Family travel to John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park

After a few days of battling the fog and snow in Sequoia National Park we took the short drive to cross the border into Kings Canyon National Park.  Like with Sequoia, we had big plans for hiking in the beautiful, sunny valleys of Kings Canyon and exploring the granite cliffs and meadows.  We were booked […]

Sequoia National Park with Kids

Traveling with kids is always fun…and a challenge.  We love to visit National Parks and typically do so in the summer when the hiking is good and the sun will be shining.   We were invited to California to experience Sequoia National Park with kids and jumped at the chance.  This was a great opportunity for […]

The Wuksachi Lodge

So, we always camp when we go to National Parks.  For our big #2TDgoparks2016 trip we’ve taken a totally different approach:  lodges.  Why lodges?  Two reasons:  we are doing the trip in the spring when the weather is totally unpredictable and we were kindly invited to explore the Parks and lodges.  The Wuksachi Lodge in […]

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 […]

Travel Planning and Things to See in Rome…with kids

We have so much travel planned in the next few months, but we’re also looking at our next potential trips too.  We may be hitting the UK in September.  We’ll definitely be in Mexico in October.  We’ve been talking about Italy. Last time we were in Italy we just wandered through the country, hiking as […]

Cell Phone Service in Paris… I wish we’d had it

We’ve become aficionados when it comes to traveling without technology and instant communication, which is funny because when we’re at home we’re connected so easily.  Being in the grand blogosphere we’re told about all kinds of programs and services as they’re made available to travelers; some are awesome and some we forget that we were […]

Our Non Complete Guide to Lighthouses in the USA

Why in the world are we making a non complete guide to lighthouses in the USA??  Simple:  there are so many lighthouses that one could not possibly hope to visit them all… but we are trying to, so as we add more and more to our roster, we’ll share them too.  Having a non complete […]

Snoqualmie: the best day trip with kids. Ever.

If you live in Seattle you know that you’ll never be bored and that there are 10,000 day trips you can take in and out of the city.  Well, do you know what the best day trip just outside of Seattle is?  It’s actually a trip to Snoqualmie, both the falls and the town.  Snoqualmie […]

Waterfalls of Mt Rainier National Park

There are few things that we’re just suckers for:  lighthouses, bathrobes, and waterfalls.  When you’re heading to the mountains to go hiking, you can only count on getting one of those boxes checked off, and it’s waterfalls.  Mt Rainier National Park is an easy day trip or multi-day camping destination for any type of traveler, […]

Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge: Portland’s best day trip

Two of our favorite things are hiking and waterfalls. Do you know what is really amazing? When you can actually put the two of them together. One of our favorite places to see waterfalls almost any time of year is the Columbia Gorge on the Oregon side of the river. The Columbia Gorge waterfall area […]

Leavenworth: more than a Bavarian façade

We live in the Seattle area of Washington State and we love it!  It’s got everything from the mountains to the Puget Sound.  Heck, even the ocean isn’t too far for a day trip.  We also have some really amazing small towns.  One of our favorites is Leavenworth, Washington.  It’s cute.  It’s quaint.  It’s manufactured. […]

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 […]

7 Reasons to Love and Hate Cross Country Skiing (but really love it)

I’ve had a few interviews in the last couple of weeks and been asked what sort of family travel we love to do.  The answer is always so quick to come to my tongue:  hot, sunny beaches.  And it’s true.  We just aren’t snow people.  Snow is pretty but it’s never our first choice, even […]

Kingfisher Restaurant: unusual, stellar dining

We are always up for an unusual dining experience.  We love sushi when there’s the chef’s choice or ordering “catch of the day”.  Um, what’s it gonna be?  We also love when the dining style is totally unexpected.  Example:  you’re seated for fine dining and discover that it’s a buffet style dining room with really […]

Planning family travel to Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean

You know how much we love getting the kids into nature. Locally we can escape to the beach or the mountains within minutes or a few hours, but getting to snorkeling destinations where the water is warm and beautiful and perfect, that takes longer. And if you’re going to make the trip it might as […]

Sleeping Lady Resort: an artful mountain retreat

As we stay in more and more hotels it becomes clear what we like and don’t like, what is good for family travel vs couples travel, and what’s just awesome.  We snuck away without the kids again (really, it’s not our norm) and got to celebrate our anniversary weekend across the mountains at the Sleeping […]

Family Travel in the South…as an LGBT family

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com When people ask us where our favorite places to return to for family travel are, we’re pretty quick with our answers:  Cabo San Lucas, Disneyland, Georgia/Florida…  Georgia and Florida?  Like, the South?  Yes, it’s true.  We’ve written before about how the South is changing and how it’s worth giving a second […]

Biking St Simons Island: riding through Georgia’s Golden Isles

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 […]

St Simons Island: an ideal family escape

The southeastern United States is a really fascinating area.  It’s got the colonial and Civil War history; it’s full of tidelands, swamps and interesting wildlife; and its own past is a varied collection of maritime lore and people.  As you stroll through the village area of St Simons Island, it’s got that quasi-Caribbean feel with […]

St Simons Island Lighthouse: nautical family fun

And our lighthouse obsession continues… On St Simons Island, the largest of Georgia’s Golden Isles, there stands a picturesque beacon just off the boardwalk.  It’s surrounded by palm trees, oaks and green grass.  It’s not too tall, but clearly breaks the skyline:  the St Simons Island Lighthouse.  You know we love to visit lighthouses for many […]

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 […]

8 Reasons to Lose Your Shoes at the Hyatt Olive 8

Confession:  we went somewhere without the kids.  Yep.  And we didn’t feel bad about it.  Well, maybe a little bad.  But, we showed up at the Hyatt Olive 8 and they welcomed us swiftly.  We made it up to our room and quickly discovered that we’d made the right choice to spend the weekend chillin’ out […]

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 […]

Castillo de San Marcos: the guardian of St Augustine

Before we got to Florida, we’d built it up a bit to our kids.  You know, it’s all pirates and alligators everywhere.  With that, we also told a few lies… like there are pirate forts and you can find treasure on the beach.  Well, that built up the excitement even though we lost a little […]

The Casa Marina Hotel: a gem on Florida’s north coast

Although we travel a lot and it seems like we’re always on the go, we don’t really stay many places that make us want to return…or sad to leave.  Normally it’s just the surrounding sights that we’re there for and that’s always been fine for us.  The Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville Beach, Florida recently […]

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 […]

#TravelTips for Pisa and How to Be Speedy

Every city has its must-see sights.  Sometimes they are built up to be the most amazing thing you’ll ever see and sometimes they’re completely underrated.  One example of an amazing sight is Il Duomo, Sante Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.  It’s towering, it’s beautiful and is an amazing feat of architecture.  You know what’s […]

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 […]

Halloween in Cabo San Lucas

More often than not we find ourselves in Cabo San Lucas on Halloween. In Seattle it’s rainy and cold and our tans are starting to wash off. The cure for this is to get into the sunshine quickly and build back up the tan and vitamin D. What better way to do this than to […]

Travel Bucket List: where should we go?

We are always planning another trip; always adding to our travel bucket list.  A week out, month, maybe a year or two.  We need to have a list of where we want to go and what our next jaunt is.  Typically, we plan a year out, but sometimes it’s more, and then sometimes we are […]

Behind the Picture: Port Ludlow Sunset and Reflections in the Marina

The story:  we love to play tourist at home.  That includes going to dinner at fun restaurants we wouldn’t normally dine at.  Port Ludlow is a beautiful, tiny port town on the Olympic Peninsula.  Unless you’re trying to get there, you’ll miss it.  In the 1800s it was a port for tall ships.  Today it’s […]

Picking a destination for solo or family travel

Every day we see more and more photos of interesting places.  We see mountains and lakes, beaches with crystal blue water, art collections and incredible architecture.  It’s so difficult to decide what to visit next.  How do you choose?  Check out our four criteria for picking a destination before we take the plunge and see if this […]

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. […]

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 […]

Victoria BC: for a day or a week

We are blessed to live in Seattle, Washington. It’s close to the ocean, mountains, countryside and several other metropolitan areas.  One of our favorite cities to visit is Victoria BC.  The city touts itself as being more British than Britain.  Well, I can’t agree for certain, but it does a fine job of trying. If you’re […]

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, […]

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 […]