Tag: family time

Today was a long haul. We started in Redding, CA, after spending 2 nights with my parents. We wanted to make sure to spend a little bit of time with them before officially beginning the Trek to Alaska.

This is the first leg of our journey from California up to Alaska towing a 24 foot trailer with two kids. We are traveling with my husband’s parents and will be exploring Alaska for a few weeks until we begin our journey back home to California at the end of the summer.

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Our new lifestyle has now officially been going for one full month. That lifestyle is that Chad is home right now. I continue to work as a special education teacher.

This plan has been in the works for years. It hatched as we came across a quote that really stuck to us:

“You weren’t put on this Earth just to pay bills and die.”

How true is that? Isn’t it funny how just one simple sentence can stop you in your tracks?

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24 feet. That’s the length of living space our family of 4 is going to {attempt} to survive in this summer. A lot of planning, list making, research, then more planning is going into this adventure. It’s hard to anticipate everything you might need while balancing not bringing more than you need due to weight in the trailer.

Our summer road trip will take us from Northern California up through British Columbia via the Trans-Canada Highway and up into Alaska through Tok,

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In an earlier post I made mention of Old School Mom & Pop style hardware stores and the almost mesmerizing appeal the hold for me. Also the fact that they are a dying breed.

As I mentioned, I spent some of my best childhood years being raised in a hardware store that my Dad owned in a tiny town in Eastern Washington State. This was the culmination of a lifelong dream of his and the start of a lifelong obsession for me.

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I love breakfast that looks super complicated. Especially when it’s not.

If you are having a brunch, a bunch of people over, or if it is simply a Sunday morning, this is a great (versatile) breakfast.

I have made this with both puff pastry and with crescent roll dough. Both are good,

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When we booked our Alaska Scouting trip, we decided we wanted to see a little bit of everything. Never having been there, we made the best choices we could with the information we knew. We knew we would head to Anchorage and over to Juneau, but we were unsure how to get back down to the lower 48. Chad, being the Alaska junkie that he is, had read all about the Inside Passage and how spectacular is was.

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There were two things pulling at our heartstrings; the call of the ocean, and the desire to be out backpacking. After much research, we decided to knock one of those Bucket List items off the to-do list and check it out.

The Lost Coast.

Daunting as that sounds, it’s worth the drive,

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There are few things as delicious as a perfectly golden, salty, buttery, slightly crisp-on-the-outside-soft-in-the-middle, warm buttermilk biscuit fresh from the oven. I have been making biscuits for as long as I can remember, starting with the ultra traditional Betty Crocker Baking Powder Biscuits that were found in my mother’s original Betty Crocker cookbook. Don’t all of our mothers have that one?

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Ah Spring Break. How wonderful to see you. 

We were so excited to try out our {new to us} trailer for a little getaway to the Mendocino Coast before we headed off on our maiden voyage to Alaska. Alas, Mother Nature had different plans, deciding to open the sky up with yet another “atmospheric river” in Northern California. 

We definitely aren’t in a drought any longer.

Let’s be honest for a second.

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