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Move It Monday: Mesquite’s Adventures, Using the Dog to Motivate the Kids to Hike

April 18th, 2011 by bsmith | No Comments | Filed in Camping with Kids, Dog-Friendly Travel, Las Vegas Adventures, Las Vegas with Kids, Road Trips, Smith Family Adventures, Spring Adventures, State Park Sundays, Traveling with the Dog, Uncategorized

Mesquite and Justin, Cave Explorers, Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas Nevada

Twelve years of parenting has taught me that bringing the dog along is one of the best ways to get kids hiking.  My friends and neighbors thought I was crazy to bring the dog on our last vacation, but Mesquite had an awesome time and provided the kids with motivation to keep moving.

Sniff Stop, Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas Nevada

My sweet eight year old puppy scaled rocks and hiked to the petrified forest at Valley of Fire State Park.  She reminded us to stop and rest in the shade from time to time. 

Even back at the swanky Oasis RV park, she motivated us to walk several blocks to get the the Doggy Park which provided an hour of kid friendly entertainment as the kids happily through ball and bones for the Doggy Park visitors while Mequite hung out in the shade and enjoyed being petted.

The great thing about Nevada State Parks is that they let dogs on almost all the trails as long as they are on a leash.  Because of this liberal policy Mesquite was able to join us for most of our adventures.  Something to keep in mind when planning a dog and kid friendly trip.

Happy Trails,



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Move It Monday: Rock Climbing at Valley of Fire State Park, Las Vegas Nevada

April 11th, 2011 by bsmith | 3 Comments | Filed in Camping with Kids, Las Vegas Adventures, Las Vegas with Kids, Move It Monday

Rock Climbing Valley of Fire

 What’s a great way to ensure that your kids  get some exercise on vacation?  Camp next to a big old rock outcropping and let everyone explore.  We spent three days camping at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.  I’m sure the kids will look back fondly on the petroglyphs and the wild flowers, but their best memories will be of scrambling up the rocks next to our camp site with dog in tow. 

A Glimpse of the Climbers, Valley of Fire

 Everyone enjoyed climbing around until they found their own unique cubbyhole to take a rest.

Justin's Hide Out, Valley of Fire

 More pictures later.  As you can imagine we can hardly wait to go back!

Happy Trails,



Move It Monday: The Newest Family Adventure Mobile plus a California State Park Bargain

March 21st, 2011 by bsmith | 1 Comment | Filed in California State Parks, Camping with Kids, RV Adventures
The Newest Family Adventure Mobile a Pop Up RV

The Newest Family Adventure Mobile- A New to Us Pop Up Trailer

This was a big weekend for the Smith Family.  Daddy brought home a new to us Pop Up Trailer, and I have a feeling the travels of the Smith Family may never be the same.  I’m hoping that this new way to travel will provide us with more opportunities to “Move It” on vacation (note the bike racks).  I’m excited to have a TV free zone with real beds and a kitchen to cook fast food alternatives.  We aren’t planning a big cross country trip or to check out and become permanent travelers like some of my blogging friends, but we are looking forward to local adventures to state parks and county campgrounds.  Perhaps we’ll even explore some cushy RV resorts with heated pools.  In any case, it will certainly make travel interesting and give us an opportunity to explore California’s natural beauty.  I’m dreaming of a family trip to Yosemite.  We went there when Justin was in kindergarten, and I have fond memories of family bike rides and hikes in this breathtaking national park.

On that note, call it “State Park Monday”.  I wanted to share with you the California State Parks Foundation  is offering a great introductory rate of $25 for their Park Sampler for new members.  Benefits include a subscription to Sunset Magazine, 7 day use  passes, and $5 off camping in state park camp grounds.  Such a steal and a great way to support California’s state parks.  I’m eagerly awaiting my membership card.

Here’s Jared dreaming of some camping adventures:

Jared Trying Out His New Bed

Happy Trails,


P.S. See Mother of All Trips for some more Monday Dreams

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