In Vail we have a saying that, “We moved here for the winter, but stayed because of the summers.” With sunny days, cool evenings and more outdoor recreation and culture that you could imagine it really is a spectacular place to be in the summertime. And, it gets better every year. Last June I had the fortune to attend the grand opening of Epic Discovery Vail. Many of the key legislators and government agencies that were integral to making it possible gave their thoughts at the ribbon cutting. I managed to sneak in a ride on the Forest Flyer (alpine coaster) and tubing hill before heading back to the office that day. This summer we made it a family outing.
Summer is in full swing. As a parent, I’ve found it a fun time to reminisce about my summers as a child. I was very lucky that I lived oversees as an expat in London for Kindergarten, and then nine years in Stavanger, Norway. It gave me opportunities to experience other cultures that I never would have had otherwise. My oldest is nearing an age where she might want to consider sleep-away camp which ignited several discussions between my mom and me. It inspired her to pull out an old file from International Summer Camp Montana where she sent me two summers when I was ten and eleven-years-old. She proceeded to write about the experience from the perspective of a mom sending her child off to sleep-away camp in another country for three weeks. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did!
We live in the beautiful Vail valley, but don’t always think to take advantage of some of the best activities here. I grew up horse crazy, taking riding lessons twice a week but have not been on a horse in five to ten years. So when the idea and opportunity to horseback ride Beaver Creek presented itself I couldn’t image a better way to spend the afternoon with my daughter.
In June our family took a multi-generational family trip to Santa Fe New Mexico. There is a whole different world of culture available with a beautiful 5 1/2 hour drive from Vail up through Leadville, Buena Vista and past Salida into northern New Mexico to Santa Fe. There is so much to experience and delight every sense in Santa Fe, but Meow Wolf was the highlight for every person in our family from age 4 to 70+. Here is the perspective of Meow Wolf from a grandmother experiencing it with her grandchildren.
Because I haven’t said it enough… My second favorite part of travel blogging is meeting other travel writers and bloggers. While researching our trip to St Simons Island, I posted a round up of of St Simons travel articles. The best of the lot was from Sue Rodman, Managing Editor of 365 Atlanta Family. She saw the link to her article and posted a nice comment. I thought, wow, she is on top of it, seeing who links to her articles and commenting. Then this group of Traveling Moms kept on showing up in my Twitter feed. I took a closer look and there was her name a second time. She was so kind to take a cold call from me and tell me a bit her story and share advice. I hope that you enjoy hearing more about her story, as I have.
Beautiful beaches alone are a real treat, but pair that with history and authentic regional food and you’ve got the perfect vacation. One of the many highlights of our family vacation to St Simons Island, Georgia, was enjoying authentic southern food including lots of fresh seafood. Here’s what we found to be the best family dining on St Simons Island. Continue reading “Best Family Dining on St Simons Island”
This year when my husband asked where I’d like to go to brunch for Mother’s Day, I paused and thought about it. I told him that I’d like to take a family hike with no complaining. Even though he agreed, I wasn’t quite sure the kids would cooperate once we got going. I did a little research and learned of Rifle Falls State Park. It sounded perfect for young kids. Our youngest is 4-years-old, and I can’t imagine would get far yet on a tough hike. With three trails that loop 1 to 1.5 miles through waterfalls, limestone caves and ponds Rifle Falls sounded perfect. Well it was.
By Lavelle Carlson
When my children were seven and eleven we had the opportunity to take a camera safari for nine days through Kenya. My childhood in East Texas had afforded me little travel experience. My limited knowledge of the world and other cultures came from National Geographic magazines that my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Lloyd, used as teaching material. That is my excuse to justify fudging on the 8-year old age restrictions on a safari through Kenya. After all, there could not be a valid reason that would keep my 7-year old daughter from going. Well, apparently sometimes the rules are there for a reason. There were a few obstacles, sometimes funny but not always fun incidences with young children.
Continue reading “Lessons learned on a family safari through Kenya (In the 1980s)”
Family Guide to the Golden Isles, Georgia
St Simons Island is a beach town, one of the Golden Isles, located on the Atlantic Coast of Georgia just north of Florida. Not only does the island have spectacular beaches, but also a deep history, authentic southern food and lots for a family to do. Here are our top 5 St Simons family activities. Continue reading “Top 5 St Simons Family Activities”