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Jul 9, 2015
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Cheering on the humpback whales


“HONK! HONK!” They are really whales—eight to 10 of them right in front of the boat alternately spewing water high in the air, honking and “fluking”—diving for food and showing us their magnificent tails. We watch them “blow” spewing water high into the air. It’s fun to watch them! more
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No better way to get the kids interested in nature


There are seven kids aged 11 to 16-six of them boys -- in our group. And in Alaska, of course, we don’t let the rain stop us whether we’re kayaking to a glacier and ice caves, looking for bear on the beach or trying to track them as we bushwhack our way through old forest. more
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No TV, no internet, so what?


“If I had it I’d be on it but I’m not really missing it,” said 15 year old Jake Blacutt. Instead, they’re playing marathon games of slapjack and hearts, making origami, and with the grown-ups -- telephone charades. Seventeen year old Drew Redmond shows 13 year old Miles Singer card tricks. Eleven year old Charlotte doesn’t let the boys phase her. It is a lot easier, I think, for the kids to get to know one another without the distractions of TV, internet and video games. more
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Snap…crackle…BOOM! Kayaking among glaciers and ice bergs


We are in the middle of Glacier Bay, paddling through the ice -- big icebergs, little icebergs. One looks like an alligator. “I thought they were cool -- they were so little on top and, oh wow -- they were huge underneath,” said 14-year-old Xander Majercik. more
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Sailing Around the Tahitian Islands


Tahiti is closer than many think -- just a little over seven hours from Los Angeles, about two hours farther than Hawaii -- and Air Tahiti Nui is encouraging more families to visit with kids-fly-free offers and discounted hotel rates. more
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Learning how to kayak among ice bergs


“Our aim is to keep your wilderness experience from being impacted by the cruise ships,” says Kimber Owen, who found her way to her boat and Alaska from a Texas horse farm after she was widowed in her early forties. “It was too sad to stay,” she explained. 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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