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Travel Writer🌲Melynda Harrison  ✏️ #TravelWriter | Blogger | Adventurer 🌲 Naturalist ✈️ #FamilyTravel. Now: Road Trip Eastern USA 🌎 #Unschool | #Worldschool 💻 TravelingMel.com

Back on the trail with this crazy crew. We started #TuesdayTrails a few years ago to make sure we got our kids in the dirt every week. .
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We all know that outside time is good for brains and bodies, but sometimes we need a little push to get out the door. Having something on the weekly calendar makes sure these kids (and their parents) get the fresh air they need. .
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Do you put anything on your schedule to make sure it happens regularly? .
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We’ve gone from 90F and humid to 30F and arid. A light dusting of snow and autumn colors lets us know it is fall in Montana. .
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We are settling for 6 months of being (mostly) stationary- you know we can’t resist a few little trips. We spent the weekend reconnecting with friends, signing up for basketball, and unpacking winter clothes. It feels like home. We are glad to be here for awhile. .
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What did you do this weekend? .
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#FF: On Fridays I share some of my favorite Instagrammers—people I LOVE to follow and think you will, too. This week is Jessica and the rest of the family from @bring_the_kids !
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When I first started following them they were living in Saudi Arabia. It was such an interesting glimpse into life in a place I don’t really understand. We have not met in person, yet, but we have been near each other. Last spring we were both hanging out with our families on the Yucatán peninsula. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it work to meet. Now, we are only a couple states apart, so maybe it will happen!
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I will Let Jessica introduce herself: “Hi! We are the Averett family. We’ve spent most of the last 5 years living overseas and traveling with our 5 kids in tow. We are all happiest when we’re outside, dirty and playing hard. We recently set up a home base in the Utah mountains but we have an impossible time holding still so you’ll still find us all over the place!”
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Check out her pictures at @bring_the_kids and giver her a follow, if you like! Also, what’s going on with you this weekend? .
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Just relaxing with a bear, like you do. I’m not the biggest fan of zoos, though I do understand their role in conservation and education... I just don’t love seeing animals in captivity. But, ZooMontana has a whole lot of space and only keeps animals that can live about the 40th parallel. Most of the animals are rescues that can’t be released into the wild. .
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My favorite part of the zoo is the botanical gardens. There is a sensory garden, a huge park, natural walking trails, a creek runs through the whole property. It’s more like gardens and open space with some animals than a zoo. .
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Plus, there is this bear to hold me when I get tired. .
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After 40 days of road tripping we made it back to Montana! We’ve seen a lot of pretty places and connected with so many friends and family, but there’s no place like home. .
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We are spending a couple days in Billings, known as @montanastrailhead, to explore a bit of the eastern part of the state. We walked out to this overlook of the Yellowstone River just as the sun poked through the clouds and lit up the water, autumn foliage, and rolling hills. .
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This same river flows through our town 120 miles west. It’s where we cool off in the summer, spend lazy days floating in our raft, watch ice chunks bob in winter, and cast flies hoping to get a trout to rise. For a lot of us in Montana, a river really does run through it all. .
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@worldtowning has me thinking about the pros and cons of full or part time family travel. While I think the benefits outweigh the challenges, one thing I think our kids miss out on is a sense of home and close knit friends. While we are off traveling, our boys’ friends (and ours, too) keep on living their lives and spending time together. Their friends are forging connections that are hard to make when you are jumping in and out of people’s lives. On the other hand, we are making connections across the world and making the whole world our home. You have to make choices, right? And you have to give up some things to have other things. .
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So here we are on the edge of the Yellowstone once again. Thanks for welcoming us back to Montana, Billings! Is there a waterway or landform that makes you feel like you are home? .
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There are so many waterfalls in North Carolina and the eastern US. It’s really quite charming. .
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I saw Looking Glass Falls on another Instagram feed and knew we needed to see it if we were nearby. Sure enough, it’s just off the road near Sliding Rock (see a few posts back for an exciting slide down the rock by @travelingfilmmaker 😂). .
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We have chosen several destinations based on what we’ve seen on Instagram. We took a road trip through Croatia to see waterfalls at Plitvice and Krka National Parks after seeing spectacular pics. We spent a month in a little corner of Bavaria thanks to photos from @menagerie_travel. I’ve read stories about places being overrun by Instagrammers— spots that were previously under the radar and unprepared for an onslaught of people. And that’s a worry. We go to experience these places, but for some people it’s all about the photos. And I don’t say that to make myself sound better, it’s just an interesting affect of this new social world. And the end results are the same—we are all hanging out in the same delicate places. I’ve based my whole business model on showing people great places to travel to. .
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Have you gone somewhere based on an Instagram photo? How did it work out? .
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Have you ever seen a white squirrel? It seems like half the squirrels in Brevard, NC are white. They aren’t albino, just a variant of the eastern gray squirrel. .
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One story has the Adam and Eve of white squirrels arriving after a carnival wreck in Florida in 1949. Someone caught the squirrels and eventually the two were released near Brevard, starting the Transylvania white squirrel colony. .
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The white squirrels are a big tourist attraction (yes, that was me chasing them around the college campus trying to get a photo). There are white squirrel stuffed animals for sale at many shops, other white squirrel gift items, and even a white squirrel festival. They are pretty cute. . 🐿
What do you think? Are white squirrels worth the hype? Personally I kind of love them. ❤️
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Hard to believe this sunset in Sackets Harbor, NY was just a couple weeks ago. Thanks to @iloveny, five travel bloggers, including me, got to explore the Thousand Islands area. .
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Sackets Harbor is a charming town with interesting battlefields, tasty restaurants, and cute inns. And of course, access to Lake Ontario and sunset cruises. .
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Have you spent any time in the 1000 Islands area? I definitely would like to come back with my family— what should make our “must-see” list? If you haven’t been, what do you want to know? I’m working on my blog post. 😉
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These guys. After a few days in North Carolina these second cousins became great friends. They were all so young the first time they met, it’s like it never happened. .
❤️ A 6-week road trip is kind of tiring. We are moving a lot and have to be “on” so much of the time since we are with other people. But it’s mostly really rewarding and fun. Catching up and reconnecting with friends and family has been an absolute blast. .
❤️ This hike in Pisgah National Forest started out misty and surreal. A heavy fog sat on the mountains lending an air of mystery. Then it turned to heavy, unrelenting rain. We were all soaked to the core, but (mostly) having a great time. Rain isn’t so bad when you are with people you love and headed toward a dry house and a hot shower. .
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Anyone else hanging with family or playing in the rain over the weekend? .
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When you are making a 360 video and everything goes sideways.... .
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We had a blast slipping down Sliding Rock, even if we looked a little crazy doing it. Do have anything crazy or fun planned as we slide into the weekend? .
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We are chasing waterfalls again. This time we are near Asheville, North Carolina. This little beauty is in a park next to the side of the road. Super easy access for a whole lot of waterfall beauty.
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We had plans to be in Wilmington right now, but the hurricane, and then storm, changed those for us. Instead we are in an Airbnb near Asheville and I have a bad case of FOMO. There is so much to do and see around here— but, we are trying to focus on getting some work done. One of the tricky things about working and traveling at the same time is making sure you get both done.
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The boys have to get out of the apartment, though! Otherwise they go a little crazy and drive us crazy, too. So we found a park and a waterfall and are spending an hour or so just being outside. . 🌳
Have you ever gone somewhere where there is a ton to do, but you just hunkered down and didn’t do it? Tell me your tips for getting over the FOMO! 😂 .
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You know when you are really into something and then one of your kids (or someone else) shows interest? That’s what happened to me with plants. .
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On a rainy day in Washington DC, we explored the giant greenhouses at the @usbotanicgarden. I love botany and botanical gardens, so it was really fun having Finn lead me around and look for things. He was most interested in the corpse plant. It wasn’t blooming (or stinking like a dead animal) but its size was impressive. .
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We used the scavenger hunt and other booklets they gave out at the entrance desk to guide and focus our tour. (Tip: we always ask what guides are available when we visit a museum, as they don’t always advertise them. These guides can help us focus our exploration in big museums, which can be a little overwhelming.) .
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Finn’s interest in botany May be fleeting, but it made this visit extra fun. What are you or your kid interested in these days?
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