A Day at Arnold’s Park

It’s hard to pass up a chance to play at Arnold’s Park on a swing through Minnesota. This time we had the tribe of cousins along. We must have ridden the roller coaster 15 times, on top of the log ride, bumper cars, and the go karts. There were just a few sprinkles, and a […] . . . → Read More: A Day at Arnold’s Park

A Few Days on the Lake

We spent a few days with family at my Uncle’s lake house on Lake Geneva in Alexandria, MN. The weather was just warm enough to make it pleasant being in the water when the sun was shining. The cool weather seemed to have kept the mosquitoes at bay, which we were all very grateful for! We […] . . . → Read More: A Few Days on the Lake

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon was our fifth and final park on our 2019 Spring Break national parks extravaganza. As you’ll see in the pictures, Bryce is known for its “hoodoos” – those eerie spires that form from eroding sandstone. Alex had been anticipating this since he saw a tourism poster for Bryce at the Utah visitor center […] . . . → Read More: Bryce Canyon


Leaving Grand Canyon behind, we crossed the Colorado River at the Glen Canyon Dam on our way to Kanab, Utah. We had intended to bypass Zion and limit the first return leg of our Spring Break odyssey to Bryce Canyon. After settling in Kanab for the night, we decided that we had enough patience to […] . . . → Read More: Zion

Grand Canyon

Our primary Spring Break destination was the Grand Canyon. After a couple of days in Moab visiting Arches and Canyonlands, we drove to Flagstaff as our base for exploring Grand Canyon. We had three days to spend at the park. On our first day we drove the South Rim from east to West, stopping at […] . . . → Read More: Grand Canyon


Next up on our tour was Canyonlands. This is a much larger park than Arches, with three different sections that you have to enter separately. We went into the park twice. Our first visit was in the Island in the Sky district, which is predominantly along the top of the mesa, looking down into the […] . . . → Read More: Canyonlands


Our 2019 Spring Break is dedicated to a National Parks tour, since our youngest son Alex has the 4th grade National Parks passport. The first day was a drive from Denver to Moab. Naturally, we had to stop at the border rest stop for some gratuitous pictures welcoming us to Utah. The entrance to Arches National […] . . . → Read More: Arches

Orlando Theme Parks

We traveled to Orlando for our 2018 fall break. We spent 2 days at Universal Studios and 3 days at the various Disney parks. The weather was warm and wet, including a glancing blow from Hurricane Michael as it hit the panhandle. Other than having to don our ponchos for a while each day, and […] . . . → Read More: Orlando Theme Parks

One More Day at the Beach

We spent our last couple of days in more typical Hawaii vacation fashion – lots of time at the beach, and a little more at the pool. The sunburns are still blazing, but what are you going to do? We got pretty attached to Hapuna Beach. It’s a beautiful (although quite popular) white sand beach […] . . . → Read More: One More Day at the Beach

Meet the Dolphins

We were back at Hapuna Beach for the morning. The weather was absolutely perfect, and the swells were just about right to give them boys a thrill. We saw a few 4 footers that started to break into a “tube”. Perfect for body surfing. We hated to come in, but we had other things to […] . . . → Read More: Meet the Dolphins