adventure / Airport Lounges / American Airlines / etc.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!–Short Blog Vacation Coming Up

I’m taking a couple of weeks off as B. and I travel down to Mexico for awhile.  We will be visiting ghost towns in the Mexican Sierra.  I’ll see all y’all the second week in January!  Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Disembarkation and Review

We had a fairly easy disembarkation and short drive home.  I’ve made lists of what I liked and didn’t like about our cruise.

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Review–Day Five–Last Sea Day

We had a fun but exhausting sea day as we tried to pack in as much fun as possible for the boys on their last day.  We’ve given up on Camp Carnival and attending any shows. 

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Review–Day Four–Progresso

We had a very short port day in Progresso–the trip to the beach was a let-down after Cozumel.  We did feel like we were really in Mexico after visiting the Mercado Central. 

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Review–Day Two–Sea Day

On our first sea day, we discovered that Binko hated Camp Carnival, but we still had fun on the golf course and on the waterslides.

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Review–Day One

Battleship Park, Mobile Alabama

We’ve just returned from our five-day cruise on the Carnival Fantasy out of Mobile, Alabama. This has proven to be one of our more exhausting vacations–we took our 5- and 2-year old grand sons along with us. 

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel / etc.

Why I Like Carnival Right Now

Carnival Home Ports

I have become more interested in Carnival lately.  I like that they have three ports that are within a short day’s drive, and that they will accept kids as young as two in Camp Carnival.  

Carnival / Cash Back / Credit and Debit Cards / etc.

Stacking Carnival Cruise Discounts

We have saved about 17% on our recent booking using Carnival cruise discounts.  We booked an early saver rate and then took advantage of several opportunities as they came up.

Camping / Family travel

Federal Senior Pass–National Parks For Free

Federal Senior Pass

If you are 62 or older, for a lifetime fee of $10 you can get a pass for free entrance to all national parks and federal lands.  You can also get 50% off camping fees.

Camping / Family travel

Our Driving Tour of the Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec

Art Installation Metis Gardens, Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec

After being home most of the summer, we overcompensated by taking an unresearched driving trip through the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec.  We circumnavigated the Peninsula on Route 132, stopping at lighthouses, historical monuments and scenic views.  The Long Drive You may wonder why we decided to drive from Georgia all the way up to easternmost Quebec.  It was basically an unplanned trip.  The first part of the summer was taken up with a family member’s doctor’s appointments and ongoing medical care.  We had a family reunion right in the middle of the summer, and we needed to be back