…and then there was the Waterleaf Spa…

A dream vacation is this:  a nice hotel, hiking, beaches, great food, fancy drinks in non-fancy cups, well behaved kids, an art museum or two, sunshine and massages everyday.  An actual vacation is this:  a nice place to stay or camp, hiking or chill walks, a beach that you might put your feet in the […]

Um, What’s up with Stone Mountain?

Georgia, ooohhh Georgia… Yep, it’s on our mind a lot because we love it.  Or at least we love most of it.  And we always think it’s hot in the South.  Like, always.  It’s not though.  Did you know they can get snow and frost and stuff?  OMG!  Okay, that’s an extreme reaction to standard […]

Biking St Simons Island: the best idea in the South

By now you know that we’re in love with St Simons Island, Georgia.  It’s nautical, historical, beachy, covered in Spanish moss.  Perfect.  So, what’s the best way to see and get a good feel of the island?  Biking St Simons Island from end to end is just awesome.  Family travel can sometimes limit your activity […]

Where’d Fort Frederica go?

Historical sites rock for family travel.  Well, most of the time. No, all of the time.  Here’s why:  they’re a snapshot of a moment in time that we’ll never experience again.  Sometimes those sites are really well preserved and you can step back in time with little use of the imagination.  Heck, sometimes there are […]

The St Augustine Lighthouse: not just a pretty lamp

If there’s one thing that’s iconic of a coastal vacation or anything maritime, it’s lighthouses.  They’re tall, striking, weird buildings that really bring the feel of the ocean directly onshore.  In the Pacific Northwest we have them every 100 meters (total exaggeration) because it is so stormy and foggy all of the time, and a […]

Strolling Historic St Augustine:  a perfect family day

A town like St Augustine, Florida is great to explore with kids because there are so many sights and fun things to do around every corner.  We didn’t do half of what we could have, but we still did a ton.  Every town or city has its must-see sights.  In NYC you’ve got the Statue […]

5 Reasons We’re in Love with Jacksonville Beach

Our family is all about the beach and you know we #LoveFL.  At home, we live across the street from the beach.  We go on weekend trips to the beach.  We go walking on the beach even if it’s a freezing cold day and there’s not a chance of getting in the water.  You know […]

The St Augustine Alligator Farm: it’s no croc

Beyond pirates and forts, we were excited to experience alligators in Florida.  One reason we knew we’d #LoveFL is because gators are our favorite animal…next to sharks.  When we found out about the St Augustine Alligator Farm we just had to go.  Without researching it at all we added it to our itinerary (thinking maybe […]

The Georgia Aquarium: a complete experience

Unless this is your first time visiting our blog, you know that we LOVE aquariums.  We will find time to visit them on 90% of our trips (when available).  We were welcomed into the Georgia Aquarium recently to experience all that the sea has to offer…in Atlanta, and for a Behind the Scenes tour.  It […]

6 Places to Embrace the Canadian Winter

Thank you to Kenton De Jong of kentondejong.com for this great article highlighting some of the most fun and fascinating activities and sights in Canada, all meant to help embrace the Canadian Winter…   The snow has begun to fall, and I had to dust off my winter jacket for the first time today. Winter […]

A Family Guide to Winterlude:  the ultimate winterfest in Canada’s Capital

We’re pretty excited to have a really great contribution to our site from the Wandering Wagars.  Living in Canada, they get to more easily experience life in the cold north than we do.  They were kind enough to share their favorite winter activity with us and created a family guide to Winterlude: the ultimate winterfest in […]

Kissimmee: take our winter woes away

We’re just done with winter.  Done.  True that we’re not facing any blizzards here in the Seattle area, but you know what we do have?  Cold rain.  Not necessarily hard, crazy rain that leaves you in awe, but the kind of rain where it’s really chilly out and the drops get on the back of […]

Hiking in Olympic National Park:  contrasting trails

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When we’re not lounging on a beach in the hot sun or gallivanting the globe, we love to hike locally.  Local, to us, is anything within a few hours’ drive of Seattle.  One of our favorite local activities is hiking in Olympic National Park.  It’s such an interesting place, with […]

Hiking Cape Flattery:  land’s end on the Olympic Peninsula

Want to have an awesome day hiking Cape Flattery?  Where?  Oh, I see.  You’ve never head of Cape Flattery.  Well, let us enlighten you about one of the most beautiful places in all of the Pacific Northwest. About four hours, maybe a little more, from Seattle is the Makah Indian Reservation.  If you watch the […]

Family Camping With Kids: 5 Dad Hacks

Dads have the stereotypical reputation of a few key things:  bad jokes, BBQing and convincing the family to rough it.  None of these are bad stereotypes, but also none are true for every dad.  I’ll be honest, these all are true for us…and doubly so as we’re a gay dad household.  Our sons are used to […]

Glacier National Park boat tours: 4 reasons to do one

We still haven’t visited Switzerland.  It’s been on our list for some time and somehow we haven’t gone.  We have been to the Rockies in the USA though, and I think that’s sated us.  True, the Rocky Mountains don’t have the quaint villages, but they do have the beautifully jagged mountains, the pristine lakes, the Swiss-style […]

Glacier National Park Part 3: hiking with kids

Previously, we told the story of being stuck in just one portion of Glacier National Park (blog post here).  The great thing about being “stranded” in Many Glacier was the ample opportunities to hike.  The Many Glacier Valley is very unique in that it’s the crossroads for several small rivers and streams, which just happen to […]

Glacier National Park: Many Glacier, many sights

We always make big plans.  BIG.  ALWAYS.  I mean, we plan out where we’ll hike, sights we’ll see, maybe where we’ll dine.  We will craft an itinerary and stick to it comfortably.  This keeps us low stress and with all of our resources in place.  If you recall from our post about the forest fires we […]

The Best Picnic Spots in Yellowstone National Park

If you’ve got kids or share your life with another adult, you know that getting “hangry” is a very real and present danger.  If you don’t know what “hangry” is, it’s the morph from being hungry to being angry/irritable.  Three of the four in our family suffer from this.  Solution:  picnicking.  Knowing the best picnic […]

The Geysers of Yellowstone: how to geyser

Almost anyone in the world can tell you that Yellowstone National Park in the USA is the place you go to see geysers.  Only the actual experience of being there will make you understand how amazing it is.  True:  there are millions of people in the Park throughout the summer, but that doesn’t mean that […]

Yellowstone National Park family travel guide

Once you’ve conquered the road trip that is driving to Wyoming from wherever you actually start, you’ll have more planning…and more driving to do. I’m lucky because I love to drive. I used to be a driver-guide for a cruise company in Alaska even; that’s how much I love it. Other people, not so much. […]

Kayaking in the Pacific Northwest: just dipping the toe into it

Originally written for TrippinTwins travel blog. The Seattle area is best seen from the water:  sailing, on a ferry, or on a kayak.  Just short drives from the city are countless islands and bays to explore.  Across the Puget Sound are the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas, which are dotted with lakes and waterways, ready to be […]

The Olympic Peninsula: almost paradise in the PNW

We’re big on camping.  Roughing it doesn’t scare us…because we are car-campers and only go where there are actual bathrooms and running water.  Well, we’ve taken our oldest, Oliver, camping many times and he loves it.  He’s such a trooper and could play in the dirt for days.  We’re prepping to go on a big camping […]

The Columbia Gorge: driving the northern road

One of our favorite movies of all time is Maverick, starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson.  I don’t know if it’s the humor, the ridiculous story or what, but if nothing else, there’s a lot to be said of the scenery.  Deserts, prairies, cliffs, buttes, winding rivers.  It’s amazing.  If you’ve ever been to eastern Washington, […]

Camping: how long is too long?

We are heading out on our first camping trip as a family of four in just one month.  We’ve booked a cabin halfway to our destination to break up the drive, and we’ve booked our reservations in Yellowstone National Park (camping for four nights).  That’s it.  We have no other reservations anywhere.  Why not (I […]

Our first family road trip… 4 things to prep you

You know how there are those things that you’ve loved your whole life and can’t imagine ever not liking?  Yeah, for me that was going on road trips:  with friends, with family, on my own – anything.  Some of my favorite childhood memories were camping with my family, far off in the Rockies or up […]

Disneyland with a toddler: 6 things to know

I’ve loved Disneyland my whole life and can remember my very first trip when I was 4.  I have worked there and spent countless hours in the park as both a cast member and guest.  I’ve assisted so many families with little kids and helped to make magical moments.  And then we took our own child there. […]

So many aquariums: 4 ways to decide if they’re worth your time (and our faves)

We’re big on aquariums in our house.  We have a local one that’s free and open only 4 days a week…and we go EVERY week.  Seattle has one that’s a boat ride away and we’ve been pass holders.  Tacoma has one that is paired with a zoo and that’s just a quick drive away.  And […]