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Taking the Kids — on a safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife
Jack Frater is unfazed by a passing , fully fed lioness

Taking the Kids — on a safari planned for more than seeing amazing wildlife

The Madikwe Game Reserve borders Botswana to the north and is home to the famous “Big Five.” Before breakfast one morning, we’d seen four of them — lions, elephants, Cape buffalo and white rhino

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Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate
Mel and Andy dish out their Build Me Up Butternut red chili at the CB Chili and Beer Fest 2018

Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate

I realize as I look back over this past year that food has played a role in my family’s most memorable experiences. Here are five stand-out food memories for 2018:

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Taking the Kids — and discovering a hidden gem off the tourist track
Native American jewelry on display at Perry Null Trading

Taking the Kids — and discovering a hidden gem off the tourist track

Still doing holiday shopping? Take your pick of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, handwoven rugs and baskets — entire roomfuls that are handmade by Native American artisans. Of course, you can shop till you drop anytime!

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Taking the Kids — gifts for your favorite travelers, include some that give back
Aventura’s Ecoths line for men partners with regional food banks

Taking the Kids — gifts for your favorite travelers, include some that give back

I spent a few days perusing what’s new at the Outdoor Retailer show in Denver recently, chatting with passionate innovators, and came away with some ideas for your favorite travelers — kids, adults and even the four-legged ones

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