Taking the Kids — and exploring Maine
Maine is as famous for its wild blueberries as its lobster

Taking the Kids — and exploring Maine

Maine is as famous for its wild blueberries as its lobster. Thousands of acres of wild blueberries are harvested on and around Mount Desert Island where Bar Harbor is located. If you visit in summer

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Taking the Kids — when you can’t let it rain on your parade
Our Backroads biking group waiting to ferry across the Danube at Durnstein Austria

Taking the Kids — when you can’t let it rain on your parade

The thing about any adventure trip — any vacation that involves being outdoors in fact — is that you can’t let less-than-perfect weather stop you.

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Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven
Eileen Mel and Reg on the Scarp Ridge hike

Summer in Crested Butte CO – a family vacation haven

Crested Butte bills itself as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado and there is a Wildflower Festival going on with everything from art classes, guided wildflower hikes, photography classes and more.

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Learning how to “e-bike” in the Lake Garda Region of Italy
On the bike trail between Arco and Dro

Learning how to “e-bike” in the Lake Garda Region of Italy

Before setting out to sample how Austin Adventures runs cycling tours in Europe, I should have — as they suggest — practiced on my bike at home. I didn’t. So I have no one to blame for my skinned knees but myself.

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Riding a bike in the Sonoran Desert — at night!
Biking in the Sonoran Desert

Riding a bike in the Sonoran Desert — at night!

Our Guide Kerry Echer is leading us on one of several unique adventures offered by the Golden Door Spa here. Earlier in the day, we’d noticed Echer teaching rock climbing on the giant boulders; there are also guided hikes and mountain biking.

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Last day in Aspen — biking to Woody Creek Tavern
End of bike ride at the Woody Creek Tavern

Last day in Aspen — biking to Woody Creek Tavern

What’s left? Biking, of course. Locals are huge mountain bikers so we’ve at least got to give it a shot. We opt for the Rio Grande Trail—a rail to trail favorite of locals for running, hiking, walking and of course biking.

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