Domestic Travel

River Rafting in Alaska With Kids

With my wife Beth and my four children in tow, I went on assignment in Alaska this summer. And while our quirky 49th state naturally provokes plenty of questions, one question above all others went through my mind: What was I thinking? How can a family of six explore Alaska in a 31-foot RV for ten days and manage to enjoy themselves? Read on. Nova River Runners About 2 hours South of Anchorage on the Alaskan Highway is a turn off to Hope, Alaska. It is here where a small, converted school bus, with a “Nova” logo painted, pulled...

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Road Trips Before the Pink Strip

Road trips are much easier before you have kids. When it was just you, your wife, and the open road, you just worried about packing a few essentials. You could drive for hours without stopping, making record time to your destination. That changes, though, the moment you see that little strip turn pink. I’m the type that just wants to make it to my destination, no side trips, few-as-possible bathroom breaks. Let’s. Just. Get. There. Once my wife got pregnant, however, what was normally a 4-hour car ride turned into 5. It was no fault of her own, of...

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Getting Kicked by Route 66 on a Road Trip

In an age of interstate superhighways, it’s hard to believe that Route 66 used to be such a major thoroughfare. The two-lane roadway seems impossibly narrow. Fortunately, we passed few other cars as we rolled along in our wide SUV. It was my wife’s idea to drive from Chicago to central Illinois via the Mother Road. I had just finished rebuilding a 1967 Cobra Jet Mustang and it seemed somehow fitting that we should take the low road in honor of the heyday of American road trips. (We didn’t drive the Mustang–it’s not quite ready for a road trip....

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How to Pass Down a Love of Baseball

I have always been a big baseball fan. I played it in high school, and while I might not have been the best player, it didn’t keep me from loving the game. My dad was also a baseball fan. His love of the game was what he passed down to me. I always enjoyed going to the ball park with him while he taught me the different idiosyncrasies of the game. When I learned that I was having a son, I knew that I wanted to pass down to him the love of baseball that my dad passed on...

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No Impact of FAA Sequester Budget Cuts

First a bit of background – two weeks ago I was in Charlotte, NC; from there I traveled to Madrid, Spain, for five days; and then I was home for the weekend before traveling from Oregon to Florida on April 22, the dreaded F-A-Armageddon.  For three days, I heard warning: “There are going to be flight delays across the country because of the sequester and the FAA furloughs.” I am of the crowd that opted for the view that – just like the sequester – things wouldn’t be as bad as people said they’d be, and this was an...

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Limited Time Magic: The 2013 Disney Campaign

Making Every Moment Count: TravelingDad takes a first look at the new Disney park campaign that addresses the current, family vacation needs. Most parents these days have a higher level of anxiety and stress; vacations are now a more important event to focus on time with family. Creating more quality time to be with the ones that matter the most is what is most important right now. Learn how Disney is addressing the need to make quality time a lasting family impression with Limited Time Magic. I only have 9 summers with my kids… The 2013 Disney campaign is something...

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TravelingDad Wine Tour: May the Best Man….Zin!

Dropping Daughter off to College:  The whole reason why this Traveling Dad adventure happened was because of my daughter. This fall was the beginning of her freshman year at UC Davis. This prestigious college is located just outside the city of Sacramento, which is the state capital of California. Davis is a long ways away from our hometown of San Diego and it was my Dad Duty to transfer my daughter’s belongings to her new dorm room. So before I started my 9 – hour drive north, I talked my girlfriend into sharing the long road trip with me....

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A Roller Coaster at SeaWorld San Diego?

When you think of SeaWorld, you think of Shamu, Dolphins and Penguin exhibits, right? Well, wrong. This past summer, SeaWorld and other Southern California theme parks revamped and enhanced their parks with new rides and attractions. San Diego built a roller coaster called, Manta. SeaWorld San Diego The sleepy little town of San Diego which hosts SeaWorld just built an adrenaline – filled roller coaster ride called, Manta. This ride is a perfect combination of roller coaster plus sea life exhibit; which makes it great for the family member that doesn’t want to ride. The roller coaster wraps around...

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California Theme Parks Reloaded, Part 2

Disney California Adventure, Cars Land: This past summer, some of the most famous Southern California theme parks have added new rides to attract a new variety of family activity. In Anaheim, Dad Travel Blogger, RJ Jaramillo and TravelingDad reviews, Disney’s California Adventure, Cars Land. Cars that Go ZOOM! {youtube}8VTe3CncaMw{/youtube} Radiator Springs Racers As a kid growing up in Southern California, I spent a lot of summers at Disneyland and one of my favorite rides was “Autopia”. My trip to Disneyland wasn’t complete until I rode this ride with my family. Something about racing a go-cart around the track at...

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California Theme Parks Reloaded

This past summer, some of the most famous Southern California theme parks have added new rides to attract a variety of family activity and adrenaline. From Hollywood to San Diego, Dad Travel blogger, RJ Jaramillo and TravelingDad shares the latest rides and attractions review…Hooray for Hollywood: Universal Studios Hollywood, Transformers, The Ride 3-D This ride makes you feel like you are part of a movie, or at least the “head” of a Transformer robot. Your seating pod puts you right in the middle of a robot scuffle. Be prepared for a real life battle between good and evil with...

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