A Hot Tip To Navigate Universal Studios Orlando

Finding Harry Potter. At Universal Studios Orlando.  Summer in Florida. Ahh…Delightful. Tickets are Pricey.  Yes.  But We Just Have to Do This(!) According to the Girls. We Left the Vacation House Early, Early and Hit Orlando as the Haze was Lifting. It is Already Steamy. This, My Friends, Is Humidity So Thick You Can See […]

A Dream Restaurant. A Magical Moment. Cold Coffee.

Do You Have a Dream Restaurant? One that Hits All Your High Points… Fabulous Menu…Excellent Service…Good Value…With Atmosphere and Views. Elegant Dining?  For Me…No. For Me, it’s All About a Relaxed, Fun Spot with Views for Days. I Found It.  The Fishery.  In Placida, Florida.   Right on the Gulf.     It Doesn’t Look […]

A Simple Fix When Missing the Sea

July 4th, for Me, was Always, Always at the Ocean.  Fire Island, Long Island.     Crack of Dawn Morning till Dark.   3 Meals.  With the Entire Extended Family     Tons of Sun.  Running with Sparklers Along the Shore at Day’s End.     New Mexico Doesn’t Offer the Same Perks.     […]

When Kids Travel Solo

Are You in the Kids-Summer Traveling-Solo Boat??? A Tad Scary, Right? Plan. I Suspect “Plan” will be Engraved on my Headstone.  A Sobering Thought.   But it’s True. The best way to deal with Kids traveling Solo is to Plan the Trip. Beginning.  Middle.  End. All the Luggage Choices.  Clothing Options.  Electronics.  Essentials. And Make […]

Summer Travel – 5 Tips For Finding Your Soul Place

The First Long Weekend of Summer. Are You Traveling?    Maybe This Trip You’ll Find Your Soul Place? Or Perhaps You Already Have. But What Exactly is a Soul Place?    And How Can You Tell When You’ve Found It? I Was Curious and Checked With the Experts and This is What I Found… 5 […]

Romancing the Food

“I have discovered that there is romance in food when romance has disappeared from everywhere else.  And as long as my digestion holds out, I will follow romance.” Ernest Hemingway. What Goes Into Your Best Meal Ever? Is It Really All About the Food?  Or is it Something More? Perhaps it’s as Hemingway says, Romance […]

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 […]