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American Girl Saige Paints the Albuquerque Sky

Family Travel

By Jennifer Close

Destination: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Book: Saige Paints the Sky  (2012) by Jessie Haas and Sarah Davis

NOTE: American Girl Saige contest–see end of article for how to win your trip to Albuquerque.

American Girl

Saige and her pony, Picasso. Photo courtesy of American Girl

Golden green grass and brightly colored hot air balloons floating against a blue background is how Saige describes her Albuquerque, New Mexico. Saige Copeland is a fourth grader in Albuquerque and just happens to be the Girl of the Year for American Girl.  Continue reading

Mount Rushmore: Flat Stanley Takes on the World

FAMILY TRAVEL

By Jennifer Close

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota


Destination: Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Book: Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures, The Mount Rushmore Calamity (2009) by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan

If you have young children in your life, you might have received a letter from them with a flat piece of paper that resembled a gingerbread man. Along with this flattened gingerbread man, you probably got a letter asking for a postcard or pictures of your location. When we went to Mt. Rushmore, this guy helped with our trip. Continue reading

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