Why "A Local Wander" (& Other Random Things)

Blogging has changed a LOT since I left Utah.  Now that we're back and excited to be sharing our adventures once again, there are all kinds of ups and downs.  Coming off the high last month from our trip to Lake Mead, it was a great surprise to return home and find a tweet from fellow travel blogger, Travel the Unbeaten Path, sharing with me the Liebster award.  

Her instructions to me were these:

The Liebster award is passed around the blogging community to support, encourage and get to know each other and our growing blogs. Here’s how it works: You answer 10 questions I've created for you. Then, you nominate other bloggers who are just getting started and ask them 11 new questions.  Let them know via social media. They thank you, link back to you, and then do the same!

The questions are great!  I'll break them up with a photo or two.  And try to surprise you at least once or twice...

How did you come up with your blog’s name and/or premise?
I get a thrill hearing people ask, "How did you even know about that place/festival/hike, etc"  We knew about it because we got out there and looked for it.  We just took "a local wander".  I want to help families get out there wandering on their own-it's doable and you can do it any place that you are.  Looking at back my first welcome post explains it even better...

Of all the posts you wrote until now, which one is your favorite and why? 
It's still makes me chuckle every time I think of it.  (Although, I've driven it almost a dozen more times since then and feel a little bad I gave the state such a bad wrap...I have the best intentions of writing a more redeeming post...someday...)

Are you a planner? Or are you spontaneous?
Spontaneous Planner.  Is that a thing?  

What is your idea of a perfect trip?
It's green (sorry, Utah, you can't take the love of mid-west green out of me).  We're staying in an old school cabin or cottage or bungalow.  We're sleeping in every day, throwing on lunch in a backpack, walking out the door and going whichever direction strikes us as right that day.  

What is your favorite quote? 

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
 in a pretty and well preserved body,
 but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out and proclaiming
 "Wow what a ride!"

What's one piece of advice you are tired of hearing from others?
I wouldn't call it advice, but I hate the admonishment, "Your kids aren't even going to remember it." 

You're right-B isn't going to remember climbing stairs in this Italian village...
Travel Memories Saturday (Italy) May 4, 2013
P isn't going to remember blowing bubbles at White Sands in New Mexico...
National Park Week: White Sands National Monument April 25, 2013
And the babies aren't going to remember hiking in a slot canyon...
Do You Mean "White" Owl Canyon? (Lake Mead) March 25, 2015
But I remember it.  And when I tell them about that place, they're going to feel the magic of being part of my memories there.  I wrote about that recently.

And what one piece of advice do you like to share. :-)
Take your kids out exploring!  Walk out the front door, and go somewhere.  They're not too little.  You don't need to wait until they're a little bit older.  Take them, get dirty with them, look at what they're looking at.  Your family will never be the same!

How would you answer these questions?

Travel the Unbeaten Path, thanks again!
Now to pass the Liebster award along, 
I nominate a few of my new favorites:

You can find your questions here...

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