New York City with Kids: Beyond Planet Earth at the American Museum of Natural History
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New York City with Kids: Beyond Planet Earth at the American Museum of Natural History

In ten years of living in New York City, I never once set foot inside the American Museum of Natural History. I see the error of my ways now, but back then, art museums and Central Park held more interest than scientific displays. Fast forward to my parenting days, and not a year goes by…

Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe with a Three Fruit Glaze And An Alaskan Fishing Trip
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Cedar Plank Salmon Recipe with a Three Fruit Glaze And An Alaskan Fishing Trip

My family visited Alaska prior to a 6-day Alaskan Cruise to Vancouver on Carnival. We flew into Anchorage and stayed at  Alyeska Adventures, a delightful bed and breakfast in Girdwood, AK. We stayed in the Kenai room, and had access to their lovely deck with a grill. The owners of the B&B, Mark and Shoman,…

In Search of the Best Barbecue: Arthur Bryant’s Kansas City BBQ

In Search of the Best Barbecue: Arthur Bryant’s Kansas City BBQ

I was intrigued when I read that 1,000 Places to Visit Before You Die lists Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Restaurant in Kansas City, MO. BBQ that’s so good it makes the same list as world heritage sites and natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. Could it possibly be that good? It took only a small detour…

A Family Visit to Mark Twain’s Hometown in Hannibal, MO Is an Adventure of the Imagination
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A Family Visit to Mark Twain’s Hometown in Hannibal, MO Is an Adventure of the Imagination

One of the best reasons for family travel is to broaden a child’s horizons. Combine travel with a good story, and amazing things happen. In the few weeks that my kids and I undertook the Read Across America Road Trip of 2009, my son developed several career ambitions: architect, geologist, paleontologist, and/or cowboy.  To this…

In Search of the Best Hot Dogs: Tony Packo’s Hungarian Hot Dogs

In Search of the Best Hot Dogs: Tony Packo’s Hungarian Hot Dogs

Before the epic failure that was the Foodie Adventures Road Trip of 2011, we undertook other family road trips – and other foodie adventures. In the summer of 2009, I took my kids on a two-month long grand adventure – the Read Across America Road Trip Across America. And our first stop was for a…

Healthy Fast Food

Healthy Fast Food

Is there such a thing as healthy fast food? It’s tough to make good food choices when you’re pressed for time and  money, but there is a way to minimize the harm. Last spring, my son and I went to a few fast food restaurants to see if it was possible to feel satisfied with…