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Frazier Discovery Trail in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Exploring Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This weekend we started our epic East Coast 2014 summer road trip. Well, epic for two moms, almost one-year-old twins, and a 4-year-old. On Saturday we traveled to Pennsylvania. It was a long day in the car with one mission – trying to get as close as possible to our first destination – Shenandoah National Park. […]

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Lowell Folk Festival 2014

Lowell Folk Festival: A Celebration of Culture

I was a 14-year-old seasoned Junior Park Ranger when the first Lowell Folk Festival was held in 1990. It was a spinoff of the National Folk Festival, which was held in Lowell from 1987-1989. Bringing huge crowds, music, ethnic foods, and folk crafts to the city, it helped revitalize my urban hometown. Though festival organizers […]

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Camping at Dolly Copp Campground in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

North America’s Best Campgrounds: Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH

One of our favorite campgrounds – Dolly Copp –  is tucked away in the White Mountain National Forest, just outside of Gorham, NH. Kendra camped here as a young kid with her parents and brother. She introduced it to me before we were even dating, and I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into […]

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Mommy, Addie, and Mama in the Hammond reservation in Andover, MA

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

2012 was an exciting year for us. We took Addie overseas for the first time in February, along with 18 of our inner-city students, spending time in both London and Paris. The highlights of our trip were Warwick Castle, the Tower of London, and the Louvre. Addie proved to be a great world-traveler, and in addition […]

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Addie playing in the mud at Yosemite National Park.

5 Things for Families to do in our National Parks!

We are so fortunate to have a national system of almost 400 protected historical, urban, and natural sites spread throughout our country. Since 1916, the U.S. National Park Service has provided the world with many opportunities. Whether you’re a an outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or you just want to relax and unwind, there is something for […]

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Addie getting a bath in the hotel sink in Moab, UT.

And then we were a wolfpack of four…

We had a slow start yesterday morning – Addison had an early morning poo-plosion. I won’t got into the details – I think the name is descriptive enough. Anyway, it resulted in a hotel sink bath, and a later departure time than we anticipated. Despite this, we made it to Carbondale, CO by 2:30pm, and […]

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Arches National Park, Moab, UT

Arches National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, we headed to Arches National Park! We spent the morning doing short, easy hikes to various natural sandstone arches.Yet again, the scenery was gorgeous! There are over 2,000 arches in the park, spread out among amazing rock formations and desert landscape. Of course, after 3 hours of hiking, even easy […]

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Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lake Hike and Lehman Caves

We packed up the campsite early and headed up to the Visitor’s Center to buy tickets for a tour of Lehman Caves. Our next stop was the cafe next door, where we had egg and cheese sandwiches with coffee, and good conversation with an older gentleman from Utah. He was telling us at his grandkids’ […]

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Making breakfast at the campsite in Yosemite.

Giant Trees and Chocolate Cake!

After a quick breakfast of cereal, we headed to Tuolumne Grove and hiked to a small grove of Sequoias. This was my second time seeing redwoods, and I still can’t believe my eyes when I look at these massive trees. It’s hard to comprehend the idea of a tree being over 3,000 years old. We […]

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Addie playing in the mud at Yosemite.

Errands and Yosemite…

We said goodbye to Jen this morning as we headed began our trip back to the east coast. Before we left Redwood city, we took care of some errands, including an oil change, some grocery shopping, and a Starbucks run. After that, we hit the road and headed to Yosemite National Park. On the way, […]

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