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…

Going Bad In South Dakota: Tourist Traps and the Badlands
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Going Bad In South Dakota: Tourist Traps and the Badlands

As we headed out to Yellowstone, I heard a slight grinding sound coming from the nether regions of my 2003 Chevy Suburban. It wasn’t particularly disturbing, but I casually asked Traveling Companion to keep an eye out for an auto repair shop as it couldn’t hurt to ask if this was a concerning sound. Just…

What’s Wright with Iowa? Magic Mountains, Czech Village, Cedar Rock, and Loose Meats
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What’s Wright with Iowa? Magic Mountains, Czech Village, Cedar Rock, and Loose Meats

This Foodie Adventures Road Trip has been plagued with instances of extreme bad luck, and moments of sheer fortune. Finding not one, but three street side parking spots in downtown Chicago right in front of the pizza parlor we planned on visiting was a stroke of good fortune. Waking up to find a tire flattened…

Chicago – Foodie Adventures and the Deep Dish Pizza
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Chicago – Foodie Adventures and the Deep Dish Pizza

As the second day of our Foodie Adventures Road Trip was also the second day of battling the scourge that is Giardia, the day was high on mileage but low on food consumption. Early in the day, another member of our tribe was felled by the virulent bug when my son started to complain of…

First Stop On Our Foodie Adventures Road Trip – Beef on Weck in Buffalo, NY
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First Stop On Our Foodie Adventures Road Trip – Beef on Weck in Buffalo, NY

Our Foodie Adventures Road Trip was not off to a good start. The night before we were to set off on the road, when I should have been packing the car, I was writhing in pain from stomach camps in the early stages of a bout of Giardia, a souvenir from the Caribbean. We headed…

Planning a USA Road Trip In Search of Foodie Adventures
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Planning a USA Road Trip In Search of Foodie Adventures

We’re heading out on another US road trip. In 2009, we were a mom, two kids, and a jam-packed Chevy Suburban looping the country looking for storybook settings in a Read Across America Road Trip. This time, a couple of friends are joining us in the same jam-packed Chevy Suburban, and we’re going in search…

Gingerbread Houses, Creepy Country Roads, and Common Ground
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Gingerbread Houses, Creepy Country Roads, and Common Ground

In search of a little seasonal cheer learning how to make gingerbread houses, we almost didn’t make it back home for the holidays. My son was signed up for a Gingerbread House class in Salem, N.Y. Just 45 miles away on the map, it’s a one and a half hour drive on winding rural roads;…