Say hello to the Big Guy -- the Really Big Guy.
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CODY, Wyoming -- Looks certainly can be deceiving. We've driven more than an hour from Cody, Wyoming, and then up more than 10 miles on a rutted dirt road in the middle of nowhere -- a dusty, barren rocky landscape on a private ranch in the Big Horn Basin in north central Wyoming.
But this is what scientists have dubbed "The Jurassic Mile," for...Read more
True or false: The teddy bear was invented to honor President Theodore Roosevelt.
True! But how and where that occurred is another matter. Ask those at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, where Roosevelt stayed on multiple bear hunts in the early years of the 20th century, and they'll ...Read more
Milwana "Sparky" Sparks, just a teenager, thought his life was over when he was sentenced to the notorious Robben Island Prison. "I never thought I'd leave," he said, showing visitors around the South African prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years, along with other anti-apartheid leaders, enduring the harshest conditions.
Today, Sparks is ...Read more
Is it safe? That's the first question parents -- and grandparents -- ask when a teen wants to zip line on vacation, a tween tries the resort's bungee trampoline or a preschooler enters the "junior" water play area.
Is it safe to take kids to developing nations? To fly with babies when they haven't yet been vaccinated for measles? To let them ...Read more
No need to fret! So what if it's pouring and you forgot the rain jackets. So what if you forgot the bag of beach towels for the beach ... the first aid kit ... the kids' flip-flops ... hiking socks ... bug spray.
Unless you are going to someplace like Outer Mongolia, you will be able to find what you need. Once, we forgot my middle daughter's ...Read more
What a birthday present! A 151-foot-tall, 225-ton statue that came disassembled from France in 214 crates.
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Get ready to thread the needle! In whitewater rafting parlance, that means aiming your raft between obstacles in a rushing river.
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Talk about second-guessing. Thomas Jefferson couldn't have been happy. In Philadelphia on July 2, 1776, the delegates to the Second Continental Congress finally voted for independence, but they continued to argue about every word of the Declaration of Independence, making 86 changes, before the edited version was adopted on ...Read more
So much for spontaneity. It's hard to be spontaneous when you are carting a stroller, portable crib, diaper bags, toddlers and their backpacks.
Say goodbye to those days of taking off on a whim to a music festival, without a hotel or campground reservation. No more switching gears when you get to a train station in a foreign city and decide to ...Read more
Lucky guy! You know who I mean. The dad (and grandad) who insist they have everything they want or need. Besides, they hate shopping.
So how can you show your appreciation for all they do come Father's Day? It just takes a little creativity (and not necessarily a lot of money).
First, narrow down your choices based on a theme. ...Read more
Want to get the teens to get off their devices on vacation? Who doesn't! Here's a vacation idea that's guaranteed to please those (sometimes) difficult-to-please teens -- and get everyone to put away their devices. Let's go camping!
That's right. According to the 2019 North American Camping Report, the vast majority of teens -- 96 percent -- ...Read more
I wish we were hungrier. Each dim sum dish the waiters showed us from their stainless steel carts looked more delicious than those that came before -- shrimp dumplings and lobster pot stickers followed by sticky rice, baked sweet pork buns with crunchy sugar crust, pan-fried noodles, eggplant and tofu, honey garlic chicken, spareribs, coconut ...Read more
Let's hear it for mom! She's usually the chief vacation planner and packer, not to mention the on-the-go therapist, managing sibling disputes, the meal organizer and the first responder when someone is sick or injured.
That's not to say Dad doesn't do his part. Of course, he does. But it's usually Mom who feels responsible for everyone's ...Read more