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The colorful Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – What You Can Expect to See Your First Time There


Wow!  My kids and I just returned from the most colorful weekend ever!  We spent a few days in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico and had a fantastic time!  The words colorful and Albuquerque don’t usually go together do they?  Isn’t everything brown there?  Well, mostly yes, but not during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! This nine day festival takes…

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Wood-fired pizza in Seward Brewery

Where to Eat in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula


Once you know where you are going, where you are staying, and how you are going to get there, it’s time to start planning where to eat in Alaska!  The food we eat and the restaurants we visit while traveling, are a big part of our vacations.  Our family is always talking about certain meals long after we have returned…

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river rafting family fun in alaska

Fun Things to do With Kids in Alaska – Kenai Peninsula


When I told people that we were going to Alaska this summer, I was asked two questions.  The first question was “Are you taking a cruise?” and the second question was “Are the kids going?”.  I guess I wasn’t too surprised by the cruise question, because a lot of people do visit Alaska while on a cruise.  The second question…

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Visit a State Park for a Day of Family Fun


Are you wondering what to do when you get that day of perfect weather in the summer, that first warm day in the spring, or that last kind-of-warm weekend in the fall?  Where can you go when all you want to do is be outdoors, do some hiking, have a picnic, let the kids run around, and enjoy the scenery? …

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Rocky Mountain National Park Mills Lake

25 Tips For Your First Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park


While you are on vacation in a national park, you want everything to go smoothly.  You don’t want crowded hiking trails, full parking lots, zero wildlife in sight, or to waste any time driving around trying to figure out what to do.  You also don’t want to miss anything, right?  As a regular visitor to Rocky Mountain National Park, I’m…

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Surprise glacier from boat tour Whittier Alaska

First Experiences From our Family Vacation to Alaska


Wow!  That sums up our family vacation to Alaska in one word!  All of our planning really paid off, and we had a fantastic trip!  Alaska is beautiful, unexpected, unique and full of fun for the whole family.  I heard the expression “that was a first” more than once!  Now that we are home and trying to get back into…

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Roadside Attraction Worlds Largest Badger

Roadside Attractions – Why Your Family Needs to Stop


How often has this happened?  You are cruising along on your summer road trip and you start to see road signs everywhere screaming “World’s Largest”, and you admit you’re kind of curious.  Of course, your kids are really curious!  Then you think about the wasted time, the other tourists you’ll have to deal with and the wasted money.  You. Must.…

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Kenai River Rafting family vacation Alaska

Tips For Planning Your First Family Vacation to Alaska


In a couple of weeks we’ll be leaving for our family vacation to Alaska, and I’m so happy to say that I have finally finished booking everything!  Normally, I love planning our vacations, but this trip was the most difficult vacation to plan yet. The biggest problems planning this trip were deciding on where to stay and for how long.…

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Have You Ever…? (The Travel Edition)


“The World is a book, and those who do not travel only read one page.” (St. Augustine of Hippo) That is my favorite quote ever…and I’m not one to walk around quoting people!  It is true though!  I’ve read far more than one page in this “book” and I try to read more pages every day.  Never stop learning or…

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Hiking to Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park

The Best Hikes for Families in Rocky Mountain National Park


It’s time for a road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park!  The car is packed, the route is mapped, and everyone is excited to head to the mountains!  But wait, what are you going to do once you get to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP)? You’re sure you’ll be able to cruise into the park and spot some wildlife in…

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