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Our Adventure is just beginning

Our Adventure is just beginning

After San Antonio, we drove north two hours and spent the next few days with friends. We actually had time apart because Luke spent his days with his friends Kris, Bryce and David and I spent mine with my friends Amanda and Alicia. It felt weird to be alone since we’d been together for over 45 days in a row, but it was really good to spend quality time with friends as well. After Austin, we drove about an hour…

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Oh San Antonio.

Oh San Antonio.

After Arizona, we planned on driving to New Mexico and camping for a night before we headed to San Antonio. This actually was going to be one of the last camp nights of the trip, so I tried to find a good spot. Boy were we surprised by New Mexico’s beauty. I had no idea it had such diverse terrain. No offense to the place but I always thought it was an uglier version of Arizona, but we drove through southern New…

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Visiting the Homeland

Visiting the Homeland

After Joshua Tree National Park, Luke and I drove to Payson, Arizona. It was two hours “out of the way” on our trip but a place that meant a lot to us. Not only did we camp a lot in Payson, but we also got married there. Since it’s only an hour and a half from Phoenix it made a great weekend trip and also had beautiful scenery. It was weird to be driving and not need maps and camp websites…

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Rest and Reflection

Rest and Reflection

After our jaunt down the Pacific Coast Highway, we decided to make the long drive down to Southern California to see Luke’s sister, Sarah and her family. It was a long day of driving and we were all glad once we finally arrived. Many of the days were a lot of the same, family time, games, rest, repeat. I really enjoyed watching the dogs reaction to little boys running around them. The whole family made their way to Aliso Beach where…

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The 411 on the 101

The 411 on the 101

After our explorations of Oregon, it was time to head to the coast. Luke and I were pretty excited for this drive as we had heard a lot about it from people. It was definitely beautiful. I learned that the Pacific Coast Highway (or PCH) is the name of the 1 freeway in California, even though many people will say the PCH drive is from southern California to Washington. The Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) however; does go through all those…

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The road less travelled

The road less travelled

After Washington, we headed down the highway into Oregon City. I was in love with all the green scenery and it reminded me of our honeymoon trip to Kauai. Luke had some family in Oregon City that graciously offered a room to us with only a few hours notice! Sox and Shoester had no idea what they were in for at the house. When we arrived they met Rosie the dog, a brood of chickens, a couple of ducks, rabbits,…

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That one time we camped in a wildfire.

That one time we camped in a wildfire.

Okay, the headline may not be completely true, but it’s close. During our road trip to Washington, Luke decided we weren’t going to plan out the time here. I looked at the map and saw the Wenatchee National Forest wasn’t too far from the border and knew we could find a spot pretty easily. The thing is, we haven’t been following news or social media, so we had no idea that most of Washington and Oregon were struggling with wildfires….

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The Friendly Unfriendly’s

The Friendly Unfriendly’s

Our first paid campsite was in Jasper National Park. This year is Canada’s 150th anniversary, so all of the park entrance fees are free and the dogs are allowed on about 85% of the trails in the park. All of these factors made staying one night in an official campground worth it. Also, neither of us realized that Canada celebrated Labor Day as well, so leaving on a Thursday upped our chances of getting a spot. We found a walk-in…

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Glaciers, Friends and Games Galore

Glaciers, Friends and Games Galore

Since there was so much smoke in Montana we decided we’d rather just drive to our next destination … Edmonton. It was about a seven-hour drive and that included the scenic drive we wanted to take through Glacier National Park. Here’s our first “next time we’d do this differently” moment. Buy the park pass! We didn’t think we’d go to the parks because the dogs can’t do much there but we also didn’t know they had such scenic drives. It…

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Tables and Pits.

Tables and Pits.

Luke had picked out a campsite in another National Forest north of the previous one, but along the way Brooke really wanted to stop by and get a picture of something she saw on a website for the 5 Weirdest Things In Idaho. It was called the “Dog Bark Park Inn”, a bed and breakfast literally shaped like a beagle. It was a cute little place that also sold wooden dog shaped carvings. We took a photo let the dogs check…

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