Entries for February, 2011

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Crusin’ Kauai – An Island Family Road Trip

Crusin’ Kauai – An Island Family Road Trip

February 27, 2011 No Comments Can you take a road trip on an island? The answer is a resounding yes. We’ve enjoyed traversing all the Hawaiian islands by car, getting a view of the Oahu’s beautiful North Shore, and mainly locals West Side; Maui’s Hana Highway and Highway 30 routes, and looping the entire circumference of the aptly named Big ...

 

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Where to Stay on Kauai, Hawaii

Where to Stay on Kauai, Hawaii

February 27, 2011 No Comments For families visiting the Hawaiian islands, it’s really refreshing to find children welcomed just about everywhere you go, from beach resorts to restaurants and museums. The family spirit that pervades the island continues at many of the island hotels and b & b’s. On Kauai, the garden island, we found several great places to stay ...

 

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Nothing Shy about Cheyenne, Wyoming

Nothing Shy about Cheyenne, Wyoming

February 27, 2011 No Comments We went to Cheyenne on business, but we stayed for family fun. Do your kids like cowboys? Have they ever sung the song “Home on the Range?” Then consider taking a trip to cowboy country and wide open spaces where the deer and the antelope – and plenty of cattle – still roam.    Wyoming is ...

 

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Favorite Maui Family Hot Spots and Activities

Favorite Maui Family Hot Spots and Activities

February 26, 2011 No Comments We love all the Hawaiian islands, and it’s hard to pick a favorite for our family to explore. But it’s relatively easy to find favorite adventures and fun times to share with other families on each of the islands.  Maui is both lush and green, and peaceful and a tourist destination of resorts and condos. ...

 

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Traveling Maui’s Highway 30 – Not the Hana Highway

Traveling Maui’s Highway 30 – Not the Hana Highway

February 26, 2011 1 Comment The best known driving excursion on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui is of course Hana Highway. With its waterfalls and roadside fruit stands and the sleepy village of Hana town offering beaches that are red, black, and white sand, it is of course a twisting, turning stunner of a drive. Highway 30 is less ...

 

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Picking Accommodations for Your Family

Picking Accommodations for Your Family

February 25, 2011 No Comments After I know where my family wants to go, the very first thing I do when planning a family vacation is to decide where we’re going to stay. For us, that comes before researching inexpensive air fare or travel routes. Pick a destination, find a good hotel, bed and breakfast, rented apartment or condo, motel ...

 

Revisiting the Wild West at the Autry National Center

Revisiting the Wild West at the Autry National Center

February 22, 2011 No Comments A clear but chilly New Year’s Day and a fairly severe case of cabin fever left my husband and our three boys looking for something fun to do that was both inexpensive, and a within a short driving distance. An afternoon trip to the Gene Autry National Center and the Museum of the American West, ...

 

Visiting Ground Zero: An Experience You Will Never Forget

Visiting Ground Zero: An Experience You Will Never Forget

February 21, 2011 No Comments The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have become one of our nation’s defining moments. Who doesn’t remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first learned of the attacks? I was at my parents’ house, sleeping off a party the night before. My Story On the evening of September 10, ...

 

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Castillo de San Marcos: The Only Remaining 17th Century Fort in the U.S.

Castillo de San Marcos: The Only Remaining 17th Century Fort in the U.S.

February 21, 2011 No Comments Located on the edge of the historic district in St. Augustine, Florida, Castillo de San Marcos was built by the Spanish at the end of the 17th century. Dad and I visited in May 2010 as part of our visit to St. Augustine. History of the Fort St. Augustine is the oldest permanently occupied city ...

 

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Fort Pickens: Pensacola Harbor Defense Turned Geronimo Prison

Fort Pickens: Pensacola Harbor Defense Turned Geronimo Prison

February 20, 2011 1 Comment Fort Pickens, Florida is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore that includes barrier islands along the Mississippi and Florida gulf coasts. Acquired by the National Park Service (NPS) in 1971, Fort Pickens today includes a series of former military defense batteries, a quartz sand beach and an extensive campground. Fort Pickens Road There is ...

 

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