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    Your child's travel firsts

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    Shannon's First East Coast Trip


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Doug Simonton took his first trip to Washington, D.C., when he was nine-years-old, and thought that his daughter Shannon would enjoy it as much as he did when she was nine. For this trip, they also added New York to the mix. "I remember we had a blast at the Hershey's store in Times Square," he said. "Along with the Lego Pavilion in D.C." Simonton thought it was great to get to see these two places through his young daugther's eyes.

    Simonton doesn't think you can be too young or too old to travel as long as you have the "travel bug." He's seen children and adults alike throwing tantrums while traveling. "Shannon's always had a great temperament. I never had to do anything to make her behave," he said. "She was, and is, quite mature for her age.
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    It's hard to believe this was 7 + years ago, but here's a set from one of our first daughter/dad trips -- in this case, DC up to NYC. To see your child discover something for the first time is one of life's great joys.

    I know I'm the gushing dad, but some of these still bring a wee tear to the eye. The pix in sequence:

    1. Shannon's first take-off.

    2. Shannon hangin' out over Times Square / NYC

    3. Shannon @ the Iwo Jima Memorial / DC

    4. I know this one's blurry, but Shannon's gaze through the window of her first train journey (DC to Baltimore) still gives me chills...

    5. ...as does this one thru the glass at the aquarium @ Baltimore's inner harbor.

    6. Now this one -- this is one of my all-time faves. Shannon in the center of it all; Grand Central Station / NYC.
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