california, Camping, Museums, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Vacation

Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

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Beaches, midwest, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

Chicago!

Like last year, we spent the Fourth of July week not together as a family.  The kids all headed to the Sequoias for junior high and high school church camp. So that left us adults with some 'free' time. We took advantage of it and headed to Chicago, where the husband has been commuting to… Continue reading Chicago!

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Petrified Forest National Park

It's probably difficult to imagine, but hundreds of millions of years ago, Arizona was a tropical rainforest, rich in greenery and trees.  Over time, the geology of the earth shifted and changed, eventually becoming the Arizona we know today. Over the course of that time, stream and river deposits formed the Chinle Formation in what… Continue reading Petrified Forest National Park

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Lincoln County, New Mexico 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, New Mexico Historic Sites

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Disney 2K17: Animal Kingdom and a Souvenir Shopping Idea

Hello everyone! This is the fifth and final post in my Disney vacay 2K17 series. Our last full day in Orlando was spent exploring Disney's Animal Kingdom. This park was, in its own way, a fun experience. It was different from what I typically think of as 'Disney.' Animal Kingdom was part amusement park, part… Continue reading Disney 2K17: Animal Kingdom and a Souvenir Shopping Idea