At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

By Eileen Ogintz We’re nearly at the end of the road—literally. The Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s pristine North Shore is past the quirky town of Hanalei with its mix of surf shops, shave ice stands, galleries and restaurants like Bar Arcuda that require...
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...
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...
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...
Kayaking at the Top of the World

Kayaking at the Top of the World

Originally posted 2011 By Eileen Ogintz Schnapps or Whiskey with my hot chocolate? The waiter wants to know.  He’s come by my kayak this morning.   Our ship, the Lindblad Expedition’s National Geographic Explorer  is anchored nearby.  It is a...
Families on a different kind of water adventure

Families on a different kind of water adventure

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Everyone wanted to be in Doc’s dory boat, but there were only four spots. For the uninitiated, dories are small, 17-foot-long rigid boats that can run a river much more quickly than an inflatable raft. We met Stephen “Doc”...
Exploring the most kid-friendly art museums

Exploring the most kid-friendly art museums

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency If you could jump into a painting and walk around in it, what painting would you choose? Where would you go in the painting? The sun-splashed Riviera or foggy London? A forest filled with animals? A field of sunflowers or a...
Celebrating with family on the Fourth of July

Celebrating with family on the Fourth of July

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency What was your best Fourth of July? A parade, a barbecue with your nearest and dearest, fireworks or perhaps an entirely new experience? However you decide to celebrate our nation’s birthday, presumably wearing red, white and...
The unique Caribbean culture of Curacao

The unique Caribbean culture of Curacao

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Do you know your ABCs? We’re talking the ABC islands — Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, the three westernmost islands of the Leeward Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Aruba is best known to Americans; Bonaire is a diver’s paradise....