Visiting the Vast Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

2016 is an important year for the National Park Service marking their 100th birthday. National Parks truly were America’s “best idea” and I urge you to get out and visit as many as you can, including those that are off the beaten path. This past summer we did just that when we had the opportunity […]

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 […]

Byron Glacier, Alaska – A Family Friendly Hike Between Anchorage and Seward

I’ve now made three trips to Alaska – two with the kids and one alone.  I’ve seen several glaciers from afar.  They are beautiful, blue and mysterious. Until the most recent trip, I had never been very close to a glacier.  I’d never touched a glacier and had not even seen from closer than about […]

Photo Adventure – Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park with Children

It was Luke’s turn to pick where we went on vacation, and he said he “wanted to see a volcano.”  Ok then!  After consulting with my favorite travel consultant, Gary – who happened to be visiting at the time, we narrowed down our choices.  After talking everything through, we settled on Volcanoes National Park on […]

Photo Adventure – Caprock Canyons State Park in the Texas Panhandle

We make the drive from Dallas to Amarillo quite relatively often.  James’ parents live there, and the children like to visit the farm whenever they can.  The only thing that keeps us from going more often is the long drive.  It is about 8 hours between their rural home and our cookie cutter suburb, and […]