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Trip Videos
Select from the links below to be sent to the video of your choice that is located on YouTube. There are captions to most of the videos that tell a little bit about what happened on the trip or in the photo. The most recent video is at the top, but feel free to check out the other videos from the past. Enjoy!

2016 Northern Rockies-Black Hills-Badlands Trip


Trip to Niagara Falls, New York and Canada
  • Firing Demonstration at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania
    In 2014, our 4th of July family vacation took us to several places, but the eventual place was to visit Niagara Falls in New York and Canada. This first video on July 3, 2014, is from the first stop on that trip - Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania (on the 260th Anniversary of the battle - took place on July 3, 1754). While at the fort, we got to see a firing demonstration from some living historians.
  • Fourth of July Fireworks Finale in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    The next day on the 4th of July, we headed into Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take in the Three Rivers Regatta, the Pirate 8-2 win against the Phillies, and then the 4th of July fireworks. This video is from the finale to the fireworks display.


Trip to New England
  • Trout Brook Rapids
    We took a family vacation to the New England area from July 8-21, 2013. Early in the trip, on July 10, 2013, we stopped at Natural Stone Bridge and Cave in Pottersville, New York. We hiked along their trail to see the cool geologic features. At some areas, the rapids on Trout Brook were nice and rough.
  • Trout Brook Waterfalls in Noisy Cave
    At some places they were waterfalls within caves, like Noisy Cave in this video.
  • Fort Ticonderoga Flag Raising
    On July 12, 2013, we headed to Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark, New York. While touring the fort, the flag raising ceremony was going on.


Alaska Trip
  • Denali Grizzly Bears #1
    We took an awesome family trip to Alaska from August 15, 2012 to September 1, 2012. Among the first things we did was to visit Denali National Park on August 16, 2012. We took the park bus to the Eielson Visitor Center about 66 miles into the park. During the drive on the bus, we saw about 10 Grizzly Bears (also known as Brown Bears and on Kodiak Island - Kodiak Bears). There were about three female bears and six cubs, and maybe one male bear. This and the next two videos are from that part of the trip. These are the first two cubs playing and eating.
  • Denali Grizzly Bears #2
    This is one of those two cubs and their mom.
  • Denali Grizzly Bears #3
    This is the possible male bear that we saw foraging for berries or something else on the low lying brush.
  • Native American Dance
    On August 23, 2012, we were in Anchorage, Alaska. We stopped to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center. While there, we got to see a couple native Alaskan dances and songs being performed. This is one of them.
  • Ididaride Sled Dogs #1
    On August 27, 2012, we were in Seward, Alaska. We stopped to visit Seavey's Ididaride Sled Dog Tours. While there, we got to ride on a summer wheeled sled as the Alaskan Huskies pulled us along the trail. This and the next video were from the ride.
  • Ididaride Sled Dogs #2
  • Aurora and Dad on the Glacier Cruise
    On August 28, 2012, we were in Seward, Alaska. We took a glacier cruise on this day within the Kenai Fjords National Park. While on the cruise to the first glacier, Aurora hung out with dad and did some singing, too.
  • Aurora Singing in the RV
    On August 30, 2012, we were on our way to Homer, Alaska in the RV we had rented. Aurora did some more singing to pass the time.


2012 Friend's Visit
  • Evelyn Rides the Bumper Cars
    On July 22, 2012, Kate's best friend, Janice, her daughter, Evelyn, and the three of us went to Kings Dominion in Virginia. Evelyn got to ride the bumper cars that day.


Kentucky Down Under Visit
  • Kentucky Kangaroo
    We took a weekend trip to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky from June 21-25, 2012. While there, we visited a place called Kentucky Down Under that featured many creatures found in Australia. Of course they had kangaroos! This is video of one taken on June 23, 2012.
  • Australian Shepherd Herds the Sheep
    Later in the day, we watched how the Australian Shepherd herds the sheep back to their pens for the evening. Taken on June 23, 2012.


Upper Midwest Trip
  • Aurora Playing with Her Bunnies
    In August 2011 we took a trip to the Upper Midwest. On this trip Kate and I collected the final states to have visited all 50 United States. I just needed North Dakota, while Kate needed Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. After this trip, Aurora has been to 27 of the 50 States. This video is from the first day of the trip, August 5, 2011, and has Aurora playing with her bunnies while singing "Who Let the Dogs Out."
  • Aurora Singing Snuggle Puppy
    This video is from August 9, 2011, and has Aurora singing some of "Snuggle Puppy."
  • Bison in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
    This video is from August 10, 2011. We were in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota driving around the park when we came upon this lone bison walking on the road.
  • Wild Horses in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
    This video is from August 10, 2011. We were in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota driving around the park when we came upon these wild horses walking on the road. We saw them after the bison that was on the road.


2011 Trip to See Friends and Family
  • Dancing with Evelyn
    During a trip to visit Kate's sister, she and Aurora also stopped in Massachusetts to visit her best friend, Janice, and her little girl, Evelyn. This is short video from July 23, 2011 or Aurora, Evelyn, and Janice dancing to "Who Let the Dogs Out."


Camping in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Pirates Spring Training in Bradenton, Florida


2009 Trip to See Friends and Family