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.
After a couple fabulous days in Seattle, we had jumped the Puget Sound and were on Hwy 101. We would essentially follow it for over 1,000 miles to San Francisco with lots of planned and unplanned stops along the way. Always make unplanned stops. Spontaneity really ramps up the travel experience.
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…
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.
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.