Lessons From Our First Backpacking Trip

We embarked on our first backpacking trip recently and chose White Sands National Monument as the location. One of the reasons we selected White Sands for this trip is because the backcountry sites are only 3/4 – 1 mile from the parking lot. You are walking through sand dunes but overall it is not a hard or long hike. We learned so much from this trip and I thought I would share our lessons learned in case backpacking is of interest or in case you would like to laugh at some of our silly mistakes. Read more

My Favorite Things: Summer Edition

We just spent a week with all of our camping gear and there were several things I kept saying I loved so I thought I would make a list. These are in no particular order. Read more

Top 5 Car Travel Tips

Last year we put 6,000 miles on our car just from travel.  The majority of those miles were from our epic road trip last summer.  As I reflected on our travels and the time we spent in the car, I came up with a list of my top car travel tips. Read more

Traveling With Dietary Restrictions

You may or may not know that I have several dietary restrictions.  A couple years ago I was diagnosed with several food allergies, the most common being dairy, gluten and eggs.  This makes traveling complicated.  If I am being honest, it makes eating in general complicated but being away from my kitchen for any extended period of time is tough.  I have made huge strides and am determined to figure out how to travel without having a food melt down.
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Tips for planning a road trip

I do a fair amount of research when planning a road trip.  I often drive The Husband crazy until I have all the details figured out.  I become consumed in learning all that I can about the places we are going so that I can design the perfect itinerary.  Lets call it vacation planning OCD. Read more