50-State Challenge

Alaska:Anchorage – A Real Life Ghost Town

October 3, 2012

As we stepped off the plane in Anchorage we entered a whole new world. You could tell that people had once been in this place in abundance, but now it has been transformed into a quiet ghost town. Only the locals are around and we LOVE it!!! Anchorage has that small town feel. There is […]

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Alaska – Travels in Humility

October 1, 2012

Have you ever prayed for humility or how about suffering? When people hear the types of things our family prays for they are sure we have finally lost our minds, as God answers prayer. And who in their right mind would ever pray to be humbled or to suffer? God knows our heart, and He […]

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Big Big Bargains

September 26, 2012

I love bargains and the bigger they are the better. Bargains are a lifestyle choice for our family. If we are not able to get a bargain we tend to walk away from the deal. To get a bargain you have to be willing to wait. Patience allows you take your time and find the […]

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Counting the Cost (State West of Arizona)

May 17, 2012

Stage 2: States West of Arizona is complete. Join us as we look at the facts and count the costs of our 50 state challenge. Stage 2 (States West of Arizona) Stats Days Traveling – 36 (April 1 through May 6, 2012) States Visited – 8 Miles Driven – 5,069 Hotel Nights – 10 Restaurant […]

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Utah:Zion – A Different View

May 5, 2012

We love Zion National Park and have tons of great memories in it. Prior to kids it was our favorite place to go canyoneering, and we spent many long weekends playing there. One of the great things about Zion is how easy it is to get away from the crowds, and I mean crowds, as […]

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Utah:Bryce Canyon – Hoodoo Wedoo

May 3, 2012

Utah started off with a real bang. Elijah was running beside a swimming pool and slipped (this is after I had just asked him to walk). He busted his bottom lip wide open and loosened his two front teeth. As he was bleeding all over me, he was really excited to finally be loosing his […]

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Idaho – Making Adventure

April 30, 2012

Upper and Lower Mesa Falls were high on our list of things to do in Idaho. They are located a little southwest of Yellowstone. Lower Mesa is one of those waterfalls on my kayaking to-do list, however, looking at the falls from the overlook it was obvious the water was too high for a solo […]

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Wyoming:Yellowstone – White Out

April 28, 2012

We were told Yellowstone may be all snowed in, so it was great news to hear the northern entrance would be opening the day we arrived. There was no snow except on the mountain tops and the temperatures were in the high 60s. The kids loved all the wildlife, and we loved the lack of […]

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Montana:Glacier National Park – Marching we will go

April 26, 2012

We were in for a real treat in Glacier. The weather could not have been better as we had temperatures in the mid seventies each day. Glacier is known for it’s beauty and hiking, so we were able to enjoy both. We were able to go on three different two mile hikes with my parents, […]

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Montana:Kootenia Falls – Big Sky Country

April 24, 2012

After a very short stint driving and camping in the panhandle of Idaho we found ourselves in Montana. We were all looking forward to visiting Kootenai Falls, the location where the River Wild was filmed. As we got closer we found out that there was a swinging bridge across the Kootenai River, which we were […]

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