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Warwick Castle, Warwick, England

Day Trip from London: Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford

Today was a whirlwind day! We opted to do a tour with the Golden Tour Company in the UK to visit Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford because it was fairly cheap, and included lunch. (These are important things to consider when traveling with your inner-city high school students!) We left the hotel at 7am and […]

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Addison at Trafalgar Square in London, England.

London, Day 2: Windsor Castle, A Guided Tour, and the Tate Modern!

Today began early with a continental breakfast in the hotel. Nothing fancy, but the croissants were freshly baked! We gathered up the kids and boarded a bus to Windsor Castle, accompanied by our local guide, John. Historically used as the royal residence, this medieval castle has been home to the British monarchy since the reign […]

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Big Ben and Parliment as seen from the London Eye

London, Day 1: Fish & Chips and The London Eye!

Yesterday we began a new adventure – taking 18 of our high school students, and Addison, to Europe! This is actually our third trip to Europe with the kids. However, this is the first trip with Addison, and her first time out of the country. Needless to say, we were both a bit nervous. Addison […]

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Safe and Sound! We’re back in MA!

Not sure what got into us, but we ended up driving for 26 hours straight, arriving at my sister’s house at 9:30am this morning. Kendra and I took turns alternating between sleeping and driving, while Addie spent most of the time sleeping. When we got to Kim’s, she fed us breakfast, and then while we […]

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Independence Pass

Only 2100 miles ’til home!

After dropping off Steve in Aspen, we headed back to our campsite to look for my wallet. Though we didn’t find it, we did see two grey wolves run through the campground, confirming for me that I HAD seen a wolf run down the road the previous night. Wild! (Oh, and my wallet was later […]

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Addie getting a bath in the hotel sink in Moab, UT.

And then we were a wolfpack of four…

We had a slow start yesterday morning – Addison had an early morning poo-plosion. I won’t got into the details – I think the name is descriptive enough. Anyway, it resulted in a hotel sink bath, and a later departure time than we anticipated. Despite this, we made it to Carbondale, CO by 2:30pm, and […]

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Arches National Park, Moab, UT

Arches National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we headed to Arches National Park! We spent the morning doing short, easy hikes to various natural sandstone arches.Yet again, the scenery was gorgeous! There are over 2,000 arches in the park, spread out among amazing rock formations and desert landscape. Of course, after 3 hours of hiking, even easy […]

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Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lake Hike and Lehman Caves

We packed up the campsite early and headed up to the Visitor’s Center to buy tickets for a tour of Lehman Caves. Our next stop was the cafe next door, where we had egg and cheese sandwiches with coffee, and good conversation with an older gentleman from Utah. He was telling us at his grandkids’ […]

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Yosemite National Park's Tioga Road

Highway 6 – A Long, Deserted Drive

I was sad to leave Yosemite this morning. As we drove along the Tioga Road, I was continually amazed by the surrounding beauty of the mountains and trees. I have never been to a place quite as beautiful – it must be God’s country. Now I understand why Ansel Adams spent so much time here. […]

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Making breakfast at the campsite in Yosemite.

Giant Trees and Chocolate Cake!

After a quick breakfast of cereal, we headed to Tuolumne Grove and hiked to a small grove of Sequoias. This was my second time seeing redwoods, and I still can’t believe my eyes when I look at these massive trees. It’s hard to comprehend the idea of a tree being over 3,000 years old. We […]

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