Make Musical Connections: Take the Kids to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH and the Chicago Blues Festival
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Make Musical Connections: Take the Kids to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH and the Chicago Blues Festival

You could say that our family adventure to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio was a little bit hip hop and a little bit rock and roll. Back in the summer of ‘09, my kids and I headed out on a two-month-long Read Across America Road Trip. Many happy miles flew…

Enter the Year of the Dragon in Vancouver’s Chinese Garden

Enter the Year of the Dragon in Vancouver’s Chinese Garden

When the clock strikes midnight on January 23, 2012, the Chinese New Year will usher in the most promising of zodiac tidings – the Year of the Dragon. It’s going to be a good year. Considered the most powerful of the twelve animals associated with the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a symbol of strength…

Fun and Educational Things To Do at Disney World

Fun and Educational Things To Do at Disney World

One of the reasons I love Disney World is that kids learn while they are having fun, without even realizing that there might just be an educational component. Spaceship Earth at Epcot in Disney World The Spaceship Earth attraction at Epcot is a 16-minute omnimover ride through history that “depicts the stirring story of human connection and…

Get Close to Manatees in the “Real Florida”

Get Close to Manatees in the “Real Florida”

Just like the manatees leaving the cold St. John’s River, our family sought out the warmth of Blue Spring State Park. Walking on boardwalks along the clear waters, we saw herons, snapping turtles, humongous fish, and manatee families, including the sweetest “little” baby manatee clinging to its mother. It’s a pleasant spot, easily accessible, that…

Chevy Suburban, Goodbye My Golden Steed
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Chevy Suburban, Goodbye My Golden Steed

Sitting at the wheel of my Chevy Suburban, I was invincible. No road too intimidating, no adventure too extreme. The golden Suburban carried us across the country and back, into the wild, and on to the top of the highest peaks. We’ve looked out on buffaloes and grizzlies, sand dunes and glaciers. She never strained,…

Pikes Peak – In which we climb the highest peaks in my beloved Chevy Suburban!
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Pikes Peak – In which we climb the highest peaks in my beloved Chevy Suburban!

At 14,100 feet, a Pikes Peak ascent is a formidable accomplishment – even if you’re driving to the top of this Colorado mountain. Here is an account of our visit to Pikes Peak, Colorado from our first road trip across America in 2009, originally published in The Journey Mom. Maybe I should have listened to…