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The Best Of Colorado National Monument

The Best Of Colorado National Monument

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Colorado National Monument is near Grand Junction and Fruita in Western Colorado. This area of high desert is on the Colorado Plateau. It was established as a National Monument back in 1911. From Grand Junction you will see the towering walls, spires, and a maze of canyons beckoning travelers to take a closer look. Though the view from outside is also lovely, don’t merely drive by. Heed the lure of the rocks and head on inside! What is the Colorado…

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What Nobody Told You About Going On A Hot Air Balloon Ride

What Nobody Told You About Going On A Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Going on a hot air balloon ride is amazing, awe-inspiring, thrilling, epic, and magical, just for starters. It is something we wholeheartedly recommend. No wonder it is on so many people’s bucket lists. There are however numerous things that we learned and some that we found quite surprising during our experience. Some of them sure increased the excitement of our excursion! We are going to share these things with you so that you will be well prepared and ready for…

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Make The Most Of A Hike To Hanging Lake

Make The Most Of A Hike To Hanging Lake

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Hanging Lake is an iconic Colorado gem, that is a must-see if you ever find yourself in the Centennial State. It is a gorgeous travertine lake in a cliffside location with lush vegetation and picturesque waterfalls. It is also a National Natural Landmark. Because it is so awe-inspiring and so well-visited, a permit system was instituted. Our personal experience with the permit system was nothing but good. I am a planner and appreciate the security of having a plan and…

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6 Fantastic Photo Ops at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

6 Fantastic Photo Ops at Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is located in Western Colorado near the town of Montrose. Check out these six locations in the park to get the best views and photos. 1. Gunnison Point This is the easiest place to get a fantastic view because it’s just down from the Visitor Center. Take the stairs and go out to the overlook. You’re essentially on a little peninsula of rock here with great views all around or taking a picture…

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5 Essential Items for Airline Travel with Young Kids

5 Essential Items for Airline Travel with Young Kids

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A packing list for a flight with kids is bound to be extensive, whether international or domestic. However, in the trips we have taken with our little ones, there were 5 items that made all the difference. These were essential in providing ease, convenience, and/or safety for our travel. Consider these for your next trip. Car Seat Travel Cart If you need to bring a car seat with you and your child has graduated from the infant carrier that clicks…

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Germany with Kids Part 3 – Animals, Castles & Caves

Germany with Kids Part 3 – Animals, Castles & Caves

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In our previous two posts I told of our 2018 an 2017 visits to Germany. If you missed them, you can check them out here: Germany with Kids Part 1 – 90th Birthday, Playgrounds, & Rotenhan Castle and Germany With Kids Part 2 – Escape Room, Rosenberg Fortress, & Nuremberg Trials Memorial. Here is a recap of the trip we took in 2016, our first ever to Germany with kids. We were nervous, but with the research, list making, and preparations…

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Germany with Kids Part 2 – Escape Room, Rosenberg Fortress, & Nuremberg Trials Memorial

Germany with Kids Part 2 – Escape Room, Rosenberg Fortress, & Nuremberg Trials Memorial

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In our previous post I told of our 2018 visit to Germany where we celebrate a 90th birthday, explore local playgrounds, and visit Rotenhan Castle. If you missed it, you can check that out here: Germany With Kids Part 1. Here is what our trip in 2017 looked like, with only one child, but a pregnant mama. We found this trip to be the most difficult international flight so far, as Klara was old enough to not want to sleep…

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Germany with Kids Part 1 – 90th Birthday, Playgrounds, & Rotenhan Castle

Germany with Kids Part 1 – 90th Birthday, Playgrounds, & Rotenhan Castle

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We’ve been fortunate to travel to Germany three times now since Klara was born four years ago. Our most recent trip to Germany with kids was in the spring of 2018. This was Nathan’s first time there. In this post I will tell you about our most recent visit, and in the next two posts I’ll recap our two previous visits as well to give you some ideas of things to do in Germany with kids. See those posts here:…

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Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald

Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald

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Visiting the Baumwipfelpfad was another day trip we went on while in Germany this year. It is a boardwalk that winds through the treetops and then around a circular tower until you are standing 42 meters (138 feet) high looking over the landscape. Along the way there are exhibits, animals, and activity stations. Their website has a neat interactive map with descriptions, videos, and panoramas. Baumwipfelpfad Boardwalk in the Trees The boardwalk was nice and wide so we could push…

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Playmobil FunPark Zirndorf, Germany

Playmobil FunPark Zirndorf, Germany

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The Playmobil FunPark in Zirndorf (near Nürnberg, Germany) is amazing! While visiting family in Germany, my cousin Kathrin suggested we all take our kids and go. K and N love their cousins M and J and we all had a great day together. It was a day of non-stop play and wonder. This place is well worth a visit! Playmobil Themed Fun Most people are probably familiar with the Playmobil universe of toys. There are so many Playmobil figurines, vehicles,…

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