Domestic Travel

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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Canyon de Chelly: Swimming in the Wind

“I’m swimming in the wind,” my daughter shouts over the gust that whips across the top of the mesa on which we’re standing. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is the landscape around us, but the Four Corners spring winds are the dominant feature as we hold on to hats and jackets swirl like capes. It’s a warm wind adding to the fun of exploring a place of beauty in a land of history. About 800 feet below us is the Sliding House Ruin. This ancestral pueblo, built, occupied and abandoned before Europeans came to the area, is aptly named....

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Boston in July

This Traveling Dad post is about my trip I took to Boston for 4th of July last year without my three kids. It was my first trip to the east coast during the summer and I have a few travel tips for those ‘West Coast Dads’ that are unfamiliar with the east coast summer weather; It can rain one minute, stay humid or just be sunny and cloudy all day… What to Wear In addition to the varying weather conditions, you need to have a couple options on what clothes to wear and what bring on your trip. My...

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Canyon de Chelly: Breathtaking and Holy

“How did they get upstairs to the bedrooms?” my daughter asks as we look down from the steep cliff at the White House. The abandoned pueblos are nestled against the base of a nearly 900-foot cliff. She points first to the cluster on adobe homes adjoining the creek and then to the ones built into an alcove about thirty feet up. “See the little man climbing the wall,” I answered pointing to a petroglyph about half-way between the two pueblos, “there must have been a ladder against the wall.” The wind whipped behind us whistling between a pair of...

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It’s So Easy in The Big Easy!

Traveling Dad says, “Laissez les bons temps rouler”. This is French for “let the good times roll” and a phrase you will no doubt hear on a trip to New Orleans. If you don’t mind a few isolated thunderstorms, late spring is a perfect time to visit the Big Easy. There are boatloads, or River Boatloads that is, of zydeco music, Cajun cuisine, Voo Doo, historical landmarks and nightlife. This particular trip was “grown up” and kid-free, but it was so much fun that this summer a family trip is planned back to the region to tour outside of...

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How to Keep Your Family Safe in the Desert

The temperature was plummeting and the sun, an orange ball dropping towards the horizon. We were in the sixth hour of a three hour hike. I could see the car in the parking lot tantalizingly close, maybe a mile and a half away, except for the fact that we are standing on the edge of a five hundred foot tall mesa and at the end of a trail. Despite my orienteering certification, USGS maps, and search and rescue experience, we’ve taken a wrong turn and are now lost in the desert with one liter of water left to share....

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Icons and Indians

The kids are antsy. There’s a chill in the air. It’s pitch black and the family should still be in bed. There are several dozen people standing with you on the edge of the mesa staring into the dark. Were it not for the low stone wall, it would be possible to step off into the blackness of space surrounded by stars so bright, the map is readable by their light. Whispered conversations drift through the air like a light breeze. English, Japanese, German, French are heard. Watches are checked, it should happen momentarily. This international gathering takes place...

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Visiting the Four Corners

“How did the spider get up there?” “Look at me! I’m standing in four states at the same time!” The questions and explanations from four days in the Four Corners are still smiling memories whenever I conjure them. Monument Valley is an amazing collection of sights, culture, and lore. We hiked around the base of the Left Mitten, filled a couple memory cards with photos, bought too many souvenirs, and woke up before dawn each morning to watch the sunrise. As the center point of the trip, Monument Valley puts you in reach of several major Navajo Nation places...

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