Lessons Learned at Mesa Verde National Park
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Lessons Learned at Mesa Verde National Park

A glass of wine, dusk on a serpentine road, and no barrier between said road and annihilation don’t mix. That’s one of those lessons learned when exploring America’s grand national park system. The year was 2009, and I was a mom on a mission, traveling with two tweens–barely 13-year-old Kayla and 9-year-old Alex–on a journey…

Travel Inspires Change – An Inspirational Speech
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Travel Inspires Change – An Inspirational Speech

One of my proudest parenting moments took place this week. My daughter stood in front of the entire Emma Willard School student body, and a record-breaking group of prospective families gathered for the annual Open House, to give an inspirational speech about how travel inspires change.  Here is the speech in its entirety, along with…

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A Long Strange Trip Starts with the Grateful Dead in Cleveland

It’s only fitting that our latest American road trip begins with the Grateful Dead. The first time that I attempted to cross the United States with my children, I left my husband at home in early June, 2009 while I single-handedly drove my beloved Suburban on a two-month circuit of America’s children’s book settings. On…

Backpacking with Kids in Yellowstone National Park
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Backpacking with Kids in Yellowstone National Park

How many times have I heard,“I’ll wait until the kids are older to travel?” Many parents limit their choice of destination, or travel altogether, fearing that it might be too difficult. In a recent CNN Go post, Elaine Ee lists 5 family travel rules that she claims will “make everyone’s travel experience — particularly yours…

Is Travel In Our DNA? Pilgrimage to Luján, Argentina
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Is Travel In Our DNA? Pilgrimage to Luján, Argentina

Is it possible that the travel bug is passed down through an aberration in the genetic code? Nature, nurture, I never had a chance. I became a traveler before I could walk. As the child of displaced persons – my mother never renounced her Argentine citizenship although my father traces his American ancestry to the…