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Thoughts on camping, parenting, and travel.

15 Jul
Cape Cod Family Trip Planner: Beaches, Biking, Baseball, and More!

Cape Cod Family Trip Planner: Beaches, Biking, Baseball, and More!

Planning a trip to Cape Cod? We spent a magical week there this summer and can’t wait to return. Here is our list of suggestions for where to stay, what to eat, and how to have tons of family fun. Where to Stay   A great campground at a great price with super-clean facilities. Direct access to the Cape Cod Bike Trail. Where to Eat and Drink   Get in line early for Cape Cod’s best breakfast splurge. The Glazed Old Fashioned? Yum. Buy enough for your whole trip. Then buy some more to bring home. We love the Wellfleet Blend... Read More

RV Organization: Our Old Problems and Some New Principles

About two weeks ago, I shared a post about my frustration with getting (and keeping) our RV organized. After two years of good intentions, I decided to get serious and call in an expert. Yvonne Moss showed up with her measuring tape and smart phone, inspecting every inch of the camper, and firing questions at me about our family habits and trouble spots. This is going to be an ongoing project for us, and I will only share a ‘tip’ or ‘idea’ if we actually tested it and it kept us more organized on the road. As a family... Read More
13 Jul
Coffee from the Magic List: Beanstock Roasters, Eastham, Cape Cod

Coffee from the Magic List: Beanstock Roasters, Eastham, Cape Cod

Two years ago I found myself back in contact with my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Joe, whom I hadn’t spoken to in 22 years.  When Nancy found out that we travelled to New England every summer she insisted that we would LOVE Cape Cod, where she and Joe had retired, and she encouraged us to visit.  Stephanie had always wanted to travel there anyway, so I knew it was just a matter of time. Now fast forward two years… We finally reconnected with Nancy and Joe, and another aunt, and two cousins!  It really was quite lovely.  It turns out that... Read More
09 Jul
Well Done, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape Cod

Well Done, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Cape Cod

One of the wonderful surprises that Cape Cod offered us on our first visit was the great diversity of landscape. I think we expected to see beautiful beaches and dunes and not much else. However the kettle ponds, bay inlets, marshes, and wild National Seashore genuinely caught us off guard…and captured our hearts. So after you have had a few days at the beach, on the kayak, and in the sun, it is rather easy to find another outdoor diversion on Cape Cod. That is truly a remarkable thing to say about a beach vacation. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife... Read More
06 Jul
Four Hours in Provincetown, Cape Cod: The Walk, Play, Eat Tour

Four Hours in Provincetown, Cape Cod: The Walk, Play, Eat Tour

If you have been a reader of this blog for some time then you know downtowns are a bit tricky for us. We love local culture and enjoy exploring the bookstores, galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants of an area. However, our boys have never been stroller junkies and with three kids five and under, we try to avoid adding more stress to our lives. In other words, our visits to civilized areas with stores and restaurants usually revolve around the following principle: in and out and nobody gets hurt. Our first morning in Cape Cod was overcast... Read More
05 Jul
My Kayak Thwack: Atlantic Oaks R.V. Park, Eastham, Cape Cod

My Kayak Thwack: Atlantic Oaks R.V. Park, Eastham, Cape Cod

It was our fourth glittering summer morning on Cape Cod and I was brewing up a pot of coffee from Beanstock Roasters, whose headquarters was located about a mile up the bike path from our campground.  We were almost out of beans and I was considering pedaling over to the roastery to reload.  Then I heard a loud THWACKING noise coming from the rear of our camper.  Max and Theo were already up so I quickly filled a mug and headed outside to see what kind of trouble they were up to. They were playing nicely with their action figures on the... Read More
03 Jul
A Tale of Three Lobster Rolls in Three Towns: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A Tale of Three Lobster Rolls in Three Towns: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Every summer when we head into New England, we systematically work our way through the local seafood shacks. This tradition started four summers ago in Maine, where we happened to eat the best lobster roll of our lives at Marriner’s Restaurant in Camden. Then the quest began. We couldn’t help ourselves. Every lobster roll thereafter has been compared to that exemplar. Many have been delicious, but none have measured up to the memory. At this point we don’t even know if we are being fair. Perhaps our nostalgia has gotten the... Read More

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