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Climbing up to the top of the desert view tower at the Grand Canyon.

The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas… all in one day!

We spent the morning exploring Desert View, hiking along the rim of the canyon and climbing the Desert View tower. The views were spectacular, though a bit of haze continued to hang in the air, obscuring the visibility. I can’t imagine why more people don’t camp up at Desert View – it is not nearly […]

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Four Corners

Four Corners and the Grand Canyon!!!

First major stop of the day – Four Corners! For a small fee, we got to stand in four states at once – Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico! The scenery on the way to the Grand Canyon National Park was gorgeous – lots of beautiful mountains with multi-colored strata, random rock formations, and the […]

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Sunrise over the Morefield Campground at Mesa Verde National Park.

Mesa Verde National Park

We woke to a beautiful sunrise and a full moon. The Morefield Campground cafe serves all you can eat pancake breakfasts and Starbucks coffee, an opportunity we couldn’t pass up! As Kendra noted, the pancakes were the BEST all you can eat ones she’d ever had. I have to agree. Our first stop of the […]

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Burning the fields in Kansas.

Dorothy was right – there’s no place like Kansas!

Last night we watched a huge thunderstorm move toward us over a period of three hours as we drove toward the Missouri-Kansas border. I could not believe the amount and size of lightening bolts – at one point if felt like we were stuck in a strobe light. When the storm finally hit, bringing with […]

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The view from the top of the St. Louis Arch.

St. Louis – the perfect city for kids!

Addie woke us up very early today – I think she was excited to ride up the arch. We had breakfast, grabbed our free Starbucks coffees, and headed over to get in the ticket line. By 8:10am, we were on the first tram ride up! I was slightly terrified when we first got into the […]

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Our hotel room in St. Louis, MO.

Meet me in St. Louis, Louie!

We arrived in St. Louis this afternoon, and went straight to our hotel. came to the rescue once again! For $50 we had an arch view, and we were literally across the street from the monument. We also got vouchers for free coffee from the Starbucks located in the hotel. I was elated. After […]

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The Parthenon in Nashville, TN

Welcome to Nashville! … or Greece?

I love oddities and unexpected tourist traps. Take, for instance, the full scale replica of the Parthenon that is in Centennial Park in downtown Nashville. Built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, the sculptures that adorn the outside were built from plaster casts of the originals. It is an imposing building, though somewhat out of place […]

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Firewood, Tents, and a Moose

Kendra and I LOVE to go camping. Of course, once Addison was on the way, camping became a thing of the past. By the time the winter snow had melted, and we could camp again, Kendra was uncomfortably pregnant. So we hung up the hiking shoes for the year and focused on raising our new […]

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Night on the Town…

Kendra and I went out tonight! In exchange for a sushi dinner, my dear brother came over and watched Addison so we could go to a Girlyman show at the Driftwood Cafe in Plymouth. Though I am not a huge fan (I like the music, but I am not a Girlystalker, like our friend Meg), […]

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Last Day in Rome

Today was by far the most beautiful and warm day we’ve had yet! We awoke early and after eating another great breakfast, we jumped on the bus for our ride back into the city. Our first stop was the Coliseum. We had an amazing guide who walked us through the crumbling remains of the travertine […]

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