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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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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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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Back to School

After a summer living in the camper, it was nice to come home and have a couple weeks of staycation. Then, it got a bit boring. Kids were fiesty and picking on each other. We needed to get things rolling with school.

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No Ticks = Success!

After rolling the two kids and the camper all the way the Alaska and back, we couldn’t just stop and go home to the heat in Arizona.  Instead, we continued to Pennsylvania to visit family and give the kids an opportunity to attend summer camp via Penn State University’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.  Zoe went […]

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But, what about the crowds?

Yes.  Yellowstone is pretty crowded in the summer, but with a bit of luck and some open minded freedom from expectations, we had a wonderful time.  Our trip was full of adventurous campsite-seeking evenings, fellow boondocking crazy’s,  lots of thermal features, and one of the best backpacking trips we’ve ever had.

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Sucked In

East of Calgary the prairie expands out to the horizon, and if you head out there, after about two hours the grassland drops off to expose the badlands that lie beneath.  Dinosaur Provincial Park resides out there and is a buggy infestation. Well. Wait.  It’s also really neat; along the bottomland a stream feeds a […]

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