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Top 3 Reasons to Visit New Mexico Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History & Science in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Top 3 Reasons To Visit…

Boegley got a little bug-eyed over the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.  He had so much fun that we ended up being there for quite some time – after all, we had an all day pass, so we could take a break and go back if need be.  Sometimes that can come in rather handy when we’re pet sitting a sweet little dog that can’t just be left alone for hours and hours.


1. Tons of Educational Opportunities


We thoroughly enjoyed learning about earthquakes, climate change, carbon footprinting, dinosaurs, stars, and so much more.  With plates under our feet at The Quaking Earth Exhibit, we even had the chance to create our own earthquake and see how it registered.

Then, we moved to another interactive exhibit that helped Boegley decide which food items he should choose, so he could consider how much of a carbon footprint each menu item actually causes.

2. Planetarium

In a domed theatre, we got to watch a 30-45 minute video of the stars and cosmos.  This was Boegley’s favorite thing.  Of course, outside the theatre was a fabulous exhibit with large models of the planets and our solar system and even a replica of the Mars Rover.

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3.  Evolator Time Machine

Rob’s favorite thing was the Evolator Time Machine.  It seemed like an elevator, but you go in and sit down.  Then a humorous video comes on to guide you through different periods of time -over a course of millions of years- in New Mexico.

It was entertaining and educational, but didn’t have the 3-D theme park ride feel.  That made Boegley happy.  He doesn’t like the movement of the 3-D rides.  So, this was much better for him.

Beyond our three favorite things, you’ll find a long list of interactive and fascinating things to do and see within the museum.  Plus, they have tons of camps, facility rentals, and even adult field trips. 

Just as we said earlier this week about Explora, with or without kids, homeschool/worldschool or regular school…we highly recommend checking out the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuqueruqe!

Curious how we’re getting to travel and do all kinds of amazing things while saving over $25K traveling?  Click here to find out.

Honoring you,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

Rob, Boegley, & Janelle – Magdalena, NM 2017









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5 Favorite Things About Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Explora in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our 5 Favorite Things…

Boegley was quite happy to give Explora a big thumbs up after our family adventure there earlier this week.  Located in near Old Town Albuquerque, this was a very fun and unique experience. 

And, though we got in via complimentary passes from Amy Carr, Publications and Marketing Manager, the admission is very affordable for a family!

There were so many amazing interactive exhibits that it was tough for us to choose just five favorite things, but we finally made our choices. 

Amy Carr

1. Engineering and Gravity

engineering and gravity

We could’ve stayed near the entrance for hours.  Watching the balls roll along the tracks, drop, bounce and even cause the bell to chime was a mesmerzing experience.  But, there was far more to see and do, so we moved on…eventually.

2. Moving Air

But, we didn’t get far before we found one of our next favorite things.  An interactive exhibit about moving air grabbed our attention.  Via a simulation we each got the chance to sit down and try our hand at getting a model plane off the ground!  I can honestly say it was exhilirating.  All three of us, put this as one of our very favorite experiences in Explora.

Does anyone need a pilot?  Well, perhaps we’d better get actual training first and dozens of hours in the air – LOL!


3.  Axolotl

The black one in the photo below is one of the amazing Axolotl’s at Explora.  The corner photo of the pink one gives you a better idea of just how cool they are though.

At Explora they have a male and a female black one.  They’re full-grown daughter is similar to the pink one.

Due to these “Mexican salamander’s” ability to regenerate more than any other known animal on the planet, scientists are very intrigued by them.  They’re exceptionally gentle and curious.  Yep, seeing these little beauties was my -Janelle’s- favorite thing 🙂 

4. Paradox Cafe

Need a little break after exploring for so long?  On the upper level, they have a very unique cafe with tables and chairs as well as booths.  While only some tables have computers, each one has a unique activity to keep guests entertained while sitting down for a bit to eat.


The Paradox Cafe will make you wonder about your perception!  You have to really challenge what you’re seeing to decipher what is true and what is not.  At the current time in our country, that’s a great way to help our kids see that what we think is the truth may not be the case.

5. Curious Bubbles

Making time for the bubble exhibit is a MUST!  As you can see below, Daddy/Rob, enjoyed the bubble section.  So much so, that he magically grew a bubble beard!

bubble beard

Yes, this was Rob’s favorite exhibit 🙂  The exploration of bubbles in this section was amazing.  Bubbles continually grew here and there.  Tubs of bubble solution with giant dippers brought tons of fun.  And, we’ve gotta mention the bubble sheet.  

There was so much to do at Explora.  It wasn’t just for kids either.  In fact, they even have a night every other month specifically for adults 18+.  They have a “A Night with the Animals”, “Fired Up”, “Inventive Art” and more.  

They have educational programs and camps.  There’s toddler time, a live theatre and so much more.  So with or without kids, homeschool/worldschool or regular school…we highly recommend checking out Explora in Albuqueruqe!

Curious how we’re getting to travel and do all kinds of amazing things while saving over $25K traveling?  Click here to find out.

Honoring you,

Janelle, Rob & Boegley

Rob, Boegley, & Janelle – Magdalena, NM 2017









Photo credit: Pink Axolotl –

Have Fun No Matter Where You Are

Over Thanksgiving we made a 13+ hour drive to see my dad and stepmom in the middle of nowhere…seriously.  They live in a little tiny town in Oklahoma.  But, here’s the thing, we found cool things to see while we were there.  

Boggy Depot State Park was a very fascinating place off the beaten path.  It gave us a great opportunity to see something we wouldn’t normally see and share some history with Boegley at the same time.  It was used as a Confederate commissary depot during the Civil War.  More importantly, it was a very important town in the Choctaw Nation. Great worldschool moment 🙂

And, of course, we took time to act like dorks!  I mean what else are you to do with a closed old building…just run and fake a cartoon break-through-the-wall moment. Way to go Rob!

Boegley took some time to check out the water’s edge.  It was actually a bit too chilly to wander off on one of the walking trails that day, but there it’s a great little place to explore and spend some time in nature.

It got a thumbs up from the little guy!  Lots of information to take in on the signs. And, just a feeling there that you can’t explain.  It was like the Native Americans were still there – you could just feel their energy.

Most importantly I got to spend some time with family!  When you live a life of freedom it is actually easier to travel and see the various members of your family no matter where they might be.

Working and living where we want, when we want and how we want,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley


Our Favorite Things About Beach Photo Shoot

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A couple of weeks ago we met up with Amanda of Amanda Puskar Photography at St. Andrews Park in Panama City Beach, FL, for a sunset family photo shoot.  Not only did she rock the shoot, but she brought her husband and kids.  It was amazing to meet her family, too!  She doesn’t always bring the whole family, but we were so glad she did this time.  What a great group of people!

Amanda and her husband, Jeremy, were so easy to work with and talk to.  She made quick work of getting numerous shots of us.  Her patience for Boegley’s high energy was fabulous.  We didn’t request anything in particular…we just let her tell us what to do.  It was fun to hand over the reins in an effort to get beautiful family pictures.

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This particular area is a great location for photographers, so it was busy.  But, Amanda made us feel totally comfortable and worked miracles around random people moseying along the beach.

What more could we ask for.  We met an amazing family, a great photographer, had lots of laughs, had our feet in the sand and splashed in the surf.

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There is no doubt that we highly recommend Amanda Puskar Photography.  In fact, getting beautiful, silly and fun family photos on the beach makes for a great excuse to visit Panama City Beach, so send Amanda an email or give her a call.

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We give Amanda and her crew a thumbs up!

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Top 5 Reasons to Do a Sunset Cruise with Island Time Sailing


With the wind in your hair, a drink in your hand and glorious gentle seas lapping against a 50-foot-long catamaran, you can experience a deeply profound moment as the sun sinks into the water. The pinks, the oranges, the blues, the purples and the utter sense of peace is simply beyond compare. Engines cut and mainsail unfurled, we all quietly watched as the day came to a gentle end with Island Time Sailing.

Taking a sunset cruise with a large group of strangers can lead to beautiful connections. On board during our sailing excursion there were two couples celebrating their anniversaries, there were young kids seeing dolphins in open water for the first time, there were people laughing and chatting easily with one another though they would most likely never meet again.

Boegley got the opportunity to drive his first vehicle…I never imagined before we took off on our gypsy life that he would drive a big boat as his first. The beautiful seriousness on his face as he steered touched my heart in a way I simply can’t explain. It was magnificent. He’s been such a shy kid for most of his life, but he is starting to come out of his shell. That evening, he walked up to the captain and asked to not only sit in the captain’s seat, but to steer the catamaran. The entire crew were amazing with all the kids on board. If they wanted a chance to steer, they got it!


After we go on an adventure, we like to share at least three of our favorite things about it with you. This time we had so many things we really loved it was harder than normal to narrow down.

  1. Seeing the jellyfish floating by the boat.
  2. Watching the dolphins surface and schools of fish jump out of the water.
  3. The gorgeous sunset on the water.
  4. Watching our son steer the catamaran.
  5. The amazing hospitality of the captain and crew.

Boegley loved steering, and he was fascinated with the dashboard controls. I lost count how many times he went back to check and see how deep the water was below us. But, his favorite thing was seeing the jellyfish float by in the boat lights after the sun had set and we were heading back to the marina. Some of these jellyfish were the size of basketballs while others were quite small. He enjoyed seeing the dolphins come to the surface, but they weren’t jumping or overly playful the evening we were out. So, the jellyfish caught his eye more 🙂

Rob was excited from the get-go as the bartender set the Gilligan Island’s theme on play before we even pulled out of the slip. Luckily for us it wasn’t a three-hour-tour!


His favorite aspect of the cruise was all of the wildlife. Pelicans perched on the pilings throughout Grand Lagoon, dolphins breaking the surface, schools of fish jumping out of the water, and yes, the jellyfish drifting along next to the boat. Oh, and let’s not forget a beer in his hand with a bit of good island music playing in the background.

My favorite aspect of being out with Island Time is really just the overall experience of being on the water. Mind you, it was a very calm night. Warm and simply beautiful. I loved how the crew were so welcoming to everyone – very, very friendly from the ticket window to the bartender to the young man handling the sails to the captain. They made the cruise so much fun and so relaxed.


After the sun sank beneath the horizon, they had a hula hoop contest and then brought around the conch shell. Rob, Boegley and I all had some success blowing the conch.  Trying things that new and different are certainly worth it – they make memories!

If you’re going to be in or near Panama City Beach, FL, we highly recommend taking a dolphin sunset cruise or a snorkling cruise with Island Time Sailing. We’ll never forget our beautiful evening with them!

Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley

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Our 3 Favorite Things About Ripley’s in Panama City Beach, Florida

Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to visit the S.S. Ripley at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Panama City Beach, FL.  We had a great time, and highly recommend it if you’re going to be in the area.  Makes for a fun place to get in and cool off from the hot sun or a place to spend part of a rainy day.

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!

The floating car that is a real working boat with a motor!

Here are three of our favorite things:

Rob’s Favorite – The “dancing wall” near the end of the museum.  There are three screens you dance in front of (or make funny faces, which Boegley had a great time doing as well).  It made us think of the funny mirrors that change your shape and size, but it’s a real time video with music.  What a cool idea…dancing your way out of the Odditorium!


Boegley’s Favorite – The mirror maze.  It was well lit, but yet dark in a cool sort of way.  The positioning of the various mirrors easily tricked us into thinking we were headed down a hallway, but often we ran smack into ourselves in yet another mirrored wall.  It was a riot!  They even have guests put plastic gloves on, so the mirrors don’t become smudged with handprints.  Honestly, it takes a bit of time to find your way through the maze.


Janelle’s Favorite – The Titanic exhibit.  There is an actual replica of the part of the ship that was gouged by the iceberg, and it gives guests an idea of just how fast and how much water rushed in!  They also have a small display of water, which guests get to place their hand in to see just how freezing cold the ocean was that night.  With tons of information on that horrific event, this can make for a wonderful educational piece for homeschoolers, as well as for school teachers and parents.

Beyond that, the fact that there are 500 exhibits, a load of them are interactive, and they truly bridge the gap from really young kids to grandparents.  Some of them will give you a little fright – one button Janelle pushed dropped a big spider down…and yes, she yelped and ran away – LOL.  Then, there was the “Can you grab this jewel?” moment.  Rob claimed nothing happened when he put his hand in, but when Janelle put her arm in all the way…well…you’ll just have to visit and find out for yourself!  

Will Rob be bonked on the head?

Will Rob be bonked on the head?

Don’t just take our word for it!  Go see it for yourself, then share a comment with us.  We’d love to hear your favorite things, too!  


Thank you Audra Ely for welcoming us to the S.S. Ripley!


Life is an adventure, so live it,

Janelle, Rob and Boegley

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