Alaska Trip 2015: Day Two

– Amarillo, Texas to Moab, Utah – I guess I need to begin by covering yesterday’s drive, since my post went up pretty early in the day. Our drive was pretty uneventful, as expected, and we made it to Amarillo in good time. We did drive through a little rain, and it turns out that my parents…

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Alaska Trip 2015: Day One

– Denton, Texas to Amarillo, Texas – And so it begins. The first day of our epic drive to Alaska is here. Today, we’re taking a very short trip from Denton to Amarillo. I’m writing this before we leave for the day, but most days I plan to write about our day in the evening,…

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Vehicles and Packing for Alaska

Ripley hates it when we pack. Despite the fact that she nearly always gets to come with us, she still constantly frets while we get our things together before every trip. She makes this really tragic anxiety face and follows me around the house, crying inconsolably. She never believes me when I tell her that…

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Planning the Drive to Alaska

Things are ramping up here at the Phillips household. Our Alaska trip begins in just a few days, and we are busily trying to get everything in order before we go. With the trip so close at hand, I thought I would talk a little about the driving for the trip, and how we did…

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Weekend in Corpus Christi

This weekend, we took a family vacation to Corpus Christi, Texas. It isn’t much of a drive compared to our usual trips, but we had an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. Mark needed to drop off some boxes to a group he works with in Houston on Friday, and then he needed to pick up some…

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All About the U.S. National Parks

Mark and I have a goal to travel to all of the United States National Parks. As of today, 59 national parks exist in the US. We have been to 42 so far. We’ve learned a lot about them since we started collecting them, and I’d like to share a little of what I’ve learned here….

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Picnicking on a Trip

Mark really likes a good picnic, and I’m always willing to indulge him when we travel. We carry food, after all. We usually have two food tubs with us, and they can hold more than snacks. We have a cooler, too, even if it’s small. Making you own food can save you time and money….

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Inside Ripley’s Backpack

One of the most important things about traveling with a dog is bringing along everything you might need to take care of the dog while you are away. It turns out to be quite a list. Ripley has her own backpack when we travel. So, what do we bring? The most obvious things to bring…

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Packing with Tubs

One of the first decisions Mark and I made when we first started taking long trips was that bags just weren’t cutting it for us when we packed. We had too many things in too many separate bags. Every time we tried to go into a hotel, we had to haul all of the bags…

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Driving to Alaska?

The first question we hear when we tell people that we are driving to Alaska is, “Why?” It is 3,800 miles from Denton, Texas, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Our entire trip will be over 12,000 miles. Knowing that, it makes it hard for people to hear us say something simple, like, “Driving will be more fun,” or,…

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