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Bear Lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains – Step into a Higher Existence

Bear Lake in the Colorado Rocky Mountains – Step into a Higher Existence

  Bear Lake sits at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet above sea level. It was formed by ice-age glaciers and is surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The staff at Rocky Mountain National Park have built an easy trail that circles the lake and has […]

 
 

Estes Park, Colorado – A Great Intro to the Rocky Mountains

Estes Park - Welcome Sign

Coming from Denver, Estes Park is about 65 miles.  The hour and a half drive starts out on straight flat highway with the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains rising up out of the western landscape.  It’s stunning really.  I’ve done this drive once before and have also approached Denver […]

 
 

Grand Lake Colorado by Train – California Zephyr hits Granby Station

Grand Lake Colorado by Train – California Zephyr hits Granby Station

Cross Country Trip by Rail – Chicago to Granby on the California Zephyr   Take the train to visit Colorado and the Rockies.  Amtrak’s California Zephyr leaves from Chicago at 2 pm and arrives at Granby station the next morning. Noted as one of the most scenic train rides in […]

 
 

The California Zephyr – Traveling First Class in the Windy City

The California Zephyr – Traveling First Class in the Windy City

On the second day on our Cross-Country Rail trip we boarded the California Zephyr in Chicago and set out for one of the most scenic rail experiences in America.  But before we arrived in the Windy City, we awoke to the Indiana landscape, with three remaining hours on the Capitol […]

 
 

The Romance is Real – Cross Country by Train

The Romance is Real – Cross Country by Train

I always thought travel by train / rail would be romantic.  So this year I booked a trip from DC to California on two scenic train routes – one on the Capital Limited from DC to Chicago, and the other on the California Zephyr going from Chicago to Truckee California […]

 
 

Vacation of Many Cars With Teens From Hell

Vacation of Many Cars With Teens From Hell

Single mother takes two teenagers and an eleven year old on a cross-country vacation. During the vacation she loses one car and buys three more. Surprisingly, her now-grown children remember this three weeks of hell as a fun summer when they got see Mount Rushmore, the Mall of America, Ed […]

 
 

Outer Banks – I’m in Love and Worried in the Wake of Irene

Outer Banks – I’m in Love and Worried in the Wake of Irene

As I write this post, the Outer Banks of North Carolina are being pummeled by Hurricane Irene.  All those beautiful places we visited as a family just a few short weeks ago are in danger of being damaged or swept away.  It is likely that the landscape will shift and […]

 
 

Amtrack’s US Rail Pass – Vacation Alternative to Flying or Driving

Amtrack’s US Rail Pass – Vacation Alternative to Flying or Driving

  I’ve been wanting to get the feel of traveling by train, but for years I’ve heard it’s as expensive as flying and takes forever to get to a destination.  Not so.  If you’re looking for a leisurely, fun, affordable way to travel America, consider Amtrack’s Rail Pass. just planned […]

 
 

The Outer Banks – What’s the Magnetic Draw?

The Outer Banks – What’s the Magnetic Draw?

  On the last morning of our Outer Banks camping trip, I asked our 9 year old grandson what he liked best about the Outer Banks. He thought a minute and said, “You can’t get enough of it.” After probing deeper and discussing the subject around a breakfast of watermelon […]

 
 

I Want to Be a Camping Snob

My Hagman fishing at our campsite on the shores of Lake Pend 'Orielle in Northern Idaho

  Many of my friends show interest when I mention Dan and I love the outdoors.  We kayak, fly fish, hike and explore the hidden landscapes along less-traveled back roads. But in some circles, when I mention camping, the conversation slows – even stops. Then I hear that worn-out, heard-it-a-million-times […]

 
 
 
 
 

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