Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Fort Myers Beach

Fort Myers Beach is not actually off the beaten path as the title implies. I do not have a category for "tourist traps based on nature". After dinner, we took time for a walk on the beach with ten-thousand of our closest friends.  The gulf beaches are acclaimed for their beauty and people generally seem… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Fort Myers Beach

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Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Grant Park (in the sun)

Here comes the sun (do do do do).  Are you singing along?  Finally, after a day and a half of rain, the sun came out on our trip to Chicago.  We had spent the day indoors at the Field Museum of Natural History, and we were ready for a walk. Before completely leaving Museum Campus,… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Grant Park (in the sun)

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Off the Beaten Path: Grant Park (in the rain)

Chicago hosts several beautiful parks along Lake Michigan, but Grant Park is absolutely my favorite. Bordered by Michigan Avenue on the West and Lake Shore Drive on the East, Grant Park is south of the Art Institute of Chicago and north of the Museum Campus.  Home to numerous fields, baseball diamonds, and fountains, including our… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Grant Park (in the rain)

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Off the Beaten Path: Little Canyon River National Preserve

After leaving the US Space and Rocket Center, we headed to Little Canyon River National Preserve.  Unfortunately, the visitor center was closed when we arrived, which meant we couldn’t get our passport book stamped, so we will have to go back some other time.  We drove into the park a little ways to a scenic… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Little Canyon River National Preserve

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Off the Beaten Path: Mammoth Caves

When we left the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park we were doing great on time.  We knew we needed to be at Mammoth Caves in time to eat lunch before the 12:45pm tour which I had scheduled online.  Unfortunately, what we didn’t know was the GPS was going to take us to the completely… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Mammoth Caves

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Off the Beaten Path: Deer Mountain

The Rocky Mountain National Park rangers suggested a hike up Deer Mountain for our family.  They said it was a moderate hike and when we finished we would be able to say we had hiked to the summit of a mountain.  The kids were really excited by that idea, so we set out early in… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Deer Mountain

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Off the Beaten Path: Trail Ridge Road

After our horse ride, we spent the afternoon with my family.  When the kids started to get restless, we thought it would be fun to take them up to see the top of Trail Ridge Road.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not going to cooperate with us. It was a little cool and cloudy down in… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Trail Ridge Road

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Off the Beaten Path: Sombrero Stables

After a busy day rock climbing and exploring downtown Estes Park, we had a relaxing morning of horseback riding scheduled for the second day.  G loves horses, and I have great memories of riding in the mountains as a kid, so I knew right away this was something we had to do.  Later in the… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Sombrero Stables

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Off the Beaten Path: The Fall River Alluvial Fan

Our first full day in Estes Park, we woke up at Brynwood and headed out for an early breakfast and then went to introduce the kids to the mountains.  The plan for the day was acclimating to the altitude and letting the kids explore the town where I'd spent so many summer vacations.  M had… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: The Fall River Alluvial Fan

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Off the Beaten Path: Driving the Needles Highway

We woke up early this morning.  Everyone was pretty excited for this part of the trip, so we grabbed a quick breakfast at our hotel and got on the road.  Our morning up until close to lunch time was going to be just driving.  Not driving just to get somewhere, but driving to see things.… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Driving the Needles Highway