When planning out your summer road trip don't overlook Devil's Tower, Wyoming. It is one of my favorite side trips and possibly one of the most overlooked National Parks.
The first time I drove through Wyoming was in the summer of 1981 on a road trip with my my Mom. Somehow, in a pre-Internet [ ... ]
You could visit South Florida without paying homage to the Everglades, but why would you want to? And paying proper homage to the Florida Everglades requires an airboat ride.
Your passport is gone and you are in another county. What are you going to do? Misplacing your passport is enough to strike terror in the hearts of any traveler but imagine you are 15, traveling with your aunt to Paris on your first-ever international trip, and you set down your airplane ticket and [ ... ]
One of the best ways to experience new places is to eat the local favorite. Each country, state, region and even city has a dish that allows you to have a unique culinary experience while visiting. It tells me about the destination and the people who call it home.
Unfortunately, I can’t travel all [ ... ]
Heading to Las Vegas with the family this summer? Not to worry, here's a quick list of my Top 5 picks to keep all ages satisfied: Wet-N-Wild Las Vegas is the place to be this summer. Nevada's premier water park will offer over 25 slides and attractions. Several of the attractions are named after fa [ ... ]
Train travel is often associated with romance and air travel (at least nowadays) with hassle. Similarly, hotel airports have a seedy reputation, while a hotel in a train station sounds elegant.
My kids and I have stayed at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Downtown Union Station, with rooms in an actual [ ... ]
Playing in the mud, getting splashed with paint, lighting up the night or getting chased by zombies all add a little excitement to the typical 5K race. Fun runs are all the rage and a great way to get newbies involved in running; or to give veteran runners a change of pace. Most fun runs remove the [ ... ]
Now here's an amazing family travel idea--a trip to the moon! It's possible to climb right in with the astronauts without leaving your living room, thanks to a new Web site launched recently by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The site, wechoosethemoon.org, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and man's first walk on the moon back in 1969. The site lets you virtually join the mission in various stages, using real time countdowns to each phase and incorporating interactive graphics. And it also lets you follow the action with updates on other sites, such as Twitter and Facebook.
The most impressive part to me is the radio transmission you can hear from NASA flight controllers in Houston to Apollo 11--it's the actual recordings from the mission and you feel as though you're part of the crew listening in to the action. Even thought I know the outcome, it's hard not to hold my breath a bit when you hear them say they're about to be out of transmission ability as they travel around the other side of the moon. The name of the site, we choose the moon, comes from a speech President Kennedy gave in 1962. During the speech he said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone and one which we intend to win.” Powerful stuff. And what a powerful site! I was born the year we walked on the moon, just one month after this historic event.
I grew up on the east coast of Florida, not far from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. I still remember our elementary school principal calling us out of our classes when a launch was scheduled so we could all walk outside and see the shuttle fly over our skies--high above us, but still visible--and never knew how lucky we were to be able to see such a thing first hand. I've seen video of the landing on the moon dozens of times in black and white and never really felt so much a part of it all until listening to the voices on this web site, tracking the activities by the minute. It's hard not to get excited as the seconds tick away and the moon gets closer by the minute. "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." And now, this web site is one really great virtual adventure for my family and yours!