Flat Stanley Adventures

Flat Stanley is an adventurous traveler. The hero of several children’s book, writing a Flat Stanley letter is an activity often done in first or second grade at elementary schools across America. Flat Stanley Letter I had a chance to become reacquainted with Flat Stanley recently, when I received a Flat Stanley letter from a …

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Plimoth Plantation – A Historical Day Trip from Boston to Plymouth MA

Mayflower II - Plymouth MA

There are a few places in the USA that every child should see, if possible, before they turn eighteen. Williamsburg, Boston’s Freedom Trail, Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, and of course, Plymouth top the list. In Plymouth, MA, they’ll see the legendary Plymouth Rock, climb aboard a Mayflower ship, and travel back a few hundred years at Plimoth …

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The Real Pirates of the Caribbean: Hunting for Treasure in the Virgin Islands

People swimming in pool in front of Blackbeards Castle in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

You never know when you might find a doubloon or two along a sandy shore or deep within a vine-covered cave in the Virgin Islands. The real-life Pirates of the Caribbean once made their home on these tropical islands, and who knows where you might unearth leftover loot. St. Thomas, one of a group of …

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Best Bets for a US Virgin Islands Family Vacation

Ferry arriving in Cruz Bay on St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Dreaming of a getaway to a Caribbean island? Make it happen with a US Virgin Islands family vacation. These islands are just a short flight from the East Coast, and because they are US territories, no passports are required. Here are recent publications of my best tips and recommendations: Great Spots to Get Back to …

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Peak Bagging Cascade Mountain, the Easiest of Adirondack High Peaks

Cascade Mountain - summit view.

Earning entry into the Adirondack High Peaks Forty-Sixers club has long been on my bucket list, and considering the proximity of the 46 mountain peaks, there was no good reason not to give a go. Last weekend, I finally embarked on what will likely be a very long term quest when I took on Cascade Mountain, …

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The Sweeter Side of Surf City; Huntington Beach Riot Notwithstanding

US Open of Surfing 2013 - Huntington Beach, CA

My sister refused to join us at Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. Her husband, an Orange County native, warned that it was going to be a “zoo,” and didn’t think it would be a good environment for their young children. But even he didn’t expect to wake up to headlines about …

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Outdoor Adventures with Kids Strengthen Families

Zipline smiles

I’ve been thinking a lot about why family vacations seem to bring us closer. Developing shared interests and just having time to spend together are big factors, but I think the main reason is that we bond over outdoor adventures with kids. Seven Reasons for Outdoor Adventures with Kids When I first read Extreme Kids: How to …

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