Home Sweet Home
Friday, July 16, 2010

I wonder if it's too soon to drop them off for the weekend.

Final destination: Broken Arrow, OK


"Hey Wyatt. We just crossed the Oklahoma border!"

Holy Humidity!

Yep, we're definitely in Oklahoma.

Day 13...

...on the road with a 3 and 4 year old.

Must refuel.

Albuquerque, NM

Dam, that's impressive.
Thursday, July 15, 2010

My first time to cross Hoover Dam.

You can see the newly constructed bridge in the background. Also very impressive.


Fun at Circus Circus

Las Vegas, NV

Vegas, Baby!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sunset from our campsite
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sequoia National Park, CA

Tunnel Log

Leaving Sequoia National Park.

If we're lucky, we may just make it out of CA today.

Whoa!!! That's a really big tree!

General Grant
Second largest tree in the world

Sequoia National Park, CA

Long night in the ghetto
Sunday, July 11, 2010

Apparently, we picked the bad part of Fresno (still not sure if there is a good part) in which to stay last night.

During our very short stay, we witnessed an arrest, what I think were a few drug deals, and an unfortunate number of women in heels longer than their mini skirts.

Let's just say we were thrilled to pieces when we found our car completely intact this morning.

California fresh fruit
Saturday, July 10, 2010

Nothing like it.

Dinner at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Friday, July 9, 2010

Contrary to what this photo may suggest, they don't actually serve beer to minors.

Chico, CA


We've been camping 5 of the last 6 nights.

Suddenly Motel 6 feels like a five star establishment.

Chico, CA


The stinky boiling mud pot.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

Little Explorers

Still enjoying Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

Junior Ranger
Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA

If you eat a good lunch...
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

...we can go to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!

(Yes, eating one whole carrot is a good lunch in our family)

Ashland, Oregon

AAA...Never leave home without it.

Our fifth day on the road, our first call for help.

Funny how those pesky car keys make their way into the trunk.

Medford, Oregon

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Oversized pinecones on 8-dollar Mountain

First accident of the trip

I knew that first aid kit would come in handy.

Leave it to the oldest child of the family to need it first.

Bike wreck at Oregon Caves National Monument.

More coping...

Wine before coffee.

Anything goes when you're on vacation, I guess.

Foris Winery
Holland, Oregon

As peas are to a pod...

...Wild River Nut Brown Ale is to a roasted marshmallow.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Mommy's coping mechanism when traveling with small children.

Cave Junction, Oregon

Making friends along the way

Feeding the gulls at Harris Beach State Park.

Just north of CA state line

At least it's not raining...
Sunday, July 4, 2010

55 degrees with 25 mph winds

Our last 4th in fleece.

The Road Trip Has Commenced!

Well, we've survived our first 24 hours of being homeless and jobless. But hey, at least we're at the beach! We plan to enjoy the 4th of July festivities in the little southern coastal town of Bandon, Oregon before heading to Oregon Caves National Monument tomorrow.

The move went well, considering we had more junk than we could cram into our POD. Fortunately the guys at 1-800-GOT JUNK were able to come to our rescue in only a moments notice. So I had to say goodbye (and good riddance) to that dining room table I loved so much that was nearly falling apart, and all of our 15-year-old cookware with cracks and chips in them. I'm sorry to say I was thrilled to see them go! Of everyone, Wyatt took the move the hardest. He sobbed over his trains (that he never plays with anymore) as our POD departed the driveway.

I hope to get the hang of this whole mobile blogging concept so we can update regularly throughout our trip.

Happy Independence Day!



My Wine Personality:
For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


“Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771