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Hiking Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona… with kids…

Gorgeous Cathedral Rock, near Sedona, Arizona, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Arizona; the photographs coming from there are stunning. Seeing it in person is inspiring. Enjoying it with your family is nothing short of spectacular! Hiking Cathedral Rock with kids in tow, has made some of our favorite memories! We love the northern […]

The cliff dwellings at Montezuma's Castle are gorgeous! Glad I didn't live here with toddlers tho! eek!

Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, Arizona…

When we are in the beautiful, northern area of Arizona, we love to visit the many national parks and monuments that are near Flagstaff. There are quite a few ‘cliff dwelling’ national parks in the southwest.  Each one is unique, and has it’s own reason  for a visit.  We love Montezuma’s Castle because it is […]

There are over 100 steps leading down to the Island Path at Walnut Canyon NM.

Visiting Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona…

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. We love the Flagstaff area of Arizona – it is nothing like what one thinks Arizona is going to be like; it is mountainous, treed, and generally much cooler (temperature-wise) than if you travel 2 hours south to Phoenix. Walnut Canyon was established as […]

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Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, Pahrump, NV…

The main reason that we went to Nevada this year, besides their fabulous Clark County Shooting Range in Las Vegas, was so that some of the family could attend a 4 day defensive handgun class at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute near Pahrump, NV. We wanted to stay close-by since it is quite a drive […]

Practicing shooting at the Clark County Shooting Range in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Family Friendly Clark County Shooting Complex, Las Vegas, NV…

This year, we spent some time in Nevada.   Our oldest son came to travel with us for a few weeks, and we met him in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas isn’t exactly the most family friendly town – in fact, it’s one of our least favorite places to visit!  But, there are a few family-friendly […]

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Taking a ride at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV…

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just west of Las Vegas, NV, is a beautiful and relaxing place.  It is the perfect destination to spend a day or two!  With nearly 200,000 acres to explore, this conservation area is a popular destination for rock climbers, hikers, tourists, and sightseers. We have actually been to Red […]

The lighthouse at the top of Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, Ca.

The Incredibly Eclectic Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego…

We saved the best for last!  While we loved everything we did in San Diego, our last stop was definitely the favorite for at least part of the tribe!  We spent a day at Cabrillo National Monument (pronounced  cub RIO)… one day was NOT enough; so don’t wait until right before you leave the area […]


Visiting La Jolla Cove and Kayaking La Jolla Caves…with kids…

We were tickled to find that San Diego is so family friendly!  There were dozens of activities to do in the city, and we were able to visit some really fun destinations.  One of our favorite things to do while we travel is to find out what the locals do, outside, for fun.  We have […]

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Playground equipment at the Phoenix RV Campground in Salem, OR

Phoenix RV Park in Salem, Oregon…

After we spent two wet and rainy weeks on the coast, near Pacific City, OR, we were ready for a change.   So we pulled up the jacks and drove to Salem a few days early.  We would be volunteering in Salem, but had a few days to kill before then. We had done some […]

The Wise River area of sw MT is a gorgeous scenic byway drive!

Wise River, Montana and the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway…

There are so many beautiful areas to discover in the northwest, but one of our very favorites is the Wise River, Montana area!  Wise River is a gorgeous valley river that meanders through the southwest corner of Montana.  It stretches out for miles, snaking its way over rocks and between mountains.  For part of it’s […]


RV Tanglewood Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

While my crew was volunteering in High Point, we stayed part of the time in a Thousand Trails park that is part of our membership, but we also spent 4 nights at Tanglewood campground, which is closer to Winston-Salem since we wanted to explore that area. We spent 4 nights at Tanglewood RV campground, which […]

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More of the Best Educational Apps for the Kindle Fire…

Here are a few more educational apps for the Kindle Fire that we have found and love for screen schooling.  These are in addition to the apps listed under the “Best Educational Apps for Schooling with the Kindle Fire” button that is in our right sidebar.  These will be added to that list soon, but […]

sauteing bacon and veggies, in the Instant Pot. for rice and beans.

RV Kitchen Tips – Instant Pot

One of the hardest things about fulltime traveling has been the challenges that I face with trying to cook for a (larger than average) family in our small rv kitchen!  There are certain kitchen tools that made my job much easier in the house, that I just don’t have room for in the rv! Our […]

stacking bags of soup mix to be packed in barrels for shipment.

Volunteering at YWAM’s Gleanings for the Hungry…

We spent two and a half weeks volunteering at YWAM’s Gleanings for the Hungry in Dinuba, California.  Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a non-denominational Christian organization that encompasses a bunch of different ministries including lots of DTSs (Discipleship Training Schools) and mission trips. *You can read more about why we volunteer on the road, […]

so fun we stayed and clammed until sunset!

Clamming near Florence, Oregon…

Florence, Oregon, holds a special place in our hearts.  It is one of the first places that we stopped and spent time in on our first month on the road!  It was where we first heard of, and tried, sand boarding, it’s where we spent days and days clamming and crabbing, and it’s where we […]

volunteering as a family while traveling

Family Volunteering Opportunities…

Everyone who knows us, knows that one of our on-the-road passions is for volunteering. The first year that we traveled, it was a big vacation; and that is just what we wanted it to be – one big, educational, exciting, and fun road trip.  And that was great!  We would do it all over again […]

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