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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Introducing Friends: Katie Coakley, Katie on the Map

When I embarked on this adventure of becoming a travel blogger, I had no idea that one of the really fun parts of it would be getting to know new travel bloggers, and reconnecting with others I’ve known from the past. Katie Coakley & I ran in the same PR circles in Vail until she left to travel the world as a travel blogger. I think at the time I thought she was a little crazy, but now I really admire that she took that bold step. I hope you enjoy reading more about her and what she’s been up to. Continue reading “Introducing Friends: Katie Coakley, Katie on the Map”

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”

Round Up of St Simons Family Activities & More

We are planning a  St Simons family vacation for April. St Simons Island is one of the islands known as the Golden Isles on the coast of Georgia. My husband & I have been to St. Simons Island before, but our last visit was pre-kids. So, I am spending lots of pleasurable time researching the St Simons family activities that we might want to do, other than enjoy the beach and sunsets. Here is a round up of blog posts that we have found inspiring and useful in our planning.

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Full Moon Snowshoe Treks to Dinner

The Vail Valley and surrounding area has no shortage of snowshoe trails. From groomed trails at the Vail Nordic Center and Tennessee Pass to the many hiking trails on Meadow Mountain, Vail and Beaver Creek Mountains to guided snowshoe hikes from Walking Mountains, anyone of almost any age or ability can get out and enjoy mountain vistas via snowshoes. But, as someone who loves food almost as much as getting outdoors, I believe that at least once a winter you should plan a full moon snowshoe outing to dinner. If your kids are old enough (12+ or very athletic) it would be fun to do this as a family, but if not, get out and do it with some girlfriends or your significant other.

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Traveling with Kids is Fun – or Not

Following is a guest blog post by the grand matriarch of Insider Families, Lavelle Carlson. She shares her experiences as an expat traveling with kids, managing fears and handling of circumstances that could not have been foreseen. Some of these memories were recently brought back during a visit with her grandchildren in snowy Colorado. She doesn’t know this yet, but we are anticipating another post to come from her soon on travels to Kenya with kids and missing luggage. Perhaps after that she will tell us about chaperoning a group of kids back from a summer camp in Switzerland immediately following a visit to a Swiss chocolate factory where there was no limitation on the amount of chocolate the kids could consume. Continue reading “Traveling with Kids is Fun – or Not”