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September 30, 2018
First night down. We were lucky to be by expert rv campers last night as they helped us with setting up and breaking down for the first time. The girls played on the playground last night and wandered the trails by the lake this morning in the mist. We are encountering the cold front and definitely going to have to assess our path.
October 2, 2018
Windy southern Wyoming had us stomping through the desert and feeling like we had driven south, not north. First time in Wyoming and it’s amazing to see the landscape change the way it did from Colorado.
So far, Idaho is beautiful! We found a spot to stop and explore for a bit. The weather is still in the 70s, calm winds and just beautiful in the full glory of fall. .
The girls and I found an apple orchard while walking and enjoyed the calming music of being by the water. .
We are tired from traveling so far, so fast and are happy to settle in and start exploring at a slower pace.
October 3, 2018
Today we explored Crater of the Moon.
The volcanoes that erupted here did so only 2,000 years ago and are likely to erupt again someday. It’s one of the best places to study geology and see the stars. Astronauts use to prepare here for geological studies they would do on the moon starting with the second lunar landing.
October 6, 2018
The countryside and the landscape are beautiful here in Kalispell this time of year. The air is crisp and the sound of the breeze slowly making its way through the trees is ever so calming.
Fall is in full motion and we are soaking up our days biking and hiking, playing and laughing.
October 7, 2018
Glacier national park is very big and beautiful. We saw two lakes and waterfalls on our hikes… you literally could hike for a year and still have more to see. I wish we could hike to the actual glaciers but after today I just don’t see that happening
We hiked ALOT today! Probably the girls longest hike ever actually…which ended up being our longest hike ever carrying 1-2 kids at a time.
Kiara was a trooper and hiked about 3.5 miles before actively begging for her younger sister to get out of the backpack…which only opened Karolina up for riding piggyback while I had baby in front pack. 🤣
We are going to be sore tomorrow! Total of 5 miles.
October 8, 2018
We had our first day of homeschool! Or maybe it’s road schooling since we are officially full time on the road? All new things for us, but I think we are all settling in well. Who can beat a morning of forts, school work and outside play? I love it! Especially since I can sneak inside and sit with baby for a nap time rest while Andrew gets some fresh air playing with the girls. 💕
October 14, 2018
At the beach, my oldest insisted on making a seaweed castle for the mermaids who live in this beautiful town.
We stopped off for ice cream in a really cool little shop that was decorated very cute for Halloween. Karolina is all about the decorations that are not scary! This time of year the girls start talking about what they want to dress up as for Halloween and all the fun they are going to have. I have to admit- I’m not quite sure how we are going to approach Halloween this year. In the past we have had local events that the kids have gone to all week in their costumes. Now that we are on the road I’m going to have to do some research for the best kid friendly places….in the meantime…this place was such a wonderful find for an afternoon treat.
October 15, 2018
We had a great time exploring our new camp site trails, riding bikes and making forts today. The weather is just beautiful and fall is displaying all its colors in full.
. “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”
October 17, 2018
Part of exploring on this adventure had to include small towns and main streets of America. For me, I have always loved downtowns, they are the heart, soul and contain so much history. They are such an incredible place to start when visiting any new place.
We found a pavilion that the girls decided to use as their personal stage- we spent about an hour just watching the two girls dancing and performing for the pumpkins
We spent the day playing in Leavenworth and enjoying its town & playground. The weather is amazing right now. We missed the cold front and have been basking in some beautiful fall weather with colorful trees and blue skies.
Most of our days have been spent running about in the woods and playing with new friends where we stay, but on the days we venture out to “town” it’s just as fun.
October 19, 2018
At the original Cascadian Farm farm in Skagit County! The blueberry bushes are beautiful and fresh ice cream delicious! We stumbled across it by accident and what an amazing accident it was!
We found an amazing little bakery in the middle of this super small town called concrete. The area we were sitting had an enormous map above the seating with this little sticker that said “we are not lost” and I had to laugh. Part of this trip my girls have been randomly looking out the window and then saying- “are we lost? Do you know where we are going?”
It’s made me think on a few things. What kind of person are you? Do you plan it all out detail by detail or are you a go with the flow, see what may come person? My husband and I are total opposites. I think this adventure is helping my husband go with the flow a bit more and me plan out a bit more. And by planning- I mean booking our campsites earlier than an hour or two before we roll up into town. 🤣
October 20, 2018
Today we explored the Cascades and ran about the watersides emerald green blue water. It is just stunning here. So far this is my favorite place we have visited 💕
October 22, 2018
Sitting on the park bench, looking into my babes eyes and chatting about our day in the fresh air as her sisters and daddy play at the park by the big train.
Fall has always been my favorite time of year, hands down. I was sad that I’d miss some of its magic by taking this leap and traveling…turns out ! We are chasing fall! And there is just so much beauty and wonderment in our days that I can’t help but feel overwhelming grateful and blessed for this time.
October 23, 2018
We wandered by some of the sweetest cows today. How are cows so friendly? I feel like every cow I’ve been close to has always had the most gentle & sweet soul! .
Today Kiara made friends with one, and even though Karolina was hesitant, her big sister helped her be brave and pet them. .
Its actually really pretty here. Have I said that enough in previous posts? 😂 but truly, I’m wondering if people ever get numb to the beauty and stop seeing it here? Either way, on my list for what makes a place great, I have learned that I think I need to have green grass, mountains and a cow in my life.
October 23, 2018
Walked down the road to a winery! Andrew and I tasted all their wines for $5 and the girls picked out an ice cream and cheese to take back to the rv and enjoy later. Such a fun treat!
We have been staying at a campground that has these incredible bike/walking paths. In the morning my girls are bundled up with hats and sometimes even gloves (!) and by afternoon they are running about in short sleeves 🤣 I suppose this is just fall and the weather transition. But it might be the area.
One amazing thing about this area is that they have animals!! There’s a white horse, some goats, chickens, wild rabbits and pigs. And the pigs just gave birth to babies while we were here. Very cool!
October 25, 2018
It’s always amazing to me when we all fit in the camera lens together, but now that there are three kids!! I’m so excited to have them all be looking my way and bonus if they happen to even be smiling or semi smiling! I love this first photo for that reason alone. That, and Kiaras pride in holding her sister and that I trusted her to do it. 💕
The small hike to the falls by the waterfalls was fun. A huge Electricity power station is set up just outside these falls- the energy the water creates is incredible!
Our rv got an upgrade today 🙂 our fireplace arrived and we took off the doors below the tv and cut the shelf out to install. We were lucky to find one to fit so perfect! 💕
October 26, 2018
It has been wet and rainy! I’m so not used to this kind of weather. The green grass and trees are beautiful but the rain(!). The kids each picked out a pumpkin for Halloween 🎃
October 27, 2018
The natural elements are getting ready for Halloween. We woke up to huge spider webs in the trees by our r v (not sure how I really feel about that). The fog and trees are also very busy showing off here in Seattle area.
We were excited to take advantage of some weather without rain and jumped to Seattle’s space needle. The girls rode to the top and explored the grounds below. On the moving floor karolina held her daddy’s hand and screamed that the floor was moving! So cute!
Such a blast exploring the park grounds at the space needle. What an incredible park!! I swear we could have stayed all day! As it was the girls spent almost 3 hours climbing, sliding and riding the “spinning thing” lol I love good parks!
October 28, 2018
Bloedel reserve on Bainbridge Island was such a treat. We walked through woods and manicured lawns to find a beautiful home sitting on the other side of a reflection pond along the cliffs of the ocean. Just beautiful!
Pike place market place was fun. Kiara made us some really great apple cider and the girls drew pictures. We found a local man who made them each a bracelet with their name and birth stone color beaded had ice cream by the first Starbucks. I’m sure it does not count, but I had coffee ice cream.
October 29, 2018
We had the chance to see the Snoqualmie Falls through rain and sunshine today! The girls and I ventured out while Andrew finished up on some work. We made the hike all the way to the base of the falls and all the way back up!
When hiking yesterday, the girls were super tired and stopped with me while I fed their baby sister Khloe. It was humid from all the water in the air, but still very cool, so I made them keep jackets on. Karolina kept asking to be held and Kiara, playing, picked her up and started walking up the mountainside. .
Days with a five year old are full blown moment to moment with emotions being expressed and limits being tested…but when she’s sweet, caring, funny I grab onto those moments.
They were amazing troopers on such a wet drizzly steep walk.
October 30, 2018
We decided to explore a new area this week and were really surprised to see this river view. We set up our “front porch” 🤣 with two pumpkins and the girls had a blast playing with new friends.
We recently watched the movie small foot. My girls loved watching the fog rise up and finding an amazing world and creatures hiding there.
So, when we started up mnt Rainier and a huge fog/mist cloud surrounded the car the girls screamed with delight that we were headed towards the yeti! (Lol) have to admit, kind of cute. And we were all shocked by the new world that greeted us – piles and piles of snow!! We were definitely under prepared 🤣
We hiked to a waterfall today. A snow covered, frozen pathway lead us down to where a beautiful waterfall was. I can only imagine it’s glory in the summer, but here in October it was borderline dangerous as the last pathway down had packed snow that was beginning to get icy. Lots of hikers and people had made the walk, but we decided to stomp in the fresh snow beside the stairs to be safe. Afterwards we had hot cocoa treats! Our girls are becoming quite the little trekkers.
October 31, 2018
Halloween fun! Andrew found an awesome town that did trick or treating on main street! So fun and safe- girls had such a blast. Bonus? We were done by 6p and they got to play at an awesome park and have pizza for dinner at a local place.
November 1, 2018
Have I mentioned that it’s raining in Washington? Like ALOT! I can’t get over how much rain! I honestly think we may be chasing it with each move as it just seems to be getting more and more intense.
we head to Oregon and I’m laughing because it’s raining there also! 😂 (big sigh) we are hoping to get to dryer days as fast as possible!
We are on the move! 🙂 A beautiful deer outside our campsite came to say goodbye to us this morning and massive fog waved its goodbyes as it rose from the earth and hovered amongst the tree tops.
Washington was a beautiful state to visit! I think when we come back, it will be in the dry season. 😉
November 6, 2018
We are in the land of waterfalls…so many waterfalls that there is even a bride of waterfalls…the bridal veil. The Colombia Gorge is stuffed with waterfalls, and it seems that almost all hiking paths lead to a hidden waterfall.
Multnomah Falls in Oregon is incredible! We expected a hike, but the actual falls are feet from where you park, so as you walk in, you literally are just at the falls as they crash down from the rock. It’s the second biggest waterfall in the USA, which might be why standing by it was such a rush!
November 7, 2018
These past days in the gorge I have found myself taking our days much slower than we typically do. Even though there is so much to explore, these last days have asked to be taken slower, to take it all in and regroup. I’m so grateful for days the girls spend hours just playing with some toys at a table while I get our place back in order. It’s been really great to be able to just bike ride into a town so close and get ice cream and window shop also! And baby Khloe got her very first stroller ride! .
It’s the little things in our everyday moments that make me happiest.
November 8, 2018
Oregon landscape changed so fast on our drive today between the gorge and bend! We went from a very wet ground to a very dusty ground. The trees became less tall, skinny, tropical and more scarce, plump, juniper looking. The sunshine glared into the windows hard! At one point my daughter said she was going blind from the amazing sunshine that’s been hiding from her. 😆 I doubt that’s happening, but it’s so different to feel drier air again. The humidity has definitely gone way down. .
The scent of wood fire filled the brisk evening air tonight. It was nice to cuddle up by our fireplace and watch a family movie.
November 11, 2018
Family fun with breakfast out, a movie (the nutcracker was so good!!), and skating…so nice to slow down the sight seeing and act like locals and enjoy some normal fun 💕
The view out our window is pretty unique. Huge ponderosa trees tower over us, western larch, juniper and grand fir trees all fill the air. It’s a pretty special treat. We have been waking up to frosted mornings that warm up by afternoon. It’s November in high desert, and tomorrow our nations capital will have its Christmas tree cut here and driven to Washington.
November 12, 2018
80 ft tall and 35 years old, the first noble fir was celebrated and taken to the White House today for Christmas.The girls signed the truck carrying the tree and had fun watching a helicopter fly Father Christmas in🌲
November 13, 2018
“Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself who you are”
I woke up tired & when we started this hike, the conversation my girls wanted to have fell to silence from me. I needed to move, to breathe, hear the water in the stream, feel the wind at my face …I needed a moment for myself. I don’t get many moments to myself. Especially living in our small space. So our time outside, is time I need as much as they do. To move and breathe under and amongst trees so large and vast really allows a person to regroup, reevaluate and look at life from new eyes. The walk lead us on a path besides a river. You could hear in the distance the path the water took, from gushing waters to calm streams. As we reached a higher walk, we could hear the water changing in the distance. My oldest and I walked off the path towards the water to find a frozen waterfall, ice formations at the base not far from where it crashed down into the stream reminded us that despite the sun and beautiful weather, it really was November. We had fun talking and unwinding, becoming new again in the woods and I’m forever grateful for our many walks with nature as a family.
November 14, 2018
So THIS is where the sun has been hiding!! It has been weeks of no sun early in the morning. I think once we hit northern Idaho the sun decided to sleep in, or hide behind all the trees…one of the two 🙂 .
Being from Colorado and Arizona, I’m used to seeing the sun first thing in the morning-way too early usually lol. I used to complain that my kids would wake up with the sun, and while there was a huge part that was jumping for joy over the last weeks of their sleeping in, another part missed seeing the sun in the morning.
There is absolutely nothing here, but it’s a great campground…I may never leave this campsite 😂
Crater lake is every bit as beautiful as they said it would be!
7,700 years ago a volcano erupted and made a huge crater in the earth…over time water and snow filled the basin to create this incredible lake. It’s the nations deepest lake and they are still discovering new things about this special place.
November 15, 2018
We are staying at the most beautiful location right now! How wonderful to wake up to this beautiful view and go out on the water. The boats are complimentary and available at the shore for anytime your heart desires to paddle! And the weather has been so wonderful- I honestly can’t get over this location. I’m so glad we stumbled upon it. Such a treat for our entire family.
November 16, 2018
My oldest climbed to the top viewing point at crater lake with me. She was wearing her Halloween outfit over her clothing- claiming that Alice in wonderland also went to new and exciting worlds. Hey, who am I to argue with that? 🙂 Just the two of us hiked up to the top viewing point while everyone else waited below for us. It was nice for just the two of us to go. At the top there was just a huge drop off at the cliffsides. I don’t think I would have felt as comfortable if I had been wearing Khloe or having to hold tight to Karolinas hand. The views were incredible though. Kiara has started taking photos of our journeys- I think I may need to get her her own camera.
November 17, 2?2018
The waves are crashing while the kids play in the mud/sand with sea shells….I can’t believe this is right outside our door this week! I could get used to this.
ghthouse where miss karolina wanted to be pushed in the swing for almost an hour while her older sister ran around playing. I love pushing her in the swing and having her all to myself. When it got colder, she and I went into the car to warm up and talk which I love just as much! These girls of mine are growing so fast and it’s special to spend as many small moments of time with them.
As the sun started to set on the ocean, her older sister wanted to say goodnight to the sun- so she and I ran out to watch it up close by the lighthouse, laughing and giggling at our little secret time together. On our way back toward everyone, a lady with a talking bird was “walking” and we got to say goodnight to it as well. This is honestly the first time I’ve ever seen someone taking their bird out for a walk.