point and shoot feel fine using it over my 60d most of the time. Point and shoot has come a long long way.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Holcombe - I just bought the x-t10, too (and will be selling my old Rebel + lenses that it’s replacing as soon as I get around to it; I found the box for it in the basement yesterday. Today I might look for the manual. Pacing myself). I’m loving it so far and hoping to add a lens or two (just have the kit lens right now) once I sell the Canon stuff. You forgot to mention that the x-t10 is also ADORABLE; very important feature 😉ReplyCancel

  • Heather Christianson Braley - Wow, so jealous of that cute tiny camera! Proud of you for being so brave.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Charpentier - Jess, you’re reading my mind. I’ve been thinking about going to a smaller body as well. I’ve got a 5D, two 7D’s, lighitng, etc. I keep imagining what it would be like to fit all of my gear in my ThinkTank bag, not just some of it! :) Good decision!ReplyCancel

Wow. Its January. You mean most people don’t post their new curriculum halfway through the year? Whoops. To tell you the truth our curriculum is so fluid that half the time I don’t know when one year stops and another begins. Finish 3rd grade writing? Move on to 4th. Still haven’t finished up math for […]

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  • Danielle - I was reading this and was happy to see I am doing all of the same grades that you are! Ha! I have a bit more space for books though :) My boys have used Handwriting without Tears(It has not been totally without them though) since prek and they are nearing the end of the program! They never liked the printing books but they jumped at cursive. Even though my boys are different grades they do the same work. My youngest boy seems ok with that and does not have difficulty keeping up. In fact his handwriting is better than his brothers. Because we started fostercare this year my curriculum list never made it online. Ha! I have 5 kids now and they are teaching me to schedule my time! Thanks for sharing! I loved looking at what you were using.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Foster care, huh? That is awesome!! We’ve often talked about doing that, though obviously not while we are traveling. :) There’s a time and a season for everything so just keep doing good things and your time for travel will come!ReplyCancel

Dinner seemed to be running late, but since no one was paying any attention to the time, I’m not sure that it mattered. The kids and I were gathered around the picnic table reminiscing about our incredible day as Sam loosely monitored our sizzles sausages on the BBQ. “Mom! Do you remember that really cool […]

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  • Danielle - Amazing shots! Makes me think I should become a beach person. The canon shot is gorgeous! I miss camping it has been almost a year. Yikes. I am still dreaming that one day we can do some serious traveling like this.ReplyCancel

  • Haley - Any idea when tourist season begins? We are putting our house on the market in a month so we could be hitting the road by April but would definitely like to avoid the crowds as we are traveling the country in our RV.ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Tourist season on the Tortugas? They said their busiest season is in April when the birds are migrating. Second to that is the holidays. The ranger said it doesn’t get crazy hot in the summer so that’s also a good time to visit!ReplyCancel

  • Christmas in the Florida Keys » Currently Wandering - […] soon as we booked our tickets to the Dry Tortugas, we started looking online for reservations at Bahia Honda State Park. Unfortunately, the state […]ReplyCancel

Last Thanksgiving we went backpacking in Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Georgia. Andrew is working on his Wolf rank in Cub Scouts, and needed to create and use a gear list for a hike or backpacking trip. He did an excellent job, and the trip was great, so I thought I’d share the gear […]

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  • Family Camping in Dry Tortugas National Park » Currently Wandering - […] We put everything else into black garbage bags inside our backpacking bags so if they got splashed we wouldn’t end up with wet sleeping gear. For a full list of our backpacking gear see our list here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Haley - Did you use any hiking backpacks when your kids were a little younger? My youngest will be about 15 months when we hit the road, so I’m trying to figure what to carry her in. I use Ergo and Lilliebaby soft structured carriers for now, but wondering if it’s worth it to invest in a hiking backpack carrier such as a Kelty for all our hiking adventures on our RV trip. Any insight appreciated!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Haley – Yes! We absolutely did. We had a Deuter Kid Comfort III. While there are other brands (Kelty for once) that make kid carriers, no one makes them like Deuter. It lasted through all three kids and still looked brand new. We passed it on to a friend and they’ve been using it every since. Definitely worth having a kid carrier! Just be warned that its easy for little kids to get bored. We’d always hand back snacks one at a time and sing songs. Also letting they get out walk a bit occasionally helps mix things up!!

New Year’s Eve found us sitting on a moat wall outside a Civil War era fort on an island 70 miles from Key West. We laughed, talked, reminisced, and watched the brilliant reds and oranges of the sunset paint the sky as the sun dipped below the horizon. In that moment, I couldn’t think of […]

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  • Kerri - We live near northwest Arkansas, and it’s a fabulous place to visit. The Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville has beautiful architecture and takes you on a journey through the history of American art. There are also a lot of great trails and parks. Petit Jean State Park is one of our favorites. Hope you get to explore the Natural State in 2016!ReplyCancel

    • Jess - Thank you! We’ve added those places to the list. Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Bridges - Come see us in Arkansas it’s a beautiful State! I’ve enjoyed following your travels. If you need a place to park while you are here I have 20 acres located in the dead center of the state.ReplyCancel

We have had quite a spectacular year! This has been our first year without a sticks & bricks house to call home and it has been liberating. We’ve had so much freedom to roam the country, explore, and spend time together as a family. We couldn’t be happier and hope to keep traveling for the […]

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  • Joyce Perdue - So nice to have someone actually remember that it is Jesus birthday and not Santa Clause who seems to have stolen just about all of Christ this nation had at this season. No where have I seen or heard any hymns or that which speaks of HIS birth in our nation. Thanks for remembering just WHOSE birthday it REALLY is. God bless.ReplyCancel