San Francisco…the Pacific Coast trip comes to an end.


We had driven over 1000 miles along the Pacific Coast in an epic trip from Seattle to San Francisco. My husband had stayed home with our oldest who was working, and so it was just me and my 14 yr old son and 11 yr old daughter.

If you wait for ideal conditions you’ll never do anything. Just get out there. There is so much to see.

Hwy 101 was amazing, mostly two lanes and beautiful. I had survived driving it alone, back feeling fine and only one speeding ticket. Hey, I was passing an 18 wheeler so totally justifiable. But still $300.

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We go on a family vacation every year…sometimes more than one  We had traveled sooo much in 2013, and 2014 had dawned difficult, so somehow I found summer 2014 fast approaching and nothing was planned. Well I couldn’t have that. I think the plan pretty much came about because I had never been to Oregon, and the kids lacked Washington and California as well, so boom.  A Pacific Coast trip was birthed.

It doesn’t take much inspiration to get me on the road…

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Why my kids wander

To wander. To explore, travel, experience. It brings me life. I wander through forest, down ravines, across meadows, along beaches, over rocks and logs, scramble up bluffs. If I’m outside, I’m happy. So naturally my kids were going to love the outdoors as well. But with a wonderful husband that doesn’t particularly enjoy being outside I wasn’t sure how much I could accomplish.

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And so it began…

I am a mom and wife and I love all things outdoors and all things travel. But my wonderful husband does not. What to do? When my son was six, we went hiking in a national forest. I discovered that he loved it and is relatively immune to the fatigue, discomfort and cold that sometimes comes with outdoor living. And so it began. We went backpacking the next year, just a mom and a 7 year old. We have been backpacking dozens of times since. I also love to travel, with 37 states and 21 countries under my belt. Most of those I have been able to share with my kids…and there is nothing like experiencing the world with them.