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The best travel moments are accidental While wandering in the small alleys of Mykonos Island I came upon this older gentleman resting and watching pedestrians pass by. To me this moment captured the relaxed atmosphere I was so enjoying in Greece, so I set up to take a perfect photo, Click and oops – I got photo bombed! As the photo-bomber approached I showed him his photo and he explained he is a photo-bomb expert. A while later after perusing the local shops, I peeked into to one of the inviting cafes that lined the street. In this area, called Little Venice, the restaurants are on a cliff directly over the Aegean Sea. Stunning! I get ready to snap another photo and who do I see but my photo-bomber! He calls out to say this means we must meet. So this is how Benjamin and I met Yanni visiting Mykonos from Northern Greece with his brother,...

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Back from our adventures in the Galapagos and Ecuador Dear Sherry and Kurt, We are back from our adventures in the Galapagos and Ecuador, and want to THANK YOU both for once again doing everything to make sure we had a fantastic experience!! Sherry, we can't thank you enough for steering us toward the Athala catamaran, and managing to get us on at the last minute. The boat was fantastic, as you know - and the crew really wonderful. We were completely spoiled, and had a blast with the other passengers - such a fun group. Again, all our thanks - Kim (Jeff, Sam, and James) Seely ...

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Travel Gear for Kids: Travel Games Since kids are so immersed in electronics, I try to find things for them to do that are engaging but do not include electricity on our family adventures. My current favorites are made by SmartGames and the kids are excited to try out their Noah’s Ark Travel Game. Pros: It’s about the size of a CD case and folds out to lap size, which means our two kids won’t get in each other’s way.  Each game comes with about 48 levels beginning with “starter” and working up to “master”. Although these games are usually designed for ages 5 and up the master levels are really hard, I have trouble with them and I like logic puzzles! Though designed for one player, the harder levels can be solved more easily if the kids work as a team. So they can take turns for awhile, and then when they get tired of...

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Kutay family adventures in the early years Many family trips in the early years ended our day of adventure around pools like this one in Mexico circa 1991 when our son Tarek was 2 years old. I have to wonder how many simple moments like this, hangin' in the pool eye to eye with a Mexican commrade, and two older girls lookin' on, not only developed into his charming character, but later earned him an award as the student who best represented the inner-cultural mission of Franklin College..."who exemplifies a sensitivity and mindfulness to other cultures." We have gained so much from our Wildland Family Adventures together. Now it's payback time for our Mother Earth; I know Tarek Kutay has much to give. I honor you son on this Throwback Thursday!  Keeping it wild, Kurt Kutay More about Wildland family adventures   ...

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Let's Go to Greece My son, Benjamin, and I are so excited to be landing in Greece this summer and we are inviting you to join us on our Escorted Family Adventure in the Peloponnese & Cyclades this August 17-30th! We are gathering a small group of like-minded, adventurous families to climb to hill-top temples with us, hike through river canyons, and explore the white-washed island streets. After Benjamin completed a Greek Mythology unit in his 5th grade class, we decided now is the perfect time to visit the mythical birthplace of our favorite gods: Athena, Apollo and Artemis. We can’t wait to walk in the actual places where many of these tales were said to take place. It certainly helps that the ancient sites are adjacent to the lovely Aegean Sea where we can swim in the crystal water and relax on the warm sands. Plus the Greek food is legendary! We will...
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