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I'm Terri. I took my kids to all 50 states and I want to help you achieve the same goal. Learn more...

Washington – Mount St. Helens

3D Model at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

I was in fourth grade when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. I can’t say that I remember where I was when I heard the news, but I do remember the news coverage after the eruption. Eight years later, after I graduated from high school, I had the opportunity to visit Mount St. Helens with my aunt and cousin, who was living in Portland, Oregon, at the time. Even after eight years, the damage seemed fresh and I remember seeing mountainsides that looked like piles of toothpicks. So when we planned to visit Mount St. Helens with our […]

Wisconsin – Racine’s North Beach

Family friendly North Beach Racine

When you think about beautiful family friendly beach towns, cities in Wisconsin are probably not among the first places to pop into your mind. But keep reading, because perhaps Racine, Wisconsin deserves some consideration. Our most recent visit to North Beach was on a glorious summer day last July. Our approach to the beach was picture perfect. The blue water was beckoning me, but I made my husband pull over so I could get a picture.

Up a little closer, you can see that it is a popular summer hangout spot. But it wasn’t always this way. My husband […]