This past weekend, our now five-piece ensemble family took advantage of one of the last days of pleasant weather of the year, and headed down to have a day of family fun in Wilson, NC, at their Whirligig Festival, probably one of the biggest shindigs the town sees all year. It was a great display of local color, framed around a curious bit of local history. Named for a local artist
If there was an award for debatably successful trips, we would be the winners every year. The smart money’s on us. I have long been a science nerd, and what better outlet for a nerd than getting to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event like a full solar eclipse. We decided to go see it on a near whim, once I realized that we would be nearby the day before, in Statesville,
We lived in Kitty Hawk, NC for about two years, and you can’t do much better for a summer vacation spot. We’ve gone back every year since we left, and recently headed down there with my mom for three days to see old friends and re-explore our old haunts. First thing’s first, we headed to the ocean. Kids don’t seem to mind too much that sand is one of the worst
We recently attended a wedding reception in St. Paul and, being inclined to take any excuse to travel we can find, stuck around for a few extra days, through July 4th, to explore what the Twin Cities has to offer. We were very pleasantly surprised. The area has plenty to offer for families with kids of all ages, and is a great place to spend several days. First, I have
While in the Twin Cities for a wedding reception, we decided to linger for a few extra days and see the sights. One of those days was filled by exploring Minneapolis’s interconnected lake parks. We loved it. Being that it was Fourth of July weekend, it was incredibly busy. Our plan was to get lunch and rent one of those big quad bikes and ride it around the trails until
We Waleses are a nature-loving bunch, and I will take just about any chance I can get to teach our kids about nature. They never get enough of it. When we were in Minneapolis recently for a wedding, we decided a trip to the Minnesota Zoo was in order. Nestled in the broad, leafy suburbs of Minneapolis, the zoo sits on a large acreage, and offers generously sized enclosures and a decent layout.
When we decided that we were going to Minneapolis for a wedding, the only thing I really knew about the area beforehand was the Mall of America. I remember being astounded by the very concept of an indoor theme park when I first heard about the mall as a kid. You mean, like, there’s roller coasters and swings and games and stuff, but INSIDE? Inside a MALL? *Swoon* I could