We arrived in the Chiriqui Highlands in the early-afternoon. By the time we had enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, rented an SUV that could actually hold a family of four, and navigated our way through the sprawling town of David, it was a bit later than we had expected. Instead of heading to Boquete with it’s lively ex-pat scene, we went straight to Volcan, on the south side of the volcano, Volcan Baru. With just a few “upscale” restaurants and tourist attractions, we expected Volcan to provide a more authentic Panamanian experience. And it did! After settling into our hostel, we were eager to see the mountains and the coffee before our entire day evaporated into logistical doldrums.
There isn’t a sign or map to be found in Volcan. A faded poster at the hostel indicated that there really was a coffee farm and, with the loan of a cell phone from a women who just happened to be nearby, we reached Leif at Janson Coffee Farm. It was getting late he said, but if we hurried we could get a nice view and quick tour.
He provided some minimalist directions and we were off. Through town, to a side road, a fork in that road, and then a long stretch of smooth dirt road sloping gently upward.
Great Family Escape – Sleeping Lady
Looking for a quick escape from city or suburb? Sleeping Lady is a perfect family-friendly destination. Tucked in between Leavenworth, a fun Bavarian village, and the Cascade Mountain Range, Sleeping Lady offers peaceful Read more
What will you do for winter break? Spring break? Or even to celebrate the end of school in June? Frequent bargain airplane deals to Los Angeles make this a super-fun, teen-friendly destination. We went last April and now the kids are clamoring to return again this Spring Break. Here’s some ideas to make it a little more fun … Read more
On a recent visit to Henley-on-Thames and Wallingford England, I zoomed in! read all about it at Wandering Educators.com.
What would your kids zoom in on? Try it on your next trip or even in your own backyard.
All these images and more in our latest post on Wandering Educators. How can you see a little more on your next trip or keep your kids just a little more engaged? Go close-up!
The BIG Maze at the National Building Museum.
After we had our tickets clipped and entered the BIG maze I expected to accompany my 12-year-old daughter through the special exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. But she was already gone at the first turn. If I didn’t want to run to catch up I’d be going it alone. I expected to run into her at each of the many dead ends, but she was never there. Even when I finally made it to the center of the maze, where I could see over the shorter walls, she was nowhere to be seen. Finally I emerged out the other end hoping to find her. When I turned around, she was already coming out of the maze for the second time. Such is the crazy energy that takes hold of kids when they face amazing things like an indoor maze made out of plywood with walls ranging in height from 3 to 18 feet. Read more
Why would anyone ever go to Riverside California? Well, obviously not by choice right? I got stuck there for a work trip recently and discovered the most amazing oasis: The Mission Inn.
In my airport taxi, I cruised across miles of highway and then through an unassuming and somewhat discouraging urban area. I had no hopes of a travel adventure or even a comfy bed. I was therefore a bit surprised when the taxi rounded a corner and and pulled into a valet loop surrounded by large old palm trees. I had clearly landed someplace special.
Passing under a glorious arch, I wandered toward the lobby somewhat stunned. I even passed live parrots on my way. Read more
We only had two days in Taipei on our way to Thailand last winter. You can read all about it on my guest post on The Mother of All Trips blog hosted by Mara Gorman.
Descending the stairs of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.