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South Tahoe Snow Story – In Photos

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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There was no telling what the weather would do next the week leading up to our recent family snow trip to South Lake Tahoe. Flooding, ice, avalanche advisories followed by a blizzard known as “Snowpocalypse 2017”–and a complete shutdown of Interstate 80 leading from the Bay Area to Tahoe for a time. But over the … Continue reading South Tahoe Snow Story – In Photos

Whale-Watched on the Sea of Cortez

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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Humpback whales were not on the agenda. Yet there they were, a trio of barnacle-clad black shapes shifting through the sea. Captain Beto slows the boat to a stop, but the whales continue to edge closer, now a mere fifty, and thirty—suddenly twenty feet from the little blue panga. He cuts the engine as we … Continue reading Whale-Watched on the Sea of Cortez

Swamp Buggy: A Tale of Family Adventure in Big Cypress National Preserve

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Shelly Rivoli

Founder, Editor, & Chief Adventure Officer at Family Travel 411 and Travels with Baby
Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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“Get those darn things off right now!” our driver grumbles over his shoulder. My daughter, still confused by the breach in safety protocol, shoots me a worried look—her safety belt will not budge. Captain Cliff’s seat swivels around as he reaches out toward my firstborn, jabbing a calloused thumb into the stubborn square at the … Continue reading Swamp Buggy: A Tale of Family Adventure in Big Cypress National Preserve

Swamp Buggy — page 2

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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<– Back to Page 1           See Photo Gallery –> Swamp Buggy continued… Surely no panther in its right mind would stick around here with the noise of the swamp buggy coming through. “Surely  not,” I say aloud, gripping the rails of the ladder down. But still, how recently might that panther—or … Continue reading Swamp Buggy — page 2

Nine Amazing Family Travel Destinations Abroad + Tips for When You Get There

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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While many assume “family travel” is synonymous with standing-in-line vacations of the amusement park variety, many of us–including those of you reading this–know better. Chances are you’ve already discovered the value of travel in your own life and strive to share it with your kids. And you know that the best classroom in the world … Continue reading Nine Amazing Family Travel Destinations Abroad + Tips for When You Get There

How South Tahoe’s “The Loft” and “Magic Fusion” Get it Right for Families

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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“It doesn’t look like a place you’d be allowed to take kids,” my husband commented for the second time after our family’s dinner at South Lake Tahoe’s new restaurant, “The Loft” at Heavenly Village. I had to agree. As we arrived at The Loft, with its electric industrial bulb chandelier sprouting out from the wall, … Continue reading How South Tahoe’s “The Loft” and “Magic Fusion” Get it Right for Families

West of Key West: Daring the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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With a two-and-a-half-hour boat ride in each direction and three kids who have been known to experience motion sickness just driving across town, attempting the day trip to Dry Tortugas National Park was a bit of a gamble. Still, we were mesmerized by the photos taken both above historic Fort Jefferson and below the island’s … Continue reading West of Key West: Daring the Day Trip to Dry Tortugas

Falling for Howard: A Huntsville Love Story (of Sorts)

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Shelly Rivoli is the award-winning author behind the Travels with Baby guidebooks and Travels with Baby website and blog, and is the founding editor of Family Travel 411. When she isn't traveling with her husband and three children, she hangs her hat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @travelswithbaby and Facebook: Shelly Rivoli.
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On a kids-free trip to Huntsville, I met someone. Someone very special… I think that you’ll agree. … I never expected to fall in love with a woman, let alone with a woman who’d been buried more than a century before I set foot in her home state of Alabama. But “Howard” wasn’t like most … Continue reading Falling for Howard: A Huntsville Love Story (of Sorts)