75 Years of Trying to Keep Animals Alive

For the past 10 years, I have taken the kids to Utah for summer vacation. We make our annual exodus to “Camp Grandma” for a number of reasons. The first is that after 10 months of managing schoolwork, lessons, activities, and social calendars for four children, some part of me…a big part…craves a break. The…

Top 6 Sites for Travel Fun and Inspiration

As we have conducted research for this trip, we have discovered a virtual community of kindred spirits. Though more unusual for Americans than Europeans or Australians, round the world treks are not uncommon. For all those who think we are crazy or entering uncharted territory, we offer the following six sites as corroboration and inspiration:…

The Beauty of Merit Badges

We have established a policy in our family, shared by many of our friends with sons, that our boys must earn their Eagle Scout rank before they can get their driver’s licenses. This is no small task; it requires many years of meetings, campouts, and activities, a meticulously planned Eagle service project, and earning no…

Of Mentors and Bovine Freedom

One of the most fulfilling aspects of preparing to leave is connecting with old friends. There is something about taking off for a year that prompts you to fill your days with reunions and your nights with farewells. (Don’t get the wrong idea…it just sounded poetic.) Yesterday the three youngest kids and I met Tom’s…

6 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe While Traveling

We are mostly joking, we are not suggesting changing passports or speaking with silly accents but you just might want to carry small maple leaf’s or fern leaf’s as slight deflections.5…. Although your wife might be child size, and tough enough to defend herself, you will want to arm her with a screaming device to alert yourself and anyone within a 100 meters that someone is messing with her…. Buddy System – We suggest pairing children up with the oldest and the youngest as a pair, the second oldest goes with the second youngest etc. until you run out of kids…. This unfortunately knocks the Philippines and much of the middle east off your list and unless you can get that crazy canadian government to start being a little less aggressive with asserting its bad self all over the world, this list may grow before it contracts.

The Yellow Fever Plunge

I don’t care how old you are, how much you’ve traveled, or how much time you’ve spent in a hospital, shots are never fun. My little kids, who usually handle immunizations with relative grace, came completely unhinged yesterday in the face of their last remaining injections before the trip. We traveled to the Utah County…

The Land of the Free and the Home of the Big Gulp

Utahns pride themselves in the natural beauty of their state. The Rocky Mountains, forbidding in their jagged majesty yet comforting in their powerful embrace, cast spectacular shadows over the carefully settled desert valleys. Inspired by such awesome surroundings, many residents revel in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, running, and camping. Overall, Utah’s people are…