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 [ ... ]
In almost every piece of college admissions marketing materials, whether in print, on the Web or in a video posted on YouTube, the message is clear: “come visit.” Sounds simple enough, but once you start looking for all the information you need to plan your visit, you quickly discover that how information regarding the “what,” “when” and “where” about visiting varies greatly from school to school.
Many of the parents I've interviewed about their college visits treated them as family travel adventures. My first college visit as a parent certainly fits the “adventure” category. It took place this summer when another mom (Lisa) and I decided to take our kids to visit a large, state university. We made this decision on a whim, with no real forethought, hoping that one day, when our sons are older, they might be interested in this school (I already knew this school held no interest for my teen-aged daughter ).
Visiting this school was a local trip for me and about a 3-hour drive for Lisa. She turned it into an overnight family trip. Her entourage included her son and daughter, plus a friend of the son's. Add my two, and the ages our collective brood ranged from 8 to 16. Needless to say, we had a super-charged, high-energy group with a varying levels of interest and patience.
Our day on campus began with an information session in an auditorium. Knowing the boys might become restless with an hour of sitting ahead of them, we chose seats off-center so as not to disturb the majority seated in the center rows. We came prepared with notepads, pens, gum and mints, hoping to keep the activity level in our rows at a minimum. Our strategy worked, but we were thankful the session did not go much longer than an hour.
Next came the walking tour of campus. The boys were thrilled to stretch their legs, jump down the outside steps, which, because they are boys, quickly turned into a contest. We were smart to stay at the back of the line. Once we started walking, everyone fell into place and the tour guide impressed us with her ability to talk while walking backwards around the campus.
Like so many schools, most of the buildings were old and majestic. The campus was large and beautiful. The tiny the dorm room, however, was a surprising contrast to the outside physical attributes of the campus. The kids thought it cool that you could put a dresser in the closet and that there was a sink the bedroom.
The tour guide was the only student we spoke with while on campus. Turns out, we had scheduled our visit during the summer session break before the fall semester begins. Classes were not in session and the campus was very quiet. Visiting a college is not really quite as easy as it seems. If you have clear cut goals and objectives for your visit, then planning is a must. I came away with a whole list of “dos and don'ts” for the next college visit we plan and thankful for the “test drive” this first visit provided us. We'll be smarter next time around.