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Celebrate Earth Day at National Wildlife Refuges

Apr 21, 2014
Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with a family trip to your local wildlife refuge. Many refuges around the country are hosting special events to mark the occasion, such as an afternoon of boat tours, fishing lessons for kids, and butterfly viewing at Trinity River Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

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Fun and adventure atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge


Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2005
Climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge clearly isn't just for the rich and famous. On the contrary, For Australian kids, I’m told, it’s become a kind of rite of passage. (You have to be at least 10 to climb.) Hundreds of couples have gotten engaged on the climb. A group of New York City firefighters and police officers climbed the bridge after 9/11, flying an American flag at the top.... more
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Outdoor Destination Site Launches Facebook Contest


To celebrate the launch of OTDestinations.com, which offers travelers over 100 outdoor-focused lodging options including fishing lodges, dude ranches, vacation rentals, glamping yurts, lake cabins and more throughout North America.  there’s a  Facebook Contest . “Like” their Facebook page by more »
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Dinosaur museums are great, but finding remnants in the wild is even better


Finding dinosaur bones in Eastern Montana
Over the past 50 years, the Baisch family has found more than 1,000 dinosaur bones and fossils on their sprawling cattle ranch in the small town of Glendive. They’ve donated some to museums, sold others and welcome visitors like us to hunt for their own ($75 a half-day for an adult, free for kids under 12). While paleontologists might not approve, the Baisches allow visitors to keep most of what they find.... more
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Why Travel Insurance is a Must-Have for your Family Vacation


insure my trip
When you’re planning a family vacation, there are dozens of little details that need your attention. Between booking airfares, sleeping accommodations, and planning what to see, where to go, what to do, what to eat…it hardly seems as if adding one more thing to the “To-Do” list could be worthwhile. But for family travelers, taking a few extra minutes to research and purchase a travel insurance policy that suits your needs can be as important as any other part of booking your trip.... more
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Hot dogs and chicken fingers? Not at all restaurants thankfully


Herb Garden Tour for Kids at Loews Coronado Bay Resort
I’m so tired of hotels and resorts touting kids-eat-free programs limited to traditional kids menus. Do we want to encourage children to eat a steady diet of mac and cheese, chicken fingers, hot dogs and fries? Do kids, once they are in kindergarten, even want that? Not the kids I know who love sushi and steak. Not their parents either. ... more
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Hunting for dinosaur bones in Eastern Montana


We find evidence of a dinosaur in creekbed on Marge Baishes ranch near Glendive MT
In the 50-plus years since, Baisch and her family have found more than a thousand dinosaur bones and fossils on their sprawling Eastern Montana ranch near the small town of Glendive. More dinosaur bones are found in Eastern Montana than anywhere else because of the rock formation, we learn.... more
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Big Sky Resort blog about Eileen’s recent zipline adventure


Big Sky Resort Blog
Zip it! A Family zipline adventure. Eileen's guest blog on Montana's Big Sky Resort Live Big more
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Where Sitting Bull met Custer at the Little Big Horn


Our ride on the Little Big Horn battlefield
I look out and try to imagine thousands of teepees and 30,000 ponies on a scorching June day in 1876, just before the nation’s centennial. Above all the tribal leaders from the different tribes was Sitting Bull, dedicated to the traditional Indian ways and opposed to relationships with the white people after being pushed out of the Black Hills when gold was discovered. more
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The Long Goodbye – taking the kid to college


Melanie CC dorm room 2009
One thing I had learned. Like all of those other big parenting moments, it won’t go exactly the way we hope. Parents who expect one picture-perfect memorable moment after another will invariably be disappointed -- just like the time when the kids whined at Disney World, or it rained in Hawaii. I just hope for a minimum of histrionics. more
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Wet and wild in the raft on the Yellowstone River


Our group tackles the Yellowstone River
The kids are sorry our adventure is over. So are their parents. Mike Sitzman, Hannah and Ethan’s dad, has had a real vacation—not often the case when kids are part of the equation-- because, “The guides facilitated 100 per cent of the experience. I didn’t have to worry about where to park or having water… They even brought our suitcases to the rooms and got us checked in." That’s not counting how much knowledge they shared. more
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