Family, Food, Travel, Uncategorized

Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

As the kids get older more of our summer vacations are spent apart, having our own adventures, with us eventually coming together again. This summer I counted 18 days that we spent all together as a family between school letting out and starting again, with the majority of those being the week before school started.… Continue reading Quad Cities Iowa and Illinois

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Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, School, Uncategorized, writing

Back to School

After a lovely- and busy- summer, we are back at school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family.  This is the first one in 12 years that we have not had a child at the elementary school. This experience has been bittersweet. On the one hand,… Continue reading Back to School

Camping, Family, Hiking, Hobbies, Kids, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

A Weekend to Remember: Rafting the American River

Last weekend brought a new adventure for me. I had never been whitewater rafting before in my life, so when the opportunity arose as a Scout family outing, we jumped at the chance.  It was a first for my younger boy and daughters as well, as the two younger ones were too young for the… Continue reading A Weekend to Remember: Rafting the American River

Family, Museums, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Lincoln County Historic Sites

After two days in a row exploring our national monuments with many miles of driving, we kept the Thursday before leaving for Flagstaff 'local.' We used the day as a low-key rest day, but one with visits to the surrounding villages and their historic sites. Our first stop was to the town of Capitan. After… Continue reading Lincoln County Historic Sites

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Carlsbad Caverns

The highlight of our Spring Break 2K18 Southwest Adventure was definitely Carlsbad Caverns. We had been desiring to visit the national park for at least ten years now, and finally were staying close enough to make it a reality. The three-hour drive from Ruidoso via Roswell was well worth it. Carlsbad Caverns was amazing. Carlsbad… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns