Bouncing around Colorado Springs in the dead of winter

Mention Colorado Springs and you probably think of Pikes Peak, the highest mountain in the southern Front Range of the Rockies, or the Broadmoor Hotel, the historic resort nestled in the hills overlooking the city.

But what happens when you take both of those out of the picture, plus most of the other tourists? Read more “Bouncing around Colorado Springs in the dead of winter”

Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona

With its iconic painted deserts and vast, seemingly endless roads, Arizona is the ultimate off-the-beaten-path destination. But visit the Grand Canyon state during the off-season, when all the visitors have gone home, and it’s a special kind of quiet. Read more “Happy trails (and a pumpkin or two) off the beaten path in Arizona”

A few missed opportunities in San Diego — and a hit or two

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These shacks at the end of Crystal Pier on Mission Beach were among the highlights of my visit to Southern California last week. You can actually stay in one of the larger cottages right on the pier, which is something I’ve never seen.

San Diego, the second stop on our month-long tour of the West Coast, was quite the experience. I had a chance to reconnect with long-lost relatives and to meet up with the folks at Hertz, who introduced a few interesting new concepts for rental cars.
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Travel planning 101: “Make sure there’s shopping! Lots of shopping.”

In episode 3 of our family travel adventure, our six-year-old explains how to choose an appropriate family destination. Topping her list: warm weather (after all, it’s January) playgrounds, and shopping — lots of shopping!
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The adventure begins …

It’s been five weeks since we returned to the mainland from Hawaii and the kids are getting a little antsy. Family travel may be an addiction.

Here’s what happens when the kids go stir crazy. It’s episode one of our adventure. I hope you’ll follow along by signing up for the Away is Home channel and tuning for the next episode on Friday.

What will happen next? I’ll give you a clue: Our son Iden didn’t get very far.

Oh, and there were no cats in the bag in the final scene.

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