Oct 27 2008
October 14 came and went without me noticing that it was the first birthday of this site. It’s hard (for me, anyway) to believe that Travels with Children is a year old. Like a child, it started out small and has been growing and changing since its first day. If you happen across an older post, you’ll see that the format is slightly different now. The appearance has changed a few times. Guest writers have added geographic variety.
Still, the goal is the same. I love sharing the adventures I take with my kids, and I hope you enjoy reading about them. If it has inspired you to take your kids out when you’d rather stay home, led you drive the backroads instead of the shortest route, or helped you to find a new place to visit with your kids, that’s just icing on the cake. The birthday cake, that is!
If you’d care to look back with me, here are some of the earliest posts, from a year ago.
- What Are Adventures? The initial explanation of how and why I started this blog. If you want the whole story, though, Once Upon a Time is a lot more fun to read.
- Adventures on a Budget. I love to go to new places, but my budget can’t handle huge admission prices. This advice for saving money is still very appropriate.
- Hutchinson Model Railroad Show — Minnesota Streetcar Museum — Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store — Minnesota State Capitol — Ikea. It was during this outing that I dreamed up this site. I’d thought before about starting a blog, but I didn’t know what I’d write about. “Write about what you know,” I’d heard, and I certainly knew about taking my kids on outings. It’s been a fun combination to go on our adventures and then to share them with readers.
- Cabela’s — Dows Depot — Boone County Historical Society — Living History Farms. An example of how much we sometimes fit into a day, but not so reader-friendly. I’m glad I decided to break posts down into individual locations. I get tired just re-reading these long posts.
- Science Center of Iowa — Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. The continuation of a nice family weekend.
Whether you’ve been reading Travels with Children since the beginning or have just found it, I thank you for stopping by. If you have suggestions for the site, or would like to write a guest post, please let me know. Don’t be afraid to leave a comment on any of the posts; they’re always interesting to read.
It’s been a great first year, and I look forward to seeing what the next one brings!