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While You Wait: Our Favorite Posts of the Past Six Years

You may have noticed – this blog is on a bit of a hiatus. We’re trying to decide where to take it, as our evolving family dynamics don’t take us to many BIG places anymore. The Teen has begun his college search, so we’re more likely to tour a campus than the world’s largest glass museum (although that was a really cool day!).

If you have any suggestions on what this blog should be in its next life, please share your thoughts in the comments below. A lot of you have been on this ride with us for six years, so you should have a say. In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite posts. You may have missed a few, so why not take a look back?

Favorite near-death experience – When we entered Gatorland in Orlando to see the world’s largest collection of rare Leucistic alligators, we didn’t realize we would be escorted into the pen whereTrezo Je” lives.

That time we broke a world record – Along with 2,565 other people, doing the Hokey Pokey in the world’s longest line dance across the Walkway Over the Hudson bridge.

Geekiest experiences– We fly our family’s geek flag pretty high, so there are too many to choose from. We liked the world’s largest robotics exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh just as much as the world’s largest public collection of video games at The Strong museum in Rochester.

Most esoteric discovery– The largest Buddha in the western hemisphere resides at the Chuang Yen Monastery, which is actually just 20 minutes from our house in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Yummiest – Our fave food finds have included The Columbia Restaurant, the world’s largest Spanish restaurant in Tampa; the Giant Crab Restaurant in Myrtle Beach; and Chocolate World, home to the world’s largest selection of Herhsey’s products.

All those times we chickened out – There are so many BIG thrill rides and attractions out there, and they appear much larger when you’re a BIG chicken. Like the Alpine Slide at the Utah Olympic Park; Kingda Ka, the world’s tallest roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure; and the Canyon Climb Adventure Ropes Challenge Course, the world’s largest suspended indoor ropes course.

Giddiest moments – The whole reason we started this blog was to share those amazing travel discoveries that our small-town family experienced at BIG places. Personally, my best memories of sheer happiness include kissing sting rays; bringing The Teen (formerly known as The Boy) on a LEGOLAND pilgrimage; and taking The Girl to Walt Disney World for the first time.

I hope to have more to share with you again soon.

— Traci

In Fort Lauderdale this summer, when we paid someone else to take the photos for once. It was great!

In Fort Lauderdale this summer, when we paid someone else to take the photos for once. It was great!