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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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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Sedona Hike

Sedona Hike

Bell Rock near Sedona is a popular tourist attraction just north of the Village of Oak Creek. With an elevation at its summit of 4,919 feet, a hike and a lookout for vortexes, you can’t miss this one. Take the kids! An awesome view of the red rock valley from the top is definitely worth it.

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How We Pack The Kids

How We Pack The Kids

If you have school-aged children you already know that traveling with them is easy. Right? And hopefully, like us, you also know that you don’t have to kill yourself preparing them for that next adventure. We’ve learned that our son and daughter are resilient when it comes to everything. They react well when we throw curve balls at them (thank-goodness!). So the meals, sleeping and clothing factors, we don’t sweat them. They’ll eat when hungry and change into whatever outfit they themselves packed (yes “they themselves”). They’ll also sleep anywhere under any circumstance and…

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