Nature Rocks — Get outside already!

I was just telling my daughter that mothers used to say, “Get outside and don’t come back until I call you for dinner.” Kids were supposed to entertain themselves (who has heard of this??) and not get in life-threatening danger, all on their own.

Expert Itinerary: Yellowstone

For this month’s expert itinerary, I reached out to Janet Chapple, author of the book Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler’s Companion to the National Park. The updated third edition just came out in April, and our family will be spending a couple of weeks there this summer, so I wanted to get some expert advice on how to tackle the park.

America’s Top 100 Campgrounds

My favorite camping tool,, announced their picks for America’s top 100 campgrounds yesterday. I love ReserveAmerica. The site allows you to search for campgrounds along your journey, and has easy to use maps of the actual campgrounds, clear information on what’s at each campground, and you can search all federal, state, county and some private parks as well. There are over 300,000 campsites, cabins, day use facilities and picnic areas in their database.

50 Fun and FREE Summer Activities in San Diego

San Diego consistently wins “Best Family Destination” for a reason. There’s literally something here for everyone, the weather is fabulous, and, look, there’s 50 things to do for FREE. It’s one of our family’s favorite road trip destinations because, let’s face it, it’s hot in Tucson in the summer and San Diego is close and cool. And, they have a beach!