Convertible Bed for a Honda Odyssey

New for the soccer gypsy mom – a minivan with a convertible bed! In preparation for my road trip with my 9 and 12 year old daughters I checked out various van-camping ideas online and decided to design my own. Then I sweet talked my favorite handy-man (and husband), Jake, to build it. Materials: 3…

Thinking Outside the Suitcase

On one particular road trip where we were in a new place each evening it finally occurred to me around night 5 that it was really stupid for me to be schlepping a suitcase full of things that were A. dirty, B. not going to be used/worn in the next 24 hours, or C. both.…

Trippin’ with Toddlers

Comedian Ron Funches said, “Raising a child is like taking care of someone who’s on way too many shrooms, while you yourself are on a moderate amount of shrooms. I am not confident in my decisions, but I know you should not be eating a mousepad.” If parenting is a mental trip, parenting on a…

Spreadsheet Geek

My name is Anna, and I’m a total spreadsheet geek. My 2 daughters and I are planning a road trip from Minnesota to California in 2 weeks so I am in planning hyper-drive. I’ll admit that I can be a little too enthusiastic about travel planning but during bitter Minnesota winters sometimes it’s what gets…

Two Perspectives on Long Range Hiking

Wild by Cheryl Strayed Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis Only a few thousand people hike the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Trail combined each year so it’s a pretty elite club. Then consider that few of those are women who hiked alone and you realize that Cheryl Strayed and Jennifer Pharr Davis have a lot…