Wordless Wednesday : Rocky National Park Clouds

Rocky Mountain National Park Clouds

Rocky Mountain National Park Snow

Rocky Mountain National Park Sky

10 Trips to Take With Your Kids

There are some trips that are just made better by having kids along. As we discovered this past summer when we took the girls to Mount Rushmore and Rocky National Park. Seeing these sites through their eyes made us want to take as many trips as possible with them. So here’s a list of ten trips to take with kids.

10 trips to take with kids

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In Praise of Day Trips

Rocheport Second Street

It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea of travel that you forget to actually do it. Not every trip has to be to a far flung locale. Sometimes just taking off for a day or even an afternoon is enough to change your perspective.

Last week, we did just that when friends invited up for a walk in the nearby town of Rocheport. Getting out, walking the Katy trail a bit, and swinging from unfamiliar trees was just the way to end the weekend and reset for the week ahead.

Trail side stone oven pizza didn’t hurt either…
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24 Hours in… Rapid City

Who knew Rapid City was so awesome? If we had known how much we would enjoy it, I totally would have planned more time there on out Epic Road trip. But twenty four hours was enough time to get a taste of Rapid City life.

travel rapid city

Rapid City is the home base for most Mount Rushmore visitors. But this city has a ton to offer on its own. With a charming downtown and several city parks, it’s a haven for families. Start your visit with the presidential statues. You can visit and pose with your favorite. Be sure to visit the visitor center and get a list. If you visit all of them, you get a presidential soda.

President Statues Rapid City

Before sundown, head to Dinosaur Park. This Public Works project built in 1936 boasts seven life-size concrete dinosaur statues and stunning views of the city from its hillside perch. The visitor center’s porch is the perfect place to have an ice cream and watch the sun go down.

Due to all those Mount Rushmore visitors, Rapid City has almost every chain motel and hotel you can think of (some of them even have their own water parks) but if you’re looking for something a little more local, the Hotel Johnson is right in the heart of downtown. Across the street is a restored movie house, The Elks.

End your trip to Rapid City with a magical morning on Storybook Island. This vintage kiddie park is a must see, even if you don’t have children. Did I mention that it’s totally free?

Storybook Island

Where else can you ride in Cinderella’s carriage, enter the home of the three little pigs, and slide down an ice cream cone? Entrance and play are free but you might want to bring some cash for the train ride and gift shop. Plus a donation to keep this gem up and running!

5 Spooky Destinations

Tis the season for haunting. Courtesy of CheapOAir, here are five places to head for chills and scares.
These fares are samples based on certain gateways and may have changed! But this should give you a jumping off point. If you are looking to take one of these trips, book by October 24th.

Haunted Travel

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31 Days of Travel

Did you ever read The Secret? Me, not so much. But the general sense that I get is that you create your own destiny by wanting something enough. Without getting too new agey, I do think there is something to putting your energy into the things you desire. And what I always want more of? Travel, travel, travel. So for the next thirty one days I will be writing about travel as part of the Write 31 Days challenge.

travel writer graphic

Click through for a list of my posts and some pictures from my past travel…
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Live, Travel, Selfie : Family Style

In partnership with Global Influence and Suave, I am sharing what we love to do together as a family. One of my favorite parts of the girls getting older is that we are finally all traveling together. We did our first big road trip this summer and we just had an awesome time camping over the weekend. It’s part of living a beautiful life, in the case of the weekend, literally.

Lake of the Ozarks

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Check out our family selfie and all the details below!
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Target Wedding : The Unexpected Adventure

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.

We are now 12 years into our marriage. OMFG!
It hit home for me this weekend when we planned out our supper club menu. We could have never predicted 12 years ago the unexpected adventures we would take. I remember when we registered, it was such a clear picture of how we each saw our married life to be. We were intent on equipping ourselves for the adventures to come as a married couple.

I only wish we had thought more about quipping ourselves in a literal sense. Though our china and crystal is beautiful, they are rarely used in our real life. Not even for Supper Club! What is more important to us is travel and look at the cool stuff that we could have registered for
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24 Hours in…. Petaluma

After the sad news out of Napa, there’s no better time to write about one of my favorite parts of the country and the hidden gem I discovered there this summer… Petaluma.

Petlauma Travel

When I was in California for BlogHer, I had the chance to visit Petaluma on a blog tour. even though I used to live in Northern California, I had never visited this unique spot in Sonoma. Their geological spot, referred to as the Petaluma Gap, lends the wines a distinctive lightness. But this town is about much more than wine.
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Why Choose An All Inclusive?

all inclusive

One day, not so long ago, I swore I would never travel to an all inclusive. Those places were for the boring. I was ready to forge my own path, even if sometimes that path led me to a motel on the side of the road in Venice that was so loud that I didn’t sleep a wink.

So why did I just book Social Media on the Sand as my Fall conference?

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