West coast road trip: We’re off!

Summer is here!

And that means we begin on something I’ve been looking forward to all year: we’re taking a West Coast Road Trip. We’re going to take ~2 weeks to travel down the West Coast, about as far as Yosemite & Sequoia Park in California.  We have the road, we have our car (Abbey & Evie are modeling our rented Chevy Tahoe, above), we have some camping equipment, and we have each other.

Here’s the outline of the trip for the next 2 weeks:



I mentioned I’ve been looking forward to this trip all year.  In fact, to be honest, I’ve been looking forward to this trip since before the girls were born. These types of trips my family took while I was growing up, and they remain some of my very favorite memories of all.

Here’s us in 1991 (I believe I’m around 12 years old, here), at Yellowstone National Park.  I’ve just taken my first “hike” of my life (at this time, I wasn’t aware people still hiked!).



What’s so special about a Road Trip?  For me, the biggest thing is that it expands your horizons.  You get out of the world you were used to, and move beyond your normal boundaries.  You get to see new landscapes, new people, new towns. For me, I remember seeing beautiful landscapes I never knew existed: high tundras, big mountains, and large prairies. I also remember visiting towns and people that were  different than the one I grew up in.

Realizing there was so much out there wasn’t just exciting in the moment.  It meant that, even once I got back to the familiar, I somehow carried these larger experiences with me.  It meant that the horizons of what I thought was possible, or what I could encounter in the world, was bigger than I previously thought.

Finally… and this probably goes without saying: having the experience with people you love matters a lot, too.  I’m excited to have this Trip for the four of us, and the people we meet along the way.






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