Family Travel & Adventure Blogger
Expertise: Family Travel, Road Trips, Vacation Planning, National Parks
Education: University of California, Santa Barbara
- Outdoor loving mama of two living in Southern California
- Bucket list grows by the day despite crossing things off
- Lover of travel, organization, country music, kombucha and succulents
- Favorite days are spent chasing memorable views with my husband and kids
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation volunteer and its “Women Who Take Our Breath Away” award recipient
I have always loved travelling and getting the most out of everywhere I go. I love researching every aspect of a place I am going – from the best coffee to the best hike or random “do not miss” funky spot. Our family travelled a lot when I was very young. We had several cross country road trips in the station wagon where my detail-oriented father taught me how to create the best itineraries for any location. The internet has made this information readily available to everyone. I LOVE soaking it all in before a trip and sharing it with my readers once we are home!
I spent several years after college working for affluent clients as an executive assistant – planning travel and events where every detail needed to be covered. This led to experiences with some of the finer aspects of travel – private chefs with coursed meals, fabulous wine, luxury hotels, yachts and private planes.
I switched gears, went back to school and taught Kindergarten for several years. I quickly learned that things don’t always go they way you plan, but there is beauty in the everyday mess. I loved enriching my curriculum with memorabilia, maps and virtual “trips” for my kids. Flexibility and the ability to “pivot” are keys to success when doing anything with kids.
Life took an unexpected turn when our newborn son was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. Travel became difficult as we began to navigate and cope with this new diagnosis. In addition to the danger of many common germs, the new reality of multiple daily medications and treatments put the brakes on our spontaneous trips and adventures. Or so we thought.
When we dreamed of our future family we knew we wanted to share the world with them. We were determined not to let CF take this experience from our son. With research, organization and backup plans, we slowly started traveling and exploring as a family. And once again, due to non-negotiable medical needs, every detail needed to be covered.
Fast-forward a few years and my 8-year-old-son is now well versed in travel. He spent our 10-year wedding anniversary walking me down the aisle to renew our vows at a little chapel in Vegas, before setting out on a two-week road trip to explore many of the parks and sights in the Southwestern US. In 2020, we welcomed our miracle baby girl to the crew and she has fit right in, already visiting multiple states in search of adventure.
I want my blog to inspire families to get out and see the beauty around us! Mile Marker Memories is for families looking to explore and make memories together. My attention to detail gives my readers the information they need to plan successful trips and hiking adventures with their young families. I mostly write about road trips with a little something for everyone. My trips include plenty of relaxation moments for adults and lifelong memories for everyone. Happy travel requires flexibility to change plans when things aren’t working and an overall balanced experience for the whole family. You can start planning your next adventure on MileMarkerMemories.com.
- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of California, Santa Barbara
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Diego State University
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