A Holiday vacation in Montana’s Big Sky country
Reg Mel and Matt hamming it up at Big Sky Resort in Montana

A Holiday vacation in Montana’s Big Sky country

It’s seven in the morning and we’re ensconced in a cozy log cabin with a stone fireplace at Big Sky Ski Resort. I smell bacon and coffee -- my husband is cooking us a hearty breakfast before our first day on what is billed as “the biggest skiing in America.” I’m hoping my kids will love here that Big Sky allows access to some of the country’s biggest vertical drops and steepest lift accessed terrain anywhere

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Looking back on a memorable holiday trip to Ecuador
Matt Yemma checks out a blue-footed booby in the Galapagos Islands

Looking back on a memorable holiday trip to Ecuador

Have you ever gone to a party on the wrong day? When we arrive Christmas afternoon, the hosts and their kids clearly aren't expecting company. In fact, we catch them snoozing. But we barge in anyway -- we have come so far, after all, to see them. Our hosts, the Sea Lion family, live on San Cristobal island in the Galapagos

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SURVIVING THE RELATIVES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Let's hear it for innkeepers who always have a smile for their guests -- and everyone else who is struggling to keep smiling when hosting family this holiday season, when the visiting toddler drops Goldfish everywhere and the teen refuses to be roused before noon from the family room sofa bed. Did I mention the uncle who falls asleep on the couch before dessert, snoring loudly?

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SNARING A LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY DEAL

Honestly, I can't remember anything I saw that day. I could never find that field again (though I do have a picture of it somewhere.) But I'll never forget that glorious I-don't-have-a-schedule feeling. Of course that was long before responsibilities - like children and jobs -- curtailed my freewheeling travel style.

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SEE THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES
The world famous Rocketts in Radio City Music Hall's annual Christmas Spectacular

SEE THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES

The next time the kids give you a hard time on vacation, remind yourself that you really are building memories to last a lifetime. Just ask Sheila Dennis. She was a wide-eyed 9-year-old when her parents took her to see the world-famous Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It was her first trip outside Texas. "I loved the glitter and the color," she said. "I was thrilled."

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The Rockefeller Center for the Tree Lighting Festivities
The holiday tree in Rockefeller Center

The Rockefeller Center for the Tree Lighting Festivities

As I fought my way through the crowds to inch closer to Rockefeller Center I wondered to myself why anybody would venture into Midtown Manhattan for the annual tree lighting, yet every year they come.

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EXPLORING AN ANCIENT CULTURE IN NEW MEXICO
Mel Reg and Andy goofing around at Bandolier National Monument

EXPLORING AN ANCIENT CULTURE IN NEW MEXICO

By Eileen OgintzTribune Media ServicesThree hundred and 40.That's how many steps and ladder rungs we climb to Bandelier National Monument (http://www.nps.gov), to crowd into its ancient (dating back to before…

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