December 2015

Children and Cell Phones – When Should They Get One?

  Being a parent today is not easy (but is it ever?!). Technology has changed our lives for the better, but it has also added another dimension of parenting. Kids grow up with today with iPads as entertainment and cell phones often the only phones in the home. Usually by third or fourth grade, most kids are already asking for cell phones if they don’t have them already. The question is, is your child ready for one? Cell phones are like wallets – you cannot lose them. If you do (or if they break), it causes a major…

Touring Upper Antelope Canyon

In 2013, my family and I visited Page, Arizona, home of Antelope Canyon. Popular with photographers, Antelope Canyon is a famous slot canyon located on Native American lands. Formed by the erosion of sandstone (by water, wind, and sand), Antelope Canyon has two parts: an upper and lower canyon. According to Wikipedia, lower Antelope Canyon “is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the end, the climb out requires several flights of stairs.” Most people visit the upper canyon, as we did. We took our tour with Antelope Canyon Tours, which…

One Day at Mount Rainier National Park

In 2015, I cast my eyes upon Mount Rainier for the first time. What a majestic mountain! Mount Rainier rises 9,000 feet right in front of your very eyes… a dormant volcano that demands your attention. Because we were touring many sites throughout Washington, we were only able to spend one day here. We started the day early, arriving via the Nisqually entrance.  We stopped for a quick visit to the Longmire Museum and found this giant slice of a Douglas Fir that began growing in 1293 and was cut down in 1963. It was very cool to…

Realistic and Useful Gifts for Any Traveler

As the holidays are here, everyone is already looking for helpful and interesting gifts for the traveler in the family. Wanting to help, I came up with a list of my favorite travel items. I opted against the usual lists that contain the best cameras, smartphones, headphones, speakers, etc. Too many of these items are personal decisions, and I just went with items that are more practical. Please note, I received no compensation for these reviews and endorsements. They’re just the best travel aids I’ve used and are reasonably priced…