Hiking the Kīlauea Iki Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with Children

While I was happy with taking the shorter hikes at Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawai’i, my children had a different idea. When we took a look out over the crater from the overlook on the Devastation Trail, the kids pointed down and said “We want to go THERE!” I understand the […]

Photo Adventure : Visiting the East Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Winter

I loved the East Rim of the Grand Canyon!  Unlike the South Rim, there is a great open view of the river below, as well as the historic Desertview Watchtower building to check out. What I could have done without was the snowstorms and cold!  It was around 7 degrees when I took these photos, […]

Visiting Montezuma’s Castle and Well National Monument, Arizona

America is a relatively young nation. So many of our oldest historical buildings are laughed at by the ones in Europe or Asia, being merely children in comparison. Of course, the Native Americans were here before the Pilgrims, but very few of their structures have survived through the centuries. Arizona, however, is a treasure trove […]

Friday Five! – Five Places to Explore the War of 1812 in the US

Every Friday I’ll take on a fun travel related topic in Friday Five!  This week let’s talk about places where you can explore  history by visiting places that were important during the War of 1812. The War of 1812 was somewhat of a second war of Independence.  Benjamin Franklin was said to have stated following […]

Photo of the Week : Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming

The Devil’s Tower monolith that rises out of the grassland of Wyoming north of the town of Gillette has baffled geologists for centuries.  While no one knows exactly how it came about, it has inspired thousands to climb to the top of this magnificent rock formation. Sacred to the Lakota, most of the surrounding tribes called the […]