Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chadd went to the Philippines with the Rayos Family!

Over spring break, Chadd went to the Philippines with Dominic Rayos and his family.  They first flew to Silay, the hometown of Dominic's maternal grandparents, where they visited their sugar farm, had an outdoor lunch with some of the workers, and toured the milling company founded by Dominic's great grandfather.  How cool is that?!

They then spent a few days with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents at a mountain resort in Tagaytay.

Finally, they returned to Manila, where Chadd and Dominic met an equestrienne and her horse while visiting the Polo Club.

Chadd really enjoyed his trip to the Philippines!  THANK YOU RAYOS FAMILY!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chadd went to Morocco, Spain, France, Italy and Monaco with the Tucker Family!

Over Spring Break, Stella, Michael, and Lilly Tucker (5th, 3rd, and Kindergarten) took Chadd the Charger along to Barcelona, the South of France, Monaco, Italy and Morocco!!! 

In Barcelona, they visited the Picasso museum and La Sagrada Familia, walked along the beach, and sampled the awesome Spanish tapas. After Barcelona, they flew to Nice and took a road trip along the French Riviera, visiting the country of Monaco and the French towns of Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Marseille and hiking along the French National Park, Gorges of Calanques. They also enjoyed a nice dinner of pizza and gelato in Italy.  Finally, they flew to Morocco and met up with cousins from Utah. There, they did another road trip, including the cities of Marrakesh where they shopped at the world famous Djemma El-Fna market (seeing snake charmers and magicians) and ending in Merzouga, where they rode a camel into the Sahara desert (on the border of Algeria) and camped.  

The kids all agreed that one of the coolest things they saw was multiple goats hanging out in a tree.  

It was a really fun trip for all!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Chadd visited the sunshine state during Spring Break with the Surarujiroj Family!

During the spring break, Chadd traveled the coastline of California with Pryya and her family!  They were on a very special mission to find a new home. 

In Northern California, Chadd visited Monterey, Carmel by the Sea and Santa Cruz. Chadds checked out some of the hot spots including Monterey fisherman’s wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Cruz Pier. But the highlight of the trip was driving along the CA1, enjoying the breathtaking view and surviving!!!

In Southern California, Chadd visited San Diego, the city where Pryya and her family finally found a new home! 

With the mission accomplished, Pryya and her family took Chadd to catch a glimpse of San Diego landmarks such as San Diego bay, Coronado Bridge and Point Loma. 

Chadd joined Pryya to do fun stuff like fishing, exploring tide pools and they even went to Sea World!

Chadd and Pryya had a wonderful trip, enjoyed the nice weather, California cuisine, and beautiful beaches.  At the end, the trip fulfilled the “California Dream”!

THANK YOU Surarujiroj Family!

Chadd enjoyed an Italian Holiday with the McCloskey family!

Chadd stowed away in Mrs. McCloskey's backpack to Northern Italy over spring break!!! 

The first stop for Chadd and Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey was in Turin. This city was the original seat of the country and has the palace where the Italian kings once ruled. 

Next Chadd made a stop in the Lange region which is famous for producing Nutella and home to the Ferraro Roche factory. 

Chadd also got to visit the Collosium in Verona which is older than the one in Rome. He walked across the oldest Roman bridge in Verona which was built in 100 BC. 

In Milan, Chadd climbed to the top of the Duomo with Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey. The Duomo has 135 spires and it took 600 years to finish building the church. He also got to see the "Last Supper" which was painted by Leonardo DiVinci on a wall in a convent. 

Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey took Chadd on a plane, a train, in a car, to 4 different cities and to the top of a mountain!!! 

He was happy to get back to his stable for a rest. 

THANK YOU McCloskey Family!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Chadd traveled to Jordan and Egypt with the Xu Family!

Chadd accompanied First Grader Katelyn for an adventure to Jordan and Egypt during Spring Break!

The highlights were definitely Petra and the Pyramids, as expected. They first visited Petra, one of the new seven wonders of the world. After a nice walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge as the entrance to the “rose city”, the view of the Treasury, a stone-carved facade into the pink-rock mountains by ancient Nabateans some 2,000 years ago was the most astonishing! 

In Giza Egypt, at a hotel right in front of the Sphinx and the Pyramids, Katelyn and Chadd woke up to the most amazing scene! Then a tour into one of the world’s most famous archeological sites brought them closer to the ancient world wonder! What an experience for both Katelyn and Chadd! Their world wonder journey ended with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, which houses so many ancient treasures! 

What an amazing trip!!!  Thank you Katelyn and the Xu Family!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Chadd went to Peru with the Marcotte Family!

Chadd had an excellent adventure in Peru with the Marcotte family!  

Starting in Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon, Chadd and the Marcotte family took a boat on the Rio Madres de Dio river (a tributary of the Amazon River) to get to their cabanas in the National Tambopata Reserve.

There, Chadd met some tarantulas, tree frogs and monkeys.  From there, they went to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, stopping by a llama farm along the way.   The elevation in Cusco, around 12,500 feet in some places was not a problem for Chadd, but he almost fell apart in the Amazon from the humidity!

Chadd learned about harvesting Brazil Nuts which are also native to Peru.  Arriving in Machu Picchu, Chadd and the Marcottes hiked for two days and reached the top!  They got so lucky with the weather as it’s rainy season now.  

After, Chadd and the Marcotte family flew to Juliaca, and took a 2 hour bus ride to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.  Chadd and the Marcottes visited the floating islands of the Uros people (they live on man-made reed islands that last over 40 years!) and Taquile Island (quinoa farms and a Unesco heritage site).  Chadd went on bird watching trips and enjoyed his Coca Tea, which helps with altitude sickness and stomach issues.  

Chadd and the Marcotte girls did great on this two week journey with 6 planes, 8 boats, 2 trains and many car rides!  WOW...what a trip!  

Thank you so much Marcotte Family!