New Year, Same Homeschool

Actually, our homeschool is never the same.  We are either on a trip, or exploring some trails, or creating some project.  Unlike a regular school, our academics can take place anytime, but I do tend to focus on the book work like math and language in the morning when the kiddo’s are fresh.  Our history […]

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How to Cut your Own Christmas Tree in Arizona

Being able to hike into the woods to cut down your own Christmas tree is not only memorable, but turns you into a tree snob.  For real, once you have fresh, like super fresh from the woods, you’ll never go back.  I venture to speculate that even the tree farm trees aren’t as amazingly hardy […]

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Dropping the New Year Pinecone

For the New Year holiday, we envisioned ourselves spending some chilly days in the snow, skiing or sledding, getting hot chocolate, and wandering around a winter wonderland in Flagstaff. Didn’t happen. Well, Flagstaff happened, but the hot weather made for a different holiday, and when you are the Rambling family , different can be just […]

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Fiddlers Cove Campground

So, we have not had a ‘normal’ go-to-the-grandparents house Thanksgiving ever since having kids. In keeping with that non traditional family tradition, we decided this year (though we are finally stateside for the first time in about 5 years) to head to the coast with the RV and check out the Navy-run campground of Fiddlers […]

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Unwinding in Flag

There are times when life gets so busy that we just need to carve in time to step away for a breather. It seems that the biggest challenge for us since moving back to the U.S. is finding a balance between our natural inclination to spend every weekend outside and the intense pressure to sign […]

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Trying for some Autumn

We live in the Sonoran desert.  It is October and hasn’t dipped below a high of 90 but one day, so far, but Halloween is coming and pumpkin spice crap is slathered all over the place giving us the vibe that we are totally missing out on fall.  I really crave crunchy rotting leaf smell […]

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Climbing Jacks Canyon

After standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, the Rambling Family drove south for a half hour on route 87, turned onto a dirt road, opened the barbed wire fencing, and drove through.  After Avi closed it up, we continued on the rough dirt road to a vague camping area at the top of Jack’s […]

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Shutting Down the Park

The Petrified Forest and Painted Desert National park is always a fun surprise because there really is NO forest.  We took the kids there, and like clockwork they got out of the car to exclaim, “where are the trees?” “Look on the ground,” I’d reply.  And, there, the rocks tell the tale. “Those are the […]

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On a mission for cooler temps

It has been hot, super hot, 104 or more, for months, and though I escaped the hottest part of the summer with our big road trip, being hot this last month has been enough to make us all ready for a reprieve. Don’t get me wrong; we love the sun and blue skies and daily […]

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