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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


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

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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

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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


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

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Dog-Friendly Travel

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

Our Happy Place

Cincerella's Castle as seen from Frontierland at Disney World

Are You Asking the RIGHT Disney World Questions? Critical Things to Know When Planning a Trip

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 11, 2024

We recently took a look at reams of search engine data to determine what sort of Disney World questions were being researched on the internet. We were surprised to find that some of the least searched queries were related to vital information that anyone planning a trip to Disney World would want to know. So, … Read more

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What It’s Really Like to Ride the Disney World Buses

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 10, 2024

When Walt Disney first envisioned the premier theme park experience, Disney World buses were not part of the vision. Instead, he saw a vast highway in the sky, gliding off to interconnected resorts and the magical city of tomorrow. While not as mythical as Walt’s original idea, the Walt Disney World bus system does fulfill … Read more

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Spooktacular Fun Is Back: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2024

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 8, 2024

Boo! It’s that time of the year again – and what better way to celebrate than by attending the Walt Disney World Halloween Party in 2024, also known as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? If you’re looking for a frightfully good time, look no further than this must-attend event at the happiest place on … Read more

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Disney in August, Is It a Good Time to Go?

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 7, 2024

As Disney travel bloggers (and now agents) we’re often asked when is the best time to take a Disney vacation. Frequently, travelers want to know about Disney in August and whether it is a good time to visit Disney World. As with any other month of the year, there are pros and cons about a … Read more

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15 Essential Tips for Your First Time at Disney World: Harness the Magic Now

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 5, 2024

After our first time at Disney World, I lamented to a friend who lived in Utah that a four-day trip hadn’t been nearly long enough. As a long-time veteran of Disneyland in California, she was puzzled by this. How could I possibly spend more than four days at Disney parks? Her first misconception was that … Read more

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Expert Tips for Navigating the Disney World Monorail System: Top Questions Answered

By Kathleen Hesketh | May 5, 2024

The Disney World monorail system is a quintessential part of a Disney vacation and one aspect that sets the resort apart from other theme park experiences. As such, guests planning a trip to Disney World have a lot of questions about using the Disney World monorail. So, we’re answering the most common questions, based on … 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.


The Sweet Hike of Sweet Creek Falls

By Ali Patton | October 25, 2020

Sweet Creek Falls is a heavily trafficked two-mile out and back Oregon hiking trail that showcases four waterfalls, which together, drop over 70 feet. Small swimming holes can be accessed at most of the falls, if you’re up for getting wet. If you’re not into splashing in the water, don’t fret. The Sweet Creek Falls … Read more

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Henline Falls and the Oregon Secret You’ll Want to See

By Ali Patton | September 14, 2020

With an easy trail that leads directly to the bottom of a 125 foot waterfall, you’ll want to spend hours exploring the rocks and the clear pools of Henline Falls. The falls have a secret though, a hidden gold and silver mine that is worth the search. Henline Falls History In the early 1900’s, the … Read more

Heublein Tower as viewed from the top of the Heublein Tower Hike on Talcott Mountain

Heublein Tower Hike: Views Atop the Talcott Ridge

By Ali Patton | May 6, 2020

What started out as a lavish gift from a loving husband to his wife, is now one of the best hikes in Connecticut. The Heublein Tower hike and trail, located atop Talcott Mountain and just west of Hartford, offers views as far as Massachusetts. I grew up hiking Talcott Mountain and visiting the tower with … Read more

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Submerged at Submarine Force Museum in Connecticut

By Ali Patton | February 26, 2020

The Submarine Force Museum in Groton CT is home to all things submarine, including working periscopes and the USS Nautilus. The Nautilus is submerged in water outside the museum and is open for tours. The Story of the USS Nautilus In 1951, Congress authorized the construction of the Nautilus submarine. “Underway on nuclear power” are … Read more

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Meet a Dinosaur “Mutt” at Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 4, 2019

With 4.5 billion years of the earth’s history under one roof, the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale may be the only place you can see the skeletal remains of a Brontosaurus-Apatosaurus hybrid. How a Dinosaur Comes to Be a Hybrid According to Nina, a docent at the museum, the institution’s signature Brontosaurus suffered … Read more

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Philomath Delivery Robot DAX Expands Philomath Territory

By Ali Patton | January 30, 2019

Philomath Oregon, a small pass through town on the way to Newport, is not the place you’d expect to see robots roaming the streets. But, as you drive through, don’t be surprised to see DAX rolling along the sidewalks. DAX is Philomath’s delivery robot that is semi-autonomous, but hard working. The Origins of DAX: Philomath’s … Read more