Animas River, Durango, Colorado

MQ’s first rafting trip!  We spent a day on the river with friends and family and MQ loved every second of it.  This was our summer to test out water sport because Matt wanted to buy a boat (and he did!).


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Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

We love camping in Chaco!  It is about a 2 hour drive from home and usually a little warmer than our neck of the woods so it is a great spring or fall camping trip.  It is truly a magnificent area and culturally rich with many ruins and a great visitors center.

This was MQ’s first time and he loved it, rain and all!  He spent hours digging in the sand, hiked on his own up to the mesa (the trail to the Pueblo Alto Complex), and saw his first desert mouse snacking on crumbs at the campsite.

This kid loves to hike!

Looking down on Pueblo Bonito.

The biggest and best pile of sand, ever! Right next to our campsite.

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Death Valley National Park, California

On the spur of the moment, we jumped in the truck and drove 12+ hours to Death Valley to see the once-in-a-decade Super Bloom.  MQ was amazing in the car and we loved the adventure of driving through so many different deserts to arrive at the breathtaking Death Valley National Park.

A carpet of flowers in the desert!


A happy Matt in his high desert element. Death Valley varies in elevation from 282 feet below sea level and up to the 11,049-foot Telescope Peak.


It rained our first night at the park and on the higher peaks you’ll see the snow! Layers were super important because the temperature swing from our campsite to the desert floor was 40 degrees.


Exploring (really tall) charcoal kilns near our campsite.


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