Moments in History

Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Gateway Arch

630 feet tall and weighing more than 7000 elephants, the Gateway Arch towers over the Old Courthouse and the entire city of St. Louis. Approaching from the west with my stomach churning, we walked the short distance between the courthouse and the arch at Gateway Arch National Park.  I knew this would  be a difficult… Continue reading Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Gateway Arch

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Moments in History

Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Old Courthouse

Towering over St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Arch beckons you for miles before you even reach the city.  The massive arch appears before you even cross the river from Illinois into the state of Missouri.  This monument to westward expansion once belonged to Jefferson Expansion National Park; however, about 3 months ago, the name of… Continue reading Moments in History: Gateway Arch National Park – Old Courthouse

Jr. Bloggie Posts

Jr. Bloggie Posts: Mammoth Caves National Park

Hi i'm back!  This is your blog from a 11 year olds perspective. Today, I'm talking about Mammoth Caves. I have to say, I wan't that excited at first. It was like, "Yay. Another cave." *eye roll* We have a cave near our house. But, when we went inside the visitor's center and saw pics,… Continue reading Jr. Bloggie Posts: Mammoth Caves National Park

Off the Beaten Path

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

The Route

2017 Family RoadTrip – The Southeastern United States

Alright...so I completely fell off the blogging wagon for the last 6 months. Sorry. Life is just too busy. But for some reason I've picked up a bunch of new followers the last few days which has pretty much kicked my rear into gear. In late July and early August of 2017, we took our… Continue reading 2017 Family RoadTrip – The Southeastern United States

Off the Beaten Path

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

Off the Beaten Path

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

Moments in History

Moments in History: Chimney Rock

So far this morning we had experienced Carhenge, which was neat but not as awesome as I remembered from my childhood.  I hoped our next stop would not prove the same.  We were headed to another place I remember from that road trip when I was about 10 - Chimney Rock. If you have any… Continue reading Moments in History: Chimney Rock

Off the Beaten Path

Off the Beaten Path: Badlands National Park

After leaving the Grasslands Visitor Center, we headed in to the Badlands. We stopped for a picnic in the back of our car before driving along the scenic roadway.  We stopped at about every overlook along the way.  This area is absolutely stunning!  We were just awed by the drastic change from flat prairie lands… Continue reading Off the Beaten Path: Badlands National Park