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...]

Visiting South Dakota – Day 1

For me, beginning a blog post can be very difficult, especially with a travel related post. Usually there are so many different thoughts and ideas going through my head, I can't get them in any type of sequential order. Writing about my recent visit to South Dakota is no different. So many memorable things happened on this trip, I don't know where to begin, so I'll take the easy route and start from the beginning. The drive from Wichita to Custer, South Dakota is 11-12 hours. Something that … [Read more...]

Camping with Kids

Kids never forget anything you want them to. Say one little cuss word and they remember it forever. Have a minor meltdown over your dog getting sick all over your clean floors and they tell their friends. Tell them you're going to take them camping and then go camping without them? They'll ask and ask until you break down and take them. We promised Brecken over a year ago we would take her camping. Unfortunately, life seemed to get in the way and it never happened. One evening after … [Read more...]

Kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas

Have you ever slept in the back of a Jeep? I have and I'll be the first to admit, it's not the most comfortable experience. But, I'd gladly crawl in the back of that Jeep again to spend the day kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas. As you can probably tell from my Instagram feed, my boyfriend and I like to do outdoorsy things. We've gone snowshoeing in Colorado, backpacked in Glacier National Park and this year, we're headed to Alaska. After hiking a couple of times in the Buffalo River … [Read more...]

Crossing Another Item off my Bucket List – Alaska

For someone who likes lists, I have never actually written a bucket list. I mean, like most people I have a general idea of things I would like to do in my head, but actually writing it down on paper? That hasn't happened yet. But when I do write the list, visiting Alaska will be on there and then quickly crossed off this summer! In my head (a scary, scary place sometimes...haha), I've always wanted to go to Alaska. I had visions of taking an Alaskan cruise, seeing the Northern Lights and … [Read more...]