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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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The Trail of the Molten Land- Newberry Volcano

The Trail of the Molten Land, located outside of Bend, is an easy trail that brings hikers to an alien planet. In reality, you stroll through a roughly one-mile of lava flow, at the bottom of an ancient volcano, but your eyes will surely convince you that you’ve entered an alien realm. What is the … Read more

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Trekking the Shimmering Path: A Guide to Oregon’s Big Obsidian Flow Trail

The Bog Obsidian Flow Trail winds through the youngest lava flow in Oregon. The roughly one square mile area is made up of glossy black obsidian and pumice stone. This hike is one of the most unique experiences in all of the diverse state of Oregon. What is the Big Obsidian Flow? The Big Obsidian … Read more

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Nature’s Raw Power on Display: Exploring the Geologic Wonders of Newberry Volcanic Monument

The Newberry National Volcanic Monument in central Oregon combines 54,000 acres of land to feature lakes, lava flows, lava tubes, unique geologic formations, and some of the best views of the nearby cascade ranges, all inside one park. The New berry Volcanic Monument is mainly all about lava. The park is on an active volcano … Read more

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Descending into the Abyss at Lava River Cave Oregon

Even as you’re descending into the giant maw of Lava River Cave near Bend Oregon, you’re thinking the usual thoughts that accompany steps into the subterranean. Will I see stalactites or Stalagmites? Will the floor be slippery with dropping moisture, will sudden bursts of illumination highlight spectacular displays of geologic history (thanks to thoughtful park … Read more

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Oregon’s Lava Cast Forest: Nature’s Sculpture Garden in the Heart of the Pacific Northwest

Oregon’s lava cast forest is located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and features an important remnant of the Earth’s early volcanic history. Hikers of all abilities can enjoy the paved trail through the lava casts at this stunning Oregon location, but first you have to find it! Visiting a Geological Marvel The more we … Read more

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Explore Minto Brown Island Park: The Most Dog-Friendly Place in Salem

Minto Brown Island State Park is the perfect dog lover’s paradise. This riverfront West Salem park offers walking, hiking, jogging, and swimming, all with the option to take man’s best friend with you! The Search for Dog Friendly Parks at the Halfway Point When I stumbled upon Minto Island Brown Park in Salem, I was … Read more

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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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Rock House Reservation: Visit Massachusetts’ Slot Canyon

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 26, 2024

Travel across New England is filled with surprises, particularly when you stumble across Rock House Reservation. I never expected to find the equivalent of a slot canyon (Think Zion National Park and southern Utah) in the woods of Central Massachusetts, but Rock House Reservation features a similar, if much smaller, geographical phenomenon. Nestled amidst the … Read more

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The Murderous Tragedy of Spooner Well in Central Massachusetts

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 23, 2024

Few people realize that the small town of Brookfield in Central Massachusetts is responsible for raising the first woman to be executed in the new America republic. However, Spooner Well, a sad and lonely spot on the old Boston Post Road, commemorates the occasion with a single lone marker. It’s the place where Joshua Spooner … Read more

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Rescued Animals Find a Ray of Light in Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 22, 2024

It isn’t every day that you find an interesting travel destination that also offers hope for rescued animals, but Ray of Light Farm in Connecticut is just such a place. Nestled in the back roads of East Haddam, not far from the famous Gillette Castle mansion, the farm offers sanctuary to abandoned animals as well … Read more

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Dover Stone Church, Our Gateway to New York’s Abandoned History

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 22, 2023

As the fall laid down a blanket of leaves and blazed in glorious colors, it seemed a strange time to leave New England, but New York state is a magnificent bastion of historical references all rolled into one endless sweep of stunning terrain. And it’s just over the Connecticut border, where a place called Dover … Read more

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

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 17, 2023

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


Sad Tales, Historic Remains: Lovers Leap State Park in Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 16, 2023

Many of New England’s hikes blend history with the modern day, but few do it as seamlessly as the trails at Lovers Leap State Park in Connecticut. Explore history against the modern backdrop of the state’s rural New Milford countryside and learn a thing or two about local legends. It’s up to you to decide … 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.

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Disney World Discounts in 2024: Score Hotel Deals and Savings

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 1, 2024

If you’re ready to visit Disney World and looking for Disney World discounts in 2024, you’re in luck. Some Disney World discounts have been released to help you make the most of your Disney World budget this year. Best of all, we’ll be updating this page as new discounts become available, so be sure to … Read more

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Disney World: Plan Your Trip in 8 Easy Steps

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 28, 2024

Discover the enchantment of Disney World by planning your trip in 8 easy steps. Whether you’re a meticulous planner or prefer a more relaxed approach, these essential steps will ensure you make the most of your magical adventure. Disney World: Plan your trip and embark on an unforgettable journey. Follow these steps for hassle-free Disney … Read more

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Is Booking the Disney Free Dining Plan Promotion Really a Good Deal?

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 20, 2024

If you’re new to Disney, or you’re a more carefree Seconds-to-Go type traveler, you may have never heard of the Disney free dining promotion. If so, you’re probably wondering what free dining at Disney entails and if it’s really the exciting deal the name would suggest. Well, stick with us. We’re about to explain what … Read more

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How Does the Disney Dining Plan 2024 Work? Eat, Drink, and Save Big!

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 16, 2024

With the return of the Disney Dining Plan in 2024, big things are in store for Disney travelers. The Disney Dining Plan offers a spectular option for budgeting your trip in advance and opens nearly every door at Disney World restaurants for park goers this year. As a travel agent specializing in Disney travel, there … Read more

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Walt Disney Coronado Springs Resort: Say Olé to Epic Adventures

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 14, 2024

Welcome to the Walt Disney Coronado Springs Resort, the ultimate getaway destination for families and Disney enthusiasts alike. Nestled in a prime location in the heart of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, this Spanish-colonial inspired haven offers comfortable amenities, stellar grounds and some of the best food choices you’ll find at a Disney moderate resort. … Read more

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Big Changes Coming to Disney World with Vacation Packages 2024!

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 10, 2024

Disney World Packages have been released for 2024, and big changes await park visitors in the next year. Before we get to the specifics, let’s clarify a few of the details surrounding package bookings. First, if you’re wondering what a Disney World vacation package is and the advantages of booking one, we have a complete … 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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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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Hiking Case Mountain in Manchester, Connecticut

By Kathleen Hesketh | March 1, 2019

Before going to Case Mountain, I never thought of hiking in Manchester Connecticut. Apparently, I was a member of a small minority unaware of Case Mountain’s history and splendid sites. Case Mountain: New England Hiking, History and Cliff-Top Views Fall color has been dim the last couple of years in Connecticut. Instead, we’ve been given autumn in fits and starts. … Read more

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Duckpin Bowling in Connecticut: Do It While You Can

By Kathleen Hesketh | February 6, 2019

DISCLAIMER: Our posts may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, you won’t pay a penny more, but we’ll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on. Thanks! Duckpin bowling in Connecticut is a traditional sport that is fun for all ages. Find a lane near you and … 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

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Painted Hills- Created by Mother Nature’s Paintbrush

By Ali Patton | January 29, 2019

Rolling Hills in sunset colors spread across the desert landscape of the Painted Hills State Park, part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. They offer a beautiful photo opportunity, but if you look closer, you’ll see much more than that. Painted Hills State Park History The Painted Hills, with their almost alien-like quality, … Read more

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Ice Glen Trail, Like Ireland in the Berkshires

By Kathleen Hesketh | January 27, 2019

DISCLAIMER: Our posts may contain affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, you won’t pay a penny more, but we’ll get a small commission, which helps to keep the lights on. Thanks! You can easily spend days driving the backroads of the Berkshires, slipping into a daydream, imagining what life would have … Read more