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Mother-Daughter Travel Bloggers

Exploring New England, Oregon and Everywhere in Between

Get Out and Explore with Seconds to Go

We’re a mother-daughter travel blogging team, sharing our experiences adventuring, from coast to coast across the US. Although we're a travel blog, we aim to help the last-minute day tripper as well as those planning a vacation.

We’re turning our experiences into a series of “trips”, to help like-minded travelers easily find things to do. Explore each “trip” individually or string them together for a longer adventure.

If you need Disney World vacation planning advice and tips, we’ve got you covered as well. We’re drawing from over a decade of Disney World travel to provide you with all of the planning information you’ll need.

So, why not take a look around, and then, Get Out. Explore

ABOUT

Meet Kat and Ali

Mother-daughter travel bloggers exploring the U.S. coast to coast.

In the Solitude of Nature

Oregon Travel

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An Oregon Foodie’s Guide to the Best Corvallis Restaurants

When it comes to Oregon food, many people think of Portland, but when visiting Oregon, food in Corvallis can be just as delectable and zany, only a little closer to home for many of us in this college town! Come with us on a food journey around Corvallis, Oregon. Bo & Vine Burgers BO and … Read more

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Horsetail Falls Oregon to Ponytail Falls, Mother and Daughter on the Trail

A recent trip to the Columbia River Gorge had us—as it does many—chasing waterfalls, most notably Horsetail Falls Oregon and the nearby Ponytail Falls, also known as Upper Horsetail Falls. This duo of plunging cascades offers everything for travelers of all abilities, from the view-it-from-the-roadside sort to the more avid hiker. If you haven’t traveled … Read more

View looking up at Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge bridge

Visit Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge, But Don’t Make Our Mistake

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is one of the world’s most iconic waterfalls. Revereed for its two-tier plunge and picturesque appeal, the double cascade sees two million visitors a year, most during the summer months. If you’re planning to visit Multnomah Falls in Oregon, it’s best to go prepared. Due to the sheer … Read more

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Bohemia Mine: Haunting Oregon Ghost Town in the High Umpquas

Our first attempt to visit the Bohemia Mine Oregon ghost town took place in 2014, right after I got married. My mom, sister and I took the dog and headed out into one of the most scenic places in Oregon, the Umpqua National Forest, in a Ford Focus. The choice of vehicle turned out to … Read more

Kathleen Hesketh hiking Ponytail Falls Oregon's Columbia River Gorge

Best Hiking Trails in Oregon to Tackle in a Day or Less

The Pacific Northwest is known for its amazing outdoor activities, and Oregon is no exception. The best Oregon hiking trails feature waterfalls, stunning views, and excitement. Take a journey with us through the beautiful state of Oregon to explore the best places to take a hike. Our Favorite Oregon Hiking Trails Tokatee Falls- Greatest Views … Read more

The Spruce Goose at the Air Musuem in McMinnville

Air Museum in McMinnville Oregon Features Legendary One-Flight Plane

The Air Museum in McMinnville Oregon, called the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, offers an up close and personal view of planes and space equipment. This museum is perfect for any aviation fanatic, aspiring astronaut, or just plain history buff. The large windowed building also holds one of the most unique planes ever created—the one-flight … Read more

A Wild and Woolly Weekend

Yellowstone National Park

Exploring the beauty and majesty of Yellowstone in a single weekend.

History and Charm

Things to Do in New England

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Best Connecticut Hiking Trails: 7 Hikes that Will Knock Your Socks off

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 9, 2024

You don’t have to search long to come up with dozens of Connecticut hiking trails, but narrowing in on the best hikes in Connecticut often requires a little determination. Many are short, flat jaunts with little to pique your curiosity, while others dig deep into history or the ecological wonders of the state. These are … Read more

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Lowell National Historic Park: Bringing the Industrial Revolution Back to Life

By Ali Patton | April 11, 2024

A visit to Lowell National Historic Park is a visit back in time to the 19th century during the peak of the Industrial Revolution. Located in the heart of the city of Lowell Massachusetts, Lowell National Historic Park doesn’t provide views of nature and wildlife like other national parks, but rather a deep delve into … Read more

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Fort Wetherill Jamestown: Exploring Semi-Secret Tunnels and Other Things You Can’t Imagine

By Ali Patton | March 28, 2024

Abandoned on Rhode Island’s shores, behind overgrown trees, often overlooked, or just plain forgotten, sits Fort Wetherill in Jamestown. Once a proud active fort, Fort Wetherill’s many tunnels and structures are now covered in multicolored graffiti. Fort Wetherill Jamestown’s History In 1855, President Grover appointed the Endicott Board. Made up of members of the Army, … Read more

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Dismal Brook Wildlife Preserve in Connecticut Is a Small Hike with Big Surprises

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 21, 2024

It was a balmy 4o degrees when we set out for a hike in the Dismal Brook Wildlife Preserve in North Granby, Connecticut. Not a beach day by any means, but the sun was flirting with some billowing clouds, and the weather forecast promised more frigid temperatures for the weekend, so it seemed the perfect … Read more

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Budweiser New Hampshire Brewery Tour Merrimack: A Non-Drinker’s View

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 17, 2024

Taking a Budweiser Brewery tour in Merrimack, NH isn’t just for beer lovers. It’s also an experience for history buffs and anyone who likes to understand the ins and outs of how things are made. While you can no longer visit the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at this location, you can tour the facilities and sample … Read more

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Abandoned Becket Quarry, the Land that Time Forgot

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 8, 2024

Heading out for a hike in the snow can be an adventure in and of itself, but searching out abandoned Massachusetts quarries adds an extra element of mystery. That’s particularly true when the destination is one where the workers walked off the job and left everything just as it was at quitting time more than … Read more

Our Sidekicks

Dog-Friendly Travel

Places to go with your furry friend and the gear you need when you get there.

Our Happy Place

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Best Magic Kingdom Restaurants: Where to Eat Made Simple

By Ali Patton | August 18, 2021

When visiting Disney World, you have to eat, but knowing where to find the best Magic Kingdom restaurants for a burger, burrito or even table service can be the equivalent of taking a shot in the dark. So, we’ve assembled a list of our Magic Kingdom restaurant favorites. Best Restaurant for Breakfast in Magic Kingdom: … Read more

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Is the Disney Credit Card Worth it? A Disney Credit Card Review

By Kathleen Hesketh | August 15, 2021

The Disney Visa card, offered by Chase, rewards card members with points for every dollar spent. However, with so many travel cards on the market, you’re likely wondering if the Chase Disney Visa card is really worth it or if you’d be better off with another card. In this Disney credit card review, we’ll cover … Read more

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Considering a Walt Disney World Car Rental for Your Next Trip? Here is What You Need to Know.

By Kathleen Hesketh | July 18, 2021

Now that Disney’s free Magical Express bus service has come to an end, renting a car at Disney World is more popular than ever. However, with so many alternatives to Disney’s Magical Express now available, does it really make sense to pay for a rental car? After all, Disney’s complimentary park-to-park and resort-to-park transportation, can … Read more

Incredible Hikes

Explore 16 of the Best Oregon Hiking Trails

We love to get out and explore the unpaved path and even some paved ones. We've found some of the best hiking adventures in Oregon.

What Is Seconds to Go?

Travel Tips and Trips for people on the go.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you have time to adventure out and explore, or maybe you want to take a trip, but don’t know what to do or where to go?

It used to happen to us all the time. We’d scour the web for ideas and suggestions but could never get the level of detail we needed to know if the experience was right for us.

As a result, we started “exploring”. That’s what we called our adventures when we’d get in the car and head out on a drive, just looking for something new and unique to do.

After years of traveling New England, Oregon and taking vacations to Disney World, we decided to share the knowledge and insights we gained from our adventures in a coast-to-coast blog of the U.S.

The result is a series of blog posts, each providing a no-hassle “trip”.

We are dedicated to low hassle travel, so even if you only have a few seconds before you go, each trip will quickly explain:

  • The time it takes to experience each trip
  • Special tips for making the most of each trip
  • Nearby destinations that you can visit

What you won’t find in a Seconds to Go trip:

  • Trips written about places we’ve never been
  • Trips based only on internet research with no personal point of view

So, if you’re looking for something to do, or want to plan a vacation, take inspiration from our trips and travel tips. You can even string our trips together for a longer day on the road. Maybe even a full vacation.

As coast-to-coast travel bloggers, it’s our goal to inspire you and provide the knowledge you need to quickly and easily create your own travel adventure.

We currently have a number of "trips for New England and Oregon. Look for detailed itineraries covering our other adventures coast-to-coast.

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Best Connecticut Hiking Trails: 7 Hikes that Will Knock Your Socks off

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 9, 2024

You don’t have to search long to come up with dozens of Connecticut hiking trails, but narrowing in on the best hikes in Connecticut often requires a little determination. Many are short, flat jaunts with little to pique your curiosity, while others dig deep into history or the ecological wonders of the state. These are … Read more

Horsetail falls Oregon from viewpoint

Horsetail Falls Oregon to Ponytail Falls, Mother and Daughter on the Trail

By Kathleen Hesketh | April 25, 2024

A recent trip to the Columbia River Gorge had us—as it does many—chasing waterfalls, most notably Horsetail Falls Oregon and the nearby Ponytail Falls, also known as Upper Horsetail Falls. This duo of plunging cascades offers everything for travelers of all abilities, from the view-it-from-the-roadside sort to the more avid hiker. If you haven’t traveled … Read more

View looking up at Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge bridge

Visit Multnomah Falls Columbia River Gorge, But Don’t Make Our Mistake

By Kathleen Hesketh | April 24, 2024

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge is one of the world’s most iconic waterfalls. Revereed for its two-tier plunge and picturesque appeal, the double cascade sees two million visitors a year, most during the summer months. If you’re planning to visit Multnomah Falls in Oregon, it’s best to go prepared. Due to the sheer … Read more

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Bohemia Mine: Haunting Oregon Ghost Town in the High Umpquas

By Ali Patton | April 19, 2024

Our first attempt to visit the Bohemia Mine Oregon ghost town took place in 2014, right after I got married. My mom, sister and I took the dog and headed out into one of the most scenic places in Oregon, the Umpqua National Forest, in a Ford Focus. The choice of vehicle turned out to … Read more

The Spruce Goose at the Air Musuem in McMinnville

Air Museum in McMinnville Oregon Features Legendary One-Flight Plane

By Ali Patton | April 12, 2024

The Air Museum in McMinnville Oregon, called the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, offers an up close and personal view of planes and space equipment. This museum is perfect for any aviation fanatic, aspiring astronaut, or just plain history buff. The large windowed building also holds one of the most unique planes ever created—the one-flight … Read more

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Lowell National Historic Park: Bringing the Industrial Revolution Back to Life

By Ali Patton | April 11, 2024

A visit to Lowell National Historic Park is a visit back in time to the 19th century during the peak of the Industrial Revolution. Located in the heart of the city of Lowell Massachusetts, Lowell National Historic Park doesn’t provide views of nature and wildlife like other national parks, but rather a deep delve into … Read more