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Sandpoint, Idaho – Rockies or Bust
July 28, 2011 – 7:26 am | No Comment
Sandpoint, Idaho – Rockies or Bust

The Sandpoint, Idaho area is the perfect road trip for families from anywhere in the Northwest, and it’s a great mid-point destination on longer trips. In the far northern part of the state, the Sandpoint area is one of our top recommendations for other road tripping families.

Local Food — Day 10 Rockies or Bust
July 19, 2011 – 8:19 am | No Comment
Local Food — Day 10 Rockies or Bust

One of the best parts of road tripping is that while you enjoy the journey, you can stop to learn about what’s around you.Instead of just flying over the heartland and looking at the farms that grow food for the world, you can stop, talk to farmers and ranchers and decide what your family needs to do to eat healthier.

Road Trip Safety: Expert tips from CarHelp.com
March 15, 2011 – 4:06 pm | 2 Comments
Road Trip Safety: Expert tips from CarHelp.com

One of the keys to pulling off a safe mega-trip like our 47-day road trip is thinking ahead about maintenance. We’ll travel about 10,000 miles this trip (way up from our estimate of 6,000 miles!) and most of that driving is through the mountains pulling the trailer. We want to make sure we’re having a great time, not looking for a repair shop unexpectedly.

From Rattlesnake Grade to Wallowa Lake — Day 9 Rockies or Bust 2010
September 4, 2010 – 5:59 am | One Comment
From Rattlesnake Grade to Wallowa Lake — Day 9 Rockies or Bust 2010

When I have done TV or radio appearances about our trip, one of the most common examples of letting kids just entertain themselves comes from this section of our drive. I tell parents frequently that you never know what your kids understand about the world unless you let them tell you in their own words.

Bitterroot Valley, Montana and Northwest Passage — Day 8 Rockies or Bust 2010
August 28, 2010 – 3:57 pm | One Comment
Bitterroot Valley, Montana and Northwest Passage — Day 8 Rockies or Bust 2010

We stepped into the shoes of Lewis and Clark for a day to explore the Lolo Trail. Road trip heaven, this journey brings you close to nature with an easy ride on great roads (opt for the Lolo Motorway if you want more adventure) right on the river’s edge.

Idaho Rocks! — Day 7 Rockies or Bust 2010
August 16, 2010 – 6:26 am | One Comment
Idaho Rocks! — Day 7 Rockies or Bust 2010

We started this mega trip with few expectations. While we looked forward to seeing some familiar parts of the country, much of our trip would pass through areas we’d never traveled. The drive to Hamilton, Montana from Sun Valley was, at first glance, nothing more than a beautiful drive. The lesson of the day? Your destination doesn’t matter, it’s all about how you get there and enjoying that journey.

The Day We Got Behind (West Yellowstone to Sun Valley) — Day 6 Rockies or Bust 2010
August 4, 2010 – 7:00 am | One Comment
The Day We Got Behind (West Yellowstone to Sun Valley) — Day 6 Rockies or Bust 2010

Day 6 of our Rockies or Bust 2010 road trip takes us from West Yellowstone, Montana to Sun Valley, Idaho with plenty of stops along the way. Some intended and some, well, we just had to make the best of them.

West Yellowstone Here We Come — Day 5 Rockies or Bust 2010
July 24, 2010 – 6:19 am | One Comment
West Yellowstone Here We Come — Day 5 Rockies or Bust 2010

We leave Jackson Hole and head to West Yellowstone on day 5 of our Rockies or Bust 2010 mega road trip. Seeing a bear is a huge highlight!

4th of July in Jackson Hole, Wyoming — Day 4 Rockies or Bust 2010
July 17, 2010 – 10:12 am | One Comment
4th of July in Jackson Hole, Wyoming — Day 4 Rockies or Bust 2010

What’s not to like about the 4th of July? Fireworks and watermelon, parades and picnics. This year the Rockies or Bust tour stopped to celebrate Independence Day in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies: Our Family’s 10 Best of the Best
July 15, 2010 – 8:37 am | 2 Comments
Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies: Our Family’s 10 Best of the Best

We’re only mid-way through our quest to drive all Top 10 Scenic Drives in the Northern Rockies — in one trip. 10 drives, 10 states, 10,000 miles. Here’s our best of the best so far.

Traveling with Pets: Tips from CarHelp.com
July 13, 2010 – 5:25 am | 3 Comments
Traveling with Pets: Tips from CarHelp.com

We didn’t bring our dog on this Rockies or Bust excursion. 47 days in the car is too much for most humans, let alone a dog. But, many families take their pets on shorter trips, so we asked our sponsor, CarHelp.com, for some tips on traveling safely with pets.

The Road to Yellowstone — Day 3 Rockies or Bust 2010
July 8, 2010 – 5:39 am | One Comment
The Road to Yellowstone — Day 3 Rockies or Bust 2010

Leaving Cody behind, we drive along roughly the same route to Yellowstone that Bill Cody used when he took visitors to the park. Obviously, things are a bit different now. The Pahaska Tepee was a two-day journey back in the day and today it’s less than an hour. A visit to the park that took weeks can now be done in a day of driving.

Buffalo Bill Still Rides — Cody, Wyoming — Day 2 Rockies or Bust 2010
July 7, 2010 – 6:58 am | 2 Comments
Buffalo Bill Still Rides — Cody, Wyoming — Day 2 Rockies or Bust 2010

Cody, Wyoming is known as the “Rodeo Capital of the World” for good reason. It’s named for Bill Cody, otherwise known as Buffalo Bill. Explore the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, his Irma Hotel and other relics of the Old West.

Cowboy Up! Welcome to Wyoming — Rockies or Bust 2010 Day 1
July 4, 2010 – 10:28 am | 4 Comments
Cowboy Up! Welcome to Wyoming — Rockies or Bust 2010 Day 1

Today we’re traveling on the Circle the Continental Divide Driving Tour. This drive highlights the best of Wyoming — including national parks, museums, rodeos, pioneer trails, Native American tribes, jaw-dropping scenery, and colorful wildlife.