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Sunday, 07 February 2010

How To Ride Out A Winter Storm in Style

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We had a family getaway planned; it was going to snow at home, as well as at the getaway location (the veritable Congress Hall [we wrote about their sister motel, the Star, two years ago].); the room was prepaid.  So we kept our reservation. We arrived late Thursday evening and settled in to our cozy room on the fourth floor of the Victorian-era hotel, anticipating our view of the ocean the next morning.  We may have thought smugly, "What could possibly go wrong?"

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Sunday, 06 December 2009

Park Ranger - Junior Division

"Oh I've seen the Liberty Bell.  A lot of times." We're driving to school; I've just told her that her Grandma is taking her to see the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House in downtown Philadelphia. I don't need to turn around to guess that my daughter, who is nearing five, has perfected the "boRing face". 

"Yeah?  What does it look like?"  Yes, I like to argue with people who spend their time perfecting useless tools like "boRing face."

"It's a bell.  Can we get ice cream?"
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Emergency Room Tourist

I guess the lessons here for traveling with children are:

1) You can never be too prepared.  I have a first aid kit in my car, but we weren't near my car.

2) Kindness of strangers.  The bakers who gave us their first aid kit and lots of paper towels, the staff at Johns Hopkins, the pirate crew…all lovely people.

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3) Friends.  Especially the kind that are resourceful and forgiving (and know where the local ER is)

4) No plan survives first contact with the enemy.  But kids

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Monday, 09 November 2009

Arrr! Baltimore Avast!

I have to give huge props to Urban Pirates in Baltimore.  HUGE. 
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For starters: This is a mom-driven enterprise. No, not my mom - the phylum of moms that I belong to… the ones who might possibly take a small crafting project and turn it, say, into a Giant Pirate Ship that actually sails, and has cannons (water-cannons) and Real Pirates and stuff… and is huge gobs of fun.

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Monday, 21 September 2009

Awesome Ride

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Since this summer's first adventure-with-bikes, and despite the unexpectedly long but still wonderful oh-my-tush-bike-oddessy two days later (a word to the wise, if a state park trail map shows a cut-through that will make a loop from Rehoboth Beach to Lewes, then through Cape Henlopen State Park and -- this is the key part -- BACK through Gordon's Pond to Rehoboth Beach, please know that this is proactivity run rampant, they have NOT YET finished the path, and you will be re-tracing your steps for an extra 5 miles [ [...]More
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