#52 Visit Red Rocks Amphitheater: 100 Family Travel Experiences #RedRocks

#52 Visit Red Rocks Amphitheater:

I’m a music lover and I seek out live music wherever we are traveling.  Some venues are as famous as the performers who visit them.  A highlight of traveling across the United States was finally visiting one of those – Red Rocks Amphitheater.  I’ve wanted to visit this amazing place since I watched U2’s iconic “Sunday Bloody Sunday” performance from the concert film U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky.  We happened to be passing through there just before Mumford and Sons filmed “I Will Wait For You” at the same site.  Although decades apart,  you can see magic of Red Rocks continues when you watch these two performances. Visiting this place, even if you can’t catch a live show, is impressive.  The amphitheater is open for visitors and attracts folks regularly for sightseeing and exercise.  Just considering the historic past shows and the list of upcoming acts will be fun for music lovers.  It’s a great hike and kids will love wandering around the seats.  Go see it. Better yet…get tickets! 

U2 Live at Red Rocks  http://youtu.be/dL6FPMjZhAc

Mumford and Sons At Red Rocks http://youtu.be/rGKfrgqWcv0

The Wayfaring Family

Anne Helmers:

Thank you to The Hollands for this wonderful tale of their adventures in Lexington when we finally got to meet!

Please take time to visit their website

http://www.thehollands.org

Originally posted on tillersandtravelers:

Social media is a basic necessity for us in our travels. It is a lifeline for staying connected with our hosts, venues, fellow travelers, and friends. We use WordPress as a journal/newsletter about our travels, bus life, healthcare, homeschooling, spiritual insights and the inner workings of our family life. We use Facebook to communicate about our music. We also have a private group there that we can share our most intimate prayer needs and requests. We have an Instagram that we share daily pictures of our adventures, and a Twitter that we use in tandem with them all. We have found our Instagram and Twitter great places to connect with fellow travelers, homeschoolers, food science, & social justice minded kinfolk. The Wayfaring Family is no exception. I met Anne via Twitter and with in our first few interactions we were plotting out a visit.

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#55 Visit Charleston, South Carolina for Southern charm and great cooking: 100 family travel experiences

#55 Visit Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is my suggested “must stop” for people traveling down the coast and looking for the quintessential “American Southern town”. It has everything that makes for a fabulous vacation or a place to just stop and stay awhile. The city itself is vibrant and exciting. It’s got a great art scene, fabulous food, lots of history and fabulous shopping. Walk the streets and you’ll find something new every time you go. Be sure to visit the Historic City. Take a ghost tour and or a carriage ride along the battery to learn about the city’s history.

There are plenty of water sports to be had. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing is everywhere. You can get up close with manatee,dolphin, gators and other wildlife. Catch shark or big game fish. (Catch and release)

Nothing beats Charleston South Carolina for some great food. From classic Southern dishes like fried chicken to She Crab soup and other coastal favorites Charleston has amazing restaurants and local haunts that makes dining a delight. The best part is there are plenty of places that are perfect for families and won’t break the bank.

Love letter to the world…A very cool Art/Tattoo project. #LLTTW

Travelers going to burning man or just interested in a very cool art project check out “Love Letter to The World” by artists Kurt and Kremena of Lexington, Kentucky. Following the huge success of the Lexington Tattoo Project, Love Letter to the world is a “video artwork that combines poetry, tattoos, music, photography, spoken word, storytelling, and global connections.”

Check it out or become part of it.

http://kurtandkremena.com/project/love-letter-world

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Beach time: family time on Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Our family just returned from a huge family reunion at the beach planned by our 93 year old Grandmother. There is no better place to spend a weeks vacation with that many kinfolk than Isle of Palms, South Carolina. The Wild Dunes beach resort has homes right along the beach and boardwalk so families can easily walk to each other’s houses, kids can meet at the beach to surf or play in the pools, everyone can walk down to the bar and meet for drinks and music or gather at ones house for games.

We played croquet and cornhole. Took drives to Charleston and Sullivan Island to eat. Had a wonderful sunset boat tour and low country boil. We even had opportunities to kayak with dolphin and manatee.

There is something for everyone at the beach and our group aged 2-93. This was an opportunity of a lifetime to spend a week all together. A true gift. It Probably could have been anywhere but Isle of Palms was perfect!

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#56 Swim with Marine Iguanas, Galapagos, Islands: 100 Family Travel Experiences

One of the most amazing experiences I have ever had was in the Galapagos Islands. The Marine iguana is truly one of the strangest animals. Seeing these cold blooded creatures come in at the end of the day swimming into shore and piling onto the rocks is something I will never forget. Seeing one swim by me was such a shock. It’s hard to believe these animals can swim. I even watched them leap from a cliff into the ocean. Everything about the Galapagos Islands makes for an amazing family experience but be sure to add meeting these marine iguanas to your bucket list!

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#57 See the Changing of the Guard…in Ottawa! 100 Family Travel Experiences

If you are in North America and just can’t get over to Europe but want to get a feel for the English experience head on up to Ottawa, Canada. Although Canada has been an independent country from England for many years the ties to England are strong and some of beauty of heritage can be seen in it’s traditions and architecture in Ottawa. Be sure to head to Parliament Hill, considered to be the most beautiful centers of government in the world for the daily changing of the Royal Guard. It’s a spectacular experience complete with bagpipes.
Be sure to grab some fish and chips, poutine and maple sugar candy at the local market. Head just across the bridge and your in Quebec. Located on the Rideau river, Ottawa is stunningly beautiful and a tour of it’s amazing embassies, museums and historic buildings will keep your family thrilled. Not to mention many of the tours go on land and into the water.

FAST FACTS (From the Ottawa Tourism Visitors Page)

http://www.ottawatourism.ca/en/visitors/what-to-do/capital-heritage/13-fast-facts-changing-the-guard

The ceremony begins on Parliament Hill at 10 am sharp each morning following a march by the Guard from its Cartier Square Drill Hall just south of Parliament Hill and up Elgin Street.

The Ceremonial Guard is assembled from two regiments – the Governor General’s Footguards and the Canadian Grenadier Guards – and also has its own regimental band and pipers who perform in the ceremony.

Most of the Ceremonial Guardsmen taking part in the ceremony are university and college students; all are primary reservists in the Canadian Forces.

Performances are free of charge; for best viewing, arrive on Parliament Hill at 9:45 a.m.

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#58 Swim with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida: 100 Family Travel Experiences

I grew up around manatees and have watched when there was little regulation to a fantastic preservation program. Getting up close and personal to these beautiful and and bizarre animals while still maintaining their personal space is a spectacular experience one won’t soon forget. In the Crystal River you can see lots of West Indian Manatees congregate in it’s warm waters. Get in and snorkel with them. You can’t touch or feed them but you will enjoy the wild animals grace in the water and wonder how they were ever mistaken for mermaids. Manatee season at Crystal River is November to March. The rest of the year they can be found wandering the intercoastals trying to avoid boats.

I wish they were thriving and could exist without tourism but manatees need our help to survive in South Florida. Awareness about these majestic animals is important.

http://www.fws.gov/crystalriver/

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#59 Get Confused at Puzzling World, Wanaka #NewZealand: 100 Family #Travel Experiences

You know those places that you just happen upon and they end up being one of the best places ever….that happened when we drove past the weird and wacky signs of puzzling world and just had to stop. We ended up staying the better part of the day there and it was such fun. Life-size optical illusions, giant wooden mazes, and all sorts of puzzles to tease your brain await inside this fun museum/fun house. It’s fun for the whole family and even worth taking time away from New Zealand’s gorgeous scenery to just play.

http://www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

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