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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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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Brownesness: Black Hills Gold

This is a special trip to write about. It is almost too hard to put into words without dedicating six posts to it, but I’ll try. 4 adults and 6 kids packed into 2 minivans for 8 days doesn’t sound like vacation magic, does it? Well, it was. And we will always look back on this trip with a heightened sense of nostalgia for several reasons . . .

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