Sounds dramatic, doesn't it? The Lyra crew—myself, my husband, Green, and our two daughters, ages 7 and 2—are planning to head out on a fall cruise in mid-September. Our ambitious destination is Maine, and since we only have about two weeks, we plan to get there as quickly as possible and then do some coastal hops on the way back south. It will definitely be a first for our family, and we're psyched. Hopefully the girls will have a good time and it won't turn into the train wreck that was our "fun family hike" over the weekend (after the youngest threw up all over herself and daddy, and the older one was debilitated by blisters and then soaked by a fall into a stream, Green then suggested that we should maybe "work up" to camping—nevermind that we used to camp all of the time before kids. We used to cruise a lot before kids too... Hmmmm... And did I mention that we're also bringing my mother-in-law along for the ride? ).