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May 22, 2017
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Fort Worth TX: there’s a reason they call this place “Cowtown”


Need a saddle blanket? Not to keep warm, to eat. In cowboy parlance, a saddle blanket is a pancake; belly wash is coffee and Pecos strawberries are beans. Welcome to Fort Worth, Texas, which prides itself on being known as the City of Cowboys. more
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This season, take the kids and the grandkids to see the holiday lights


Candy Cane Lane in Los Angeles
It’s worth the effort, I promise, to take the kids and grandkids. For a few hours you can forget the baking, the shopping and the wrapping and just enjoy the holidays and each other. more
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Lincoln Park in Chicago


The Hotel Lincoln
The view of Lake Michigan from my windows changed my perspective of the great lake and forced me to concede in the everlasting debate I had held with my native Chicagoan friends – that the shores of Lake Michigan are worthy of the title “beach.” more
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Disney promising a lot of magic for 2013


Entrance to Radiator Springs
The Disney resorts have just announced Limited Time Magic for all of 2013 --52 weeks of what they promise will be magical experiences that appear, then disappear as the next special surprise debuts. more
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Touring on a bike offers new insights and fun


ABC Boys get ready for bike ride on the National Mall
it’s worth checking out a bike tour wherever you are visiting with the kids. You can bike along the new beach promenade in Clearwater, Fla., or sample Portland’s famous local eats on a Bites by Bike tour that claims it is the best in the country for cyclists, offering an extensive network of trails. more
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Snowshoeing – the quieter side of a winter vacation, day or weekend


Skiing in the Northeast US (photo by Tubbs Snowshoes)
You don’t need a gourmet meal to enjoy snowshoeing. It’s fun to take a sandwich and hot cider with you in your backpack; it’s fun just to get out and enjoy the back-country landscape away from the hustle and bustle of a snow sports resort. I try to take a day off from skiing each trip just for the experience. more
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Multi-generational travel gaining popularity among familes


Margaret Harvey (far right) and family in Kenya
Thirty-seven percent of leisure travelers say they’ve traveled with grandkids just this past year. Twenty-two percent report they are even leaving their children behind and just inviting the grandkids along.... more
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Bittersweet — our last child’s last college Parents Weekend


With Mel at Garden of the Gods
Milestones occur with frequency in the raising of children. For Eileen and me, this past weekend was one of the sweetest -- our last PARENTS WEEKEND for our last child in college. more
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Remembering a memorable sailing trip and lobsters on Anegada


Carribean lobster caught by free diver off Anegada BVI
“People tell us this is the way the Caribbean used to be,” says Lawrence Wheatley, who with his sister Lorraine and their mom runs the 16-room Anegada Reef Hotel and its bustling restaurant where diners feast on the 2+ pound lobsters and fresh fish nightly. more
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Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys


Westport ABC boys at the sculpture of Albert Einstein on the National Mall
Certainly you could spend all of your time in Washington, DC without paying to enter a museum—there are plenty of free ones to choose from. But two on our list are private and, the boys said, were worth the cost of admission. more
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