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100,000 Miles of Adventure

odometer reading 100,000 miles

I watched the mileage on our vehicle slowly move toward 100,000 miles over the last month. I didn’t want to miss the moment we reached the 100,000 milestone.

roadside view in New Mexico with Capulin Monument

In less than five years, we’ve driven 100,000 miles of this country. A lot of those miles aren’t interesting. There’s running to school and practices and errands and school and practices. But, if a great portion of those miles could tell their story, it’s one of adventure, new destinations and roads less traveled.

Gulf of Mexico

Five years ago, I was a proud owner of a minivan. Yes, proud. I loved my minivan. It was easy to park. It was easy to get in and out of for children of all ages, but it wasn’t four-wheel drive and didn’t have high clearance. The van couldn’t take us to places we wanted to see. I reluctantly traded the van for a SUV.

Beach on San Juan Island

Our current vehicle is my most favorite of all the vehicles we’ve owned, which is a very short list, but I can’t imagine driving anything else. It’s built like a tank, and my 6-foot frame can comfortably sit in the backseat. I still feel like I take up an extremely large piece of the road and find parking tricky, even after five years of practice.

view from Pikes Peak Colorado

Over the weekend we hit 100,000 miles. We were in a nearby town, so I was able to pull over and document the mileage. We had a little celebration in our car for reaching the milestone. I know we travel a lot, but 100,000 miles feels like A LOT. We weren’t so celebratory when the vehicle was in for an oil change this week, and we saw the checklist of things a vehicle with 100,000 miles has to go through. It’s extensive.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

I’m blessed to own a large, comfortable vehicle in a country where it’s easy to travel where I want mostly, due to weather, when I want to travel. The ability and desire to take my family on adventures is not something I take for granted. Traveling is when I’m at my happiest, sometimes also my most stressed.

dirt road in Washington

We’ve deflated tires to drive on sand near the great sand dunes in Colorado. We’ve been in the middle of nowhere Washington climbing a mountain with branches scraping the side of the vehicle in search of elusive mountain goats. There have been theme parks, cities, 21 sates, ferries, national parks, lots of dirt roads and more mountain tops than I can count. We’ve been served well and look forward to another summer with even more miles of adventure to add.


 
Camping Yurt Style
By     |    May 26, 2015
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Camping Yurt Style

Two years ago we tent camped in Guernsey State Park in southeastern Wyoming. We were on a drive through the park when we noticed a group of yurts at the top of a point overlooking the reservoir. We’ve been wanting to try them since then but didn’t get around to it until this last weekend. The final nudge for me to make yurt camping happen was our oldest son’s experience camping with his Boy Scout troop in December in the... [Read More]

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Preschool Time is Over
By     |    May 21, 2015
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Preschool Time is Over

I believe Father Time is mocking me. I can hear a voice taunting me to keep up to the pace that’s been set. My breath hitches quite often theses days when these children of mine hit a milestone or some new physical change becomes abundantly obvious, even if I live in denial of anything changing. I mistakenly believed I was sad about the quick passing of time. While I do think sadness lurks in there somewhere, I’m more in awe... [Read More]

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Percy Jackson Birthday Party
By     |    May 18, 2015
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Percy Jackson Birthday Party

My favorite birthday parties to plan are based on books. Our third son turned eight this weekend and celebrated with a Percy Jackson themed party. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan is a family favorite. Our son is well-versed in mythology and has a passion for weapons. We knew there would need to be training worthy of demigods. Characters in Riordan’s books train at Camp Half-Blood, so our basement was transformed into camp for the day. At... [Read More]

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Summer Reading with Children
By     |    May 15, 2015
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Summer Reading with Children

The school year is winding down and papers are arriving home with ways to keep children reading over the summer months to avoid the summer slide. Public libraries run reading programs along with publishing companies and book stores. There are quite a few options, more than I remember as a child. Reading is part of our family lifestyle. We have bookshelves, book baskets, book bins and use books for decorating. We’re known to ask our children to put the book... [Read More]

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Mother’s Day: I Had No Idea
By     |    May 10, 2015
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Mother’s Day: I Had No Idea

I knew I was potentially in over my head almost 13 years ago when I was preparing to bring my first baby home and the hospital staff only cared if I had a car seat. I remember sitting in the backseat staring at this little boy and thinking I had no idea what I was supposed to do when we arrived home. We spent a great deal of the coming weeks just holding and staring at that little guy. I... [Read More]

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Confidence Built Through Music
By     |    May 6, 2015
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Confidence Built Through Music

Sometimes my feelings seem too much to handle. Life hits me hard, the good along with the bad. Yesterday was intense, in a fantastic way. I was weepy on-and-off and spent parts of the day with a big grin on my face. I watched our middle son stand in front of several groups and play a solo on his flute. His band, from a local performing arts center, was touring schools talking about instruments and music opportunities for the summer... [Read More]

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There’s a What Today?
By     |    May 3, 2015
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There’s a What Today?

I know better than to be cocky about this parenting thing. Yesterday I rocked motherhood. Today I managed to avoid a motherhood disaster. Our oldest had a track meet 90 minutes from home yesterday. Friday night he and I engaged in a passive/aggressive argument about whether or not the family should make the trek to the meet for the morning and come back to town for other obligations that afternoon.  I knew he wanted us to come. I also knew... [Read More]

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