A Week in Maui

We found an excellent deal via WestJet to fly to Maui, Hawaii, in late June. The three of us could get there and back from Vancouver for $1,200. We couldn’t not go! Those of you with teens know how much easier a vacation is if there’s a friend along. Our girl would have been bored out of her tree just …

A Weekend in San Francisco

Mike and I decided to get away for a weekend in early December to San Francisco. We based what weekend we went on what band was going to be playing at the Fillmore and we decided we wanted to see Los Lobos. We found a reasonable flight on Air Canada and left around noon on the Friday. We took the BART …

New York… food, drink, music, and a lot of walking.

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“These are bad seats.” “I know.” “This thing in front of us is pouring out heat.” “I know.” “Hey look. Those people are going to leave.” “Which ones?” “The ones at the back there, under the flag. They have the best seats, let’s get them.” “On it.” As the couple at the back with the best seats on the New …

A Trip to Portland by Train with a Teen

“Will there be wifi?” is a question any parent with a teen is familiar with. Happily, and to her delight, I was able to answer, “Yes, the train will have wifi.” Train travel is relaxing while driving can be super-stressful. Given a choice between a six hour drive and an eight and a half hour train ride, it’s the train all …

Orlando Theme Parks and trick-or-treating in the Florida Keys

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After much (much!) pestering by our then 11 year old daughter, we decided to go to Orlando, Florida and then to the Keys. The main draw being The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure. This actually worked out quite well as friends of ours with a 9 year old girl wanted to get away as well. …

Three Nights in New Orleans

A friend told us we had to visit New Orleans, so we did. Mike and I took three days in 2004, a year and a half before Hurricane Katrina hit, and went there over the Valentine’s Day weekend. My step-sister kindly stayed with our two year old and we were free to go! We stayed at what is now the …