Category Travel

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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 […]

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Keewaydin Lake Yurt, MI

Believe it or not, there are yurting adventures to be had in the Midwest!  In our case, it just took a six hour drive – a reasonable distance for a three day weekend.  After the enormous success of our first yurt trip in southern Colorado, I surprised Molly by booking two nights at the Keewaydin […]

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