A few years back, my wife and I were introduced to the Junior Ranger Program at the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. He took a Ranger class about the volcano at the outdoor amphitheater located at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The class was between 30 and 40 minutes and we, parents, took a short … Continue reading Junior Ranger Program Available at your National Park
On our trip to Medora and the North Dakota Badlands, we came across a strange and peculiar highway, the Enchanted Highway. It’s one of those out of way places you have to see yourself to believe it. The 6 metal monuments we saw are included in the video. We, however, did not see the Geese … Continue reading The Mysterious Enchanted Highway, North Dakota
When you live off grid, the idea of heading to an established campground seems more like visiting an outdoor apartment complex in which there are a lot of people, noise, and nature gets in the way to the communal bathrooms. My wife and I started to leave the campgrounds many years ago because it was … Continue reading Why we don’t visit campgrounds anymore. And, obstacles we face.
We made it to Medora in time for the musical. We had a great time as a family despite having to leave our car in Columbus to get it fixed. The Medora Musical is truly something for the entire family. They invited the children 12 and under to join some of the dancers on the … Continue reading Hee Haw! We made it to Medora!
As we were swiftly driving through the Rockies to our night hotel reservation in Billings, something terrible happened. Our P.T. Cruiser of 13 years, unbeknownst to us, began burning oil at such a rate that the one of the pistons froze from the extreme heat and lack of lubrication. The piston rod splintered under the … Continue reading Salvaging a Vacation: when it takes a turn for the worse.
In my last post, I discussed our off grid vacation to Medora, North Dakota. First off, we were going on vacation, so I grabbed one piece of technology, my cell phone. My computer, camera, video camera, and sound recording devices remained behind. I was after all on vacation. I figured if I wanted video or … Continue reading Vacation from the Homestead
Where does this off grid family vacation? Since we have lived off grid, our vacation of choice, camping, has diminished. We generally decide to use AirBnB or hotel it, but camping only in a desperate situation. This year our vacation included my wife's folks. We decided last year to unravel the mysterious raves about a … Continue reading Where does this Off Grid Family Vacation?