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Dad and daughter time at East Lake, Newberry Volcanic National Monument

Camping on top of an active volcano: Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon

Follow our St. Clair family summer road trip of 4 weeks, 5 states, and 3,851 miles: All posts Central Oregon. High lakes. Vast pine forests. And volcanos. Lots of volcanoes. Including, a little southeast of Bend, the stunning, still active Newberry National Volcanic Monument, part of Deschutes National Forest. Inside the NNVM, there are forests, …


Miracle Hot Springs, Idaho: Great for a soak... or a cannonball!

One more soak before the home stretch: Miracle Hot Springs, Idaho

Follow our St. Clair family summer road trip of 4 weeks, 5 states, and 3,851 miles: All posts From the steep Rocky Mountain passes along Colorado’s interstates, to the wide, high roads of northern Utah, maybe we should have expected some car trouble. Especially while hauling a camper. By now, we were on our way …


Team Sunset pauses from an evening hike around Sprague Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Team Sunset is breathless at Rocky Mountain National Park

Follow our St. Clair family summer road trip of 4 weeks, 5 states, and 3,851 miles: All posts Rocky Mountain National Park. The US Continental epicenter of some of the country’s most iconic mountains. Full of looming peaks, a winding high-elevation road, clamber-worthy rocks, beautiful rivers and lakes—not to mention romantic, Tolkien-esque names, such as …


The rocky island at the Horsetail Falls pool is a great spot for kids to move around.

Columbia Gorge waterfalls: Family-friendly walks on a scenic Oregon road trip

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Columbia Gorge waterfalls. Hikes with the kids and their grandfather. Portland’s amazing food. Gardens galore. Sharing an iconic part of the Pacific Northwest with a loved one. At least, that was the idea. Learned… …It’s easy to explore many of Oregon’s Columbia Gorge waterfalls……To build a day trip around …


Amputee mom and son navigate the waters in one of our inflatable tandem kayaks

Amputee mom kayaks with her kids on Mother’s Day

Perkins Peninsula Park, Lane County, Oregon Kayaking makes great accessible family travel adventures, especially for an amputee mom. At last! As a family holiday gift, we got ourselves the best inflatable kayak for families: the Sea Eagle 370. We’ve been excited about these tandem inflatable kayaks for months. Now, with spring warming up western Oregon, …


Southern Oregon waterfalls road trip in Roseburg: 4 easy family waterfall hikes, 3 rushing rivers, 2 scenic parks, and 1 winding road

Roseburg, Oregon waterfalls Learned… … Highway 138 is packed with short, family-friendly easy hikes to beautiful Oregon waterfalls.… Good leaders care about those they lead.… To appreciate your time in front.… To follow when it’s someone else’s turn to go ahead.… Roseburg is a great base for adventures along one of America’s greatest scenic drives. …


The magic of canceled plans: Early spring coastal camping in Bandon, Oregon

Bandon, Oregon Learned… …Multiple state parks in the Coos Bay/Bandon, Oregon areas make for incredible drives and romps.…Our camper extends our camping season and activity options.…Highway 138 drive along the Umpqua River is one of the nation’s finest drives.…If the camper’s inside lights aren’t working, check the wires under the sink.…Thousands of seabirds fit on …


Coast camping Oregon, part 2: Visiting Neptune for Strawberry and the Devil

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, Oregon Summer is prime season for coast camping Oregon. It’s also a brilliant opportunity for families to travel together and appreciate not only time with each other, but also the beauty of Oregon’s dunes, beaches, and clear skies. Learned …Kids love to help, including making camp and breaking camp… …


CAPE PERPETUA, coast camping Oregon, Part 1: A good adventure spot

Cape Perpetua, Oregon From bright sands to high cliffs, the Cape Perpetua campground and scenic area give you a perfect home base for Central Oregon Coast family travel. Learned …How to read tide tables… Every visit to the beautiful Oregon Coast is like going there for the first time… Our camper gives us options so …