Welcome to the Badlands. Millions of years ago this was an ocean. Now we drive and walk and explore the bottom of it, among fossils and sediment, among peaks and valleys, among stillness and thoughts. To be here is to feel small and humble, to be in awe of our world, to yearn for even more secrets kept underground. You know, the little things in life.
When we first heard of the Badlands, people told us it was like walking on the moon. It was. My daughter said it was like, “being inside the Earth.” It was. It’s simply unlike any other place we’ve been. We were drawn back to it each day, just to take it in all over again.
On the verge of any big travel adventure, like our upcoming cross-country road trip, I find it’s easy to romanticize everything to come. Picture our little family all smiles, all bliss driving off into the sunset. There’s lots of that, sure. But there just as many real life moments thrown in too, without which, we wouldn’t have the full story. These experiences can be downright terrible at the time, but in the end, are parts of the adventure that make for a good laugh or a really wild story – the grit of any traveler.
Here are ten of our collective family travel fails – from traveling with kids and without. I’m excited to have this post largely written by my husband, Doug. Feels only appropriate that the craziness we lived together, we tell together. And even more appropriate that the guy who makes me laugh all the time, tell most of these stories. Ready?
Meet Doug + our family travel fails. (more…)
Next week our little family heads out on our big cross-country road trip – the beginning of our long-term travels and the continuation of a slow lifestyle that we’ve been living for the past few years. In my last piece, I shared how our path, rhythm and learning on the road will most likely flow. In this post, I want to talk more about how it is possible for us to travel this long and in this way. Here is the path we took from dreaming about a slower lifestyle with more family time and more traveling possibilities to actually living it.
Let’s take a look.