Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter

Originally posted Nov 1, 2010 By Eileen Ogintz It’s well below freezing, and the air is so thin that we have to stop every few steps to breathe. I’ve never been more tired. Childbirth was easier. We haven’t showered in days. Our clothes are filthy, and this is...
Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range

Cleared for takeoff — over the Alaska Range

View of Glaciers in Alaska Range Originally posted 2012 By Eileen Ogintz Day 5 — In the Land of the Midnight Sun, the alarm rang at 5 a.m. to a grey overcast sky. Other mornings, we could see North America’s highest peak, Mt. Denali (20,300 feet) from the window...
TIME TO GO FISHING AGAIN – to a great resort in Canada

TIME TO GO FISHING AGAIN – to a great resort in Canada

Trooper sizes up Lady Evelyn Lake Originally posted April 18, 2011  By Andy Yemma  Hard to believe after one of the snowiest winters I’ve ever experienced, but summer is coming.  And that means fishing.  When our kids were little and we lived in...
The Chick Flies the Coop

The Chick Flies the Coop

Ballymaloe House In Ireland Originally posted May 27, 2010 By Eileen Ogintz “This is going to be the first time truly putting my travel skills from growing up to the test but I know it is just the beginning,” my youngest daughter Mel wrote in the “thank you” note she...
Remembering the long goodbyes as we took our kids to college

Remembering the long goodbyes as we took our kids to college

Mel (third from left) and her roomies in latest off-campus digs Originally published 2012 By Eileen Ogintz “Are you going to cry, Mom?” my son Matt  had asked me when we boarded the flight to take him to California to college.  Seven years...
Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen

Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen

Originally posted 2012 By Eileen OgintzTribune Media Services “Don’t you dare cry! You’re going to finish this day with a smile on your face!” No, I wasn’t talking to a 4-year-old about to have a meltdown in the middle of a theme park. My 21-year-old daughter Mel was...
A visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a cold January day

A visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a cold January day

Original posted 2014 By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency What a view! We’re standing atop the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty — about halfway up the 305-foot, 1-inch climb to the crown — looking out at the New York City skyline. Even the jaded high school boys...
Memories of Monet’s Garden: where a little girl led the way

Memories of Monet’s Garden: where a little girl led the way

Originally posted 2014 By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency I can’t stop smiling. I’m walking in Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny on a sunny day, gardens with nearly 100,000 plants and a riot of colorful flowers, not to mention the famous lily pads immortalized in...