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When we started planning a short trip to Charleston, I knew we’d love a visit to Fort Sumter.  While reading up on the tour, I soon discovered that Fort Sumter Tours handled the boat rides out to the fort.  Since we were only staying for a night on this trip, I thought it would be best to take the first ride of the day.  You can actually take the boat from downtown Charleston at Liberty Square or across the harbor at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant; the schedule differs at each location.  Though we were staying in a hotel at Mount Pleasant, Liberty Square had the earlier time, so we chose that tour.  It’s not too difficult to drive across the Ravenel Bridge to Charleston, so we woke up early, checked out of the hotel, and headed to Charleston.  The first tour was at 9:30 am. Beginning the Fort Sumter…

When I discovered that you could see sea lions and seals in the wild at La Jolla in San Diego, I knew we had to make La Jolla Beach a part of our quick diversion to San Diego.  We only planned one night in San Diego after two in Los Angeles, so we had to prioritize our activities.  Visiting the seals and sea lions was a perfect activity for our family! Finding the Sea Lions and Seals This was our first visit to San Diego, so we weren’t sure what to expect.  We chose Fairfield Inn and Suites San Diego Old Town for our hotel for its proximity to Old Town.  La Jolla is about 20 minutes away, so it’s an easy drive from Old Town.  Once we got to the La Jolla area, we looked for a  place to park.  Here is a map of the area from the…

We’d like to thank Historic Tours of America for free tickets to our recent visit to Ghosts and Gravestones Ghost Tour in San Diego. As usual, all opinions are honest and my own. If you’ve followed my family’s adventures for a while, you’d know that we love to take a ghost tour when we travel. It’s a great way to learn some history of the area with a spooky twist. And if you travel in the summertime, it’s a great way to get some touring in when the temperatures are cooler. When we began planning a trip to San Diego, I knew I wanted to see the Whaley House, known for its paranormal activity. What better way to see it than at night as part of the Ghosts and Gravestones tour? Before Your Ghosts and Gravestones Tour in San Diego We arrived early in the day, and after a morning…

Spoiler Alert! This post contains pictures and details about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland.  Stop reading now to avoid spoilers!  Here is a picture of the newly restored Sleeping Beauty Castle to keep you from seeing the Star Wars stuff.  Turn back now! Now that the spoiler alert is out of the way, we can proceed.  And, I must say, we can enjoy this pre-park opening picture of the castle.  But more on that later. First, I’ll tell you the story about how three people in Missouri, who had no intention of being part of the new land madness, fell into the perfect opportunity to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at about half of the land’s capacity the first week of June. A long time ago… Our story really begins in January as my husband and I worked on the set for my high school’s production of Beauty and…

When we visit Walt Disney World, we drive from Missouri, so our trips are usually at least two weeks long.  We often arrive in Orlando in the afternoon, and sometimes we stay offsite for a night before we really get the trip started.  I also try to build in pockets of rest throughout the trip so we aren’t so exhausted that we aren’t enjoying ourselves.  Believe me, in the summer when we travel, it’s a good idea to hit the parks at rope drop and take an afternoon break; then we usually head back to the parks in the evening. If you’re not ready for the parks, where can you get that taste of Disney?  Why Disney Springs, of course.  You should definitely check out the entertainment and shopping, and while you’re there, you may as well try a fun place to eat.  Raglan Road is a fun place to…

Memphis may not be the first place you think of when you think of “family fun,” but our daughter had a great time. When we visit Walt Disney World in Florida, we often drive from our home in Joplin, Missouri.  We try to find some fun stops along the way, and Memphis has become one of our favorites.  Since we are on a road trip to another destination, we don’t spend more than a night here.  We make the most of the time we do have, and here are some of our favorite activities–perfect if you have a weekend or a couple of days.  Or do it the way we do–a couple of activities here and there. Explore Beale Street This historic street is a must-do in Memphis.  While it may not be as family-friendly later at night, we’ve never had any problems strolling along in the late-afternoon to evening.…

Last month, we were still in the middle of producing Beauty and the Beast at my high school. If you’ve followed my life, you know that play production is a family affair. We were spending both Saturday and Sunday of most weekends working on the set of the show, and that’s when I didn’t have a speech tournament on Saturdays. When I saw that the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri, was offering discounted tickets for area appreciation, I thought this might be the perfect way for our family to take a little break and explore a little. After a little research, I learned that our county was part of the promotion that was taking place for the month of March. Though we still had much to do, a little break was just what we needed. One Saturday, instead of heading to the school to build…

Last summer we had the chance to spend about 24 hours in Memphis while we were on a road trip to Florida. We’d stopped there once before to see Graceland and walk along Beale Street, but we hadn’t really had a chance to explore beyond that, so I was beyond excited. You may be thinking to yourself, “Twenty-four hours really isn’t very long.” Although that may be true, we have become masters at fitting many activities in short periods of time. Our thinking is: What if we never make it back? Will we have regrets? When I started looking into things to do, I knew immediately that I wanted to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. This is a museum built into the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. We reached Memphis just before 11:00 a.m., and our plan was to sample…

Family travel is amazing, but sometimes you just need a little getaway as a couple. Since it’s only an hour and a half away, Jeff and I take a long weekend just for us to Branson every few months. It’s important to take couple time to connect, and we’re lucky to have my parents nearby to spoil Kristin for a weekend every now and then. Planning a Trip In early October, Jeff and I grabbed our calendar to see when we could squeeze in some time for us. We saw the perfect weekend in December.  I’d be finished with coaching speech for the semester, and it would before the craziness of Christmas kicked in, so we took it. As long as the all the stars aligned, including weather and health, we were taking a weekend for us. And as that weekend drew closer, we realized we were eligible to see…

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