Category Archives: North America

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

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

A Long Weekend in Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada

Spring here upon us in the Pacific Northwest and we are feeling a little bit itchy for some outdoor time. It’d been a while since we ventured up to Canada so we pulled out our passports and headed north. <?php echo do_shortcode(”)?> Vancouver Island is just a short hop away from those of us living in Washington State. There are several ways for us to enter Canada, the cheapest for us was to cross the border at Peace Arch (on

Magnuson Park Walking Route

Magnuson Park in Seattle’s NE neighborhood has changed significantly in the last few decades.  This former Navy air base has received a complete transformation since it was deactivated in the 1970s. Gone is the sentry at the gate and barracks that were slowly crumbing into ruin. Today there are multiple sports fields, a tennis center, spaces for non-profit foundations, a dog park, and a playground. Seattle’s second largest park is now a thriving public space. Our family likes to do a big clockwise walking

Places To Go Sledding Near Seattle

Aside from a yearly dusting, Seattle only gets a solid snow every four or five years. So in search of a good sledding hill, our family tried out two locations within 65 miles of Seattle: The tubing center at Snoqualmie Pass Tubing Center on Interstate 90 and Deer Creek Road on the Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls. We’ve also visited the further-afield Wenatchee State Park (near Leavenworth) and the Mt. Rainier sledding hill at Paradise. Next on our list? Hurricane Ridge

The Perfect Kid Campground: Deception Pass State Park

  A freshwater swim area. Kayak rentals. Beachcombing. Paved ocean-side trails for bicycling. Deception Pass State Park is kid heaven. And it’s within an hour and a half of Seattle. Get thee down to this park! First, let’s get the negatives out of the way: -It’s not remote. -It’s a large campground and a busy day picnic area. -Campsites are fairly close together. BUT, it’s only 80 minutes from Seattle and set amid gorgeous scenery. The water in adjacent Cranberry Lake

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