Crested Butte: Summer in the Mountains

Every other summer my side of the family gets together for about five days--usually in one of the mountain towns of Colorado. This year we headed to Crested Butte. The area, in the East River Valley, was once the summer residence of the Ute Indians. Later it became a silver and coal mining town and now it is a popular ski area in the winter and a biking mecca in the summer. The base lodge area, where we are staying, offers something for everyone.  My brother, Chad, and his two older sons took … [Read more...]

Reach for the Stars: McDonald Observatory

"Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries." Carl Sagan Yesterday I encouraged you to swim with the fish--the catfish and minnows of Balmorhea State Park. Don't leave this area of West Texas quite yet because you are about to look up into the heavens and be amazed. A mere 40 minutes away from Balmorhea … [Read more...]

Let the Kids Swim with the Fishes–Balmorhea State Park

Minnows dart around your legs. Black catfish slyly seem to circle around your body. If you are a kid it doesn't get much better than this! Welcome to Balmorhea State Park. Only five hours from San Antonio, it was our first (and for the under 10 travelers their favorite) stop on our Spring Break RV tour. You can see my overview post here. Blamorhea hosts the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool. The pool covers almost 1.75 acres and it stays a nice cool 72-76 degrees year round. … [Read more...]

Denver: A Great Place to Vacation with Young Children

In honor of the Denver Broncos playing in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, I thought I would sing the city's praises and tell you why Denver should be on your list of top places to visit with young children. Actually, there is something for every age, but if you are looking for a place that is friendly, relatively inexpensive (just wait till you see what I've listed!), and memorable, Denver is your destination.  Here are the reasons you should consider Denver this summer. Amazing Summer Weather: … [Read more...]

How to Pack for a Trip with Multiples

Take it all. No really. Attach whatever you can to the back of the car, on top of the car. Stuff the stuff in every crevice and under everyone's feet. Pack it in trash bags, duffle bags. . .it doesn't matter. Everything will be covered in Goldfish and Cheerios and juice box drippings before you even get out of the city limits. Load groggy, morning-breath smelling kids into the mix. Strap them in, adjust pillows--then ask if anyone has to pee. Unstrap. Tell them to just go on the side of the … [Read more...]

Scaling Mount Evans or Why we needed hot chocolate in July

This was the first vacation to Colorado where children's activities and nap schedules didn't dictate all of our plans. (A CHEER for family progress!) Finally able to venture a little further from Grandma and Papa's house, one of our jaunts was to meet my brother Tim for dinner in Idaho Springs, a small mountain town about 45 minutes from Denver. Tim loves the mountains. As county commissioner of Clear Creek County and a resident of Idaho Springs, Tim has become somewhat of a history buff of … [Read more...]