Universal Studios Hollywood Review

by Phyllis Larison, Family Travel Gurus Travel Consultant

Universal Studios Hollywood is a great place to bring the family and enjoy a day surrounded by all of the action and fun of Hollywood movies.  On a recent visit I was impressed by the variety and quality of entertainment, the fast moving lines (in contrast to other theme parks) and the beautiful location of the park, overlooking Hollywood.

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Team Heetland Rides The Mickelson Trail (July 2011)

Overview
Join us on our biking trip across the Black Hills! This trip log is about the Heetland family riding mountain bikes across the Black Hills of South Dakota in July 2011, along the Mickelson Trail. Team Heetland consists of 2 adults (Karen & Brent) and 2 kids, ages 13 (girl) and 11 (boy). The log is written by Mom (Karen Waldman-Heetland), and the slideshow below is a pictorial version of the log.

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Viva Las Vegas (2009)

Las Vegas has always been a favorite destination for us.   Before we became travel agents Anne and I frequently visited Las Vegas for weekend getaways in the 90’s.  After starting our agency this decade we’ve attended a good number of travel conventions in the city.  In September 2009 I was fortunate to attend a travel conference and participate in a special tour organized by the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Bureau.  I toured many hotels and saw new shows I hadn’t experienced before.   In this report I’ll give you my updated impressions of Las Vegas.  I still think it’s a great vacation destination!

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CLazyU Colorado Guest Ranch (2009)

Yee haw!  For our 2009 summer vacation the Larison family stayed in their home state of Colorado for a fun week long adventure at the C-Lazy-U Guest Ranch near Granby.  We experienced horseback riding, camping, and many other activities in our time at C-Lazy-U all backed with the Ranch’s friendly Western Hospitality.
By
Tim Larison, Travel Agent

with contributions by Anne Larison, Travel Agent
Andrew Larison (age 15), Josh Larison (age 15)

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White Stallion Ranch, Tucson Arizona (2009)

We’d done Disney to death . . . thought it was our favorite place ever, but then we realized the trips were blending together and with our kids 12 & 16, we know our time is running out for family vacations so it was time to do something radically different to put some unique memories into the memory bank!  But what do to?  We considered some tour options and some of those included a ranch stay for a day or two which certainly sounded unique for a family of non-riders . . . only our daughter takes riding lessons!  So, I started looking online for “family ranch vacations.”  I found quite a few, but I’d check them on TripAdvisor and a clear winner never appeared . . . until I stumbled upon the White Stallion Ranch.  It looked appealing so to TripAdvisor I went.  There are always a few bad reviews that seem like they’re from folks who are just too picky, but I figured I’d get a better sense of the place.  Wow.  Not ONE bad review was to be found . . . not one!!!!  So, after much family discussion, we decided that this was going to be our new experience . . . a trip to the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson Arizona.  Wow!

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Club Med Sandpiper Florida (2008)

All Inclusive resorts in the United States are virtually non-existent, but we found a good one in Florida – the Club Med Sandpiper – for an early summer vacation. We had a great time at this resort! We enjoyed the sports activities offered and the excellent meals at the buffet – all included in our resort fee. Below we describe the highlights of our four night stay here.

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