Tami Mittan, Outdoorsy TravelingMom

Tami Mittan, Outdoorsy TravelingMom

Tami Mittan has lived in Colorado for a decade, and feels happiest when there are mountains on the horizon. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 kids, frequently exploring their backyard nature playground through hiking, camping, and biking. Although Tami is employed as a computer programmer, she’s a writer at heart and enjoys blogging at Colorado Mountain Mom about her family’s outdoor and travel adventures, and her occasional forays into fitness and fashion. She simply can’t get enough of travel, Disney World, and chocolate cake.


Arches National Park Magnificent Day Adventure in Utah

Do you need to be an expert hiker in top condition to visit the arches up close?  What are the recreation options in this this area near Moab, Utah, and why does it hold such a strong allure to outdoor enthusiasts?  What’s the best way to catch a glimpse of the famous “delicate arch”? Here are my families’ favorite spots in Arches National Park, and what to expect on an outdoor day adventure. Moab, Utah: Outdoor Recreation Mecca Just outside of the small outrigger town of Moab, Utah sits the majestic Arches National Park.   Moab rightfully declares itself a year-round,...

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Sonnenalp Hotel: European Getaway…in Colorado!

Skiers head to Vail, Colorado from all over the world, but did you know it’s also a fantastic Fall destination?  My family had an amazing stay at a European style resort, the Sonnenalp Hotel. How family friendly was this posh, 5-star hotel with an extensive spa area?  What makes Vail Village such a unique and fun place to visit? And where can you find Swiss fondue to complete your Colorado-version-of-Germany experience? Sonnenalp Hotel Is this Germany? Or Vail, Colorado? The autumn colors in Colorado are spectacular, but who knew that this mountain town also offered a German-style hotel? We recently...

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Iowa Outdoors Itinerary for a Delightful 3-Day Tour

With oceans of scenic corn fields, spacious state parks offering miles of forested trails, and new whitewater parks cropping up, Iowa has a remarkable outdoor recreation scene. Here’s a sample 3-day itinerary, complete with can’t miss cupcakes and must-have Amana Colonies souvenirs. My daughter and I highly enjoyed our taste of Iowa Outdoors Adventure. Exploring Iowa’s Outdoor Wonders Iowa recently welcomed my 11-year-old daughter and me to a delightful tour full of Midwestern charms.  Travel Iowa provided us with a 3-day itinerary filled with diverse activities from whitewater kayaking (in Iowa?!) to a visit to a former Colony.  We had...

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Iowa Whitewater Parks: Thrilling Destination for Adventurous Families

Iowa has an exciting new trend going on. Recently they’ve started converting some dangerous river dams into whitewater parks, and the paddling craze is taking hold.  Take a look at the two parks we visited, along with some tips from the local kayaking gurus.  This may be just the adventurous vacation your family has been looking for. Whitewater Rafting in Iowa? “So where you off to?”inquired my Colorado middle school aged daughter’s orchestra teacher, when she asked to be excused from Friday’s class. “I’m going to Iowa, to go whitewater kayaking with my mom,” she explained. “Huh. Not somewhere I’d...

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Western-Style Luxury Family Vacation at Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch

Did you ever dream of living on a ranch, riding a horse along a scenic mountain trail, and enjoying a campfire under a starry sky? Then a guest ranch vacation may be right for you. Colorado’s C Lazy U Ranch is an all-inclusive destination that has a lot to offer families. Here’s what the kids program entails, and what to bring vs. what you can borrow at the ranch. Take a peek at the lodge style cabins, get an overview of activities offered, and find out what you need to know before you go. Imagine a place where you could...

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6 Favorite Experiences at Disney California Adventure Park

What should you be sure to see if you have only one day to spend at Disney California Adventure Park?  Where can you find a tasty dinner, and is Frozen – Live at the Hyperion worth investing two hours of your time?  My friend, a Disney Cast Member working at this very Park, served as my family’s personal tour guide for the day.  Here’s the best of the best, and what he helped us discover during our highly enjoyable visit. This summer, my family had the opportunity to visit Disney California Adventure Park. We were excited to have my Cast...

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San Diego Whale Watching Offers Year-round Tours in California

Seeing whales while vacationing California sounds like a fun idea, but what if your visit doesn’t coincide with the typical whale watching tour season?  San Diego Whale Watching has you covered, with the only year round whale watching tours available. Read on to learn what to bring, when to go, and what you can expect to see when you are out on the grand Pacific Ocean. San Diego, California, is a fantastic place to whale watch, and it was at the top of my family’s must-do list for our recent visit to California.  Our trip was in June, but what I...

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Optimal Touring Plan to See the San Diego Zoo

Zoos can play such a valuable role in instilling a love of wildlife in children, along with a desire to respect and protect their global habitats. San Diego Zoo is one of the nation’s best, with some amazing species that are rarely seen in the US. Although we usually sleep in on vacation… my family actually managed to arrive when the zoo opened! Here’s the great insider advice we received that day, on the best touring plan to beat the crowds. Plus where to sit on the tour bus, and other must-do recommendations. We so rarely pull it off. ...

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Remarkable Experiences at SeaWorld San Diego

Considering a visit to Sea World San Diego? This park offers three exciting and varied types of fun all rolled into one visit, making it a great vacation entertainment value. Here are the must-do’s in each category, and the new exhibit you won’t want to miss. Also when to go, and what to expect for crowds. Whenever we travel to a coastal state, a visit to the ocean is a requirement.  Last week while in California, we included an additional treat for my family – a day spent at Sea World San Diego to see marine life up close...

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6 Things You’ll Need for an Awesome Family Mountain Biking Adventure

It’s that time of year again! The weather is fantastic, the kids are out of school, and it’s an ideal opportunity to have a family mountain biking adventure. As a family, our kids have reached an age (5 and 11) where we have fully embraced this outdoor activity together. We’ve made some mistakes, but picked up some valuable tricks along the way. Here’s how to select a good location, along with my best advice on how to make this an awesome adventure for your family. You’re ready to tackle a family biking adventure, and are not sure where to start. Even...

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