Category Archives: Travel

17. S’mores ‘n’ More

What’s the best part of camping? S’mores, right? Not so fast… This may be better:

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Homemade sourdough cooked in the campfire. (Let’s forget the fact that my starter expanded on the drive down and made a bit of a mess. A little water and elbow grease, and Ryan’s sweatshirt was good as new. Well, good enough for camping, at least.)

20130817-124335.jpg We’ve been enjoying a final getaway to Santa Barbara before school starts next week. I figured the bread would be a fun experiment, and I’m so happy I tried it. Four ingredients, a Dutch oven, and a fire. That’s it! Oh, and don’t forget the butter! (What’s the point of fresh bread without it?)

I have to credit Ashby for the fire. She used what she learned in her outdoor survival skills class to get the campfire started (with just a little help from Dad).

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This morning, my leftovers became French toast. Add in a cup of freshly-brewed Peet’s and a visit on the porch with friends while all the kids play in the campsite. Perfect!

We worked off breakfast with a hike to the nearby llama farm where we fed the goats and sheep (the llamas wanted nothing to do with us).

20130817-091057.jpgThe smell of fresh bread, nature all around me, quality family time…

20130817-091107.jpgI’m a happy camper!

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15. Always Learning

20130806-154443.jpgWe’ve been vacationing in Lake Tahoe before we start the next school year. Yesterday, we took a gondola ride up Heavenly Mountain and saw some spectacular views.

20130806-135609.jpgWe stopped mid-hike for a mini physics lesson. We watched the waves travel in the boundary rope, noting that they were taller when we tugged harder and that they quickly flattened out as they traveled back and forth between the poles.

20130806-121840.jpgThis reminded me of one of my favorite reasons to homeschool. The world is our classroom. And, in this case, the classroom is a beautiful place to be!

20130806-154552.jpgI learned something, too. I’ve been coming to Tahoe every winter since I was a kid, and we all know what a great ski destination it is. But this is my first summer visit. FYI: summer is way better!