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Missouri Camping

This week, Simon and I got to escape to Missouri for a couple of nights camping with my dad, my sister and her kids. Anna’s kids were out of school Monday and Tuesday, so we all left on Sunday and met about halfway between here and Chicago at St. Francois State Park. We’ve only camped …

Rifle, Colorado

We spent a lovely two days in the area of Rifle, Colorado, a place I had never even heard tell of before last week.  Though we enjoyed our time there, we probably won’t go back since it is so far west in Colorado. Unless, of course, I take up rock climbing, which is about as …

Crested Butte Yoga

Crested Butte Yoga in Colorado at Yoga For The Peaceful If you’ve been following me since our last visit to Crested Butte, you know that I enjoy some mountain yoga.  I went to four different classes the last time I was here, and wrote about every single one of them. (See yoga archives.) When we …

Surprise! A Day in Nashville

How we got to Spend a Surprise Day in Nashville So where were we in our trip?  That’s right.  Broken down a little bit past Nashville. Simon was asleep when we first broke down and the other kids were watching a movie on my computer, so for about an hour we sat while Taido tried …

The Smoky Mountains

We recently returned from a rainy week in the Smoky Mountains with my entire family.  The last time we all camped together was five years ago in Colorado.  Since everyone remembers that week as being very cold, we decided to meet somewhere a little warmer.  And a little closer!  We have been planning this trip …

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Canadian Rockies Tour

Canadian Rockies Tour: Of Glaciers and Grizzlies I am currently in the Canadian Rockies with my four children and my parents. Oh yes, Taido got a relief driver and gave us the slip so he could study without interruption for the final two weeks. So far he has missed a lot of time in the …

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Berry Picking

  Berry picking has got to be one of the greatest pastimes ever. Besides being great entertainment, the reward for your work is so great. If you love berries like I do, then you should definitely make plans to visit the Pacific Northwest the last week in July or the first week of August one …

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Trader Joe’s Camping Menu

If you are going camping this weekend or sometime soon and you happen to be near a Trader Joe’s, as I happily happen to find myself again, then you might like to discover, as I have, that you can get several days’ worth of relatively easy and healthy camping meals in one quick stop. Cooking …

Souvenirs

Souvenirs from Glacier National Park If I could magically give you a gift today via the internet it would be this, To sit you down on a bench in the Trail of the Cedars, And to fill all your senses with Glacier National Park. You would feel the mountain sun touch your face as it …

Memphis Zoo

We went to the Memphis Zoo on for the day on Monday. I am telling you. This zoo is worth the drive from Little Rock. We belonged to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle when we lived there and what I loved about joining was that once I joined, the zoo became a completely free …