The Magical Tip for Effortless Travel(!)

Simple.  Two Words. START EARLY. We are a Family of 4.  With School-Age Kids.  Full-Time Working Parents. Travel for Us is When Everyone is Free to Travel. So to Beat the Crowds and Get the Most of the Vacation Time…. YES, START EARLY. 4:30AM Early.  On the Airport Parking Bus to the Airport. 6AM.  Flight […]

Why Disney? Why Indeed!

Disneyland.  California. Outrageously Expensive.  Crowded. Miles of Walking.  Endless Hours of Waiting. Silliness.  Goofiness. Winding Lines.  70 Minute Waits. 2.5 Minute Attractions. $6 Hot Dog. $10 Bag of Carmel Corn. $92 Lunch with Show for Everyone over 7. Why Disney? Because It is the Perfect Backdrop for Magic. Together with the People You Love. Experiencing […]

Hollywood in Albuquerque. An “Eye-Spy” Adventure

Hollywood is Back. A New Mega-Blockbuster Movie is Being Filmed in My Neighborhood. Eye-Spy.   Here’s the Scoop. An Early Morning Drive to Work and School.  Downtown Albuquerque 8AM. Movie Trucks Line the Streets.  Streets and Alleys are Barricaded.   I Roll Down the Car Window and Yell Across a Vacant Lot to a Film […]

12 Tips To Glide Through Disney. Gliding is Good!

According to the Experts, the Worst Time to Visit Disney is Easter/Spring Break. Crowds at Every Turn.  Lines that Go On Forever. So When Spring Break and Easter Collide, Avoid Disney.  Stay Home. Enjoy Beautiful Pinky Sunsets.  At Home. Or Not. Sometimes You Just Need to Get Out of Dodge.  If Only for a Few […]

Blowing Through to Spring

College Basketball as Background Noise. Howling Winds Swirling Spring Blossoms on the Trees. It’s March. You Need a Place to Eat that is Local and Fun.  Not Fast Food.  Not a Chain. Do You Have a Restaurant that Fits the Bill in Your Neck of the Woods? We Do.  And it has Served Hollywood, Presidents […]

Choo Choo Blues. Costco Travel High.

We’ve had a long haul.  Sickness.  Sadness.  Being Scared. And Staying Close to Home and Hospital. But Now We’re On the Upswing and Time for a Break.  Spring Break. Time to Get Out of Here.  We Need Happy and Plenty of It. Yes, Many Would Poo Poo the Destination Choice…But We’re Going to Disneyland(!)   […]

Dinner by Fire

Food and Entertainment.  Always a Great Combination. But Usually Tough to Find.  And then there’s the Price. Teppan Grill Restaurants Put the Fun in Food with a Splash of Entertainment at a Reasonable Price.   For a Family of 4 that tries to make Dining Out an Experience, Teppan Grills are a Win/Win/Win. But How […]

Tips to Navigate a Chinese Buffet…Healthy and Cheap

How Many Chinese Buffets Have You Dived Into? I Know…Not My Favorite Either, but it is Fun and Silly and Entertaining. The Food Offerings are Staggering to be Sure.  Healthy Eating Can Fly Out the Window. And You Can End Up Spending More Than You Bargained For. After Many Trips to Buffets, I Finally Figured […]

Walking to Mexico…in Pajamas

Right About Now, I’m Wishing that We Could Hop on a Plane, Jump in a Jeep, or Float in a Boat to a Tropical Oasis for Vacation. How About a Quick Trip to Mexico? We Can Walk.  Leave on Your Pajamas.  No Passports Required. We’re Off to El Mezquite Market. Let’s Sing as We Go… […]

Hop on The Polar Express

“On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed.  I did not rustle the sheets  I breathed slowly and silently.  I was listening for a sound-a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear-ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.” Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express If You Were Asked to Board a […]