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 ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Maybe the dad in your life is a committed outdoorsman. Maybe he hasn’t camped since Boy Scouts.
No matter. After months of sheltering at home with the kids and, maybe working remotely, he probably can’t wait to get outdoors. And local surveys suggest, he wants to take a road trip or go social-distance camping.
With Father’s Day coming, ...Read more
Check out George Washington’s nose! It’s 21 feet tall!
We were at Mount Rushmore National Park in South Dakota peering up at the gigantic (60 foot tall) heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, which are chiseled out of granite.
In case you were wondering why these four were chosen, George ...Read more
Is it safe? After being cooped up with their kids for more than two months, families are desperate to get out of the house.
“I don’t know how much longer the kids can take it,” said Pearl Martinez, a Denver mom of four.
But is it safe to head out of town? “It is a really difficult position we are in. I am concerned we ...Read more
When Steff Keene wanted to backpack for the first time, she didn't turn to adventure-loving friends for advice as most college students might. She turned to her mom.
"I go to school out of state and we don't see each other as much as we would like," said Keene, 21. "We are regular hikers but had never done an overnight backpack trip and didn't ...Read more
I'll admit it. Sometimes, when my kids were small, work was a welcome respite from the never-ending chaos at home -- and I had a pretty stressful job as a reporter for a big city newspaper.
One of my now adult kids reminded me the other day of all the times she would interrupt me when I was trying to make phone calls from home. "And you never ...Read more
Hold on tight! Not to the careening roller coaster that everyday life has become during this pandemic, but to the fishing pole, especially when you are fishing for halibut.
It's not easy to hold onto that pole -- or, at times, to normalcy these days. Stuck at home, reduced to homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-2357543">Read more
There were tents everywhere.
Tens of thousands of San Franciscans left homeless by the April 18, 1906 earthquake and the fires that followed set up camp in Golden Gate Park -- rows of tents and small houses called "Earthquake Shacks" that became de facto towns.
Sound familiar -- kind of like the pictures we've been seeing of the...Read more
They were just ordinary families from around the world whose lives were derailed by extraordinary circumstance.
Not the pandemic. These families had the misfortune to be passengers and crew aboard the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage on April 10,1912. The ship sunk two nights later, after striking an iceberg.
There are so ...Read more