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Jul 9, 2015
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AT THE GRAND CANYON


I look around and see all kinds of families -- from around the world here to experience what is widely considered one of the wonders of the world. It was set aside as a national monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 and became a national park in 1919. It remains one of the most visited parks. more
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ON THE TRAIN TO THE GRAND CANYON


Today, the train once again carries more than 200,000 passengers to the Canyon 60 miles and 2.5 hours from Williams. Some will return the same afternoon. My cousins -- -Jayme and Mike Sitzman and Ethan, 6, and Hannah,4, and I have decided to overnight at the canyon so we have more time to “explore,” as Ethan says. more
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DAY ONE OF A TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON


DAY ONE (Tuesday, March 31, 2009) — The Purple People Eater; Qutie (well it’s a four year old’s turn); Rhinoceros; Tickle Monster… by the time we get to Umbrella the kids’ interest in that old “I pack my grandmother’s trunk” more »
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SITTING IN THE ALPINE SUN


DAY 4 — The sky is post card blue. The Alps look like they are covered in marshmallow fluff with Oreo crumbles underneath. We’re sitting in the sun staring at 21 glaciers eating Tyrolean specialties like Grostl (fried meat and more »
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A WATER PARK FOR GROWN UPS


The kids seemed to love that you swim in a lazy river from indoor pools to the outside, jump out, run outside for two seconds and then jump into one of these huge heated pools on stilts -- with salt water, one with whirlpool and massage and blessedly warm. Inside kids and their parents are playing in the expansive pools under the waterfall and in the kids’ pool that is shaped like a Noah’s Ark more
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Going on spring break


Some almost canceled their plans this year, but they decided to go because of the opportunity for badly needed family time more
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Snowshoeing at Snowmass


“The whole idea is to educate the public about the environment so they get out and love it and want to protect it,” he says. Kids as young as seven can join one of these gentle tours. “If you can walk you can do this tour,” Carter says, but he adds if you have younger kids you can call and arrange a special tour. more
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How snow sports can transform a child’s life


"This is a lot more than teaching kids how to turn on the mountain. This is about using sports to do character development." more
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A lesson in Mexican cooking on our last day in Oaxaca


Welcome to Seasons of My Heart Cooking School ) that is run by well-known chef Susana Trilling, an American from Philadelphia who fell in love with Mexico on vacation more than 20 years ago and has lived here most of the time since, raising her two kids here. more
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An ancient way of making pottery and a unique wood carver


Talk about loving your work. Eighty-eight year old Dona Sophia Reyes is a potter who works seven days a week and hasn’t had a day off since she was eight, she tells us when she welcomes us into her studio and home in San Bartelo Coyotepec, a village about 25 minutes from Oaxaca City. more
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