Tag: traveling with kids

There are times in which I just need a bit of a reset. Sometimes, when the world seems to be closing in, when I am feeling overwhelmed, it becomes evident that an escape is much needed.

Perhaps it’s a recharge. Others may refer to it as running away.

Either way, it’s for my sanity. And for my family. I think that sometimes we, as a family – a culture -, get so caught up in the chaos that is everyday life and we forget what WE need to be a successful,

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It had been a long day. A long week, really.

It was an adventurous, exciting, and really neat experience, this whole driving to Alaska concept. But there were aspects that were difficult, especially with kids.

We arrived at Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park in British Columbia exactly one week after we had left home for our trek. Traveling along the Alaska Highway (or Alcan Highway) was proving to be more than we bargained for –

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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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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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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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Lying in bed, my eyes opened. I saw morning light filtering through the windows. Confused and a little groggy, after an exhausting travel day previously (see here), I was disoriented. The light outside told me it had to be around 6:30 AM. I lay there for a few more minutes, enjoying the serene silence. My phone buzzed, causing me to roll over and pick it up.

WHAT?! 3:43 AM??

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A word to the wise when considering traveling 3,000+ miles with your two-year-old.

Don’t.

Take that thought, extract it from your brain, and throw it out the window. Just like all your hopes and dreams for that fun family trip.

Maybe I’m being a little harsh. Too jaded. But then I look back on the pictures from the trip and the tantrums, tears, screaming and sour faces come flooding back to me.

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