Visiting Walnut Canyon National Monument near Flagstaff, Arizona…

There are over 100 steps leading down to the Island Path at Walnut Canyon NM. ourtravelingtribe.com

Walnut Canyon National Monument is located just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. We love the Flagstaff area of Arizona – it is nothing like what one thinks Arizona is going to be like; it is mountainous, treed, and generally much cooler (temperature-wise) than if you travel 2 hours south to Phoenix. Walnut Canyon was established as […]

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV…

Taking a ride at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just west of Las Vegas, NV, is a beautiful and relaxing place.  It is the perfect destination to spend a day or two!  With nearly 200,000 acres to explore, this conservation area is a popular destination for rock climbers, hikers, tourists, and sightseers. We have actually been to Red […]

The Incredibly Eclectic Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego…

The lighthouse at the top of Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, Ca.

We saved the best for last!  While we loved everything we did in San Diego, our last stop was definitely the favorite for at least part of the tribe!  We spent a day at Cabrillo National Monument (pronounced  cub RIO)… one day was NOT enough; so don’t wait until right before you leave the area […]

The Family Guide to Tide Pooling…

No such thing as star fish, this is really a sea star!

Our kids did not grow up visiting the ocean.  But it is now one of our favorite places to go! And one of our most anticipated activities on the coast is to go tide pooling! The first time that we ever tide pooling, we had no clue what we were doing.  It was still a […]

Clamming near Florence, Oregon…

so fun we stayed and clammed until sunset!

Florence, Oregon, holds a special place in our hearts.  It is one of the first places that we stopped and spent time in on our first month on the road!  It was where we first heard of, and tried, sand boarding, it’s where we spent days and days clamming and crabbing, and it’s where we […]

Wise River, Montana and the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway…

The Wise River area of sw MT is a gorgeous scenic byway drive!

There are so many beautiful areas to discover in the northwest, but one of our very favorites is the Wise River, Montana area!  Wise River is a gorgeous valley river that meanders through the southwest corner of Montana.  It stretches out for miles, snaking its way over rocks and between mountains.  For part of it’s […]

Rock Hounding for Prisms at Crystal Park, Montana…

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One of our favorite places to camp – like really camp: without restrooms, or hookups of any kind, where you have to make your own fire ring out of rocks, and there are no quiet hours (yet it is quieter than any campground we’ve ever been in) – is along the Wise River in the […]

Our first destination of the winter… a fall camping trip!

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Getting ready to hit the road for our winter route, which this year means staying west!  This is a peek into our first stop, which isn’t very far from our hometown; our travels would not be complete without a fall camping trip! These are pics from our last year’s camping trip to the same area […]

Dove hunting in Montana…

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While we are in Montana for the summer, we like to do as many of our fav things as possible.  But this summer we haven’t done any – from getting back here a month later than usual, Vaughn and Jake spending a month in Alaska, then the firework stand, and then working like madmen to […]

Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, OKC…

Located in downtown OKC are the beautiful and relaxing Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.  The gardens are a full city block of beautifully landscaped acreage, complete with tiered levels, and a small lake…Located in the middle of Myriad Botanical Gardens, is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. The conservatory is a unique, 70 […]