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Grand Canyon – The Peak of Nature’s Force, Fury and Calm

Grand Canyon – The Peak of Nature’s Force, Fury and Calm

November 24, 2010 No Comments   Few landscapes on the planet have the capacity to take your breath away like the Grand Canyon. Once you have visited this truly grand natural wonder, most everything else you’ve witnessed up to that point in your life will probably pale in comparison. At least, that has been my experience. Any tourist could reel off the physical dimensions of the ...

 

St. Augstine, Florida – ‘gators and shrimp

St. Augstine, Florida – ‘gators and shrimp

November 18, 2010 No Comments What’s the oldest city in the United States? Our kids guessed Boston, and I confess, I would’ve thought New England would be the regional winner for the longest inhabited in the continental US. But we’d all be wrong – America’s oldest is St. Augustine, Florida. And as such, the town loves it’s history. And because ...

 

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Santa Barbara Sights – Children’s Delights

Santa Barbara Sights – Children’s Delights

November 17, 2010 No Comments Many travelers come to Santa Barbara for the gourmet restaurants or the incredible setting that stretches from the blue mountains to the bluer-still Pacific ocean in this lovely coastal town just under two hours from Los Angeles. We’ve come for many reasons – to attend a concert at the beautiful downtown art deco theater, the ...

 

Stough Canyon & Nature Center Burbank – A Walk on the Wild Side

Stough Canyon & Nature Center Burbank – A Walk on the Wild Side

November 17, 2010 No Comments One of the things that I love best about living in Burbank California is its proximity to everything. If I feel like going to the mall, or to Starbucks for an overpriced but yummy latte, I can be there in five minutes. Conversely, if I feel like getting away from civilization and back to nature, ...

 

New Orleans Family Attractions – Part 2

New Orleans Family Attractions – Part 2

November 15, 2010 No Comments In my previous New Orleans article New Orleans Family Attractions, I left you with images of giant Mardi Gras mermaids, ducks, boats and balloons from Blaine Kern’s awesome Mardi Gras float museum – and distant lunch time memories of Po’ Boy classic sandwiches.   For us, it was dinner time, and local friends recommended the Palace. Located ...

 

New Orleans Family Attractions

New Orleans Family Attractions

November 15, 2010 1 Comment New Orleans might not be the first spot you think of for a family vacation – but think of it now. What child won’t enjoy hot sweet beignets for breakfast and watching boats drift down the river on a lazy afternoon? And let’s not forget street cars and flaming bananas. Best of all, central New ...

 

Death Valley – Rhyolite Ruins, Charcoal Kilns and Mosaic Canyon

Death Valley – Rhyolite Ruins, Charcoal Kilns and Mosaic Canyon

November 15, 2010 No Comments In my last article on this wonderful Death Valley desert landscape, I left you heading out of the park to the north toward Beatty, Nevada and the wonderful ghost town of Rhyolite en route. Not only is the town well preserved, its easily accessible on a paved road.   Maintained by the Bureau of Land ...

 

More Desert Explorations – Death Valley National Park

More Desert Explorations – Death Valley National Park

November 15, 2010 1 Comment The desert quiet is intense, and no matter where you spend the night, you’ll get a sound night’s sleep. And it’s a good thing, too, because one of the best times to explore Death Valley’s magnificent sand dunes is early morning. Grab a quick breakfast to go from the convenience store at Furnace Creek ranch ...

 

Death Valley, CA – Desert Explorations

Death Valley, CA – Desert Explorations

November 15, 2010 2 Comments We started taking our kids to Death Valley before they were even born. I was pregnant with my daughter when I began to appreciate the beauty of the desert. In the interim we’ve driven, hiked, swam, toured, and off-roaded in this large, wonderful park of brilliantly hued mountains. Death Valley National Park is about five ...

 

Tuscon Family Getaway

Tuscon Family Getaway

November 12, 2010 No Comments With a recent spate of cold weather in Los Angeles making us long for warmer climates, we took a family friendly weekend in Tucson, Arizona. We purchased an off-season package at Loew’s Ventana Canyon, a beautiful resort in a stunning setting with small creeks and easy nature walk trails that take you to a small ...

 

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