Finding Hemlock Falls – A hidden waterfall of Ohio

Unfortunately, vandals have damaged the property at Hemlock Falls. This has ruined it for all visitors! Ughhh. Per Jason from the Richland Co Park District- as of 5/20/20 – The Hemlock Falls property and the main falls are still open to the public via the Clear Fork Valley spur trail, but only via that trail spur and only to the end of the bridge below the falls. Due to current situations there is absolutely┬áno off-trail access or access to other …

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Travel Hacking the Canadian Rockies

A four-night, four-star trip for next-to-nothing. I’ve been so eager to tell you how we took second-honeymoon style trip to the Canadian Rockies for pennies on the dollar.? We started travel hacking about 2 years ago and using points and miles has definitely helped with our travel game. After booking our trip to Australia last year, I had a bunch of American Airlines miles left.?? Reading Bryce’s blog about how to use the Fairmont VISA gave me an idea- I’d …

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Take the kids out of school for vacation? Yay or Nay?

A few weeks ago on Facebook, another blogger posted this video from the Today Show in which the?anchors discussed whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of school for family vacations. ?It’s not just that the absences would be considered unexcused, it is actually considered illegal in some states. As a homeschooling family, I find this debate really compelling. ?It seems to me it is one more situation in America where parents are ultimately losing the right …

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Best American Hotel Chains for Families

One?of the reasons that parents?don’t travel with small children?is they are worried about where to stay. ?I like my personal space, too, but I also want to know my kids are safe and secure.??We do?travel on a budget, but?we also don?t want to stay at a Rodeway Inn with 3 kids.? I know other moms and dads struggle with this, too, so I thought I’d combine my expertise as a former travel agent and couple that with my travel history.? …

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A Walking Tour of Melbourne- with kids

Oh, Melbourne. ?When we began planning our family trip to Australia the husband made one condition- if we were spending the big bucks to take a family of five Down Under, we’d 1.) Go in summer and 2.) Go to the Australian Open. ?Knowing those two stipulations, we knew we’d go in January and we’d have to make a stop in Melbourne.? Here’s our guide to a?walking tour of Melbourne with kids.? Taking a walking tour through the city is …

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SAHM survival: Keeping your sanity when your husband travels

I know I normally write about family travel destinations, but there’s another aspect of travel makes me a little cray to the Z every month and that’s when my husband?travels?for his job. Ever since we just had one tiny baby, Mr. YT has been leaving me for 2-3 nights per month.?I know some of you have a husband that travels much more, so I shouldn’t complain. ?In reality, in 7 years it’s never gotten easier?but it has gotten more manageable. …

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A recap of our trip to Australia

How did the kids do? ?What worked well? What would I change? It’s hard to believe that we’ve been back from Australia for 6 weeks. ?Time travels quickly! ?While things are still fresh in my mind, I thought I would review our trip in the hopes that it would help others planning a trip Down Under, but also to serve as a future reference for myself! How did the kids do? Despite the jokes before our departure that we were …

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2017 Travel Bucket List

Where I want to go this year. 2016 was a year of big travel and big changes?for our family. ?We traveled Down Under in January and moved an hour away from our home of 7 years just two days after Christmas. ?Now that the boxes are unpacked we’re settled in to our new city (kinda) – I wanted to share with the world our travel plans for 2017. (Our 2016 Travel Bucket List) Ohio? Toledo Zoo & Aquarium? + ?Oak …

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