Adventure

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

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...

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...

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...

I Watched Him Run Westward

What you need to consider before hitting the road as an adventure family
We have officially become an adventure family. Today, we're leaving on a 3500 mile road trip on a 45 degree angle through the great American landscape. After hooking a hard right around Yellowstone National Park and bob and weaving through the Rocky Mountains, we'll bounce back home after bottoming out in Arizona.What makes this trip so different is that we're...

How to Maximize your Disney Vacation

How to maximize your Disney vacations
We just got back from the Disney vacation of a lifetime.I was thrilled to be invited to the Disney Social Media Moms conference for the first time this year, offering me the chance to hang out with a bunch of my favorite bloggers to learn about what's new in social media and the world of Disney. I also got...

5 Backpacking Toiletries for the Stylish Camper

Wondering what beauty products you should take along camping?
My life is a weird convergence of glitz and grit. I go from baby diapers to The Grammys in the blink of an eye, so it probably comes as a surprise to nobody at all when I bust out makeup while camping. We're currently planning a big hiking trip through the Grand Canyon for this summer, and I didn't...

New Orleans with Kids

new orleans with kids
When I told friends I was taking Nate to New Orleans with kids for the Dad 2.0 Summit earlier this month, they looked skeptical. Some of them even offered to watch the little guys so Nate and I could go solo.I get where they were coming from. A lot of people envision nothing but Mardi Gras beads and Bourbon...

What is KOA Camping?

KOA camping cabin
We have been traveling SO MUCH lately. Our latest adventure was a fun one where traditional camping met modern amenities. KOA Camping in San DiegoWhen I was first invited to go KOA camping, I looked at the hefty list of amenities with a bit of skepticism. Gaming areas, community activities, warm showers and hot tubs and BEDS. "This is NOT camping!"...