Where We Get Our Clothes – Cotton Harvest in the Texas Panhandle

America is mostly urban in the year 2014, and the majority of our children have no idea what a modern farm looks like.  While they might have a cartoonish idea of a farmer with one cow, one pig and a couple of chickens, there are children that don’t know what whole foods looks like. While […]

Friday Five! – Five Photos from Visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with Kids

The most visited National Park in the United States is Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Located on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, this park is partially popular because of being near several large urban areas.  It is also a free entry park, which while common for some NPS sites, it is a rarity […]

Where Do Children Learn to Ski? – Camp Keystone, Colorado

I wasn’t born into skiing. I married a skier. Yeah, we had a mixed marriage for many years. Every time we’d discuss trips for the year he’d try to slip in skiing and every year I’d find something I wanted to do more. Anything. Last year he up and went without me, taking his brother […]

Independence Mine State Historical Site and Hatcher’s Pass, Alaska

In the Mat-Su valley of Alaska near Palmer and Wasilla is a beautiful mountain pass named after miner Robert Hatcher. Hatcher’s Pass is a great skiing destination for locals during the winter, but in the summer people come for the hiking and the history. For like I said, Hatcher’s Pass was named after a miner […]

Petroglyph National Monument and Boca Negra Canyon, Albuquerque

The very first thing I do when I plan a trip is sit down and plot out the National Park Sites.  That is especially true in the Southwest.  There is a lot of very beautiful and historic publicly owned land! Unfortunately, our Albuquerque visit for the Balloon Fiesta coincided with the government shutdown in October […]