We are the Quills

Hi! We Are The Quills

We’re so glad you found our family travel blog! Whether you are new or old friends, we want you to know it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the thought of traveling or exploring the great outdoors with kids. We’re here to help relieve some of that anxiety by sharing our experiences, tips, and failures. Our hope is that our blog will help you to build the skills and confidence to explore the unknown with your family!


If you are looking to spend some time outdoors, whether it be in your backyard or somewhere more remote, then you’ve come to the right place. As parents, one of our biggest responsibilities is to ingrain in our children a sense of awe, love, and respect for nature. Our hope is that we can help inspire and equip you with the ideas, skills, and gear necessary to explore nature with your family, too.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

If we had to choose one place on earth to spend our remaining years, it would be in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We have been exploring its most remote sections for decades, and it holds a special place in our hearts and souls. Whether you are a veteran canoeist or are just beginning your canoeing journey, check out these blog posts and get ready for an unforgettable adventure!


There is no greater joy exploring new and exotic destinations as a family. We’ve traveled to over 64 countries, and many of those trips were as a family. As a result, we’ve made some great destination choices and have also taken the kids to some not-so-family-friendly destinations. Read on to learn more about the good, the bad, and the simply awe-inspiring destinations from our global travels.


Minnesota is the perfect family destination. Having grown up and raised our kids in this wonderful state, we’ve had the opportunity to explore many of its nooks and crannies. So, whether you are from the Land of 10,000 Lakes, or are just curious what we do up here when it is 30F below zero, this section is for you. Minnesota holds a special place in our hearts, and we think everyone should experience it once in their lifetime!


Traveling with kids is hard. We get it! But you should not stop traveling just because you had kids! In our experience, there are two things that can make your family adventures easier and less stressful: skills and gear! Read on to learn more about our favorite tips and tricks to take your family travels to the next level and the gear that will help you do it!

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