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Hawaii, with kids… Part 1

Hawaii, with kids… Part 1

Saturday, February 2 – Waupaca to Kona, Hawaii In honor of our 10th wedding anniversary (which was 2 ½ years ago) and both of us turning 40, we decided to do something wild and take a trip to Hawaii!  With the whole family.  Mostly because we didn’t think anyone would watch the kids for an entire week.  Also, we found a pretty awesome Costco deal. Matt put in lots of time for this trip, reviewing airline policies, remembering bizarre facts…

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Manifest Destiny – Back Home – Part 5

Manifest Destiny – Back Home – Part 5

The drive back begins… Day 13 – July 12, 2018 – Thursday – Bozeman, MT to Dickinson, ND  We all slept in again except for poor Matt who was sent to Granny’s Donuts for the traditional Bozeman goodbye donuts.  We all feasted on them along with more of the unhealthy continental breakfast (for god’s sake, even PINEDALE had a selection of fruit at their continental breakfast; Bozeman had a couple bananas and that was the only thing that was remotely…

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Manifest Destiny – Out of the Parks and Into Bozeman – Part 4

Manifest Destiny – Out of the Parks and Into Bozeman – Part 4

Apparently we got lazy on vacation and missed a bunch of stuff we should have written on the day we went to the hot springs… if you are craving more pics of hot springs, check out Part 3 again!  Or not, it’s cool.  We have no way of knowing. Day 10 – July 9, 2018 – Monday – Gardiner, MT to Bozeman, MT  It was a restless night.  We found out what happens when Zoe drinks 32 gallons of water…

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Manifest Destiny – To The Rockies (in Yellowstone this time) – Part 3

Manifest Destiny – To The Rockies (in Yellowstone this time) – Part 3

Day 7 – July 6, 2018 – Friday – Gardiner, MT and BOTG We all stayed up a bit too late in our cozy cabin last night, and decided today would be a lazy day.  Well, relatively.  We had a hearty breakfast of cereal, and loaded up the car for treasure hunting!!  So, the scoop is that a millionaire named Forrest Fenn hid a treasure chest full of gold nuggets and jewelry in the Rocky Mountains TEN years ago (worth…

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Manifest Destiny – In the Rocky Mountains Now – Part 2

Manifest Destiny – In the Rocky Mountains Now – Part 2

Day 4 – Tuesday, July 3, 2018 – Tuesday – Estes Park, CO  Well, the Fourth of July crowds are reaching a fevered peak here in the village.  We slept in until 7:00 today but couldn’t wait any longer to get out of bed and have fun!  (Well, Matt could have slept more).  We were ready and on the road by 7:30 am.  Our next door motel neighbors were loading stuff as quickly into their car as they could.  We…

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Manifest Destiny – Journey to the Rocky Mountains – Part 1

Manifest Destiny – Journey to the Rocky Mountains – Part 1

Day 1 – Saturday – June 30, 2018 – Waupaca WI to Lincoln, NE I know, right??  NEBRASKA?  Where in the world is the Durst-Kolinski family going this year?  Well, the plan is to journey to Rocky Mountain National Park, then up to Yellowstone National Park, then back home.  Every year we try to add on something new.  And the votes are in – last year we flew and it just didn’t have the feeling of the out west trip…

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Goodbye, Washington… (Part 4)

Goodbye, Washington… (Part 4)

August 29, 2017 – Tuesday – Tacoma/Seattle Well, we cancelled the idea of a boat ride after we found out we had to reserve our sandwich choices for the boat ride by 3 pm the day before.  We aren’t THAT organized, and dammit, we want food (including some kind of blueberry buckle that is offered) on our boat ride.  So we reserved for tomorrow afternoon instead.  At least the kids burst into our room at some ungodly hour demanding we…

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Olympic National Park/Washington (Part 3)….

Olympic National Park/Washington (Part 3)….

August 26, 2017 – Saturday – Port Angeles, WA to Tacoma, WA The one day the kids sleep in, we actually have a timeline.  So everyone dragged themselves out of bed, and helped themselves to whatever leftovers we had for breakfast.  Hope you all don’t want yogurt, as we only have 2 left!  Mac and cheese for breakfast?  Go wild, young Zoe.  You didn’t eat more than a bite?  That’s okay, we didn’t want to bring it with anyway. The…

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The Olympics continued… (Part 2)

The Olympics continued… (Part 2)

August 23, 2017 – Wednesday – Port Angeles, WA still…. The kids awoke even earlier than the prior morning…  We were on the road by 8:00ish which is great for us!  Today was our “beach day”.  We gassed up and headed out on west Hwy 101 – this is a gorgeous road that hugs the northern border of Olympic National Park and the southern border of Lake Crescent (see the background on Sarah’s Facebook page – she put that on…

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Going to the Olympics! No, not THOSE Olympics….

Going to the Olympics! No, not THOSE Olympics….

August 20, 2017 – Sunday – Waupaca, WI to Milwaukee, WI Well, the time has rolled around again for another Durst-Kolinski family trip.  We feel like we were probably ready for this trip 2-3 weeks ago, as really we are all at the point of killing each other by this time in the summer.  This is going to be great!  Actually, it probably won’t be the crazy-ass trips we have had in the past – kids are growing up, we…

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