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Thoughts on camping, parenting, and travel.

02 Jun
Our First Taste of Summer in the Skylands: Camp Taylor, Northwest NJ

Our First Taste of Summer in the Skylands: Camp Taylor, Northwest NJ

When the Lively Little Campers Go RVing in our home state of New Jersey we either go South to Cape May for the beach and boardwalk or North to the Skylands Region for mountains and deep woods.  We closed out last season at  Seashore Campsites in our beloved Cape May so we decided to head back to Camp Taylor in the Skylands Region for our most recent family adventure.  Camp Taylor promises the “genuine outdoor experience” and it delivers on that promise in a major way.  The campground consists of 400 acres of lush and lovely woods... Read More
28 May
Animal Frolics Exist (Who Knew?): Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

Animal Frolics Exist (Who Knew?): Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

We definitely do our fair share of research and planning before we take a trip. Over the years, however, we have learned the value of being flexible. All the scheduling in the world cannot compete with a campground owner’s recommendation for BBQ or a spontaneous visit to a church pancake breakfast. So many of our wonderful experiences on the road have been the result of conversations with locals or fellow travelers. If I can offer you one piece of advice for finding special places away from home, it would be this: slow down and talk to... Read More
18 May
Hank’s Place: Perfecting the Family Restaurant in Chadds Ford, PA

Hank’s Place: Perfecting the Family Restaurant in Chadds Ford, PA

We have returned to the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA every May for the last four years. It may be hard to believe that in all of those trips we have never once had a meal out. There was that first year when we bought some extremely overpriced sandwiches at Longwood Gardens (a mistake never repeated). And then there was the time when we still had our pop up camper,  and it started to rain buckets at dinner time. We ordered pizza delivered to the campsite (seriously, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it–beats grilling in a... Read More
14 May
12 Images from the Enchanted Woods of Winterthur

12 Images from the Enchanted Woods of Winterthur

It is in no way hyperbolic to call Winterthur a magical place.  The 1,000 acre preserve, founded by Henry Francis du Pont, is filled with rolling meadows, sparkling green woodlands, and secret gardens that will surprise and delight your entire family.  The Lively Little Campers spent a refreshing morning there this past weekend and left with a year long family pass.  Here is why we will go back again and again: Winterthur is filled with open green spaces and the curves and contours of the landscape beg you to stretch, and roam, and play. No... Read More
04 May
Twins Taught Us to Hold It All Together; The Third Taught Us to Let It All Go

Twins Taught Us to Hold It All Together; The Third Taught Us to Let It All Go

Max and Theo turned five this past week, and Wes turned one last month, so we have been celebrating some pretty big milestones around here. Sometimes it takes my breathe away thinking about how my life has been transformed by these three boys. After Max and Theo were born, it didn’t take us long to figure out that routine, structure, and a good sense of humor would help us emerge from their infancy with our souls intact. A few months into their life, we realized we would also need a lot of fun. Not Chucky Cheese, theme parky fun, but... Read More
01 May
8 Reasons To Pick Myrtle Beach for Your Next Family Vacation!

8 Reasons To Pick Myrtle Beach for Your Next Family Vacation!

1. Touristy boardwalk fun, like the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, that will make you smile from ear to ear. 2. Soulful boardwalk fun, at places like Myrtle Beach State Park, that will fill your lungs with fresh ocean air. 3.  Room to splash and play and greet the waves at places like Huntington Beach State Park. 4.  Quiet places for your kids to build and dream like the Children’s Discovery Room at Brookgreen Gardens.   5. Many great places, like the Myrtle Beach KOA, to pitch a tent, rent a cabin, or park your RV. Skip the hotel room,... Read More
27 Apr
Guest Blog: John and Cathy Say Goodbye to New Zealand

Guest Blog: John and Cathy Say Goodbye to New Zealand

John and Cathy are experienced international RV travelers.  This is the last guest blog about their epic RV trip to New Zealand! Kia ora.  The traditional Maori words greet you on your Air New Zealand flight and at the airport upon arrival.  But, unlike some welcome signs that grace airports around the world, the Kiwis really mean it.  All of our other posts concentrated on beautiful places and things.  In this, our final post, we would like to pay tribute to the helpful and incredibly kind people of New Zealand.  These good people seem to... Read More

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