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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco with a local (aka Jen)

Addison and Jen had a blast together while we were at the wedding. Jen took her for a long walk, played with her, and even let her terrorize her dog, June. Addison loves dogs, but she hasn’t mastered the art of gently petting, rather than pulling, their fur. We all woke early today, and Jen […]

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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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Our new tent!

Oh Deer!

I tend to be a light sleeper while I am camping. It probably has something to do with my extreme fear of a bear visiting our campsite. Last night, I thought my fear had been realized. I woke to the sound of an animal – I was sure of it. Well, mostly sure. I waited […]

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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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Zapata Falls, Colorado

Zapata Falls and a long drive…

We started our day with a short hike to Zapata Falls. The 3-mile rocky dirt road that led to the trail was almost bumpy enough to deter our trip, but we persevered, and I am so glad we did! Once at the trail head, we strapped on our water shoes and hiked a quick 10 minutes […]

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Frisky ground squirrel at Mesa Verde National Park

Hiking at Great Sand Dunes National Park!

Addison woke us up early again, which was perfect as we wanted to hike the dunes and it’s best to do so in the morning during the summer so as not to burn your toes! When I unzipped the tent door, I was shocked to see a deer grazing in the next campsite. It couldn’t […]

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Sunset over the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

What a way to celebrate your first birthday :(

We woke early this morning, had breakfast, and then took a long nap when Addie took her morning nap. At 10am, we climbed into the car and left Pueblo to go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. It only took two hours to get there, and we were pleased to find 18 campsites left […]

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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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