Hiking the Cinque Terre: finding our perfect Italy

It’s been a while since we were in Italy, but we had some amazing adventures.  We loved Venice and its canals, and getting completely soaked when a monsoon hit.  Florence was awesome despite being there during the week that EVERY museum closed for maintenance.  And then Pisa was such a whirlwind that we could only […]

Making travel plans for the USA: an expat’s view of visiting home in America

We’ve written several times about what we look for in a destination, from activities to cost to previous visits.  We’re pretty good at making travel decisions together to create the most fun vacations for our kids.  Following the recent election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States we were very curious how […]

A friendly reminder about hiking safety and family travel tips

We always are traveling with friends or family, internationally and locally.  Not everything we do is a group activity, but a lot of things are.  Hiking as a group is always fun and usually is uneventful, but every now and then something happens and that’s when you have to think about hiking safety. Hiking in […]

Our Annual Family Reunion Trip – #HowWeFamily

Every year we get together with our family for a big family reunion trip.  Hold up, that’s a vague statement because our family is enormous.  We get together annually with our immediate family for a week at Lake Cushman on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  We love it there; it’s beautiful.  We love even […]

How travel impacts kids: interview with a 4 year old

We travel a lot, right?  Do you ever wonder what actually sticks with kids and makes a lasting impression?  When you’re planning your own vacation, do you seriously talk to your kids to see what they want to do or where they want to go.  After interviewing our own 4 year old, it’s become a […]

Waterfall jumping at the Blue Hole, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

There are a few places that I’d love to experience with my family, meaning that I’ve gotten to see them and do incredible things on my own, but they haven’t been able to join me.  Among those places are the Alaskan tundra, the cenotes of the Yucatan and the jungles of Jamaica.  The waterfalls of […]

Wowed by nature in Cenotes dos Ojos

We’re a family travel blog through and through… except when one of us has to travel for work or something.  I had the amazing opportunity to tour the Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and had an awesome time.  The trip was totally unplanned so only I could go, but I was welcomed and […]

#HowWeFamily for Father’s Day… and any other time

Disclosure: I have received information about #HowWeFamily from the makers of TYLENOL. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Last year Father’s Day was a struggle to figure out.  We were both worn out from life, with Chris working bunch over in Seattle in the week before, and me being here at […]

Finding the Trinidad Head Lighthouse

When you live on the coast you get accustomed to certain maritime things.  You know, like hearing fog horns, continually sweeping up sand in your house, having lighthouses in half of your family photos.  We love lighthouses, but then you probably already knew that.  While we were touring the Northern California coast we got to […]

Family boating in the Pacific Northwest

You see us mostly heading to the mountains or the beach, but we like to do so many other things.  Something we enjoy and do with our whole family every summer is boating.  Boating in the Pacific Northwest is an amazing experience and there are so many ways to do it.  Discover Boating asked us […]

Jacksonville Solo Travel: relax in Jax

One of the best family travel trips we’ve done was our visit to Jacksonville Beach and St Augustine.  Experiencing Florida’s Historic Coast with the kids was so much fun and we did SO MANY THINGS.  So, I got to do some Jacksonville solo travel and it was totally different.   I didn’t get up early […]

Market to ME: gay travel advertising… or not

Do you know what I love about modern television and online marketing?  Advertisements that speak to me and that I don’t mind watching or looking into more.  A catchy ad does wonders for a brand, like the Disney World ads that have tiny bits of magic woven into them.  Or there’s an ad for the […]

Seriously, just go travel: why you shouldn’t write off a destination

We travel a ton.  That’s our family schtick:  “2 dads raising their 2 sons and traveling the globe, giving the kids a broad world view. Traveling, parenting, and experiencing culture.”  We like to go to the common tourist destinations and some off-the-beaten-path ones.  It’s good to have a mix.  You never want to hit up […]

Venice Flashback: stories of Venetian moments

Every place you visit has different versions of itself.  Seattle has the pretend romantic side that’s captured in Sleepless in Seattle, but then is also full of fog and spilled coffee.  Los Angeles has the traffic and pollution you see on the news, but after dark it’s calm and quiet.  And then Venice is all […]

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 […]

Behind the Picture at Point No Point Lighthouse

The story behind the picture:  we live in an amazing place called the Kitsap Peninsula.  It’s across the Puget Sound from Seattle and is just south of a major shipping lane.  It’s a place where you can watch small sailboats float by as three cruise ships barge through.  Because of the shipping lane, the Puget Sound […]

Behind the Picture: Heading Into the Woods in Glacier National Park

Having already gone on an amazing hike to Bullhead Lake earlier in the day, we were all pretty tired after dinner.  We cleaned up camp and decided just to take one more jaunt, a short one.  We put the tiny man in a hiking pack and headed off into the woods in Glacier National Park.  […]

Behind the Picture: Watching the Lake in Glacier National Park

The story: One of the things that makes travel with kids more smooth than people would expect is sticking to the schedule.  We’re not talking about the itinerary, but the nap schedule.  If you don’t have kids, you might not be familiar but the concept is this: get and keep the kids on a nap […]

Behind the Picture: the Rainbow in Glacier National Park

The story:  It’s not everyday you get to see a rainbow in Glacier National Park.  After securing a campsite we had one beautiful day to enjoy the area.  Midway through day two though, the most ridiculous storm hit.  We rushed the kids into the play area we’d made under a canopy and then the four […]

Glacier National Park: when a forest fire foils you

“The best laid plans of man…” I hate that phrase.  It is so heavy with impossibility.  But it’s true.  Recently, we wrote an article about traveling in Europe and that by the time we got to Venice we were tired of being foiled at every turn, so we just had to go with the flow […]

Families Like Ours: even pelicans have two dads

Having two dads isn’t the norm.  It’s true.  But gosh, it would be nice if we ran into more families like ours out there.  We do what we can to raise our kids just like any other parents do, but as they grow, we’ve got an extra step of calling out our family situation.  We […]

A New Approach to Venice: relax

Originally written for Tourists By Chance When you live in the United States and you think about taking a trip to Europe, your mind darts so quickly from place to place and you start to create an enormous to-do list of sights and experiences you MUST cross off.  Living on the west coast of the […]

What Experience Has Taught Me

I was challenged by a travel blogger that I really respect, Alba Luna, to do this post.  She did one very similar and, like with her other posts, it was well written and inspiring.  A bar has been set rather high for me to really dig into myself and do a good job sharing what […]

Family Travel vs. Gay Family Travel

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com It’s funny.  As I think about traveling as a gay man or as part of a gay family, I try to consider what makes our travels gay.  Yeah, um, it’s just that we’re gay; nothing else.  I was sitting here analyzing our adventures and writing and realized that our journeys aren’t […]

Gay Family Travels: 3 things to know about being a traveling rainbow

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com My husband and I aren’t shy people.  We do karaoke, take the kids to nice restaurants, wear Euro-style swim trunks, hold hands as a family in public…  You know, we’re not crazy but we’re not shy.  This includes traveling to potentially homophobic places.  We don’t intentionally put ourselves and our kids […]

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 […]

Flying Solo: a one-parent road trip

I’m used to individual parenting. I mean, I’m home alone with the kids most of the time and I’m fine dealing with random tantrums and epic breakdowns with no logic behind them. When I’m on the road though and I’m staying in somebody else’s house, yeah no.  At home I’m the epitome of patience and […]

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. […]