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Discovering Northern Spain:  A Modern Family Pilgrimage Part 1

Discovering Northern Spain: A Modern Family Pilgrimage Part 1

I was trying my best to settle into middle age. It had the outward appearance of success but came at a price:  miniscule time for family life. And so it happened that there was a weekend that my better half and I were both home and […]

San Juan Island:  Pause for Family Bliss

San Juan Island: Pause for Family Bliss

Stop. Pause a moment on life’s highway. Enjoy our beautiful State…yourself, and the ones you love.   Hurray to what has been a beautiful summer! Before we settle in to autumn and start the school year, we carved out a 3-day family visit to San […]

A Day in a Henequén Hacienda:   Learning About Green Gold

A Day in a Henequén Hacienda: Learning About Green Gold

Henequén, or sisal, brought great prosperity to Mexico’s Yucatán at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century that it was called green gold. The fiber, the product of a spiny plant called Agave fourcryodes, was made into rope and cord […]

3 Days in Mérida, Mexico with Children

3 Days in Mérida, Mexico with Children

After 4 days in Cancún’s Zona Hostelera, we decided to trust our guts and other travelers’ input about being able to travel safely in Yucatán with children, aged 5 and 6. We have limited vacation time so we decided to spend our family’s remaining 3 […]

Dinosaur Travels:  Enciso, La Rioja, Spain

Dinosaur Travels: Enciso, La Rioja, Spain

There was an article in the Smithsonian website Where Dinosaurs Walked: Eight of the Best Places to See Prehistoric Footprints. It listed north-central Spain, La Rioja, and particularly, the village of Enciso. I looked up Enciso when planning our already tight 2-week Spain itinerary. Information […]

Dinosaur Travels:  Choteau, Montana

Dinosaur Travels: Choteau, Montana

Stop number 3 for our family on the Montana Dinosaur Trail is in Choteau: The Old Trail Museum. Our two children, aged 5 and 6, are crazy about dinosaurs and it looks like we’re in this deep. We were first in Bozeman, and I must […]

Dinosaur Travels:  Museum of the Rockies

Dinosaur Travels: Museum of the Rockies

Stop number 1 for our family on the Montana Dinosaur Trail is the Museum of the Rockies (MOR). The museum is in Bozeman, Montana. It boasts of having the largest collection of Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops fossils in the world. On a winter trip to […]

Dinosaur Travels:  Two Medicine Dinosaur Center Bynum, Montana

Dinosaur Travels: Two Medicine Dinosaur Center Bynum, Montana

“I love you, I love you, my dinosaur.” -J Yolen and M Teague. How do dinosaurs say I love you?       I used to dread reptiles. But we have two children, aged 6 and 5, who can’t seem to get enough of dinosaurs. […]

Age of Dinosaurs

Age of Dinosaurs

Kids and dinosaurs: their fascination is fascinating. When our nephew Christopher was 6, he wanted to be a paleontologist and would rattle off scientific names of dozens of these long-gone creatures. Uncle Victor’s tongue gets twisted just trying to say some of them. Our son […]

Trains in Snoqualmie

Trains in Snoqualmie

Down by the station early in the morning See the little pufferbillies all in a row See the engine driver pull his little lever Puff, puff! Chuff, chuff! Toot, toot! Off we go!     There’s something about trains and tots. They listen to Thomas […]


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