What’s your vacation exit strategy?

What’s your vacation exit strategy?

“Let’s just go home.”

If you’ve ever said it — or yelled it — to your family in exasperation, then you should join us sometime. Not a trip seems to go by for us when one of us, or all of us, at least mutter it under our breath.

We’re done! Let’s get outta here.

For us, there’s a bright line between “go” and “stay.” When our accommodations fall through, which has only happened on one or two occasions, we take it as a sign to move on.

Oh, yes! Once, because I miscounted and made the rather common mistake of booking one night too few, we found ourselves homeless in Saugatuck, Mich. Continue reading “What’s your vacation exit strategy?”

We ate our way through Seattle and we still fit in our clothes — here’s how we pulled it off

Space Needle At Night

If you visit Seattle, bring a healthy appetite. You’ll need it, because excellent food, wine and desserts are not the Emerald City’s problem.

But — and not to sound too ominous about this — if you’re not careful, they could become your problem.

Whether we were sampling exotic foods at Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, or sipping coffee in one of its world-famous coffee houses, or tasting desserts or artisanal cheeses, we now realize that we spent an entire week of our lives eating all the time.

Oh, and if you have young kids (we have three) then you’ll also find yourself consuming enormous chocolate chip cookies, dark fudge brownies or donuts as big as your kindergartner’s hand.

The real question is: How did we do it without gaining any weight? You’ll have to keep reading to find out. Continue reading “We ate our way through Seattle and we still fit in our clothes — here’s how we pulled it off”

Exploring Oregon’s coast, one dune at a time

OC Kids on dunes

Oregon’s rough-and-tumble coast is all about exploration.

It’s learning about life on the edge of the American experience, in a place that features desolate beaches, famous cows and sea fairies. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, maybe it’s time for a visit.

I admit I didn’t know much about the Oregon coast before we started our drive north from California. We’d seen Bend and visited the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Crater Lake National Parks last summer for our family travel blog, so when we had the opportunity to tour the Beaver State’s coast, we jumped at it. Continue reading “Exploring Oregon’s coast, one dune at a time”