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Adventures of a single parent: Exploring Anchorage, solo

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

My parenting schedule ensures I have every other weekend without kids. I have the luxury of doing whatever suits me: seeing friends, going to the theatre, sitting at home power-watching movies, or traveling.

If I can afford it, traveling wins. As much as I would love for friends to join me, it’s not always possible to match schedules.  Therefore, be brave and travel solo!

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Adventures of a single parent: Road trip warriors #roadtrip2k16

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

(Photos by Julie, Jack, Katie and some random traveling folks)

I love a great road trip and I am fortunate to have two kids who do really well in the car for long periods of time. I learned early on to pack most of what the kids need to survive, without asking them: drinks, snacks, reading materials, music, coloring/drawing items, and a blanket. Sometimes it doesn’t go smoothly. I have probably stopped at every exit along I-5 at some point for an emergency of some sort.

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Savor Northern Ireland one bite at a time

  • Written by Deborah Stone

To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for good food during my stay in Northern Ireland. My expectations were low based on a trip I had made to the Republic of Ireland many years ago. I recalled eating lots of potatoes, breads and bland stews, along with the proverbial Guinness to wash it all down. And though 2016 has been designated The Year of Food and Drink for Northern Ireland, I was frankly still leery about the culinary scene. Imagine my surprise then to discover a country that has become a great destination for foodies; a place that crafts, grows, breeds, catches, cooks and enjoys the finest, freshest food available. “Local” has become the buzz word with themes from ‘plot to plate’ and ‘grown here not flown here’ celebrated. The excitement is palpable among everyone from producers and artisans to chefs and consumers.

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Wild, untamed Baja is an earthly paradise

  • Written by Deborah Stone

I’ve seen many Oscar-worthy productions in my life, but perhaps the most memorable was performed by a pod of gray whales at Lopez Mateos in the Sea of Cortez. Our panga, or small boat, was surrounded by these magnificent creatures as they spy-hopped, spouted, rolled over and displayed their distinctive flutes to an audience of star struck onlookers. The dramatic show reached its climax when several of the moms proudly brought their seven week-old calves to the side of our craft and we reached out to touch them. It was pure magic and I like to believe that both whales and humans shared in the joy of this incredibly special moment together.

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Escape to Latigo for a Nordic winter wonderland

  • Written by Deborah Stone

Colorado is known for its mountains, among a number of other notable standouts. People come from all over the globe to photograph these impressive behemoths, scale their rugged peaks, hike, bike and horseback on their countless scenic trails and simply relish the opportunity to rejuvenate mind, body and soul by breathing in their intoxicating air. Located amid this awe-inducing landscape are numerous dude ranches where city slickers who have never been astride a horse join expert equestrians looking to challenge their skills in the rugged terrain. The ranches are a magnet for all kinds of folks, especially families seeking a fun and memorable, all-ages, outdoor adventure vacation.

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