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Take Time to Smell the “Stinky Flower” at Denver Botanic Gardens

Despite some allergies, our family loves the outdoors and beautiful gardens. We would love nothing more than to have our own special flower gardens. There has been some success, but we must admit that we don’t have the greenest of thumbs. We do, however, enjoy […]

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Unbelievable Splashes of Color at Colorado’s Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Imagine opening a new box of Crayola Crayons. You see purple, orange, yellow and white. Now, imagine finding a special spot on earth that looks like a box of crayons. Welcome to Paint Mines Interpretive Park. Tucked away in the eastern Colorado prairie, Paint Mines […]

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We Survived The Balcony House Tour at Mesa Verde

After the tour ended, our son claimed he wanted a T-shirt that read, “I survived the Balcony House Tour at Mesa Verde National Park.” We enjoyed Mesa Verde National Park so much during our first trip there in late winter/early spring. However, we missed one […]

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Can’t Get Hamilton Tix? See His New York Home Instead

Unable to get tickets to the Broadway musical sensation Hamilton? Instead you can visit his home, the Grange, located in Harlem. My trip to Manhattan took me on a journey to Morningside Heights and Harlem where I toured the sites of two American icons — President […]

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Feelin’ Groovy at the Retro Inn in Cortez, Colorado

Our family reunion took us to the Four Corners region. There we met my in-laws and my sister-in-law and her family. This was the first trip to the Southwestern U.S. for many in the family. We left the accommodations plans to my sister-in-law who decided […]

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4 Things To Do at Capulin Volcano National Monument

Most people have heard of the Ring of Fire, a volcanic hotbed in the Pacific Ocean. However, many do not know that 60,000 years ago, New Mexico had it’s own geologic wonders. Today, dotted throughout the plains of northern New Mexico lie dormant volcanic mountains. […]

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What To Do On Your Disney Cruise

What to Expect on a Disney Cruise You’ve booked your cabin and purchased your plane tickets. You’re super excited about your first Disney Cruise, but you’re not really sure what to expect? Luckily for you, we’ve been there and we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything […]

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We Play Indiana Jones at a Family Archaeological Dig

I am not Indiana Jones, but I played an archaeologist for a day. Our family joined an archaeological team for a dig in Golden, Colorado. Our family archaeological dig took us to Magic Mountain, where we excavated a site Native Americans lived 7000 years ago. […]

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Sand Sledding (Sort Of) At Great Sand Dunes National Park

Did you know that the tallest sand dunes in North America are nestled in central Colorado? The Great Sand Dunes National Park has dunes 800 feet tall. Still, at that impressive height, the dunes are dwarfed by the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Mountain […]

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Visiting New York’s Ground Zero, the 9/11 Museum and Freedom Tower

The United States — and the world — were forever changed on September 11, 2001 when terrorists ran planes into the World Trade Center buildings in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and a field in Pennsylvania. New York’s Ground Zero became the most […]

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