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Nov 27, 2014
Chocolate: The Exhibition is on view at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia now through January 24, 2015.

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On a Safe and Green Trip to Mexico’s Riviera Maya


Fairmont Mayakoba Mexico pool
Locals and tourists scoff at the notion that they might not be safe here or along the Riviera Maya (www.rivieramaya.com), which stretches south of Cancun to Tulum. “Mexico is a big country and the violence is so far away from here,” explains cab driver Fernando Morales, who has lived in this area all his life. “Once people get here, they relax.” more
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AT MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK – WHO SAYS LEARNING CAN’T BE FUN?


Exploring Mesa Verda dwellings
It is amazing that we are standing in stone rooms where families flourished so many centuries ago. Balcony House is one of the best preserved sites in the park and offers a spectacular view down into Soda Canyon. There are some 38 small stone rooms and two ceremonial kivas here with plazas and even some of the original wood poles that formed a balcony. more
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Know your passenger rights


Airplanes lined up
You and your kids should no longer be stuck on a tarmac for hours on end -- thanks to brand new government regulations. The new Department of Transportation rules that have just gone into effect mandate that passengers on domestic flights be allowed to get off a plane after three hours on the tarmac more
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Tripping through California with grown children leading the way


Sea Dragon at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Reg and Dan set the itinerary and the pace, while we picked up the tab. It’s nice for a change not to be in charge and to be able to let grown children lead the way, catching up with them about their lives when we’re not distracted by extended family gathered for a big event or holiday. It’s also nice to be able to just focus on one child at a time too more
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IT’S ABOUT TIME TO GO FISHING AGAIN – A trip to a great resort in Canada


Trooper sizes up Lady Evelyn Lake
Last summer, after many years away from the sport, son Matt and I decided it was time to go fishing again. We recruited our cousin-in-law Mike Sitzman and his dad John, who live in Golden, CO to join us. After some basic internet research we decided upon a spot in Canada’s Ontario Province – Garden Island Lodge more
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More choices than you may think on Mexico’s Riviera Maya


Street musicians in Playa del Carmen
Along the Riviera Maya south of Cancun, you have your choice of more than 300 hotels (some 38,0000 rooms from tiny 15-room beach front hotels like the Playa Azul in Tulum to Massive all inclusive to upscale condos like the Condo Hotels right in the heart of Playa del Carmen. more
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A unique biosphere on the Mexican Riviera Maya


Floating on river in Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve
Welcome to Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve — the name in Mayan language translates to the Entrance to the Sky — with 1.3 million acres the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean that is part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is unique for its diverse geography. more
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Disney gearing up for big Hawaiian resort opening this summer


Artists rendering of Aulani Lobby
Yes, Mickey Mouse and all his pals will be in residence on Oahu late this summer when the new Disney Resort Aulani is set to open. And if the place is anything like the Disney team promises, it will set a new bar for family resorts everywhere more
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The many ways to visit the Grandest of Canyons


Rafting in the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, set aside as a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, became a national park in 1919. Today, it remains one of the most visited parks, drawing more than 4.3 million visitors a year. Families from around the world come here to experience what is widely considered one of the great wonders of the world. Like I said, wow! more
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Exploring the history of the Mayas


Mayan ruins on Riveria Maya Mexico
One of the best preserved coastal Maya sites -- it was at its height between the 13th and 15th Centuries -- Tulum is built along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea –the high cliffs protecting the city from hurricanes even in ancient times. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans. more
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