First Time Skiing in Keystone Colorado by JD Andrews

Growing up in the mountains of Colorado I started skiing around four or five but my daughter is a 'beach girl' and has never even seen snow (she's not a fan of the cold). 

Her First Snow Angel 

Her First Snow Angel 

So I was very excited to take her to keystone Resort for her very first time skiing.

Perfect Day in Beautiful Keystone Colorado

Perfect Day in Beautiful Keystone Colorado

I knew the best option for her was beginner ski school. It's an all day lesson with lots of breaks for hot chocolate and even lunch.

First Time Skiing

First Time Skiing

I was a little worried she would get cold and want to quick or just become to tiered and frustrated. BUT to my amazement she loved it and wanted another lesson the next day! I knew this excitement was a result of the wonderful instructors at Keystone. Also there's Kidtopia which has tons of events each day for kids (and parents) to participate in.

The Bunny Course

The Bunny Course

On the third day we all skied together (on the bunny course) and I was blown away by how well my daughter could ski after only two lessons. Next year she wants to try snowboarding. I told her we would be at the same level since I've only snowboarded once and I didn't do so well.

Ready to Hit the Slopes

Ready to Hit the Slopes

The reason I wanted my daughters first "snow/ski' experience to be at Keystone was due to all the fun activities there are there.

Including ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides.


We all created lasting memories and can't wait until next year!


Keystone Resort was kind enough to comp one day of lessons, lift tickets plus tickets for ice skating and the sleigh ride but as always, all opinion are completely my own.




Cars and Star Wars! by JD Andrews

It’s all happening at The Happiest Place on Earth, Disney World.

What Dad can pass that up? Not me.

I was very excited to meet the other traveling dads and have a chance to drive some Chevys during the TDAD conference last month in Orlando.

The first night we had a Star Wars themed meet & greet with some wonderful food and imperial intruders.

I grew up with Star Wars and was thrilled to see and hear all about the new shows, toys and future plans for the franchise at Hollywood Studios.



Magic Kingdom Photos Minus the Magic Kingdom

My self appointed assignment while visiting the park was to capture the fun through a photo tour. 



BUT…My daughter wanted to see and visit with the Princesses. So instead of capturing the Magic Kingdom I shared the thrill of meeting not one, not two but FOUR Princess with my daughter. Rapunzel, Snow White, Elsa and Anna.

Midlife Crisis starts now

I wasn’t going through one but after getting to drive the 2016 Chevy Camaro, I turned back into a teenager and was ready to look cool and go fast!

It was a quick weekend but a very memorable one!

Aloha from Maui and The Grand Wailea by JD Andrews

Only four more hours to go, I said to my daughter on our eleven flight to Hawaii. To break up this long flight, we decided to celebrate each hour that ticked by.  Yes, it is a very long flight from the East coast but when your destination is the Grand Wailea in Maui, it makes things a little easier.

It was a Christmas surprise that was wrapped up in Leis, photos of Maui and my Daughters plane ticket. She didn’t know what to make of it at first but after a few minutes the reality of this Daddy/Daughter adventure sunk in and she was thrilled!

The Grand Wailea, one of my favorite hotels, was so kind in making all the arrangements: an amazing hotel room with welcome gifts, hula Lessons, Luau, Spa visit, poolside cabana, aquarium visit, outrigger canoe tour, special dinners and so much more.

My daughters’ favorite thing?

The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool!

A 2,000-foot-long, 25,700-total-square-foot, 770,000-gallon pool that consists of nine pools on six different levels. Each pool is connected by a river that carries you along whitewater rapids and gentle currents. There are four jungle pools, four intertwining slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool, the world’s first water elevator, the Lava slide, Ana Puka slide and a swim-up bar (she didn’t go to the bar)

And if you don’t have kids or need some alone time, enjoy the Hibiscus pool which is for guests 18 and older. It’s a 4,850-square-foot Pool named for the giant Hibiscus flower on the bottom of the pool made from over 630,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tile. Plus it has two Jacuzzis.

I was surprised by how much there is for kids/teens to do – Click HERE

We had so much fun!

This was our first ‘big trip’ and it’s something we’ll both treasure forever.