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- Pittsburgh with kids: Fort Pitt history with a side of pizza
A stroll or bike ride around Pittsburgh's downtown or a ride up one of its mechanized inclines definitely offers a picture of the city's 19th- and 20th-century industrial past, but of course Pittsburgh was important long before there were any steel mills. And since my older son Tommy is a big history buff the three of us decided after lunch on our second Pittsburgh day to ride our bikes back over to Point State Park and the see what we could learn at the Fort Pitt Museum.
Monday 8th of May 2017 04:08:34 PM
- Pittsburgh with kids: Biking the ?burgh
Bike the Burgh tours are a great way to get to know Pittsburgh with kids. Owner and operator Val is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide and you'll cover so much more of the city than you can on foot.
Friday 24th of March 2017 04:30:51 PM
- Pittsburgh with kids: Inclines, ice cream and a swell hotel
The second stop on the solo road trip I took with my two boys in the summer of 2016 was Pittsburgh, a city I hadn't visited for over 20 years. Our first day there involved a ride up the longest continually operating incline in the country, plus lots of great food.
Monday 20th of March 2017 06:41:39 PM
- Why family ski vacations are my favorite way to connect
It wasn't a perfect day for skiing. The temperature hovered around freezing and the lower part of the mountain still wore large patches of mud and grass, a reminder of the fact that it was really still late fall in Vermont and and not yet winter. My 11- and 14-year-old sons both knew that there weren't many trails open, but you wouldn't have guessed it from their giddy excitement.
Wednesday 7th of December 2016 01:00:46 PM
- Clean Air Moms Action wants you to vote ? and so do I
This election season I'm thinking about the people of Haiti and other nations like it who are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution. Our actions - and our votes - have consequences that stretch beyond our borders. This election isn't just about our own towns or states or even just our own country. It's about what we do to save this fragile planet and make it a safe and healthy place for us all to continue inhabiting.
Friday 4th of November 2016 02:03:30 AM
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is magic
I thought I'd just get it out of the way in the title of this post: I was completely gobsmacked by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. It delivers on every promise of attention to detail and delicious, witty fun that the books and movies do. If you're a fan of either or both, you should get yourself there.
Monday 31st of October 2016 02:26:27 PM
- Great goblets of pumpkin juice! We?re going to Universal Orlando
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: We are not an theme park family. Give us a museum, a historical site, or a ski trail and we're off to the races. But theme parks? Not so much. Yet the siren call of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has worked it's magic on us, and we are heading to Universal Orlando Resort to see Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Castle. And I can't wait.
Tuesday 27th of September 2016 02:00:44 PM
- Songs, stories, and memories at Capon Springs Resort
Capon Springs Resort in West Virginia offers a number of lovely hikes. On our second full day there this past summer, the boys and I drove the twisting dirt road that ascends the mountain at the far end of the resort. As soon as we got past the last few buildings on the resort property we were in the middle of thick woods. We passed no other cars on the two-mile drive and saw no other people on the easy hike along the ridgeline to Eagle Rock, where we were rewarded with views of the Shenandoah Valley. It was hard to believe we were less than 100 miles from Washington, DC.
Tuesday 13th of September 2016 12:36:28 AM
- A summer stay at Capon Springs Resort
Arriving at Capon Springs Resort is a little bit like stepping into the middle of a vintage hand-painted postcard. It is built on the side of a deeply verdant West Virginia mountain, its white buildings graceful on the outside with latticed porches and window boxes making them look like wedding cakes. These buildings surround a long lawn dotted with stately trees, a fountain, and a music pavilion, its roof painted emerald to match those of the buildings. I half expected the other guests to be wearing leg o' mutton sleeves and straw boaters.
Tuesday 9th of August 2016 12:55:31 PM
- How do you Live Unlimited?
I like interesting questions. I like to marinate in them while I run, take a shower, prepare dinner, or do yoga. I like when I dream about them or when I wake to feel them parading gently across my brain. The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) recently asked me an interesting question (that they did so in the form of jewelry is an added bonus - they sent me a bracelet). What does it mean for me to Live Unlimited?
Thursday 21st of July 2016 04:27:20 PM
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