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Lots of Rocks: Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

Lots of Rocks: Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona

November 12, 2011 No Comments When Dad and I headed to the American Southwest this summer, we had very different ideas on what we would see. My vision of the West was filled with the organ pipe cactus, an imposing species that can grow more than 20 feet tall. Dad is a huge fan of old Westerns, particularly Bat Masterson ...

 

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Springs Preserve: Las Vegas History and Science for the Entire Family

Springs Preserve: Las Vegas History and Science for the Entire Family

November 11, 2011 No Comments Las Vegas, Nevada is world famous for its casinos, nightclubs and other adult-focused entertainment. What is less well known is the sheer number of family attractions that the city offers. Dad and I both love history and science, so when we heard about Springs Preserve, we knew we had to visit. About Springs Preserve Opened ...

 

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Red Rock Canyon: A Desert Retreat Near Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon: A Desert Retreat Near Las Vegas

November 10, 2011 No Comments I have always thought of myself as a city girl. New Orleans, Anchorage, New York City and Washington, DC rank at the top of my all-time favorites list. Yet when Dad and I headed to the American Southwest this summer, I discovered a new passion for wide-open spaces and tiny rural communities. Still, when we ...

 

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Meet Us in St. Louis, Missouri

Meet Us in St. Louis, Missouri

November 7, 2011 No Comments “It looks like a rainbow that froze.”  That was my daughter’s take on the Gateway Arch, otherwise known as the Gateway to the West, which stands as the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. The Saint Louis Arch The arch is undoubtedly impressive, and its graceful form is the symbol ...

 

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Dia de los Muertos in Los Angeles = Family Fun

Dia de los Muertos in Los Angeles = Family Fun

November 2, 2011 No Comments Little kids love Halloween…so what about Día de los Muertos, a family holiday in Mexico but not so much in the States. Conventionally, this celebration honoring the deceased happens in conjunction to All Saints’ Day on November first. This ancient holiday memorializes friends and family who’ve passed away through the use of colorful art, altars, ...

 

Philadelphia Botanical Gardens

Philadelphia Botanical Gardens

October 30, 2011 No Comments I love flowers. I can’t grow them myself – my thumb is more brown than green – and I can’t keep bouquets in the house or my cat will consume them. But I love to tour gardens, whether it’s the enclosed National Botanical Garden near the Nation’s Capitol or a tropical paradise on Maui. I’d ...

 

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The Emperor’s Guards: China’s Terracotta Army

The Emperor’s Guards: China’s Terracotta Army

October 29, 2011 No Comments   In 1974 farmers in China unearthed a stunning necropolis built for Qin Shihuangdi, China’s first emperor after its unification dating back to the early 200s BC. This mausoleum was guarded by an army of life-size warriors meant to defend the emperor in the afterlife.   Thousands of terracotta figures of various ranks were found, ...

 

“Rocky Balboa’s” Museum of Art – Philadelphia

“Rocky Balboa’s” Museum of Art – Philadelphia

October 22, 2011 No Comments Okay, technically we’re talking about the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but my kids wanted to see this world class art institute initially because of its prominence in Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky movies. Yes, this is where Rocky jogged up those long, long steps and looked triumphantly out over the city. It’s also where a bronze statue ...

 

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Splendid Spooky Spiders at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Splendid Spooky Spiders at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

October 20, 2011 No Comments Just in time for Halloween, spinning webs that must be seen, they gather there just like a coven, knitting silk intricately woven… The splendid spooky spiders are back at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County! For a limited time (now through November 6), this special exhibit features a walk-through pavilion where spiders spin ...

 

Troubles in Tampa Florida

Troubles in Tampa Florida

October 18, 2011 No Comments Usually I come to you with tales of the great times we’ve had, or the cities and events I can recommend as a scenic stop or vacation destination families will enjoy. Sure, occasionally I unleash a diatribe against discount airlines, or a less than pristine hotel. But this is the first time in this arena ...

 

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