This scene projects serenity, but sometimes traveling with kids means anything but.
Here are some things I’ve learned while on the road with them:
1️⃣usually if one kid is happy, the other is not because heaven forbid BOTH kids be happy at the same time
2️⃣the iPad/iPhone is both a blessing & a curse
3️⃣kids love spending their parents’ money
4️⃣clothes get dirty a lot faster than you would think
5️⃣teenagers are picky about their hair
6️⃣do not give your nine year any kind of upper while spending the day on the road. These include but are not limited to: caffeine, red dye #40
, & sugar
7️⃣”No I don’t have to go potty” is not an excuse to not go potty because guaranteed ten miles down the road they WILL have to go potty
8️⃣the kids will always be hungry, especially for the anything that contains those aforementioned “uppers”
9️⃣siblings get along best when conspiring against you, especially when they outnumber you
There’s only one way to cool off when it’s hot AF in Seattle. #alpinelakes
Myrtle Falls is supposed to have a view of Rainier behind it. But it did not on this day! (Instagram would have cropped it anyway 😉)
Headed to Washington state later this week. Can’t wait for those greens 🤤
Prettiest sunrise ever?
Loved aspen - made sure to bring two pairs of gloves, because it’s the Rockies 😉
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” – Marianne Williamson
kind of can’t believe this one ya’ll...
i’m off to tiny little towns in the Arctic only accessible by bush plane for two weeks w/ @soulriver_runsdeep
realizing you’re going on something like this three days before you fly out can be nerve racking. once i calmed myself down enough to realize i have what i need and i know how to pack, i was able to revisit this feeling of complete wonder. i can’t believe i get to head back into the wilderness. had an incredible reminder yesterday to use this time of reflection and give myself some time to really dig into recurring thoughts, themes and feelings. excited to go in with (that beloved yet oft overused word) intention.
feeling so extremely blessed to be living this crazy life!
Rippled reflections ▶️📽 If anyone is interested in watching a short video of this hike, check out @southfloridawanderer
on his YouTube channel, there is also a link on my profile.
This is how relieved I was when I realized we wouldn't have to follow through with our plans to run up Mt Whitney last week due to the #georgesfire
closing Whitney Portal Road. Fortunately the fire is now under control. Unfortunately they let us reschedule the permits for tomorrow. Wish us luck, my knees hurt already.
Photo of @jenny_on_the_run
on the summit of Whitney in May 2018.
Started making some big lifestyle changes to improve my health and overall wellness! It’s got me feeling like this 💪🏼 (can you even see little ole me in this photo?🙋🏼♀️) Sometimes I let things slip with #travellife
and it’s time to turn things around! ↩️
Day five at Yellowstone we slept in and had a big pancake breakfast. We were so glad we got geyser crazy and did the old Faithful area in one day. This gave us this day (our last in Yellowstone) to sleep in and do what we all love to do: find a quiet hiking trail to a lake or pond and sit and enjoy the views. We stopped at the volcano mud area to see the mud volcano and dragon’s mouth. Bison were all around right next to the boardwalks along the walk. This was worth the stop being in the area. The dragons mouth is so wild to see and hear. You can tell where the name comes from. From there we were done with crowds and sight seeing. We were ready to just enjoy the park in it’s natural state. We got the kayaks approved by the rangers and our small watercraft license. Thanks to the ranger he led us to Gull Point Drive and another perfect spot off the beaten path. We sat and enjoyed the beautiful views of the mountains and kayaked the shoreline of lake Yellowstone. There was even a little area for the kids to kayak on their own in calm water that was encircled by land. The “beach”’is made of tiny pebbles and rock made from lava. The colors are black browns and even glass looking. Sometimes it is sharp on your feet so make sure you wear water shoes. Also, the mosquitos are there so bring bug spray and set up your spot away from the trees and grass.
Day four at Yellowstone we decided to take on Old Faithful and everything surrounding. We prepared ourselves and kept joking that it was like going to Disney. So many things to do and so many people. We were an hour away from the area and decided to start at the Grand Prismatic and midway geyser Basin. One the way there we saw a beautiful young male elk right on the side of the road. We safely viewed the elk unlike other people trying to get close. We can not believe how close some people get to these wild animals! The line was so long to get into the small parking lot (for such a popular spot) so we decided to head to the lower basin area. The fountain paint pots were so fun to watch bubble and pop. I think the boys could have watched that all day. Clepsydra was also stunning and worth the stop over. There were many crowds here but it seems as if everyone clusters at the front and doesn’t walk to the back. We then drove back to Grand prismatic and the line was better. Excelsior greats you with steam and haunting views of its size. Watching the water run off into the river is amazing. As you walk up to Grand prismatic you can see the vibrant colors off the surface, all shades of blues and oranges. We liked the view but wanted to see it from the top! Next we planned on doing the fairy falls hike to overlook the Grand prismatic. The bathroom line was so long at Grand prismatic that we assumed there would be one at fairy falls. Well there is not nor at biscuit basin or black basin. With kids with camelbacs on and adults that drink coffee this is an issue. So we headed to Old Faithful. We actually got there 40 min before old faithful performed. So we had a picnic lunch and waited. It was so exciting and surreal to see Old Faithful. The kids loved it and squealed with excitement. After we headed back North to Black Sand Basin. This is a short walk with a ton of character. Totally worth a stop to see all the lively hot springs geysers and basins. We listened to a ranger talk about all the scientific and medical advances and discoveries that have been done because of the bacteria and organisms found in Yellowstone’s hot springs and basins. Continued in comments below
My previous Pont d’Arc photo probably didn’t convey the sheer size of it.
Nestled between the Painted Desert and ponderosa highlands of northern Arizona, Wupatki is a landscape of legacies. Ancient pueblos dot red-rock outcroppings across miles of prairie. Wupatki National Monument was established by President Calvin Coolidge on December 9, 1924, to preserve Citadel and Wupatki pueblos. Monument boundaries have been adjusted several times since then, and now include additional pueblos and other archeological resources on a total of 35,422 acres.
Wupatki represents a cultural crossroads, home to numerous groups of people over thousands of years. Understanding of earlier people comes from multiple perspectives, including the traditional history of the people themselves and interpretations by archeologists of structures and artifacts that remain.
#wupatkinationalmonument #nationalmonument #gowest #nationalparkgeek #goparks #arizonalife #arizonasky #perfect_landscapes #desertphotography
Day three at Yellowstone we moved camp south to Fishing bridge, the drive was beautiful and filled with wildlife. We set up camp and decided to do something nearby. Right down the street from the campground is Pelican Creek Trail. We took this short trail through the woods and ended up on our own private beach on Yellowstone Lake! Gorgeous views of the mountains and pines all around us. The kids ran so fast and screamed with excitement. The water was freezing but the kids and adults did not mind. We were able to walk out really far and still the water was only waste deep. It was so amazing to swim in the largest alpine lake that was also the center of the volcano 640,000 years ago. We hung out here for a will sitting and enjoying the views while the kids played.
Day two in Yellowstone we explored the Norris geyser basin. To say you have to see it to believe it, is an understatement. This unearthly place is filled with geysers, basins, and bubbling mudpots of multiple colors and sizes. The noise of the wind and geysers, hot springs, and basins was haunting. The smell and heat coming from the area was unreal. Ava loved just looking over the the entire area for above, she said it looked like the moon and mars mixed. Owen loved waiting to see vixen geyser explode and that some of the basins were stinky. We highly recommend taking the time to walk the back basin trail. Every basin and geyser is so much different then the next. Vixen geyser is predictable and often so you can get up close and personal to her exploding performance. A few from our group actually got sprayed a little and were surprised to feel that the water was cold. The emerald and basin were jaw dropping. The colors were so vibrant. Hot, bubbling, smelly, vibrant, geysers, hot springs, and basins all in one location. Standing by a geyser you really get a sense of how small and fragile we are. Standing on a caldera of a super volcano will do that to you. My two favorites on back basin trail were Echinus Geyser and Emerald Spring. We hit this area before lunch time and did not have a crowd issue. Next we went to Canyon village for ice cream (obviously ) and to pick up the scientist jr ranger books. This is where the crowds were cray cray. Could have been the time of day or that the sights to see here are all in a very close area. We started at Lower falls and hiked to get a better view. It was stunning and a moderate hike with elevation changes. Inspiration point and uncle Toms trail were closed so we headed to the South rim and saw a black bear along the way a little of the road grazing in a meadow! We went to Artists point which is another must stop. The view down the canyon is iconic. The Yellowstone Grand Canyon is amazing and Artists point gives you a spectacular view of it. Highly recommend making that spot and take the time to sit and stare at the beauty and colors of the canyon.
working on this gnarly route. I should’ve switched to video, but was appreciating the hard work and was too distracted to even get a better angle. He disappears into a faux cave at the end. 😳
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We got to meet the Leconte Llamas in our hike!