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Surviving travel with your young grandchildren

Lead pictureTraveling with young grandchildren is not without its challenges, but you can make it more pleasant for yourself and your grandchildren if you do some preparation beforehand.

Check off lists work great for me. That way if my brain is cluttered with too many “to do’s”, I can just go down the list and feel fairly confident that I have what I need! So I created a form that works for me and I’m hoping it will be helpful to you.  Keeping in mind that these are suggestions and you might feel that your grandchildren’s needs vary.  I left some empty lines so read more….


Cape Cod….family fun in the sun!

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We love to vacation by the ocean! Last year it was the outer banks of North Carolina. This year we decided to take our family vacation on Cape Cod. Our big disappointment was finding out that our daughter and her family wouldn’t be able to make the trip this year!!

About 5 years ago, Paul and I spent a week in Plymouth, MA and had such a good time!  We didn’t spend much time on the cape however, so we weren’t sure of read more….


2551building 2 w textPort Townsend is a quaint little seaside town located on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula.  It is known for its historic charm and many Victorian buildings.  Port Townsend is surrounded on almost all sides by water which makes it the perfect place for The Wooden Boat Festival.  The festival is an annual event in Port Townsend that is visited by thousands from all over the world.  My husband, Mike and I have lived on the Olympic Peninsula for 10 years and have never had the opportunity to go to the festival.  This year we decided it was time to check it out!

As we arrived in Port Townsend we decided to take a detour when we saw a sign announcing “organic hard cider”.  We had never tasted “hard” cider and thought read more….


SM Foodtrucks with headerTwo of our favorite hobbies are FOOD and taking drives along the PCH. Put the two together and you have the perfect date night!

Main Street in Santa Monica is a great place to experience an eclectic selection of cuisine. Every Tuesday 8 food trucks congregate in a parking lot on Main Street between the California Heritage Museum and The Victorian Restaurant. Savory scents of garlic, curry and grilled meats attract locals and visitors to the event. The small park next to the museum is full of families and beach goers, as well as people stopping in for read more….


Sunrise with wordsI love the ocean and there is something about the Outer Banks of North Carolina that I find intriguing. So when we decided to have a family vacation there last year I couldn’t have been more pleased. Our daughter and her family were able to make the trip from California which made it perfect!

We chose the town of Duck on the northern end of the outer banks as our destination for this trip. There are many very large and beautiful homes there to rent, but there are many modest homes as well. We chose one that was within read more….


Griechengasse 2I recently had the wonderful opportunity to accompany my husband on a business trip to Central Europe. This was Steve’s 2nd time traveling to Europe but I had never been so it was a new and exciting adventure for me. We first flew into Vienna and spent a few days there before continuing on to our destination in Slovakia. We had just enough time in Wien to visit some of the most famous sights, such as the giant ferris wheel, Weiner Riesenradplatz at Prater Amusement Park;  Griechengasse,  a cobblestone street in Vienna’s Greektown;  Schönbrunn Palace, summer home of the Imperial Habsburg family and their beautiful Lipizzaner Stallions;  and Stephansplatz, a square in the center of Vienna that is full of shops and restaurants and the amazing St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Stephansplatz is a great place to shop for souvenirs before departing Vienna. read more….


Seattle’s Pike Place Market

015 market signSince moving to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has become my favorite city.  There are so many things to do and see there.  Mike and I recently spent the afternoon browsing Pike Place Market.  I love the unique sights, sounds and smells of the Market.  The beautiful flowers, colorful fruits and vegetables, the fish market as the guys chant and throw their fish to the customer.  There are smells of delicious things baking and the music and antics of the street performers. read more….


History and Beauty in Harpers Ferry, WV


Better small pictureHistory and scenic beauty truly do come together where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers meet in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia!  It’s the perfect area for a weekend getaway or day excursion as my husband, Paul and I discovered on our recent visit there.  The town of Harpers Ferry sits on an area of land that is at the eastern-most point of West Virginia and is bordered by the Potomac River on one side and the Shenandoah River on the other.  These two beautiful rivers make it a favorite spot for rafting, canoeing, tubing and fishing.  In addition to water sports, it’s also a popular area for mountain biking and rock climbing.  For enthusiastic hikers, the Appalachian Trail passes right through the heart of town. read more….


Cambria and our new puppy


Mike and I had two things on our agenda following our New Orleans trip.  The first was picking up our new Bernese Mountain Dog puppy and the second was to include a little bonus “sidetrip” to Cambria, CA.

Our flight home from New Orleans had a scheduled layover in Los Angeles so we decided to get off the plane there and head to Cambria.  We discovered that airlines frown on this type of situation and they will NOT reroute your bags!  We solved that problem by packing what we needed for 3 days into our carry-on bags.  Just a little FYI, in case you decide to do something similar. read more….


Some of the Best of New Orleans….

526 new orleans architectureNew Orleans turned out to be a great choice for our trip together this year!  It is its own little world filled with music, history, unique culture, food and architecture.  We made our best attempt to soak in all we could in just four days!

Since it was the first time in New Orleans for the majority of us, we couldn’t miss the famous Bourbon Street!  Walking down Bourbon you hear every genre of music, both inside the clubs and on the street.  It is a hopping place with one read more….