42 Days and Counting!

Okay, so I know you all are likely going to get sick of hearing me talk about our summer road trip before it actually gets here, but I can’t help it. I am so excited! If you have been wondering why I have been missing from the blog this week, this is why. I have been finalizing every last step of our 53 day journey, making reservations and ironing out details. I never knew how long it would take to plan a trip of this magnitude. In the end, we will have driven at total of 6,022 miles and 104 hours, visited 14 states with 18 different camping stops along the way. That is 53 days of outdoor camping fun. Check out where we’re going!

1. Alabama Gold Camp – Alabama

2. Bankhead National Forest and Sipsey Wilderness – Alabama

3. Blanchard Springs Caverns – Arkansas

4. Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge – Oklahoma

Photos of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge, Indiahoma

            This photo of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

5. Caprock Canyon State Park – Texas

6. Carlsbad Caverns and Guadaloupe Mountains National Park – New Mexico

7. Bandelier National Monument – New Mexico

8. Navajo National Monument – Arizona

9. Grand Canyon North Rim – Arizona

10. Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah

11. Arches National Park – Utah

12. Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado

13. Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado

14. Dodge City – Kansas

15. Arrow Rock State Historic Park – Missouri

16. Turkey Run State Park – Indiana

17. Grafton, West Virginia. Family Reunion

18. Chattanooga, TN.

There you have it, 53 days of camping under the stars. Be sure to check in here starting June 1st to follow along as we criss-cross the U.S.!


  1. This sounds like such an adventure. I can't wait till my toddler is older so we can do something like this with him. It would be such a journey and once in a life time thing.

  2. Oh my goodness, you are going to have an amazing time! I can't wait to follow along.

  3. What an amazing plan! You all are going to have a blast! If you have some extra time (which is probably unlikely), Zion National Park is fairly near Bryce Canyon and is BEAUTIFUL! I wish we had spent some actual time there versus just driving through!

  4. My jaw DROPPED! This looks like an amazing trip! So many of those places are where my husband would love our family to camp. So excited for you!

  5. Oh man Kathleen … I am like TOTALLY green with envy right now lol! I would love to do a trip like this with my two boys – that would be so awesome!!! I will def be following along and anxiously awaiting photos and posts this summer of your adventure! Have oodles of fun!

  6. TerriAnn, it was a close call between Bryce and Zion. In the end, there were a few things about Bryce that made it win out. I wish I could do it all, there were so many other places I had to cut from my list because there just wasn't time LOL.

    Rachel, just wait until your kiddos get a little bigger. You all will be camping fools then. 🙂

  7. how you planned this amazing trip, I have no idea. It just makes my head spin how you are going to go to all these places and see so many amazing things. Your boys (and you) are going to soak in so much history and the sights are just so beautiful.
    Can't wait to read all about the places you visit

  8. I wish we were going along with you. Its so important to build memories with your children

  9. Not many days left. I go on holiday in 30 days so me and my family are also getting a little excited. Bring on some sun, relaxing times and family time.

  10. I'm totally going to have to check out that state park in Texas when we move there – it looks beautiful!

  11. If this trip goes well, maybe you can do the East Coast trip next year! I'll cook you and the boys Lobsters here in Maine!

  12. Oh, what a great offer Beth! We may just take you up on that. As of right now, I would definitely consider taking another trip next year. If I do another surrogacy, I would definitely stick closer to home and do the East coast if not, we would probably head out to cover the northwest.

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