Maybe you're wondering, "But why travel? Can't you still be your best self from home?" YES, of course we realize that traveling isn't for everyone - especially full-time travel. We know that everyone's highest form can be sought in different ways. But for us, it meant freeing ourselves from staying put in one place. It meant quitting a full-time job so we could spend more time together as a family. It meant homeschooling, and teaching our boys about the world by SHOWING them the world. In no way is our way the ONLY way to seek out your highest form of living. We just want you to be brave enough to actually do whatever it is that makes you happy, passionate, kind...we are leaving behind a lot of stability and trading that in for a lot of uncertainty. But at least we are doing it together, in wild pursuit of a dream.

our travels

We decided to follow a path that led us on a journey to visit all the National Parks in America because we believe in everything they stand for: that some things are meant to be held sacred, saved, preserved. We love that these parks are a piece of land dedicated to exploration, a place preserved for all to come and appreciate the natural beauty that the land provides. They are a refuge from the chaos of society. They are the best that America has to offer, a place to go to be inspired. We want our children to know what America looks and feels like, to cherish it and feel a part of it, and believe that National Parks are at the core of that. We are not naive to the hardships that will inevitably come: we will get sick of each other, of cramped spaces, of laundromats and cold showers. But we kinda like hard, and we kinda like crazy so here we go!

utah

We hiked three trails, which earned the boys a "I hiked the hoodoos!" sticker from the rangers.

bryce canyon national park

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wyoming

We loved riding the boat across Jenny Lake and hiking to Inspiration Point, but the highlight of our visit was watching the first morning light turning the Tetons pink

grand teton national park

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montana

The serenity found at Two Medicine Lake can't be beat. We'll never forget renting a canoe for a few hours and taking the whole family out on the lake.

glacier national park

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utah

Two days in the desert visiting Balanced Rock + The Windows. We beat the crowds by getting up + hiking early.

arches national park

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utah

Next time we'll give this park more time! But the hike out to Mesa Arch was well worth it.

canyonlands national park

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colorado

An unexpected beauty, one we would definitely return to with older (or no) kids so we can hike rim to river.

black canyon of the gunnison

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colorado

Highlights included wind so loud we had to yell, seeing Santa's "reindeer" (elk), and the Bug a Ranger Program!

rocky mountain

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