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Taking the kids: family dynamics, safety concerns upend pandemic gatherings
The Young family from North Carolina smiling wide in Jackson WY

Taking the kids: family dynamics, safety concerns upend pandemic gatherings

When it comes to big multi-generational families, not everyone is on the same page about what they should do to protect themselves and others, wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands frequently.

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Taking the kids: To Aspen this summer and fall
Eileen with CamelBak on the road to Maroon Bells near Aspen CO

Taking the kids: To Aspen this summer and fall

Everyone who visits Aspen — summer, fall or winter — should make time for an ACES activity, whether guided hike (there are free guided walks), winter snowshoe tours, storytelling, free junior naturalist activity books and the chance to visit the resident rescued Golden Eagle, Red Tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owl that can no longer live in the wild

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Taking the Kids: Even if it rains, glamping is still fun
Bald eagle sighted on our fly-fishing trip at Paws Up Resort

Taking the Kids: Even if it rains, glamping is still fun

For the uninitiated, glamping means experiencing the outdoors without the work or challenges (except maybe weather!) that camping typically requires

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Taking the kids … and staying safe in national parks from COVID, bears, bison and more…
Reason for the bear jam - Bear 399 and her four cubs

Taking the kids … and staying safe in national parks from COVID, bears, bison and more…

As well as keeping our distance and wearing masks to avoid contracting COVID-19, it’s imperative as we flock to national parks to consider what else we must do to keep ourselves and our families safe

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Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer
Walkable Main in Breckenridge. (Elaine Collins/Breckenridge Tourism Office)

Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer

We experienced the mask issue firsthand on our 2,850-mile road trip from Colorado to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, social distancing as much as possible

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Taking the kids: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer
Guests from Seattle came to Flatlake Lake Lodge in their own helicopter

Taking the kids: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer

A visit to Flathead Lake Lodge, just south of Glacier NP, this pandemic summer is about a lot more than learning a new sport or upping your skill, visiting kids say, especially after being stuck at home for months.

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Taking the Kids – On a Road Trip in Eastern Utah
An explanation of how arches are formed

Taking the Kids – On a Road Trip in Eastern Utah

Many families like to anchor themselves in Moab because they can visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as mountain bike, paddleboard, river raft, horseback ride, hike, fish, golf

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TAKING THE KIDS – And Planning Ahead for Next Year
Fall color in the Dolomite Mountains

TAKING THE KIDS – And Planning Ahead for Next Year

there are also pluses to waiting until next year. Perhaps there will be a vaccine for COVID-19 that will make travel safer for all of us. And in many cases, you will get an especially good deal if you put down a deposit now.

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TAKING THE KIDS- How to make the most of the pandemic summer

The good news: If you can work remotely with kids’ camps and summer school canceled, you can opt for a longer break. Perhaps this is the year to take that big road trip out West or get a longer rental in a mountain or beach town.

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