Craters of the Moon was pretty awesome. It was incredibly hot though. We barely survived the hike to Buffalo Cave and back. If the cave hadn’t provided a cool, dark place to rest and recover, before the return hike, we might have been in trouble. -Tevya

@aaronsmithplanet and Kara were amazing hosts as always. They treated us to excellent food, s’mores over a fire, boat rides on the pond, crawdad fishing, and lots more for the kids, while I was working. They absolutely loved it. I think they would have stayed all summer if they could. -Tevya

BYU-Idaho

We got to stop in Rexburg and show our kids around campus. Lorelai requested this picture in front of the Taylor building.
I was recently talking with my niece about her upcoming college choices. She threw out offhandedly the old adage that she’s looking forward to getting out of her hometown to find herself. It’s since got me thinking about how important it is to choose what influences are present during those formative years, and how you will find whatever part of yourself that you seek to.
While walking through the Taylor building, I told the kids that I had walked those halls over a hundred times and it felt so good to be back. Their eyes bulged and they didn’t believe me. But that campus was exactly where I wanted to be, and I’m so satisfied with the growth that happened during those years. It was fun to revisit those BYU-Idaho memories.

Priest River, Idaho

We had an awesome time with the Miller family on Priest River. Kayak’s ๐Ÿ›ถ, canoe’s ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™€๏ธ, jet skis ๐ŸŒŠ, tubes, a lightening storm โ›ˆ๏ธ, and lots of cousins made for an awesome time in a beautiful location. Almost too enjoyable/fun/relaxing/peaceful… If that’s possible. -Tevya

#travelfamily #watersports

Mt. Rushmore Natl. Monument

The kids weren’t too impressed by Mt Rushmore. The fact that we couldn’t get too close because a lot of the visitor area was under construction, probably contributed to that feeling.
We got there, walked as close as we could and were admiring the monument. The kids were like “Cool. Can we have ice cream?” So we did.

Rapid City, South Dakota

We stopped at Bear World in between National Parks, the kids really ate up the experience! Colter got to take the pictures and sit in the front, Ellie can now confirm that bears are real, Loo loved the buffalo (they are separated by a fence on the property), and Ez was happy to be out of his carseat as we slowly rolled along all glued to the windows.

Saw the baaaaadlands. That little dot on the top of the ridge is my oldest billygoat. ๐Ÿ

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

“What if?” is the main concern we get from people when they learn about our travel lifestyle plans. I was talking with @scottrras about it and he made the excellent point that the game of “what if?” is really futile because it can extend to anything: “what if you stay at home and never go anywhere and bad things still happen?” The concerns we get most are things like: “What if bombing starts while you’re in Israel?” “What if the cartel kidnaps your kids in Mexico?” “What if things don’t go as planned?” The problem is they’re all fear-based questions and assume a certain lack of ability to respond, if something does go wrong. Jill and I have chosen (or at least try to) make decisions based on bravery, positivity, responsibility, and faith. We don’t want to make decisions based on fear, pessimism, blame, and doubt. If we revert to those, then we relinquish any control or ability to influence people or situations we encounter. We might as well lock ourselves up and wait for the end of the world.

Reflecting on my conversation with Scott, I realized the ultimate and most truly impacting “what if?” is: “what if I get to the end of my life and find I’ve wasted it playing fear-based ‘what if?’ games, instead of really living?” This photo is also from Wed. It’s the 2nd item I crossed off my bucket list while in Chicago that day: visiting the site of the 1893 World’s Fair (World’s Columbian Exposition), where the original Ferris wheel was unveiled to the world. That original wheel is now in London and is much larger than the one that stands in its place. But we rode on it anyway, and looked out over the few remaining buildings from the World’s Fair 126 years ago. It’s a fascinating event with big impact on the history of the US. -Tevya

#travelfamily #nomadfamily #worldsfair #chicago

Field Museum

Wed. we went to Chicago and crossed 2 items off my bucket list. The first was the Chicago Field museum, where we saw the Man-eaters of Tsavo. I’ve wanted to go there and see them since reading J.H. Patterson’s autobiographical book about them as a teenager.

The field museum was awesome. Colter said he wanted to be a museum night-guard on the way in (Night at the Museum movie). Then on the way out commented that it was really cool, but not fun in the way he expected it to be. -Tevya