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Jul 9, 2015
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TO VERMONT — IN SUMMER


The steep climb up the slick rocks -- 770 vertical feet -- doesn't phase them, nor scrambling without footholds or squeezing between two boulders. "Hard but fun," a trio of 9-year-old boys declare, as they race ahead. "Definitely worth it," their older sisters add, as they trail close behind them. more
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A trip to Costa Rica with two teenagers


JFK was typically a crowded mess at Delta. No one was quite sure which line was which -- baggage drop, check in, security? For some reason, the automated kiosk wouldn’t let us check in so we got on a long line only to discover that was the line for the folks who had already checked in but needed to drop their bags more
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Having a destination wedding when kids are part of the equation


Not only are destination weddings -- from Orlando (Disney does 1,500 a year) to the Caribbean to Hawaii to cruise ships -- more popular, they account for 16 percent of weddings every year, up 400 percent in the last decade -- but kids increasingly are part of the equation says Milli Martini Bratten, longtime editor-in-chief of Brides Magazine. more
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Vacations never go as planned


It’s over 100 degrees but the kids playing in and around the pool at Barton Creek Resort don’t seem to care. Ten-year-old Ryan Libby is slurping a frozen drink and eating chicken fingers poolside. more
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Fun in the Texas Lost Pines Country


DAY TWO — It’s barely 9 a.m. and kids are in full vacation mode, playing water basketball, floating in the lazy river, zipping down the water slide. One three year old is playing “golf” on the hotel lawn with his more »
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A Trip Down Memory Lane in Austin, TX


DAY ONE — It’s a trip down memory lane — literally, for my husband at least. We’ve flown down to Austin, TX where he was raised and went to college (Hook ‘em Horns!) for a mini family reunion with his more »
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To a national park this summer-one of the most budget-smart trips you can take


We screeched to a halt along the side of the road in Grand Teton National Park. Reggie, 8, was equally mesmerized but 3-year-old Melanie couldn't quite grasp that we were in the moose's house -- and it wasn't a zoo. I still smile years later when I think about the kids' excitement. Forget the Kodak moments. The chance to share something new together -- something you'd never see or do at home -- is what makes those indelible family vacation memories that last forever. more
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Last day on the Amalfi trails


Steep stone steps that never seem to end. We’re hiking above Positano in the Lattari Mountains -- the trail is less than three miles but the elevation is steep and it’s the toughest hike we’ve attempted on the fifth day of this Backroads hiking trip along the Amalfi Coast more
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A hiking trip to Italy with a (mostly) grown daughter


We're hiking high above Positano along Italy's famous Amalfi Coast in the Lattari Mountains. This trail is less than three miles, but the elevation is steep and it's the toughest hike the Backroads hiking group, which includes by daughter Reggie and me, has attempted on this the fifth day of our trip. Reg is at the front of the pack; I'm in the back. more
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A concert in the foggy woods


Brigid -- always one of the fastest hikers in the group isn’t there. Her stepson Drew last saw her on the trail and her husband Jim is worried. Even worse, he’s got not only the directions and maps but her water bottle, money and the card with the guides’ phone numbers. more
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