June 8, 2015
Last year in my son’s eighth grade social studies class, they discussed the civil rights era but according to him, they were short on time and (as he explained) “kind of rushed through it.”
So when the movie Selma came out last December, depicting the events that led 600 civil rights marchers to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965, it seemed a ripe opportunity to add to the lesson. Simon and I watched the film together, and it was just a few weeks later when I announced we’d be taking a special trip together — a three-day journey to the deep South to learn more about civil rights.
“A what kind of trip?” Simon asked when I first broke the news we’d be going.
“A civil rights journey,” I answered with extra enthusiasm. “It’ll be really interesting and fun!”
I knew that an education-filled bus trip was hardly the top vacation choice for your average teenager. But I also knew that this type of opportunity — a trip geared toward kids his age, and already including two of his close friends — doesn’t come around every day.
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Tags: alabama, atlanta, birmingham, civilrights, georgia, montgomery
March 2, 2015
It’s hard not to be mindful of your surroundings in Morocco—the North African country that seems to emanate a wondrous overload of the senses. The sights, smells, tastes and sounds can be overpowering and beautiful, startling and thought-provoking.
In a country…Read More
Tags: adventure, cooking, family, Fez, food, Marrakech, Morocco, mountains, sandboarding, shopping, trekking
August 6, 2014
When my daughter, Emily, announced she had one week off of work this summer when all kid activities are cancelled due to an annual sailing race, my mind…Read More
Tags: adventure, Aspen, bicycling, college, drink, food, hiking, paragliding, rafting
July 27, 2014
For much of the past 25 years, when I heard someone mention Puglia, I could only think back to the music-filled and…Read More
Tags: adventure, bicycling, cooking, food, Italy, Puglia
December 8, 2013
When the email arrived from my 20-year-old daughter, I realized she’d learned a few things about travel planning. The subject line read “Argentina”, and the attached Google doc was titled:…Read More
Tags: Argentina, Buenos Aires, horseback riding, Patagonia