The Truths about Traveling with Children

It has been almost a month that we set out on living my dream of spending the summer in Denver. And, for the most part--and memory will definitely increase that "most part" to THE WHOLE MONTH--it has been great. But, I also feel like I've learned some important truths about traveling with children that I'd like to share with you. 1. Your adventure starts as soon as you close your front door. A former teacher in the district where I taught had this great class for teachers called ADVENTURE … [Read more...]

The BEST Toy Store EVER

I would love to say that my children’s favorite place to visit in Taos, New Mexico during our recent family vacation was the Taos Pueblo, which is the oldest inhabited pueblo in the United States.  Without electricity or running water, the Red Willow tribe has inhabited the pueblo for over a 1000 years and  about 80 people still live there.  It has been designated an UNESCO World Heritage site. Our visit coincided with the annual festival of Santa Ana. But, I had mistakenly promised the … [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...]

Hit the Road, Jack. . .Renting an RV for Spring Break

We're impulsive people. During the Christmas holidays, facing a 15 hour drive to Denver,  we seriously contemplated buying a used RV from Craigslist. Food. . .Potty Breaks. . .Movement. . .naps in a bed. . . we figured we'd cut that drive time in HALF. Then the adult voice of reason overwhelmed the egg-nogged drunk voice of "Let's DO IT!" and we decided that we first better rent one and see if this was the answer to our travel prayers. So for Spring Break Scott rented us a 31 footer that … [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...]