Put an end to your painfully boring summer routine…
Dear Creatures of Habit,
Recently I was scanning through my newest addiction, Pinterest
(not the addiction you were thinking of, was it?) and came across a
great online tool that I was sure you, my fellow adventurers would
love! Right about now you're planning your summer treks,
vacations, get-a-ways, etc. You find yourself repeating a familiar
mantra, "THIS is the year that I will branch out of the ordinary,
and adventure somewhere new." But, you're unsure of where to
go, what to do, and how you'll get there, so you end up sticking to
the same-old, same-old: weenie roasts in grandma's backyard,
camp-outs in yours, and maybe a visit to the local water
park. Enough of the mundane, take advantage of this
easy-to-use trip tool. It does the planning for you, so no
more uncertainty and fear of the unknown my friends, let's brave it
and try something new!
First, find the pin for the Family Road Trip USA tool on our
"Outdoor-spiration" Pinterest board here. Next,
click on the state (or, states) you'd like to visit, and presto! As
if by magic a list of attractions, national & state parks, camp
sites, and more appear before your very eyes! Now, I realize we may
be a bit biased here, BUT because we have such a beautiful state
with bountiful offerings fit for everyone, we think you should
check out Oregon first! Here are just a few of the places that make
our state so unique and beautiful:
- Crater Lake National Park - One of
planet earth's most beautiful lakes, crystal blue in color, 2000
feet high, and surrounded by cliffs. A vision everyone should
see at least once in their lifetime!
- John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
- In this tiny town, you and your kiddos can dig up
fossils of varying species and plants, FOR FREE!
- Oregon National Historic Trail - Have
you ever heard of those guys, what were their names? Oh yeah, Lewis
& Clark! Bring history alive for your children along the Oregon
- Oregon Caves National Monument -
Visit one of the few marble caves in the world, tucked deep inside
the ancient forest of the Siskiyou Mountains. While you're
there, don't forget to check out one the largest Douglas fir trees
Now, that you've planned your trip to Oregon and have decided on
the attractions and activities that best suit your family, we have
a few suggestions for items to include in your travel kit:
- Snacks, water bottles, juice, etc. - hungry kids make the BEST
road trip partners, said NO PARENT EVER!
- Bandages - for the inevitable minor cuts, scrapes, and
- Baby wipes - handy for any potential messes - don't be naïve,
they will happen!
- Sunblock & Calagel for minor
sunburns (just in case), bug bites, etc.
- Car games like this
one to help your kiddos pass the time in between destinations.
Bored kids aren't any more of a treat to deal with than hungry
GO ON NOW! Break free of the norm, and plan the summer trips and
vacations your family has been dreaming of! We'll see you out West