Sending Your Child to Sleep-Away Camp in Another Country: International Summer Camp Montana

Lavelle Carlson ponders the experience of having sent her 10-year-old daughter to International Summer Camp Montana in Switzerland for three weeks in 1982.

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!

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Santa Fe’s Meow Wolf Art Installation from the Perspective of a Grandparent

Santa Fe's Meow Wolf Art Installation from the Perspective of a Grandparent

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.

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Discovering Rifle Falls State Park

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.

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Lessons learned on a family safari through Kenya (In the 1980s)

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.
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What Family Vacation is All About: Joy, Delight, Awe, Peace & Inspiration

As we embarked upon this journey of family travel blogging, I envisioned writing about things to do and places to see, something of a guide. But as we enjoy our first true family beach vacation, I realize that what is important is not what you do and see but the small moments, and all of the firsts. Being a parent can be trying and tiring but there are many joys too. One of those joys is seeing things through the eyes of your children, and many times that means having the unique opportunity to experience something again for the first time. This is what travel gives our children, the awe of first-time experiences.

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Vail Easter Events 2017

Easter is a fun time for families living in and visiting Vail and the surrounding areas. Vail Mountain is still open for skiing, yet flowers have started blooming. From Vail Easter sunrise services and Easter egg hunts, visits with the Easter bunny to delicious brunches there is something for everyone up and down the Vail Valley. Here’s our 2017 Vail Easter Activity Roundup. Continue reading “Vail Easter Events 2017”