Red Rocks and Mountaintops

I am an admitted National Parks junkie, but the beautiful nature that blankets America’s landscape has multiple caretakers. The Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak are excellent examples of how nature can be preserved when local communities decide that it is a priority. Over a 24 hour period, our family got to be the beneficiaries of that prioritization, making this vacation stop an adventure that our kids will not soon forget.

Burros, Rocks, and Hot Springs – Campsmas 2019

The last time we went to Big Bend, we rushed our way through the 800,000 acre park in less than six hours. This time we had three full days. We could take our time and explore the things we wanted to explore without rushing through each point of interest. To give an idea of how … Continue reading Burros, Rocks, and Hot Springs – Campsmas 2019

Two Days of Travel – Campsmas 2019

When I was a kid, my uncle started using the phrase, “We can’t be late, we’re on vacation.” I’m sure that he was far from the first person to make that excuse for not getting to family gatherings at the expected time, but it was something that I eventually believed was a good life philosophy … Continue reading Two Days of Travel – Campsmas 2019

A Letter to Twenty-Year-Old Me, Before You Leave for a Semester Abroad

You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. After months of convincing Mom and Dad that this is a good idea, planning out everything you want to see and do, and working every shift possible during the summer, you are ready. You think you know the impact this will have on your life, but take comfort in knowing that you don't know anything, and that will make the next three months so much better. This journey will change you and set you on a path that is even better than the life you are imagining for yourself right now, the memories and the lessons sticking with you long after you return to the States.

South Llano and Monahans Sandhills – Vacation 2019

We looked across the expanse of sand and the kids took off down the dune, ready to explore the next one. We shortened the dogs’ leashes and let them take off after the kids, both of them happily running through the sand to protect their people. We spent the next hour waiting for the sunset, climbing to the top of the next dune and then sitting at the top while we watched our kids play and roll in the sand.