Adventure

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.

Snow in California

snowed in
Visitors don't immediately associate California with the idea of snow, but the fact is that there are a ton of die-hard all-weather adventurers around here. California provides the opportunity to hit up the beach, the desert, the city and the snowy mountains all in a single day.Some of my greatest memories are flecked with snow. On my fifth birthday I was...

La Casa Del Zorro

borrego springs
Us Southern Californians are a stubborn bunch. We're known for our generally good weather year-round and it's true, we have a very hard time letting go of beach side parties and days spent lounging around the pool as the seasons change.When the weather does start to cool, many of us extend summer as long as possible by flocking to...

Top 10 Camping Essentials that Families Forget

Camping essentials that families often tend to leave behind
I asked Nate the other day, "What do you think Wet-Naps, a spatula and a clean pair of socks have in common?"I'm not gonna share the answer he gave...let's just say it was way, way off the mark.These things are all on my list of camping essentials that families forget! We spend so much time outdoors that I have a...

Armor All is for Summer

How I keep the exterior of my truck clean #WalmartAuto
This post is sponsored by Socialstars for Walmart's #WalmartAuto program.The sun, sand, beaches, mountains, hiking trails, cities and famous roads. California seems to have it all (as long as you're not into politics). Of all the states in our country, California has some of the best diversity in recreation. That goes both for the individual and the family. San Diego especially.Just...

Road Trip Revival: Chapter 2 – Wrong turn, Happy Accident

Kingman Wash - quick day trip from Las Vegas near Hoover Dam
Let's get this show on the road. For the first day of our adventure family trip, we set our sights on Lake Mead in Nevada.The plan was to take the normal route out to Las Vegas but veer to the north side to spend the night.With all our planning, the only real stop on this first leg was for...

Role Reversal and the Traveling Safety Net

Tips to help safeguard family travel - and why you should travel, even though it can be dangerous
Sometimes I'm jealous of my younger self.Which I realize makes absolutely no sense.The thing is...it's no secret that I came from a volatile home. But there was a brief period where I didn't connect the trouble in my house with life in general. I was fortunate that my mom's job took us around the world. Through my travels, I saw glimpses of good that...

Truck Bed Camping in Style

Truck bed camping
Another upcoming weekend, another camping trip! Our next stop is Paso Robles with friends, and we inevitably wind up getting asked a lot of questions about our choice to opt for truck bed camping. How we do Truck Bed Camping Nate's been a truck kinda guy as long I've known him, and if you ask him he'll tell you that I was...

Planning Road Trip Overnights

Planning stops and accommodations for an extended road trip
Planning road trips can be tricky: you have to consider driving time, spots you want to see along the way, food, expense, etc. On top of that, planning where to spend each night on a road trip revival means more than just plotting out driving distance and figuring out accommodations near each destination. Especially if you have children and...

Road Trip Revival: Chapter 1 – The Station Wagon Is Dead

Sleeping in the bed of the truck
I was speaking with a friend recently and discovered a terrible tragedy had befallen me. I found I had been born into the wrong century. A century of lawn chair summers, electronic instant gratification and computerized socialization. A world where most people you ask could not tell you the root of the phrase 'Howdy' is from 'How do you...

My Childhood Vacations

childhood vacation on the beach
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals.Nate and the boys and I are back from our extended roadtrip, and I am EXHAUSTED. Eighteen different places in twenty-one days. We've seen it all, and now I need a vacation from my vacation. We'll share more details next week, after we've decompressed a little bit. It was...