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Where is Crater Lake & Why Should I Go?

where is crater lake

Where is Crater Lake anyway and why should I go?  If you are anything like me, who apparently slept through geography class, you may be asking yourself the same question.  After having been, I can assure you, you don’t want to miss out on this gem!

Crater Lake is located in southwest Oregon in the spectacular Crater Lake National Park View Map.  Besides its immense beauty and crystal clear water, here are some reasons why nearly half a million people flock to the lake each year:

  1. Easy access and open year round – You may get the most out of your visit if you go in the summer, however, in the winter you can snowshoe and cross country ski along the rim!
  1. Air is refreshing and clean at the high elevation.  It’s more exciting than it sounds!
  1. Considered the cleanest large body of water in the WORLD!
  1. At 1,943 feet deep Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States
  1. Jr. Ranger Program– Great for RoadSchooling!  Make sure to stop at the Steel Visitor Center to participate.
  1. Friendly rangers and staff– No, that is not a given!
  1. Nice gift shop with classy, quality merchandise.

crater lake

Here are a few ways you can tailor your visit to Crater Lake to your liking:

  • Take a scenic drive around the lake
  • Hike the rocky peaks
  • Take a Boat Tour
  • Fish the two species that survive in the lake- Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon
  • Swim- The only legal place to swim is at the end of The Cleetwood Cove Trail
  • Watch a film at the Steel Visitors Center about the rich human history of the park
  • Visit the volcanic spires “Pinnacles” at the southeast corner of the lake.
  • Explore the history exhibits for a peak into an earlier era at the Great Hall of Crater Lake Lodge.

Crater Lake was our very first stop on our 4 month road trip.  We didn’t spend much time there but I’m happy we made space in our schedule to visit.  I hope this little post peeks your curiosity and if someone were to ask you now Where is Crater Lake? I hope your answer would be “on my travel bucket list!”

Emily Oak Home Sweet Road

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An Unusual Classroom at the Pacific Science Center

What you will find in the bathrooms at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle may make your stomach turn, but I assure you, the kids will learn a thing or two!  You are there to expand your knowledge after all and the folks at the education center came up with a disgusting lesson about the human body – and it’s waste – that is guaranteed to make your kids take notice. They may love it, they may hate it – but chances are they won’t easily forget it!

pacific science center

seattle science center

pacific science center
seattle science center with kids
pacific science center education

And there you have it.  The reason every boy should visit the Pacific Science Center pronto!

I am not sure what it is in the hardwiring of every boy that innately responds to potty jokes and bathroom humor but it is inescapable.  So, I guess, taking them to learn a thing or two in the Center’s bathrooms is one way for us moms to embrace it.  You know I am a big fan of RoadSchooling and taking every opportunity to make learning fun for my little tribe so I was all for it.  You gotta love boys!  The things that excite them and get them talking.

If you are looking for more fun and unusual things to do with kids in or around Seattle, check out and follow my Seattle Pinterest Board!

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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Breckenridge Snow Report – Fence Posts and Facial Wounds

The Breckenridge Snow Report promised clear skies and good times for the boys.  They had recently rented skis and with the seasons pass we bought there were high hopes for a great season.  It was the first time skiing for all of us but David.  We were concerned about making the investment while our children were this young (ages 2, 5, 7) but decided to go for it.  Hey, Lindsey Vonn started skiing at two and a half so, obviously, we had no time to lose!

boys get skis breckenridge

Elijah showed awesome determination and fearless devotion from the start.  Up until that point his all time favorite activity was to go to a theme park and hop on the scariest ride he could find.  He loved to feel the wind in his face and would scream at the top of his lungs in delight until it stopped.  And then do it all over again.

breckenridge snow report

Going down the mountain unrestrained was exhilarating for him.  He just could not get enough.  He would fall and get right back up as if nothing happened.  He wanted to stay out for hours and never complained of the cold.  He was in his element.  The mountain was the perfect fit for his wild nature and conquering spirit.  A brave man in the making.

We had never seen him happier.

And then it happened.

The day after I broke my nose David comes in from skiing with E all morning with a troubled look on his face.  “Don’t freak out when you see Elijah.”

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E was in the hallway waiting for David to give me the heads up so that I wouldn’t completely break down when I saw him.  I am usually pretty laid back about the kids but I was still traumatized by my accident the day before and David knew I was already emotional.

He was right.

I lost it.  Cursing the mountain and the sport I started to cry as I ran over to my son to survey the damage.   Unfazed, other than a beat up face, he shrugged his shoulders, smiled and let me know in no uncertain terms that he was ready to go back out and ski for a couple more runs!

Love that brave boy.  And I can learn from him.

So when the Breckenridge snow report promises clear skies and perfect conditions – Beware.  And get some ski lessons!

*If you found my blog looking for the actual Breckenridge Snow Report, it can be found HERE.  Thanks for staying long enough to read our story.  Have fun on the mountain:)

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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Be Curious, Be Brave

My personal theme for the year is to Be Curious & Be Brave.  I’m not big on setting new years resolutions and goals.  They don’t inspire me – AT ALL.  What does inspire me is the idea of challenging myself to be more authentic, passionate, generous, forgiving, thoughtful, open, and courageous every day.


When we were in Beaver Creek Colorado, I saw this statue and was immediately captivated by it.  I just stood there staring at it for the longest time.  I love how the child doesn’t shrink back in fear while the bear comes close.  Both curious, both brave.  Obviously this doesn’t translate in the literal sense, but I can think of a handful of “bears” in my life that I have shied away from simply due to some form of fear.

Sometimes the first step in overcoming fear is to stop making excuses for it and see it for the ugly, suffocating parasite that it is.  If we live in fear long enough it becomes so normative that we don’t even question it anymore.  If everyone else we know lives that same way than it’s not even seen as a problem – it’s just REALITY.

I’m not cool with that kind of reality.

My dream is that my kids would be WILD and FREE.  WISE and BOLD.  GENTLE and STRONG.  Precious little ones that refuse to measure their journey against anyone else’s or become paralyzed by the fear of failure or what others will think of them.

If I want my kids to be all of those things that means I have to be moving in that direction myself first.

This year I want to cultivate a Courageous Curiosity to dig deeper and see the beauty and potential that lies beneath the surface.  I want to see past the obvious and peer into the veiled space not immediately apparent without careful examination.  A treasure hunter!

It takes very little effort to see what is messed up in everyone and everything, but bravery to:

  • See the beauty in the ordinary
  • Recognize strength in weakness
  • Embrace those that are nothing like us
  • Pursue dreams without guarntees
  • Live for the audience of One

I love the words to Sara Bareilles’ song “Brave.”

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

So I’m checking my fear and preconceived ideas at the door and stepping into this year with open hands and an open heart.  Here’s to being Curious and Brave in 2014!

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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Breckenridge Snow Report – Fresh Snow with a Chance of Tears

There was great anticipation in the van as David looked up the Breckenridge Snow Report for the next day.  The snow was to blanket the mountain overnight and continue to fall the next day.  Fresh powder, on the day his boyhood dream was to become a reality!

He would finally get his chance to ski the coveted slopes of Breckenridge – or “Breck” as the locals call it.  He had fantasized about this moment since he first learned to ski in the early 80’s.  Riffling through winter sport magazines, imagining himself floating on the powder above the tree line.

Breckenridge Snow Report

He had skied in places like Whistler, Snowbird, Mt. Bachelor, and Park City – but never Breck.

We spent several days in the quaint mountain town already enjoying all it had to offer before the snow fell enough for the lifts to open.  As a family, we had ample time to gather gear from local businesses that would keep us warm in the colder climate.  We were happy to find a fully stocked reuse sports store in the next town over where we scored awesome deals on almost everything we needed – a relief because all we had with us was what would fit in a few suitcases.  We had been on the road since summer and those clothes weren’t transitioning real well.

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David got fitted for special hard boots because he has funny little bone spurs on the tops of his feet so regular boots never fit right.  They were an investment but we were okay with dropping the dough because we were hopeful that this was our new family sport.  If you read {Part 1} of the Breckenridge Snow Report series you already know how that turned out!

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David was thrilled for the kids and I to become personally acquainted with the sport that meant so much to him growing up.  He was so kind to give us plenty of time on the snow before he hit the mountain himself.  Up and down we went on the magic carpet while he took care of Girlr and watched while the boys and I fell and got back up ad nauseum trying to figure out how to keep our skis steady underneath of us.

breckenridge snow report

 breckenridge snow report

He was so patient.  Just content to be in Breckenridge at all.  But I knew below the surface he was dying to get out there himself and see if it was really as good as he had always dreamed it would be.  I wasn’t with him on the slopes that day but all I know is what happened when he came back.

Breckenridge Snow Report

 Breckenridge Snow Report

Tears of gratitude.

He just came back and wept.  So thankful for being able to fulfill a dream that he didn’t anticipate happening until much later.  Part of what made it all the sweeter was that so many things in our life were falling apart all around us and here we were being blessed beyond belief.  Things were hard.  REALLY hard in so many ways and yet all we could do was thank God for His provision and goodness.  I will never forget the weeks we spent in that glorious and terrible place!

Stay tuned for the last in this Breckenridge Snow Report Series (silly name, I know) to find out what happened with E on those treacherous mountains!  And don’t forget to like our page on FB if you haven’t already!

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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Breckenridge Snow Report: Broken Nose in the Forecast

The weather is perfect and the Breckenridge Snow Report is exactly what every skier hopes for on the day they hit the slopes.  It hasn’t snowed for a few days so the blowers are humming as they spray out white powder in anticipation of the real stuff to start falling.  It’s early in the season and there are few clouds, short lines, and the sun is shining.  David’s life long dream of skiing the slopes of Breckenridge was just realized (I’ll tell you about that in another post:)) and he is back at the condo with the kids.

breckenridge snow reportHaving experienced snowboarding a handful of times, my confidence surges.  The last few days I conquered Breckenridge’s bunny hill and after several more hours on it today, I am ready to take on something more legit.

I hop on the lift and enjoy the ride.  Quiet.  Peaceful.  Perfect.  Partway up I realize that we passed the bunny hill drop off long ago and I still can’t see where this ride ends.  A pang of regret hits my stomach until I push it out refusing the fear that is about to take hold.  What more could I ask for?  At the moment I don’t have to attend to the needs of my family and I can just breathe the crisp air and bask in the beauty of creation.

I am living the dream.

As I reach the top I am greeted by photographers who snap a quick picture before I head down the mountain.  These moments are meant to be remembered.

Taken aback by the steep drop at the onset of the coarse, I hold my ground with out falling for a quarter of the way down the mountain.  My legs are shaking from the strain of hours on the bunny hill.  I realize now that I shouldn’t have spent so much time over there.  I am in over my head and I know it.  This run has exponentially more people than the beginners coarse and I fear another skier will run right into me if I zig zag down the mountain, so I keep my skis pointed down the mountain.

I’m going so fast, I lose control and careen into the plastic fencing that serves as a barrier between me and the trees.  Thrashing hard on my back side I slide to a stop and start to cry.  I am cold, alone, and scared.  I feel weak and my legs won’t stop shaking.  I am stuck with no other choice than to ski myself down this horrible mountain.

I opted out of professional ski lessons in place of the brilliant educator known as YouTube.  No one told me I could ski side to side on the steep mountain to slow myself down on this kind of run.  Seems like everyone is going so quickly.  Not wanting to cause a crash with a skier behind me  I keep myself primarily face forward.  Which is unfortunate because the next turn of events found me thrown like a rag doll down the mountain, thrusting my face full force straight into the afternoon ice.  The impact causing my head to spin and blood to pour from my nose.

I sat there bleeding out, weeping while skiers passed by.  I was a few football fields distance from the bottom of the run by this point.  I wiped my face best I could as my fingers froze, put my gloves back on and as I got up to make my way down I turned and another skier saw my bloody face.  “Oh sh@#!  Should I call the ski patrol to evacuate you off the mountain?”  Standing up from the crimson snow I say “no.”  All I wanted to do was fall into the arms of my husband and cry my eyes out.

We were staying at The Grand Lodge at Peak 7 so all I had to do was take a short gondola ride over and walk back.  Having very little experience with hard boots the walk back was  slow.  Every step reminding me of how much I hated skiing.

breckenridge snow report

Breckenridge Snow Report

My nose was hurting from the fall and burning from the cold.  As soon as I walked in our place I burst out into tears and muttered something barely coherent about how I NEVER wanted to ski again!

I was never examined by a doctor so I don’t know for sure, but I’m pretty positive I broke my nose that day.  My years of playing basketball in high school – on the prestigious C-team – full of balls to the face and soreness for days didn’t hold a candle to what I was feeling.  It literally hurt to breathe!

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I must have read the forecast in the Breckenridge Snow Report wrong because the forecast for me that day was a broken nose and a crushed spirit.  And did you read about what happened to E the very next day?  Even though I was traumatized by those two events, I don’t give up that easy.  I fully intend to be brave and journey back to the mountain and strap skis onto my feet one day.  I can assure you, when that day comes I will not be taking ski lessons from YouTube!

If you found my blog looking for the actual Breckenridge Snow Report, you can find it here.  Thanks for reading and be safe!

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road


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Theo Chocolate Tour

I had the pleasure of going on the Theo Chocolate Tour at Theo’s Factory in Seattle with my Mom and two sisters.  We were downtown for a couple of days celebrating my mom’s birthday and my sister suggested we take the chocolatey tour. She had done it before with some of her girlfriends and thought it would be fun.  She was right!

theo chocolate tourIt’s always nice to do something a little less commercial and off the beaten path when it comes to exploring what a city has to offer.  These types of tours are especially good if you have already seen the more touristy attractions and are looking for something interesting that you haven’t done before.

I’m a sucker for good design and Theo Chocolate Factory has that in spades.  From the live edge wood benches and shelves to stained concrete floors.  They even embellished the ceiling with leaves cut from thick waxy paper in different shades of green.  The canopy transports you to the tropics where cacao trees grow!

Not a bad start.

Theo Chocolates Seattle

Theo Chocolate Tour

Theo Chocolate Tour

My mesmerization of the decor was sweetly interrupted by bowls of chocolate samples being passed around while the tour guide gave the history of the Theobroma Cacao (chocolate) fruit tree.  It’s greek translation literally means “food of the gods!”

I am no god, but this is my kind of food baby!

theo chocolate factory

theo chocolate factory

We went when the factory was partially shut down so we didn’t get the entire picture with the machines whirring and chocolatiers working away decorating delicacies.  Even so, it was interesting – and yummy.

At the end of the tour you end up in the gift shop where you can purchase chocolate on your way out.  Besides chocolates and caramels to share with David and the kids, I bought a couple of burlap sacks that held the cacao beans while they were in transport.  I haven’t decided what I am going to do with them yet, but I love decorating with things gathered along the way that remind us of cool stuff we’ve done or places we’ve been – so I won’t let those go to waste.

theo chocolate tour

theo chocolate tour

The tour guide does a good job of walking you through the process from plant to package.   They are clearly well trained in explaining Theo’s commitment to quality and sustainability because I went from knowing nothing about Theo Chocolates to feeling some loyalty to them.

If you are considering taking the Theo Chocolate Tour yourself and aren’t sure if its suited for your children, the company recommends kids be 7 or older.  My sister brought her baby without incident.  There were a few kids there who were younger than 7 and they did great.  You have to make that call depending on your child’s activity level and ability to stay engaged.  I don’t think I could take all three of our kids by myself at this point but it is a great date idea and would love to take one of my older kiddos if it was just the two of us.

Whether you live in the Emerald City or are just visiting, the Theo Chocolate Tour is definitely one to consider if you are looking for something fun to do that is out of the box.  And if you are a Seattle native, it’s a perfect thing to add to your staycation itinerary!

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Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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Eating Fried Frog Legs – Frog Legs Recipe Included!

I took the leap and tried fried frog legs for the first time recently and have to say, I showed ridiculously poor frog leg eating skill and etiquette.  I was so worked up with the idea of eating fried frog legs for the first time that it never occurred to me that they wouldn’t be boneless.


My brain totally went blank.  It took a while to compute that I had just bit into bone.  I actually thought – wow, this is really tough meat!

fried frog legs

fried frog legs

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I can’t say I’ll be lining up for fried frog legs again any time soon.  They were basically deep fat fried bones with very little meat on them.  It was fine.  But, i mean, I just ate fried frog legs!  Cool right?  The boys were pretty impressed.  Unfortunately, it was girls night out so my little guys didn’t get in on the action.

We will have to remedy that.

As a little girl we had a lot of foreign exchange students in and out of our house.  They introduced us to all kinds of “strange” ethnic foods.  I basically grew up on fish head soup and yogurt cake so I guess once you’ve gone down that path it’s not a big stretch to find yourself bellied up to a frog leg buffet.

Seems like a pretty natural conclusion to me.

Whether you are in a far away land or your own backyard, experiencing culture through food is so much fun! If you want to try fried frog legs for yourself, here is a recipe.  Go for it!  Chances are your kids will think you are hardcore!

So it was me vs. fried frog legs.  The frog legs came out on top.  But I’ve learned a few things, and next time around they won’t be so lucky.

What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever tried?
Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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iFLY Indoor Skydiving – No Life Insurance Necessary

David recently surprised me by taking me to a place called iFLY Indoor Skydiving here in Seattle.  We first spotted the iFLY building when it was under construction on one of our visits to see family before we moved back for good.  I have wanted to go indoor skydiving at iFLY ever since.  I am a big fan of free falling, and need more of it in my life.

He knows me well and this kind of date is right up my ally. We first went skydiving about a year after we got married.  The Man didn’t want to go but I persuaded him to do it for the sake of love.  I was 21.  And he was convinced he was about to DIE.

So convinced in fact that he got his life insurance and all of our finances in order and made sure I knew where every last bit of our assets debt was at the time.  You know, so I could take care of myself after he was gone!

After the training we boarded the rickety plane.  He was shaking slightly and I was just in heaven.  I have a thing for turbulence.  It’s like some sort of drug my body craves.  When most people are completely terrified of the plane going down – I am in my own little world.  so. very. happy.  The statistics are in our favor so I just sit back and enjoy the ride.

That said, my sole skydiving experience was a bit of a disappointment.  The free fall was much shorter than anticipated and for the most part the event was a serene one.  Not really what I was going for.

iFLY indoor Skydiving

And I have to say, iFLY was much the same.  It was fun, just not the life altering have to go back immediately kind of fun.  You don’t really get the free fall feeling.

You are more concerned about whether you are holding your body correctly so you don’t bump into a window wall or fall flat on your face.  When things start looking shaky the skydiving instructor gives you some hand signals to help you self correct and if that doesn’t work, he gently repositions you himself.

If you want them to shoot you high in the vertical wind tunnel, you have to pay an extra 10 bucks for about 10 seconds.  Which is kind of insulting after already laying down $60 for 2 minutes.  But it’s an experience you don’t want to miss so you throw down the money and go with it.

The extra ten dollars was worth it since it was the only rush inducing part of the whole thing for me.  I’m not saying it wasn’t fun, just that for the most part it wasn’t a big rush.

ifly indoor skydiving

ifly indoor skydivingifly indoor skydiving seattle

One of the best parts about going to iFLY indoor skydiving is watching the instructors who take a turn at the end of each cycle and show you all their crazy tricks.  If you are not inclined to try out the wind tunnel yourself, you can go watch for free.

All in all, it was a fun experience with my man.  Not an extreme rush but definitely not a bust!  We liked it enough to go back and plan on taking the boys so they can experience it for themselves during our Seattle Staycation!

If you plan on going, make sure to check with Costco to see if they are currently selling iFLY indoor skydiving gift certificates.  I saw some at our Costco for $40, which is where we will be purchasing the tickets for the boys!

Have you ever been skydiving – indoors or otherwise?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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Living in Seattle – One Year Later

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It’s amazing the difference a year makes.  This week marks one year since we moved back to Seattle.  We were originally going to settle down somewhere in or near Boulder, Colorado.  We wanted to be nestled up against the rocky mountains after having lived in the flats of the midwest for five years.  We dropped our stuff off at a storage unit in Denver before our road trip began and didn’t know when we would see our belongings again – and didn’t care!  We were SO excited to explore the open road.

Living like a free birds and traveling from place to place was the experience of a life time.  Longtime dreams were fulfilled, adventures were had.   It was AMAZING.  As time went on though, it became increasingly clear that our son’s health concerns were something that had to be addressed as the issues around his special needs became more and more difficult to manage.  Our business was not getting the attention it needed to thrive on the road and our support system in Colorado was not as solid as we thought.

We were devastated.  Our hearts were broken.

Our time on the road was clearly winding down and to start over again in a new place with few resources and support was a foolish thing to do moving forward.  We needed to find a home, set down roots, and regroup.  We needed help.

We came to Seattle weary and worn, battered and bruised.   In desparate need of family to surround us while everything was falling apart around us.  So:

  • Our family of five moved into my parents ONE BEDROOM basement apartment!
  • We lived out of our suitcases for the next 6 months while our stuff was packed away in Denver.
  • David closed our business, went back to Microsoft and got health insurance.
  • We went to doctor after doctor to try and find help for our son.
  • We put the boys in public school for the very first time.

As time passed things began to settle down.  We slowly transitioned from being on life support to breathing on our own once again.  Getting our footing little by little and coming out of what was the most difficult season of our lives yet.   I feel like I have aged about ten years in one!  The lines of my face show it and the tenderness of my heart bears witness.

I am grateful.  Grateful that our lives have purpose.  That each chapter of our story always ends with the beautiful pen stokes of an author who reminds us that he knows the end from the beginning.   That precious things are formed in darkness and that the movements of our heart towards trust, love and openness – when everything in us wants to shut down – count.

It’s hard to be vulnerable.  To tell others that you are weak and need them to come along side of you.

I’m thankful for:

  • Our family and friends who rose to the occasion and embraced us at our messiest.
  • Doctors that were insightful and dedicated to helping us.
  • Fresh air.
  • Breakthrough for our son!!!  I’ll have to write about Neurofeedback and how it has transformed our family!
  • A home next to the cascade mountains.  The picture above was taken from our guest room and every time I look out our windows I am reminded that God’s ways are better than mine.  Every time.
  • David – who has my heart.

We always said we didn’t want to permanently move back to Seattle because of the grey skies, rain and traffic.  I don’t know that we would have moved back had the pressure not been as intense.  Now, I can’t imagine anyplace I’d rather be.  We have fallen in love with the Pacific Northwest in a way that we never imagined possible.  This time we are armed with copious amounts of vitamin d, rain boots, and the carpool lane!

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the BEST thing for us is the very thing we would never do for ourselves?!  If you are in a difficult season, I hope this reminds you that there is hope and that your darkness is forming something rare and beautiful in your life.

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road


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Dogs in Costumes — Howl-O-Ween in Park City, UT!

dogs in costumesDogs in costumes are pretty cute, right?  Park City, Utah has cuteness in spades at their annual doggie dress up event called “Howl-O-Ween!”

And let me tell you — you don’t know people that LOVE their dogs until you have been to a mountain town like Park City or Vail.  These people are serious about their four legged friends.  A halloween event for dogs?

And, yeah, the kids are invited too.

So funny to me.

I love that no matter where you go you get a sense of what people value almost immediately.  Don’t get me wrong, dogs are my favorite animal.  Before I had kids I signed our Christmas cards with our dog Paiges’ paw print and hand made her clothes out of fabric remnants.  Uh huh, don’t judge.

Paige got knocked down in the family ranking a bit as soon as E arrived.  It’s just how it goes.

We love her and she is an important part of our family but we have yet to throw an event in her honor.  So thank you Park City!

Did you know that you can travel in airplanes and stay in non-pet friendly hotels with your dog if you get a note from your doctor to do so.

Paige is actually an “emotional support animal ” and has the special vest and everything so when David went to take her out for a bathroom break on halloween everyone thought she was in costume!

He didn’t correct them.  Probably because he was by himself and when you tell someone you have an emotional support dog they look at you all sideways and try to figure out what is wrong with you.  When it’s the entire family, no one knows who’s got the issue!

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things to do in park city with kids

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Dogs in costumes, free normal size chocolate bars, cotton candy, and a great story. What’s not to love?!!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the other way we celebrated halloween on the road.
Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

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Brick or Treat Halloween Celebration at LEGOLAND San Diego CA

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It was a nice surprise to stumble upon the Brick or Treat Halloween event at LEGOLAND San Diego, CA while we visited the southern west coast.  Celebrating holidays on the road was one thing we didn’t even think about before we sold our home and set out on our open ended road trip.

Even though halloween is not a holiday we typically go all out for, the familiarity of costumes and candy was nice in a time when these five faces, our van and a few personal possessions were all we had.

Legos galore, an unexpected celebration, free loot, and happy little faces — that makes for a perfect evening.

If you are planning a trip to LEGOLAND, you may want to check this page to see if any shows or special events will be taking place while you are there.

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Brick-or-Treat haul

How do you handle holidays away from home?

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road