Badlands + Black Hills + Devil’s Tower

An 8-day road trip from Saint Paul, MN to the Black Hills of South Dakota via the Badlands. Detour to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming on the way home. Travelers included 2 families of 5, with kids aged 4-10 years old. Lots of outdoor adventure and a variety of accommodations from camping to VRBO. (July 2013)

Companion post to Brownesness: Black Hills Gold

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Lake Louise / Tea House Hike, Banff NP

What is it about Wednesday that makes me nostalgic?

I’m recalling a great road trip Eric and I took during the pre-iPhone days . . . before I took a million pictures or bothered to write anything down. We borrowed my aunt and uncle’s 1989 Winnebago Le Sharo and drove to Banff National Park. We broke down briefly somewhere in Montana, stayed at bed and breakfasts (even though we had our own beds, whaaat?) and bought our first piece of “real” art from a gallery. The year was 1998? We think.

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30 minutes in Charleston

Charleston, SC has long been on my travel list. I attended a work conference there two summers ago and scheduled some time on the front-end for a quick glimpse of the city. It was a quick trip; my return flight was scheduled soon after the last session the next day. I dreamed of trying she-crab soup and shrimp and grits. Maybe a stroll through the Charleston City Market or some shopping on King Street.

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Copenhagen + Norway Cruise

A 10-day trip in and out of Copenhagen, Denmark – with a 7-day Norway Disney Cruise in the middle. Travelers included 4 families – 7 adults with 7 kids from 8 months to 12 years old. (June 2015)

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Just the 2 of us.

He’s my Valentine, and husband of 16 years (and counting). Hands down, he’s my #1 favorite travel partner. We went on plenty of trips together when we were first married: honeymooned in Hawaii, explored Belize, camped in the Black Hills, road-tripped to Banff, relaxed in Carmel. This guy:

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Pacific Northwest

A 9-day city tour/road trip covering Vancouver, Seattle + Bainbridge Island and Portland. Travelers included our family with 3 kids ages 6-12. Stayed in mostly AirBnB accommodations. (July, 2015)

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Vancouver’s Grouse Grind

One of our favorite family memories of 2015: conquering the Grouse Grind together when we visited Vancouver. 2,830 steps. 1.8 miles long. 2,800 foot elevation gain. This climb is no joke – and absolutely beautiful.

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