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...]

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...]

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...]

8 Things I Thought Would Never Happen on Vacation

If you would have told me 5 years ago that my ideal vacation would involve driving 4,000 miles, hiking 60 miles and sleeping in a tent with my boyfriend, I would have questioned your sanity. In fact, I probably would have questioned MY sanity. But ladies and gentlemen, that's exactly what I did last week and I came away from the trip with a greater appreciation of the outdoors. There is something to be said about hiking through wildflowers and over streams without a care in the world. It gives … [Read more...]