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Since I last posted here, a lot has happened. It’s hard to believe, but my nest is now empty. All three of my kids are at college this year. I talk to them often and am thankful that we have such a strong relationship. I truly believe that our travels together helped forge those bonds.

Now it’s time for the next chapter for me too. I want to contribute to our family’s finances (college is expensive!) while continuing to encourage other families to travel together. I concluded that the best way for me to do that was to become […]

We did it! Hawaii was my kids’ 50th state!

Hawaii - 50th State

It’s been several months since I’ve posted here and I wanted to give my readers an update. First of all, we accomplished our goal! All five of us have now been to all 50 states. We spent two weeks in Hawaii in June and had a wonderful time.

A brief update about my family: it’s hard to believe, but most of the traveling we’ve done over the last six months has been to visit colleges (with little or no time for sightseeing). My oldest is entering his senior year of high school and is ready to start filling out […]

When trips don’t go as planned – stuck in the desert

Jacking up the car

It’s one of those life lessons that everyone learns sooner or later: sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Considering last week was one of those weeks when family life and holiday preparations seemed to spiral out of control, making it impossible to stick to my initial writing plan, this seems like the perfect time to write about this particular misadventure.

The day started out like any other. We had visited Meteor Crater the day before and spent the night in Holbrook, Arizona. The plan was to visit Petrified Forest National Park and then head to New Mexico. Originally we had […]