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Puffin Tours, Reykjavic Sea Adventures


One of the things that we thought would be fun to do when visiting Reykjavic was to go on a boat tour to see the puffins. The kids loved the idea and we didn’t at all dislike it. There was a fair amount of pleasure in thinking about seeing these birds up close. Despite our good […]

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Traveling to Iceland with Children: Travel Tips


We weren’t really sure what to expect when we visited Iceland. It wasn’t a stop that was on our original travel itinerary but we made it so after discovering that Icelandair offers layovers for up to 7 nights at no extra airfare cost (as explained in a previous post). We decided to stop over in […]

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Iceland’s “Golden Circle” Bus Tour


Reykjavik, the home of most of Iceland’s population (and thriving tourism industry), sits within an hour or two’s drive of three geological features that it’s renowned for: Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir. (That odd-looking first character ‘Þ’ is not a ‘P’; it’s actually pronounced like ‘th’.) We made a stopover in Iceland for a few days […]

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Icelandair: A Review


A couple of years ago we began making plans to visit England as a family. When the time came to book airfare for our trip, we braced ourselves for the cost and began exploring options. Like many others, we’ve become rather picky about which airlines we will fly with. We’ve flown enough now to know which airlines […]

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Hiking along Opal Creek and Jawbone Flats, OR, to Opal Pool

Waterfalls at Opal Creek

We have been doing our best to uncover some of the more unique, out-of-the-way places around the Willamette Valley, sometimes with more success than others. Hiking along Opal Creek turned out to be absolutely stellar, and we’re so glad to have made a visit to this amazing area! In the foothills of the cascades, about […]

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Cape Meares Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge


One of our favorite things about visiting any coastline is the opportunity to see and tour lighthouses. There is just something so magical and haunting about a lighthouse. Suffice it to say, whenever we find ourselves near one, we can’t resist getting as close to it as possible. We realized mid-trip that Cape Meares State […]

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Visiting the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, OR

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Traveling along the Oregon coast on a recent weekend getaway, we made it to the northwest corner of the state, in Astoria, and took the family to the Columbia River Maritime Museum for an afternoon. Wow, were we in for an experience! We were blown away (no pun intended… you have been to the Oregon […]

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad


On our most recent trip to the Oregon coast, we decided to take the family out on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. We’d been eyeing this trip as a possibility for some time and finally felt that the kids were old enough to really appreciate and enjoy it. In operation since 2003, this is a […]

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Rockaway Beach House on the beach (Airbnb)


We’ve been pretty clear around these parts about our desire to stay in vacation rentals when traveling. It’s easier to do that once your family exceeds 5 people and it allows you access to your own kitchen (which also helps to keep the cost down). On our recent trip to the Oregon coast we were looking for […]

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