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Jul 9, 2015
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The Broadmoor — peaceful and relaxing


Water Slides at the Broadmoor
People are afraid to come to the Springs, locals tell me, saying they think the entire city has burned, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. But the Broadmoor, which has been welcoming families for 19 years, is tranquil and at it should be. So is downtown Colorado Springs, where an outdoor festival is underway. more
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A week in Colorado – stop one “The Springs”


Melanie at the CC Student Farm
I’m also glad to be in The Springs as locals call it for another reason—to tell everyone that the Waldo Canyon Wildfire that destroyed more than 300 homes earlier this summer has been completely contained and the city and all of its attractions are open for business. more
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The joys and values of summer sleepaway camps


Our daughter Melanie (middle of group) in her sleepaway camp days
I’m a real fan of sleep away camp. I went as a child and all three of my kids went for many years—my son to Camp Nebagamon in Wisconsin and my daughters to Camp Kamaji in Minnesota. My girls worked as counselors there as well, teaching sailing and leading wilderness trips. more
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Camp Denali: a special place in the Alaskan wilderness


View of Mt. McKinley from the Camp Denali on a clear morning in June 2012
We’re on our way to a very special celebration in the wilderness — Camp Denali’s 60th anniversary, which has brought back one of its founders and many who have helped make this small, 18-cabin enclave one of the most iconic National Park lodges anywhere. more
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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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Up close (but not too close) and personal with a glacier


Getting close but not too close to the Dawes Glacier
I understand why the Native Tlingits called glaciers “white thunder.” We see harbor seals lounging on chunks of blue ice in the water. The glacier looks like blue cotton candy with chocolate sprinkles. more
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Kayaking on the Salt Chuck — eagles and bears!


Black bear munching on grass near Salt Chuck
Mornings like this make you realize why you can’t compare this Alaska cruise with just 60-plus passengers to a giant cruise ship with thousands. Rather than docking in ports, we’ve anchored in a cove here in Southeast Alaska precisely so we can go off for a morning paddle more
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Active or passive — this un-cruise is for you


Humpback going on a dive
“We plan the itinerary so that we can stop like this,” says our captain, Dano Quinn, who has been piloting vessels in Alaska for the last 16 years. more
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Eagles and starfish. Snorkeling in Alaska? You bet


Snorkeling expedition from the Wilderness Discovery
Did I mention this father and child are Bald Eagles and we are listening to their conversation from kayaks in spectacular Saginaw Bay on Kuiu Island in Southeast Alaska? 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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