Free Pancakes With a Sense of Adventure

January 30, 2015 9:57 AM

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Free Pancakes With a Sense of Adventure

THE YEAR I TURNED eight my French parents took my younger sister and me on a five-week tour of the grandest National Parks in the Western U.S. Yellowstone, Zion, Arches, Grand Canyon, Sequoia—we hit them all, wide-eyed behind the dust-stained windshield of the rental car, stunned as much by the unrelenting summer heat as by the otherworldly landscapes. It was the trip that defined every vacation in its wake and, less intentionally perhaps, inspired an undying loyalty to “Little House on the Prairie” reruns and bad westerns.

Nearly three decades later, you’d think dawn rising over Grand Teton on a baking August morning would be the salient memory from that formative adventure. But no. To the everlasting disappointment of my parents, what I remember most vividly about that family escapade is the lopsided stack of honey-g...

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