Category Travel

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EPIC ROAD TRIP – WEEK 3

Continued from WEEK 1 and WEEK 2… The ocean-withdrawal gloom was heavy as we left the coast and climbed into the Sierras.  However, with their massive lodgepole pines and spotless white snowfields, we quickly remembered that there are many other beautiful places in our world other than the ocean.  The higher we got, the more […]

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EPIC ROAD TRIP – WEEK 2

Continued from WEEK 1… Saying good-byes Monday morning was tough as always with our friends, but we were excited to see the place that we had been hearing amazing things about for so long, Big Sur.  Due to the recent landslides, only a small portion of the park was accessible and we would need to […]

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Epic Road Trip – Week 1

How do you prepare for a three-week road trip with a two-and-a-half-year-old?  With the help of my dad, Molly and I built out our 4Runner into a 4WD camper, spent countless hours dehydrating food, researching routes, purchasing gear, and booking hotel rooms. After a year of thinking, planning, discussing, and anticipating the trip was finally […]

4-runner camping, car camping, SUV rv, arapaho national forest

4Runner Camper Conversion

**UPDATE** We easily retrofitted this platform for our 5th generation 4Runner and will try to get some pics/ dimensions posted!   **ORIGINAL POST** With a 10 day Colorado road trip looming and an early 2017 three-week epic family adventure in the planning stages, Molly and I thought it might be a cool idea to turn […]

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Steamboat Springs, CO

With a moniker suggesting a vast lake or river nearby but adjacent to neither, Steamboat Springs is an oddly named place.  A quick Google search will inform any amateur historian that the name comes from the sounds emitted from the area’s numerous hot springs which early settlers likened to a steamboat. History aside, our trip […]

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Little Green Lake, WI

Merry Christmas (in June)! Instead of traditional gifts, Molly’s parents decided to give the family an experience by way of a four day weekend at a lakehouse on Little Green Lake, Wisconsin. The house was set up perfectly for our large group including six adults and four kids. There was a nice dock on the […]

Flambeau Flowage, camping with a toddler, canoeing with a toddler, northern wisconsin, spring

Knowing When to Pull the Plug

This sucks!  What do you think?  Should we just call it?  Was the dialogue between Molly and me as our 17 month old son refused to nap, eat, be held, or really do anything other than play near the steep drop to the water or the thorn bushes on our tiny Turtle Flambeau Flowage island […]