I have been doing a lot of reminiscing lately....lots of time on my hands while recovering from my ACL replacement surgery!  And while going to … [Continue Reading]

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It finally happened.  Our last stop on our three week trip.  Nooooo!!  It was hard to face the fact that our family adventure was almost over.  Just … [Continue Reading]

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My first impression of Moab was personal.  I fell in love immediately.  Maybe it is the stark contrast between our lush, green forests of the Pacific … [Continue Reading]

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How do you describe the Grand Canyon?  For me, it was the colors.  Red. Blue. Gold. Green.  It was the texture and light.  It was simply majestic.  … [Continue Reading]

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It's true.  Disneyland really is magical!  Before April, I had never been to Disneyland or Disney World.  So getting to experience this with my kids … [Continue Reading]

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Where can you find the largest living thing on Earth?  Sequoia National Park.  Since 1890, people have traveled to this national park to stand next to … [Continue Reading]

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Belfair State Park! This summer, we were lucky enough to grab a camping spot at Belfair State Park and join our friends for a post-July 4th … [Continue Reading]

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What do you love about RV travel?  I love the flexibility.  Here's why.  Surprises.  Whether good or bad, surprises happen, and in a RV you can … [Continue Reading]

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First Ever RV Adventure – Anacortes/Chelan/Sun Lakes

I have been doing a lot of reminiscing lately….lots of time on my hands while recovering from my ACL replacement surgery!  And while going to physical therapy and exercising at home, I have been thinking about all our past RV adventures.  It’s one of the things that motivates me to get better so we can get back on the road.

The first time my family ever RVed was in April of 2008.  We really wanted a road trip around Washington and we thought RVing would be better than being cooped up in hotel rooms.  So, we rented a Class C RV at a local dealer and made some pretty fantastic memories.

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We packed WAY too much stuff!  We were only going for three nights.  But it is not [Read more...]

Road to Recovery

My knee surgery to replace my torn ACL was a success. Now the long road to recovery begins…..

Skiing Accident – Updated

I grew up in South Texas on Padre Island.  I was a beach girl.  But I longed for snow.  Every time an Artic blast would mosey on down I would pray for snow.  But it never did.  And every year when our “winter” would fly by, I would again beg and hope for snow.  It wouldn’t be until I was 19 years old that I saw real snow.  Touched real snow.  I was with my mom and my brother.  He had moved up north for work right after graduating college and my mom and I went for a visit over Thanksgiving.  Seeing snow for the first time is one of the happiest memories from my youth.  I was wearing jeans, doc martens and a jacket that seemed to absorb water rather than repel it.  But I didn’t care.  I was making snow angels, throwing snow balls, and I was having a ball.  A year later, my dad took my then boyfriend, now husband on a ski vacation and I was thrilled.  I took ski lessons and picked it up pretty quick.  We had a great time.

Now fast forward 16 years.  My family and I ski.  I LOVE to ski.  We have lived in the Seattle area for over nine years and gratefully live close to plenty of ski options.  We have all the gear, my kids take lessons every year, and we really enjoy this sport as a family.  And this was the year.  The year that my youngest was good enough to graduate from the magic carpet and stretch his legs out on the bunny slope.  I was so happy.  I was looking forward to many fun weekends on the slopes.

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Life has a funny way of throwing a wrench in your plans.  [Read more...]

Seattle RV Show – February 6-9, 2014

Guess what?  I can’t believe I am saying this:  We SOLD our trailer!  Sold Trailer picIt was bitter sweet handing over the keys, because I loved our trailer.  We have so many awesome memories traveling in our RV.  On the bright side, the sweet family we sold it to, now has the opportunity to make their own memories.  I wish them all the best, safe travels, and fun.  Have FUN! :-)

What’s next for us, you might ask?  [Read more...]

Wrap Up and Mountain Home, Idaho – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

It finally happened.  Our last stop on our three week trip.  Nooooo!!  It was hard to face the fact that our family adventure was almost over.  Just one last day of driving.  Five-hundred thirty miles to go and then it was back to reality.  Kids back to school.  My husband back to work.  And me back to being a stay-at-home mom.  And that was…good.  My family and I are very blessed and very thankful.  That is one of the many things I learned from our vacation.

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So as I began writing about this adventure, I titled one of my posts, The RV Road Trip that Changed My Life.  It’s true.  This experience was life changing in so many ways.  One of the most important lessons was about stuff.  I did NOT miss one single thing from home.  I learned that all I needed was my family (and friends!  Of course we missed y’all).  But really, all the things I have sitting back at home, or all the things on my mental wish list, are completely insignificant.  That is a good feeling. [Read more...]

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