Mesa Verde National Park – Southwestern Colorado

If you're in the southwestern Colorado area and have the time, take a detour to on Highway 160 and between the towns of Mancos and Cortez, you'll see the exit for Mesa Verde National Park. It's a short drive from Durango, and if you're into amazing views, interesting history, and climbing ladders on the side of a cliff, then Mesa Verde National Park is a must see.   Mesa Verde National Park When you approach the park, you'll immediately see the visitor's center. It's a beautiful building … [Read more...]

Family Bikepacking | George S Mickelson Trail in South Dakota

Driving to Iowa over Easter weekend, I pulled out my laptop and started researching things to do in South Dakota. We planned to go over Memorial Day weekend and if it was anything like the last time we were there, we knew the chances for rain were pretty high, so our plans had to be flexible. After a quick search, I came across the George S. Mickelson Trail. Kurt and I quickly decided, this would be our first family bikepacking adventure, rain or shine. **This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

Track Your Adventures with the TomTom Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®. The opinions and texts are all mine. One of our travel goals is to visit the majority of the National Parks as a family. Individually, we’ve crossed quite a few off the list. My husband has summited Mount Rainier, I’ve taken a boat tour or two through the Everglades, together we’ve visited Glacier, Denali, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. As a family, we’ve made it to the Great Smoky Mountains. This winter we crossed another … [Read more...]

Three Days in Western North Carolina

There comes a time in every relationship that you have to put your foot down. For me, it was only 6 months into our marriage. After traveling to the west for the majority of our vacations, I decided that we should cross the Mississippi and travel east for our next vacation. My husband is quite the adventurer. He's been on some amazing trips and done some pretty impressive things, but he's always done them in the western part of the US. It took a little bit of convincing but after a few weeks, we … [Read more...]

Flightseeing in Denali National Park

Flightseeing in Denali is an experience that everyone traveling to Alaska should consider.   Part of my personality is the need for order. That means spreadsheets, agendas and itineraries so I know what to expect, what is expected of me and what I need to do. Those can be great attributes when planning a vacation, but they can also make for a stressful and not-so-fun trip. I've learned that flexibility is absolutely necessary, especially when you're planning outdoor … [Read more...]

10 Days Traveling in Alaska

Last summer Kurt and I crossed off one of our bucket list items and spent ten days traveling in Alaska. With a limited amount of time (you should really spend at least 2 weeks in Alaska) and a lot of ground to cover, we knew had to make the most of it and spent many nights researching the various things to do. A trip to Alaska means different things to different people. For us, it meant spending most of our time doing outdoor activities. We wanted to hike, camp, and for me, I really wanted to … [Read more...]

Things to Do in Arkansas – Family Friendly Hiking Trails

Be honest. When I say Arkansas, what immediately comes to mind? Let me guess, Bill Clinton. Walmart? The Razorbacks! Sure, those are all very important things to the state of Arkansas (especially the Razorbacks), but what many people don't realize is there are several outdoorsy things to do in Arkansas, especially in my favorite part of the state, northwest Arkansas. We were there over my daughter's Spring Break and had a great time. We camped, hiked and overindulged on fried foods at … [Read more...]

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Sometimes you need to take a road trip, to a place you've never been. Living in Kansas, we have few options for a weekend, outdoorsy trip.  Even though we're basically in the middle of the country, it's takes some hours in the car to get anywhere. Usually we go to Colorado or Arkansas but wanting a chance of pace, we pointed our car south and drove to Palo Duro Canyon, located in the panhandle of Texas, near Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States, you … [Read more...]

Photo Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago we were at this restaurant in Hutchinson, Kansas where they sold all kinds of trinkets. You know, the stuff you think you need but when you get home, it sits on your counter for six weeks and then you forget that you bought it. Well, one of the things they had were these car bingo games. At first I thought it would be really fun for Brecken on our many road trips but then I realized, in reality it would become one of those things that just sat on the shelf, or in this case, in … [Read more...]

Visiting South Dakota – Day 2

Yes, it's been several months since my trip and South Dakota and I'm finally writing the second post. I'll shed some light on why I've been such a "slacker" later, but for now, let's talk about visiting South Dakota! Day 2 brought the same thing Day 1 did: rain. In fact, we talked with one person who said it had rained or SNOWED every day since April! Hearing her story made me thankful we only had to deal with rain. I've never slept in a tent in really cold weather and definitely didn't want … [Read more...]