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The Beginning of a New Adventure

  We have some news!   At the end of the June we’ll be packing our truck camper and hitting the road for an extended year-long adventure.     The Plan We’ll begin by driving into Oregon and California and if all goes well (a big IF, given that we’ll have four people living in a house smaller than a parking space!) then we’ll keep driving south into Mexico and Central America.   And if things go fantastically well then

Iceland with Kids.The Golden Circle. Part 3.

This article details an Icelandic trip we took with our two children (ages 1.5 and 4 years) for five days in August 2015. Our full itinerary (with maps) can be found here. Iceland with Kids, Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.   On our fourth day in Iceland we decided to check out Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, which consists of three attractions: Gulfoss (waterfall), Geysir (a mini Yellowstone, complete with geysers and hot pools), and Thingvellier National Park, home

Family Activities in Anchorage, Alaska

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) This post –> Child friendly activities in Anchorage Anchorage. I love this city. The traffic isn’t too bad, there

Alaska Road Trip: Fairbanks to Anchorage [Part 4]

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) This post –> Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) Related: Child friendly activities in Anchorage   George Parks Highway (AK-3), Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska We have relatives in both

Alaska Road Trip: Dalton Highway – Fairbanks to Deadhorse [Part 3]

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) This post –> Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) Related: Child friendly activities in Anchorage   The Dalton Highway, Alaska Ok, let’s talk about the highway for

Alaska Road Trip: Driving the Alcan – Seattle to Fairbanks [Part 2]

Note: This travel post is part of a 12-day trip that departed from Seattle and included Canada, Fairbanks, and Deadhorse, before ending in Anchorage, Alaska. Our kids were ages 2 and 5. Part 1: Complete Trip Itinerary This post –> Part 2: Driving the Alcan (Seattle to Fairbanks) Part 3: Driving the Dalton Highway (Deadhorse + Prudhoe Bay) Part 4: Driving the Parks Highway (Fairbanks to Anchorage) Related: Child friendly activities in Anchorage There is some gorgeous country between Seattle and Fairbanks, interspersed, of

The Alaska Highway 12 Day Trip Itinerary [Part 1]

Here was the premise: Pack our two kids (ages 2 and 5) into our 2008 Toyota Tundra and begin a 3,700 mile trip from Seattle up to Alaska. We headed north through British Columbia until we hit Dawson Creek, the historic start of the famed Alaska Highway. Later, we continued driving northeast into Alaska, stopping in Fairbanks briefly before joining the Dalton Highway, the stretch of road that follows the Alaska (oil) Pipeline up to Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay. Following our foray

Truck Camper: Constructing the table and floor compartment

A quick recap: We started with an empty shell from Four Wheel Campers and built it out to accommodate two adults and two children. The storage compartment is roughly 40″ long, the same as the dinette bench lengths.     The top is made of 3/4″ plywood and consisted of two pieces, attached together with hinges.    It can be opened by lifting the hinged door at the front. We are currently in the process of installing a small diesel

Truck Camper Construction Resources

Here we’ve assembled a list of the components used during the construction of our camper.  We’ll continue to add resources as the build-out progresses. Camper & Vehicle Details Truck: Toyota Tundra (2008), Double-cab, TRD   Camper: Four Wheel Campers Hawk shell. “Silver Spur” interior, standard white exterior. Purchased December 2014. Received March 2015. We added the following options to the basic shell model: -Mechanical Camper Jacks $695 -Solar wiring plug on camper roof $50 -Powered roof vent fan $295 -Front opening window $195 -Side awning $795

3 Week Trip Itinerary for Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, and Mozambique

  In late 2009 Chris finished his graduate studies and we celebrated by traveling to Africa. We’d had three long years to save/plan and while it blew our travel budget for the next few years, it was definitely worth it. Our trip was three weeks in length and we spread that over five countries. The plan was to join a Botswanan safari for the first portion and then drive through South Africa to Mozambique where we hoped to relax on the beach and

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