Watch us ride the longest zipline-Ski Apache Windrider in NM

Keller and I had a chance to ride the longest zipline in the lower 48 USA States, called Windrider at Ski Apache in Alto, NM, near Ruidoso.  

This is a sponsored post however all opinions are my own.

Windrider zipline at Ski Apache, Ruidoso nm
This adventure experience was wrapped up during our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico and we’re happy to let you know that the Ski Apache zipline tour near is extremely fun and well worth your family time. 

The Windrider zipline tour at Ski Apache has 3 runs and is also the highest zip line in the World! The longest leg of the Windrider zipline was the first run at almost 1 mile long and where we reached speeds near 70 MPH. 

Watch us in action 

Ski Apache is located just outside Ruidoso, New Mexico in Alto, NM and we had so much fun there! The drive to Ski Apache was one of a kind and beautiful and the staff, Zipline training and our Zipline adventure experience on the Ski Apache Windrider was like no other.

Visit our YouTube channel (and please subscribe) for the full scoop on our family vacation insider adventures this summer as we travel from Wisconsin to New Mexico and back!



Ski Apache Contact Info:

  • 1286 Ski Run Road, Alto, New Mexico 88312
  • (575) 464-3600 or (800) 545-9011
  • Hours of Operation: Daily at 9:00am – 6:00pm

Watch Ski Apache’s videos on their YouTube channel or visit the Ski Apache website for more info on reservations, pricing and all the exciting fun to be had at Ski Apache! Get social with Ski Apache on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to Ski Apache for the opportunity to share our experience with riding the mega-fast, super high Windrider Zipline experience.

Ski Apache, here we come!

Road Trip to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin

We’re on our way to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin and will be heading through the following beautiful States: leaving from Wisconsin to Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and finally New Mexico. Along the way, we’ll stop to share some photos from the road and once we arrive in Ruidoso, NM where we’ll be featuring Ski Apache’s zip line tour and family gondola rides. Below is our travel map and photos of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Follow along as we tour the historic Route 66 and thanks for reading!

Lookout Mountain in New Mexicao
White Sands sledding
Mescalero Native American
Hubbard Museum of the West in Ruidoso Downs NM

Summer fun in Calgary Alberta Canada

In this special guest post, we’re featuring author and beer educator Marty Nachel as he spans the globe from Chicagoland to Calgary, Alberta in Canada for a travel adventure of hiking and beer!

Among many titles, Marty Nachel wrote the bible of beer making books Homebrewing For Dummies which you can find on Amazon. Marty is also a Faculty member at the College of DuPage Business of Craft Beer certificate program where you can join him for a 5-week Beer Evaluation course at College of DuPage to become a certified beer judge. Program info is available on the Aleconner Facebook page, at the COD.edu website or call (630) 942-2208 for class registration info!

And now from Marty Nachel from Alberta, Canada.

June 27, heading out to Calgary from Chicago

June 29 – A View from Lake Louise, Canada

June 30 – From atop Banff, Alberta, Canada

July 1 – Maligne Canyon, Jasper, Alberta, Canada

July 1 – Columbia Icefield, Alberta, Canada

July 1 – Hiking Banff Natural Park

Thanks to Marty for giving us permission to share his Alberta, Canada adventures!

We're giving away a COOP Sports Reactorz Basketball and Reactorz Disc

Summer fun with COOP Hydro Whistle Dart and Reactorz giveaway

All winter long, I’ve been itching to get outdoors and now that the snow is long gone here in Wisconsin, we can finally play outside which we often do multiple times daily. My two younger boys and I love to have campfires on weekend nights but when I get home from work each weeknight, we love to be active and have fun outdoors. So our family often makes time to throw a ball, ride bikes, take a walk or just have fun outside before or after dinner time.

This week, I was given a Coop Hydro Whistle Dart to use with the boys in our playtime and wow we’ve been having fun!


Congrats to our giveaway winner Birdie S who has 48 hrs to claim the win.


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We went, we saw, we played

Recommendations from NY Toy Fair + Whiffer Sniffers Giveaway (ends 4/30)

Exclusive From Inside #NYTF17

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the NY Toy Fair for my full time job in public relations. Back home from Toy Fair, I was asked by two toy store owners what hot new products (toys and games) would I recommend they stock their retail store shelves with—below are my recommendations. Bonus! Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

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Exploring Multnomah Falls in Oregon & #GIVEAWAY

At least once, everyone must plan to visit the Pacific Northwest, USA including Oregon, Washington and beyond. In this post, we welcome guest contributor and Pro photography Rachel Konsella of Vancouver, Washington. Plus, enter our giveaway for a vintage collection of tourist bells (which were my grandma’s.)


ANTIQUE BELLS #GIVEAWAY (USA/18+/ENDS 3/12)

***3/13/2017 UPDATE – Congrats to the giveaway winner: Karen M. of Michigan, who has been contacted and shipping confirmed! Thank you again to all the entrances to took time to participate in this giveaway and I look forward to continuing want to give away each month, cheers!***

Please enter the giveaway for this post too where we will be shipping, to one winner (see rules) a set of antique/vintage tourist bells.Read More »

25 best travel Instagrams to follow in 2017

For 2017, my New Year’s resolution is to explore and travel to more destinations than I did in ’16. I’ve loaded my Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny by following the list below of best travel Instagram accounts for 2017, it’s time to get out and explore! Below are groups of Instagram accounts which I foresee as having the best insights on travel in 2017. For the record, some images below show “Follow” but we have followed all of these with our Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny.

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TRAVEL BLOGGERS & JOURNALISTS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017

1) @traveldudes
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40 Travel gifts under $100 for the 2016 Holidays + #Giveaway

T’is the Holiday season for holiday gift shopping! We’re stoked to present you with these #2016Holiday travel gift ideas, all under $100 for your the loved ones on your holiday buying list who are frequent flyers, campers, kids, tech or music lovers and more—with a travel twist. As we’ve spent time compiling this holiday travel gift list, we tried our best to choose some items which are made by small businesses or are a healthy alternative. Make sure to check out our giveaway at the bottom of this post and click the product images and prices below for buying options.

**12/16/2016 UPDATE** // The winner of the Giveaway is Dawn M. dawnm******3@gmail.com. Congrats. You’ve got the weekend to contact us and claim your giveaway selection at our.fam.reviews@gmail.com.

Winner of our holiday 2016 travel gift guide giveaway

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Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Secret Romantic Getaway Must Haves

Have you been planning a secret romantic getaway for your significant other? The anticipation of keeping a secret can be exciting, trying and in my case almost impossible to pull off!

Planning a secret romantic getaway for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other is a great way to spend a night or weekend away from the kids to rekindle your relationship and celebrate each other with intimacy. Below is a list of suggested must haves for planning your secret romantic getaway.Read More »