Domestic Travel

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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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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Seventeen Miles: Go In Beauty

From the back seat it appears the road just drops over the side of the cliff. Behind my head rest I hear the giggles, “We’re flying!” Navajo guide Robert Begay turns to the girls, points out the rear window, and laughs with them, “There! That’s where you’re flying, Eagle Mesa.” The two of them turn around craning their necks as I navigate a steep turn and aim downward into Monument Valley. We’re in the first quarter mile of the 17 mile Scenic Drive weaving our way between buttes and mesas. “Where are Coyote and Road Runner?” pipes a voice...

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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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Father & Son Travel Destination: Alaska

Old School Camper Travel…There are just some road trips you need to take in a camper. The old school, all-in one travel camper, (complete with a cassette player). Something about the long highways of Alaska and wide rivers full of salmon makes you want to travel in a camper. Who needs the luxury of a hotel when you can drive, park, and camp along some of the most beautiful scenery in the world? Traveling in a camper through Alaska puts you right in the middle of all the adventure. It also can be affordable too. My son and I...

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Valentines Day Travel: Park City

Hey guys, it’s never too late to book and plan your Valentine’s Day Travel to Park City, Utah. Park City is a great destination that offers a variety of romance and activity for the couple that wants the perfect combination of both. Park City is closer then you think. Just a 1 ½ hour flight from Southern California puts you in a perfect winter resort setting. TravelingDad set out to experience Park City and show you some of the many things you can do with your partner; so park your heart in Park City this Valentine’s Day! Something for...

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