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
Are you ready to let the kids take the lead? Clearly, they lead us in unexpected directions when we travel -- whether vintage shopping, to a pop-up dinner in someone's house, a museum you never would have considered visiting, a bike ride or hike.... the list goes on.
Since we are all grounded right now, let the kids lead us all on virtual ...Read more
Let's all sing "Happy Birthday" -- twice, in the bathroom.
It turns out that a double rendition of "Happy Birthday," takes about 20 seconds -- the amount of time medical experts suggest we lather our hands with soap to prevent the spread of germs, particularly the fast-spreading COVID-19 virus, which has sickened tens of thousands, upended the ...Read more
Let's hear it for Betsy Ross. Everyone knows she made the first American flag. What most people don't know is that she was a struggling Philadelphia widow just 24 years old trying to keep her upholstery business afloat when George Washington asked if she could sew the newly designed flag. Until then, each colony had their own.
Ross was the one ...Read more
Sad, but true. It's getting harder to plan summer vacations between your work schedule and the kids' summer jobs and various camps for sports, music, theater...
That's why spring break is such a good time to get away. Hopefully, your kids will have that same week off. And you may find it easier to escape for a week or a long weekend than in the...Read more
Kayak to a glacier or paddle a canoe while looking for bears snacking along the shore and birds flying overhead.
Check out the puffins, the sea otters, harbor seals and more. Scoop glacial ice for your drink.
Ryo Sprosts, 8, likely won't ever forget eating lunch in a kayak as the Aialik Glacier, the largest tidewater glacier in Aialik Bay, ...Read more
Count yourself lucky if your kids or grandkids get excited about visiting the same places you do, especially places that hold special meaning and memories.
Adam Stewart certainly does. His "favorite place in the world," is Sundown Villa on Discovery Bay in Jamaica about an hour from Montego Bay. "My kids are ecstatic when I tell them we're ...Read more