Can’t wait? I know how you feel. After summer and holiday trips were upended, after juggling remote school and work for months, you may feel — for your family’s mental health — that you cannot wait for the COVID-19 vaccine to get away.
The good news is there are ways to get away safely this winter, as long as you continue to mask up and...Read more
We weren’t supposed to be there, neither were most of the others. But there we were early in September at the bottom of the Grand Canyon rocking and rolling through the famous rapids — two dozen in one day — during our week-long Western River Expeditions raft trip, setting up cots to sleep under ...Read more
We’re surrounded. The king penguins waddled right up. There were fur seals and tiny fur seal pups, nothing more than tiny balls of dark brown fur. These seals were hunted to near extinction in the 19th century, but they have made a remarkable recovery and now number in the millions.
It’s Christmas morning on Salisbury Plain, located on the ...Read more
Got plenty of red M&Ms? Silver jelly beans? Peppermint candies? You’ll want them — and a variety of other candies — if you plan to make a unique gingerbread creation, like a mini version of the Broadmoor’s 11-foot-tall and 13-foot-long Gingerbread Cog Railway complete with chocolate elves that stand 2-1/2 feet tall.
Of course, you won��...Read more
Pongu Lumpia, anyone? They are a sweet (or savory) fried wrap served on the planet Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
And they are really good! You’ve likely got a favorite dish or drink from a visit to Disneyland, or Disney World or other past travels, whether to a favorite city, island, hotel or cruise line.
As ...Read more
Let’s light up the holidays!
This year, of course, that will be a different experience with Christmas tree lightings, even the National Christmas Tree lighting will go virtual this year in Washington, D.C., as holiday parades, festivals and visits to Santa are reimagined as the pandemic continues to rage.
Macy’s iconic Santaland in New ...Read more
Tom Miller and Taylor Parris wouldn’t let a pandemic keep them from fulfilling their annual quest.
The two Coloradans, along with some other hardy snow lovers, camped out in Keystone Resort’s parking lot (the temperature was below freezing) the night before the Colorado resort opened so they ...Read more
In my Jewish family, Thanksgiving was the big holiday get-together, one the extended family traveled across the country to join, young kids and homemade pies in tow. For my husband’s Catholic family, it was Christmas with plenty of hijinks and gifts for the grandkids.
As my kids were growing up, first in Chicago and then Connecticut, we ...Read more
As if family trips to the snow aren’t difficult enough! All of the gear, the risk of bad weather, getting kids to and from ski school on time, and planning meals.
Having raised three snow-loving kids, I can honestly say there is no vacation that is more labor intensive, or rewarding, than a trip to the snow. That first time your 7-year-old ...Read more
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
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
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.