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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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Spring Break woo-hoo! Part 3

Spring Break woo-hoo! Part 3

Day 7 – Wednesday, April 13, 2017 – Fort Meyers Beach to Clearwater Beach, FL Everyone woke up lazily this morning and packed slowly.  Another beautiful morning and the beach was packed.  But our family had to get out by 11 am.  We dined on a breakfast of cinnamon rolls from Mom’s Bakery, which were fantastic (take THAT, work cafeteria that took Sarah’s rolls away).  We piled into the car and headed out of our humble abode behind a car…

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Spring Break, woo-hoo! Part 2

Spring Break, woo-hoo! Part 2

Day 4 – Sunday, April 9, 2017 – Legoland to Fort Meyers Beach, FL This morning started with frantic packing and stumbling down to the Legoland Hotel Buffet.  Today was a bit more crowded, and after a while, everyone starts to look familiar.  Like this woman Sarah swears she sees everywhere who looks like Mrs. Hernandez from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  Or as we leave the restaurant Sarah really does see Mr. Two Patch from the pool yesterday explaining to his pre-K…

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Spring Break, woo-hoo – Part 1

Spring Break, woo-hoo – Part 1

FYI – this family trip will be a bit lower key, so don’t expect too much drama.  😉 Day 1 – Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Waupaca to Milwaukee, WI This year we may have the pleasure of not one, but two, family trips.  We are taking the first ever spring break-style trip that we have ever done with all five of us.  There are many reasons we haven’t done this before and every minute of this trip so far has…

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2016 Yellowstone – Part 4

2016 Yellowstone – Part 4

Monday, July…25?, 2016 – Rapid City, SD More miracles this trip!  We awakened around 8 am!  Us and the kids.  We aren’t sure what magical combination of events led to this, but we suspect a combination of running them ragged in the pool last night and more importantly, placing them in the room in the suite that has no window and is pitch black. Matt gathered some continental breakfast wares for us (fruit loops, unflavored donuts (strangely not bad), bananas,…

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