Happy Kids, Happy Life

Happy Kids, Happy Life

Every morning before I leave for work, I stare at them as they peacefully sleep. I know they dream of creating robots that help the homeless and feed the hungry; of elevators that take you straight up to space, pokemon catching in Japan – and dreams of exploring tsunamis, tornadoes and volcanoes. I know they dream because they tell me their dreams. The best we can give these three is the freedom to play, explore and love – and I guess they’ll figure out the rest. May the best dream…

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The Kids Want To Be Vegetarian? Support Them

The Kids Want To Be Vegetarian? Support Them

We spent a beautiful, cloudy day roaming around Providence, Rhode Island. We lunched near Brown University, lingered by foot on the tiny neighborhood streets, checked out Waterplace Park and decided to close our evening at a nearby Whole Foods. Not a moment in the day would have prepared me for the upcoming statement from Joslin and Dante. Together they decided they were going to become vegetarians. I wasn’t completely surprised that Dante came to me with this conviction. At five years-old he had an epiphany over dinner at our favorite…

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Adventure Along The Niagara River

Adventure Along The Niagara River

“According to google maps, Niagara Falls is only 4.9 miles from here. It looks like there is a pathway along the river,” I say looking up from my phone and out our hotel window towards the Niagara river. The river looks so peaceful. “Should we walk?” I ask as I take a long slow sip of my dark roast Starbucks coffee. Dante chimes in “yeah dad, that would be so fun! Remember that one time we walked 10-miles just to get breakfast in Portland (Oregon)? “Yeah dad, remember?” I quipped with…

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Can’t let Bighorn’s Trail Intimidate

Can’t let Bighorn’s Trail Intimidate

“Wanna stop?”  Eddie asks looking at me gleefully from the driver’s seat. His childlike abandon is usually inspiring but today I just stare back at him thinking, “doesn’t he remember that we just packed up our Yellowstone campsite in the pouring rain?” or that we just spent a week not sleeping well from fear of bear attacks? I quickly remind myself that these random roadside stops are part of our plan, a major point of this road trip.  Breaking my stare I turn to the backseat and ask the kids…

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Memories Highs and Lows of Traveling

Memories Highs and Lows of Traveling

Growing up, summertime memories are scattered with images of crazy and sometimes disastrous vacations mother would organize for us. From being rescued by a Canadian tour bus while stranded roadside during a major hurricane to sharing a seat, while sick with the flu, with complete strangers on a steamy bus ride to Acapulco. The reason? My mother was cheap – well, to put it in better words, she was “financially savvy.” But yeah, we were poor. The lack of monetary resources led to a series of shoestring getaways that, while sometimes traumatic, left us with memories that lasted a lifetime….

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Camping Above A Supervolcano

Camping Above A Supervolcano

Could this supervolcano erupt under us? That’s what I’m thinking right now. After a long day exploring Old Faithful and other attractions around Yellowstone National Park, the kids are finally passed out, Susie is reading, and the dog is crawled in a ball next to the kids’ feet. I look at all of them and think, “I can’t believe we’re still alive!” The volcano under us hasn’t exploded! Our campground sits inside one of the park’s live calderas – (a caldera is formed when a volcano’s underground magma chamber erupts collapsing…

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Lava Hot Springs, Idaho: An Unintended Destination

Lava Hot Springs, Idaho: An Unintended Destination

Basically, we stopped because the Warp Machine displayed about a half-tank full of gas. The gas station ahead, a Flying J truck stop was just about the only sight within miles and thought, “OK, let’s fill up,  just to be safe.” It’s July 4, midday and the day was getting a little hot. Not Arizona hot, but hot: around 90 degrees and 40 percent humidity. We filled up with gas, got some snacks – and as we pulled out of this particular Flying J – about 75 miles north of…

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Utah’s Zion is Breathtaking

Utah’s Zion is Breathtaking

When we first arrived, Zion National park was grandiose. We thought, this place can’t be as cool as Yosemite.” Well, it certainly was – albeit Yosemite is also amazing on its own. The canyons, the colors the many trail options to take the kids on, this place is indeed amazing. We geared up and took a mid-morning hike on Pa’Rus Trail. This trail is easy, pet-friendly, and hugs a creek and campsites along the way. The kids loved it too! Especially when they got to swim in the creek. The…

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Horseshoe Bend, the Grand Canyon’s Sidekick

Horseshoe Bend, the Grand Canyon’s Sidekick

Despite its popularity as being one of the world’s natural wonders, the Grand Canyon has a second most popular sidekick: Horseshoe Bend. Add this spot to your list of attractions to visit if you’re visiting Arizona. Yes, there’s a lot more to see without having to drive a lot, but it’s worth it. Seeing of the Colorado carved it millions and millions of years ago, and noticing how everyone around you is at awe of its magnificient splendor, you can’t help but join everyone and also marvel at it. Another…

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