Road Trip'n & Bike'n - PNW

McQuade's go road tripp'n in the Vanski (our converted 4x4 Sprinter Van)... covering 3200 miles across 5 states in just under 3 weeks. Oh ya cant forget the worldclass mountain biking we seemed to fit in!  The wifey and I covered 322 miles of singletrack riding at some of the wests top biking destinations (Park City, Sun Valley, Hood River and Bend)  The boys did amazing living and sleeping in the Vanski.  A common day consisted of one of us biking in the morning while the other took the boys to a library, a park, a playground, a rec center, a splash pad (made for a great shower too).  Then we would switch... now its dinner time which we typically prepared in the mountains somewhere or at a park so the kids could play while we cooked.  We discovered an appreciation for interstate rest areas and truck stops....good places to freshen up and sleep the night away during the highway stretches of the trip. We were only woken up once by a local police officer who didn't like us "boondocking" at small town park in hodunk ...Paul, ID.  He made us move to the local truck stop :)  Aside from the biking the trip was also packed full of fun what we called "Gems"  - basically something that caught out eye while driving, we would make an unplanned stop and she what fun was offered.  One such stop was Draper Girls Country Farm along highway 35 near Mt Hood.  The boys had a blast picking and feeding their faces with fresh fruit and playing on the farm's tractors.  

Thanks Matt and Tina for the great dinner and conversations!!!  Kristin and I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and Tina in Japan this past winter, they so kindly had us over to their wonderful place in Sun Valley, ID.  Come visit us in CO sometime!.  Ps The boys are still enjoying the soccer ball you gave them :)

Enjoy the pics there are alot :)

 Piers - Newport, OR

Piers - Newport, OR

 
 Dinner Time at City Park - Park City, UT

Dinner Time at City Park - Park City, UT

 
 Toketee Falls - Oregon

Toketee Falls - Oregon

 
 Just Having Some Brews - Rogue Nation Brewery - Newport, Oregon

Just Having Some Brews - Rogue Nation Brewery - Newport, Oregon

 
 Declan's First Beach Experience Was a Hit

Declan's First Beach Experience Was a Hit

 
 Hide and Seek Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

Hide and Seek Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

 
 Crater Lake Panorama (6 merged frames) - Crater Lake - Oregon

Crater Lake Panorama (6 merged frames) - Crater Lake - Oregon

 
 K and Declan - Newport, OR

K and Declan - Newport, OR

 
 Where the Wild Things Are - Umpqua National Forest, OR

Where the Wild Things Are - Umpqua National Forest, OR

 
 Tide Coming In - Oregon Coast

Tide Coming In - Oregon Coast

 
 Warm Springs Trail - Sun Valley, ID

Warm Springs Trail - Sun Valley, ID

 
 Numbers Hill - Arco, ID

Numbers Hill - Arco, ID

 
 Rainier Cherries - Draper Girls Country Farm, OR

Rainier Cherries - Draper Girls Country Farm, OR

 
 Dinner Under Mt Thielsen - OR

Dinner Under Mt Thielsen - OR

 
 Hold it Steady - Matt and Tina's - Hailey, ID

Hold it Steady - Matt and Tina's - Hailey, ID

 
 Crater Lake - OR

Crater Lake - OR

 
 Riding Big Bikes - Sandy Ridge Trail System - OR

Riding Big Bikes - Sandy Ridge Trail System - OR

 
 Tractors Are Cool -  Draper Girls Country Farm - OR

Tractors Are Cool -  Draper Girls Country Farm - OR

 
 Playing with Sand - Oregon Coast

Playing with Sand - Oregon Coast

 
 Movie Time Under Mom and Dad's Bed - Vanski

Movie Time Under Mom and Dad's Bed - Vanski

 
 Dungeness - Newport Bay, OR

Dungeness - Newport Bay, OR

 
 The Whip - Upper Whoops Trail - Bend, OR

The Whip - Upper Whoops Trail - Bend, OR

 
 Vanski Shower Time

Vanski Shower Time

 
 Shirt Says it All

Shirt Says it All

 
 
 Bridges

Bridges

 
 This is a GoodLife - So Blessed!!!  

This is a GoodLife - So Blessed!!!  

 
 Craters of the Moon National Monument - ID

Craters of the Moon National Monument - ID

 
 Matt !!!  - Hailey, ID

Matt !!!  - Hailey, ID

 
 Old Hydroelectric Project 

Old Hydroelectric Project 

 
 Mom Help

Mom Help

 
 Quid Pro Flow Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

Quid Pro Flow Trail - Sandy Ridge, OR

 
 This Boy Loves His Dino's - Dinosaur, CO

This Boy Loves His Dino's - Dinosaur, CO

 
 Trading Post - Dinosaur, CO

Trading Post - Dinosaur, CO

 
 Caution - Experts

Caution - Experts

 
 Breakfast at a Playground of Course - Park City, UT

Breakfast at a Playground of Course - Park City, UT

 
 Mt Bachelor - Tiddlywinks Trail - Bend, OR

Mt Bachelor - Tiddlywinks Trail - Bend, OR

 
 Draper Girls - Mt Hood, OR

Draper Girls - Mt Hood, OR

 
 Throwing Lava

Throwing Lava

 
 Dinosaurs - Jensen, UT

Dinosaurs - Jensen, UT

 
 Strawberries - Fruit Stand

Strawberries - Fruit Stand

 
 Mt Adams - 8 Track Trail - Hood River, OR

Mt Adams - 8 Track Trail - Hood River, OR

 
 Vanski

Vanski

 
 Where to Next ?

Where to Next ?

 

Interactive Maps of Our Favorite Trails Ridden:

  • trail ridden is highlighted (approximate...we typically linked up neighboring trails for more FUN!)
  • click trail name right of map for details