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The Year of the Road Trip

As a kid, our family road trips were always the same. My brothers, sister, and I would pile in the car in the sweltering hot sun and my parents would drive south from Tucson past the Mexican border to San Carlos or Guaymas in Sonora, Mexico.

Road trips for my two boys are much different. We pile in a car and drive and drive, but we end up at a campsite or a rustic hotel and instead of relaxing by the water we hike, climb, sled, and camp. 2012 was the year of the road trip for our family. We played in the snow in Yosemite, scaled rocks in Joshua Tree, and hiked in Zion National Park to name a few spots. My boys have seen more terrain in their 7 and 8 years than I did in my first 30.

Here are the highlights from our 2012 travels. I wonder if when my boys are older our weekend road trips will blend together like my summers at the beach and seem like one long trip in the car.

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  • Trees in Fish Camp, California near Yosemite 1 of 14
    Trees in Fish Camp, California near Yosemite
  • Half Dome in Yosemite, California in Winter 2 of 14
    Half Dome in Yosemite, California in Winter
  • Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah 3 of 14
    Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah
  • Fall Leaves in Zion National Park in Utah 4 of 14
    Fall Leaves in Zion National Park in Utah
  • Zion National Park in Utah at Sunset 5 of 14
    Zion National Park in Utah at Sunset
  • Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California 6 of 14
    Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California
  • Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California 7 of 14
    Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California
  • Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California at Sunset 8 of 14
    Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California at Sunset
  • Mama and Baby Bear in Sequoia National Park in Central California 9 of 14
    Mama and Baby Bear in Sequoia National Park in Central California
  • Creek Running Near Dorst Campground in Sequoia National Park 10 of 14
    Creek Running Near Dorst Campground in Sequoia National Park
  • Hiking in Sequoia National Park in Central California 11 of 14
    Hiking in Sequoia National Park in Central California
  • Wild Peacock at Ventura Ranch KOA near Ojai, California 12 of 14
    Wild Peacock at Ventura Ranch KOA near Ojai, California
  • El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara, CA 13 of 14
    El Capitan State Beach in Santa Barbara, CA
  • Muir Woods in Northern California 14 of 14
    Muir Woods in Northern California

 

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