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Taking the Kids: Leaf-peeping safely

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The road is bumpier than we thought — a lot bumpier. Yes, that could be said about navigating everyday life during this “COVID Year,” as public health officials have begun to call these unprecedented times.

But I’m talking literally about an unpaved gravel road in Vail that is taking us to Piney Lake surrounded by the White River ...Read more

Taking the Kids: 10 ways to celebrate Halloween safely in these strange times

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The good news is no one will be arguing over whether to wear a mask, or not.

It’s Halloween season, after all.

The bad news: This will be a different Halloween experience with virtual or socially distant outdoor costume parades, face coverings, socially distant trick or treating, frequent hand washing and the necessity to sanitize treats, if...Read more

Taking the Kids: Fall road trip – exploring Utah’s Grand Staircase

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Witch or princess? Monster or dog? No, we’re not talking Halloween costumes, though they are likely on every kid’s mind wondering if they can even go trick or treating this year.

We’re looking at the famous tall, red and pink hued Hoodoo rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park in ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A bucket list in the U.S. that few take

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Hang on tight! It’s going to be a big fun ride! Especially on this roller coaster, one created mostly by nature, which comparatively few people ever experience.

On a seven-day Western River Expedition on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, we navigate more than 60 rapids, at least one (Crystal) ...Read more

Taking the Kids: 12 must-haves for gearing up for a fall outdoor adventure

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Uh-oh. We weren’t even a half-day into our trek up Mount Kilimanjaro and my daughter Reggie’s new rain jacket was leaking. We were hiking through a tropical rain forest in a light rain, the first of four distinct climate zones on the legendary mountain trek.

Having leaky rainwear, whether you are on a once-in-a-lifetime mountain trek, a day...Read more

Taking the Kids: Tips for the first time RVers this fall

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Rebecca Dunavant has never been a big camping fan, but that was before COVID-19. The Denver mom of three active boys aged 12, 8, and 5 and her husband, Chad, figured there was no better time to embark on an epic road trip — nine weeks and 10,000 miles in a gargantuan 30-foot RV they bought to explore the country and visit family — from ...Read more

Taking the Kids: So many choices for fall getaways

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So many choices! With many schools, colleges and universities starting the year with remote learning — and parents continuing to work from home, there is an unprecedented opportunity for a longer road trip from home — often at a bargain and reduced capacity at many places means you won’t face crowds, even at theme parks.

Of course, you ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting a museum safely

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Do your kids think they can run faster than a Chihuahua? If you find yourselves in Denver this fall, they can try at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s new engaging Dogs! A Science Tail ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Pandemic family dynamics and safety concerns upend family gatherings

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Like a lot of other kids, the four Beatty kids were excited about getting together with their cousins for a theme park vacation complete with a hotel stay this summer. Then their dad pulled the plug.

“It wasn’t the right time,” said Dr. Norman Beatty, whose kids range in age from five to 13. “The family was disappointed, but they ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Aspen this summer and fall

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Slow down! How often have you said that to your kids and grandkids as they race down a hiking or biking trail or barrel through a museum?

Here’s one activity that might get them to stop in their tracks: Birding.

No, they won’t get bored — and neither will you! “Kids are naturally drawn to nature. You just have to give them a chance to ...Read more

Taking the Kids: When it rains on your planned adventure

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Rain or shine? I’ve been stuck in a hurricane in Orlando, a tropical storm in Hawaii, blizzards in Colorado, and then came our Montana foray at the deluxe “glamping” Resort at Paws Up, on a 37,000-acre ranch near the Blackfoot River and just 35 miles from the Missoula International Airport, though many...Read more

Taking the Kids: Staying safe in national parks from COVID, bears, bison and more...

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Cars were stopped in both directions. The gawkers and paparazzi were jostling for the best shot without regard to social distancing, nor had they stopped to put on masks.

The object of all of this attention and her four playful cubs was oblivious to the commotion. Meet Grizzly #399, ...Read more

Taking the Kids: On the road this pandemic summer

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Enough with the dirty looks. “People are so judgy whatever you do,” said Missy Yelton, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with her husband and three kids on a road trip from Minnesota. “Those who aren’t wearing masks are annoyed by those who are and those who are give people looks if they aren’t. … It is ridiculous. This shouldn’t be a ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Visit a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer

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Flip-flops or cowboy boots? The staff at the family-owned Flathead Lake Lodge, celebrating its 75th anniversary this season with the third generation of the Averill family at the helm, can tell immediately if the kids will gravitate toward the barn and horseback riding or to the pool and lakefront...Read more

Taking the Kids: Utah road trip

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Fiery Furnace… Eye of the Whale… Balanced Rock… Courthouse Towers. Massive impossibly balanced rocks, huge pinnacles, double arches, collapsed arches…

There are more than 2000 arches in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. Everyone will see something different. Which animal? A witch? A ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Planning ahead for next year

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Where to? That summer reunion cruise with the entire family to Alaska has been canceled. You can’t head to Italy or France as planned either. Theme parks are reopening but the idea of having to wear a mask and social distance may be enough to put a visit off till next year. You may not like the idea of communal bathrooms at the beach or ...Read more

Taking the Kids: How to make the most of pandemic summer

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What a roller coaster! No, not the newest theme park ride, though theme parks are starting to reopen with reduced capacity and stringent health care rules. (Yes, you will have to wear masks; More in an upcoming column.)

We’re talking about summer vacation planning. The good news: If you can work remotely with kids’ camps and summer school ...Read more



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