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It's the unplanned fun that kids love on family's S.F.-to-Yellowstone trip

It's the unplanned fun that kids love on family's S.F.-to-Yellowstone trip

While organizing our two-week road trip from San Francisco to Yellowstone (and back) last summer with two boys, ages 6 and 2, I was guided by two realities: We had to plan numerous stops to break up the 1,952-mile journey, and I had to be prepared for every one of those plans to change. We booked campsites in Lake Tahoe; Twin Falls, Idaho; and Yellowstone National Park before hitting the road, leaving the second half of the trip open to improvisation. We quickly got used to living in a tricked-out minivan with two double beds and a kitchen in the trunk, but it turned out that it took a bit more work getting used to the unplanned. I explained to my kids that we weren't sure where...

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