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Jul 9, 2015
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Taking the Kids — To College


Parents' Farewell Picnic at Colorado College
Like the 3 million other families taking freshman to school this year, I knew the weekend would be stressful, not to mention an emotional rollercoaster more
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Meeting Some Bears in Alaska


It appears we've picked the perfect time to visit. Vermillion, who's called Verm, explains there are more bears than there have been in years, including three sets of triplets and three sets of twins all born this spring more
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Taking the Kids — And Myself to a Spa


My mom never took me to a spa -- I don't think she's ever been to one herself -- but I've taken my wilderness-loving daughters to spas from the Caribbean to Colorado, from Arizona to Austria more
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To Mexico Where You’ll Find Adventure, Culture, Beaches and Great Deals


Whether you want adventures with your kids, want to learn about endangered sea turtles or if you simply want to hit the beach, there's no better time to visit Mexico. more
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Grandparents and Kids Take on the Big Apple with Elderhostel


Elderhostel is known for their affordable, educational programs for seniors. But what many don't realize is that there are 200 different grandparent-grandchild programs with almost 400 departures more
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Day 2 in Alaska — the joys of fishing


DAY 2 — “The fish must hate us,” moans 13 year old Miles Singer. We are on the world-famous Kenai River in Alaska with one of the river’s best guides, Steve Fickes, who jokes that he’s been guiding “ever since more »
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Back the to the bush — Day One of a new Alaska adventure


DAY ONE (July 15, 2009) — Bears on the runway? “Routine,” says Gerry Winkler, the pilot of our six-passenger Cessna. Routine, that is, when you are going to land on the beach at an edge of the 4-million acre Lake more »
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One last stop — and beautiful and historic island of Moorea


We hopped a short flight from Bora Bora to the French Polynesian island of Moorea that is spectacularly beautiful with its crystal clear lagoon and the green cliffs. This island is known less for its manicured resorts than for what there is to do here -- taking a hike, passing by ancient marae (ancient temples excavated by archeologists), checking out the spinner dolphins and humpback whales, playing with the stingrays in the crystal clear water. more
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The life aquatic on Bora Bora


We’re diving in an area called Muri Muri just north of the island of Bora Bora and nearly as soon as we get under the water, our dive master Benoit Gratas introduces us to a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (like Crush, the character in “Finding Nemo”), showing us how to feed him a piece of sea sponge. He’s so big -- more than two feet in diameter. more
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At the Four Seasons Bora Bora


I’m sitting in an over the water bungalow, the ceiling fan whirring, with a thatched roof and expansive deck with its own swimming dock and outdoor shower? Did I mention that gigantic tub big enough for two with views of the lagoon as well? more
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