My favorite place on earth: Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

I found an audience as the travel editor of a monthly outdoor publication with my humorous narratives. Travel writing should be fun, not just a checklist of what to do. Add children to the mix and family travel becomes an unpredictable yet gratifying adventure. I write about the real story, infusing levity as I highlight the best that destinations have to offer.

My young children have traveled all over the United States, Mexico and Canada and I am always on the lookout for family-friendly destinations. We may occasionally receive discounted or complimentary rates on hotels and services but I always strive to give an accurate review.

In addition to publishing articles on my personal blog, my writings regularly appear in the Family Travel section of The Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas and I also freelance for various travel publications and blogs including As all my writings are personal narratives, I do not write about destinations I have not personally visited.

If you represent a destination you think would be a good fit for my family, be sure to contact me at crazycanuck131 [at] yahoo [dot] com.


Sampling of Adventures

My favorite place in Colorado: Crested Butte

Over the past 15 years, I have written for innumerable travel publications and blogs. Several of my articles are filed under my Family Travel section, which is regularly updated. If you’re looking for a specific destination, be sure to use the “Search” bar or peruse through my categories. For your convenience, I have listed some of my favorites below.

Tour de Colorado
(originally published at The Denver Post’s Mile High Mamas)

*Best-kept Secret for Families: Chautauqua
*Ultimate Splurge for Families: The Broadmoor (Colorado Springs)
*Best Mountain Community for Families: Steamboat Springs
*Best Mountain Festivals for Families: Crested Butte
*Best Dude Ranch: Devil’s Thumb Ranch
*Best Front-range Destination for Families: Beaver Creek

Covering the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games for Microsoft Office
(Be sure to go here for all my Olympic posts)

*Amazing News–Help Me Win My Own Olympic Bid!
*Olympic Updates, Day 1
*Hangin’ With Olympic Legend Bonnie Blair at the USA House
*Why My Experience with Bode Miller Was Not Bodilicious
*How Matt Lauer Ruined My Moment in the Spotlight
*Tutorial on What Not to Say When Meeting Wayne Gretzky
*2010 Vancouver Olympic Games: I Had the Time of My Life

Other Family Travel

*Glenwood Springs’ Adventure Park On Top of a Mountain
*Golden, CO: The Ultimate Family Staycation Right in Your Backyard
*Park City Mountain Resort: A Cut of the Good Life for Families
*Beyond Twilight: The Olympic Peninsula for Families
*How Skiing Purgatory is More Heaven Than Hell
*Snowmass: Inspiring Olympic Aspirations in Families
*Learning to “Ski Like a Girl” at Keystone Resort
*The 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Skinny Dip at Park City

Disney Cruising

Disney Wonder

*It’s a Wonder Cruising with Disney: A Day-by-day Guide*Day 0.5: If Getting There is Half the Fun Then I’m in Trouble
*Day 1: Kids Club, Sail Away Party and Fat Kitty Stowaway
*Day 2: Stateroom, Oceaneer Club, Pools, Entertainment & Pyrotechnics, Oh My!
*Day 3: Our Slacker Character Breakfast, Oceaneer Lab’s Little Red Hen and the Magic of Animator’s Palate
*Day 4: Puerto Vallarta, Boogie Boarding and Not-nude Beaches
*Days 5 & 6: Cabo, Lands End, A Brush with Death and a Newfound Love
*Day 7: Farewells & Our Favorite Moment of the Trip

Adventure Travel

*Solo in the San Juans: Exploring Colorado’s Highway to Heaven (one of my favorite trips ever)
*Testing the Limits With the Archery Biathlon in Bryce Canyon National Park
*Dominican Republic: Taking the Merengue to Extreme Heights
*The Flakes of Backpacking Zion National Park’s West Rim Trail
*Havasupai, Arizona: A Garden of Eden in the Desert
*Catching the Wave in Paria Canyon, Utah
*Good Karma: Yurting in Sun Valley, Idaho
*Jackson Hole and Beyond: Exploring the Road Less Traveled
*Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness: Characterizing Heaven and Hell
*Four Corners Region: Trailing the Ancients
*Wasatch Adventure Race: Masochists on the Mountain

Solo Summiting 14ers Sunshine and Redcloud