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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Leaving Alaska with salmon and great memories


Moon the dog on the Rum Runner
Juneau, the state capitol and only accessible by plane or boat, gets over 950,000 tourists annually, the vast number on big cruise ships. They are missing a lot, spending just a few hours here. more
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Visiting Orlando’s parks like the One Percent


Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
No waiting for buses, navigating crowded parking lots or walking more than you or your kids can take. Hall whisks you around Walt Disney World in a private car that he parks exactly where you want to be. more
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Parents need sleepaway camp too!


Migis Lodge cookout
Migis Lodge in Maine is a small resort too—just 35 cottages—at most, 150 guests.We could all use a place like that this summer to get unplugged with the kids, if only for a few days. There’s no glitz or glam, just old-fashioned family time. more
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Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range


View of Glaciers in Alaska Range
Kantishna Air Taxi mostly flies visitors around the mountain, said our pilot Andy Young. “A plane in Alaska is like a car anywhere else,” he explained. “It is how we get around. There just aren’t any roads in a lot of the state.” more
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Bushwhacking through the Willows in Denali National Park


Bushwhacking through Willows in Denali National Park
What people also don’t realize is that hiking here is far different than hiking in Yosemite or Yellowstone or most other places. There are no defined trails, and no trail signs. You either need to be experienced in the backcountry and know how to use a compass and map or be fortunate enough to be hiking with someone like Brian McCormick who has been guiding visitors for years. more
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Camp Denali: fascinating tales from three generations


Morton (Woody) Wood, a founder of Camp Denali
Wood showed us a film after dinner of the building of “Camp” as they call it—hauling logs with a World War II surplus jeep, sawing huge trees with hand saws, giving climbers who successfully summited the largest mountain in North America (20,320 feet!) a free spaghetti dinner. more
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A “moderate/strenuous” hike on the Denali permafrost


On the Camp Ridge trail above Camp Denali
They said the views from the ridge at the top of the Tiga Trail are spectacular. We ask can we do a “moderate-slash-strenuous” hike (translation: slower). Everyone laughs and the six of us in our family—three nursing bad knees—head off with the naturalists more
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Two weeks in Alaska: Day One on the road to Camp Denali


Grizzly Bear lunching on ground squirrel along road in Denali National Park
We’ve already seen a huge Grizzly munching on a ground squirrel, four Dall sheep, Caribou, a moose and two recently born calves, a red fox …and we’d only been in Denali National Park a few hours. more
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Remembering a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tahiti


Turo and the girls in Tahiti
That trip was three summers ago and since Mel left for college, we’ve shared adventures but she’s gone off much more often on her own—as it should be. I’m glad we made it to paradise when we did. more
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DREAM BIG CONTEST: Park City, Utah for Year-Round Family Fun


There's much more to do in Park City, Utah, than just ski. The city offers year-round family fun for all ages and interests. Now you can win a DREAM BIG VACATION to Park City. more
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