All posts by Jennifer Close

About Jennifer Close

Jennifer and her family travel near and far to find adventure around every corner.  She blogs about her travels at Two Kids and a Map and shares her adventures in Pensacola at Pensacola with Kids.

100 Best Hikes with Kids in Colorado–94 To Go


Book Cover: Best HIkes with Kids Colorado
Destination: Colorado

Book: Best Hikes With Kids Colorado (2012) by Maureen Keilty

By Jennifer Close

With the snow (mostly) gone around Denver, we have been hiking together as a family just about every Sunday.


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Meadow-Castle Loop at Mount Falcon Park (Hike #15 in book). Photo from Jennifer Close.

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An Epic Family Bike Trip Across the Americas

Family Travel

By Jennifer Close

Family Bike Trip in Andes

“Nearing the top of our very first big climb into the Andes. We were terrified of that climb, but made it!”


Book Cover
Destination: North American and South America Bike Ride

Book: Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of the World by Nancy Sathre-Vogel (NEW 2013)

Over one thousand days.

That is how long it took the Vogel Family to bike from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to the end of the world in Argentina, as related in Changing Gears. While that sounds like absolutely no fun to me (let’s face it…I don’t even like a bike trip around the neighborhood), I did find myself identifying with Nancy Sathre-Vogel and her struggles to be the best mother that she could be. Continue reading

What Happens at Disney World after the Families Go Home?


By Jennifer Close

The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark
Destination: Disney World, Florida

Book: The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (2009) by Ridley Pearson

If you have been to Disney World at night, you know how exciting it can be. Tinker Bell flies across the park and the fireworks, parades and light shows mesmerize. Glow sticks and light necklaces seem to bounce through the darkness on their own. The stores on Main Street are lit up beckoning you to buy that last treat or souvenir before leaving. The rides don’t seem as crowded because many families have headed back to their hotels.

What does happen when the families head back to their hotels? Continue reading