The RV Atlas Blog

Thoughts on camping, parenting, and travel.

25 Aug
Camper Wesley: Rookie Stats Have Been Calculated!

Camper Wesley: Rookie Stats Have Been Calculated!

At a mere four months old, our little camper has racked up some serious traveling stats.  Outdoor enthusiasts, let’s play a game…Can you beat Wesley’s numbers? Total states visited: 6 Total National Parks Visited: 3 Total Hikes Completed (or slept through…six of one, etc.): 5 Total Summits Crested: 2 Total Nights Spent Camping: 27 Total Campgrounds: 7 Percentage of life spent in an RV: 20% (okay, 19.5..we rounded up) Hairs pulled out of his brothers’ head: countless * Of course, the year is not over yet. His... Read More
24 Aug
The Perfect Al Fresco Lunch: Trap Door Bakehouse, Quechee, Vermont

The Perfect Al Fresco Lunch: Trap Door Bakehouse, Quechee, Vermont

When the boys were younger, say one and two years old, we considered finding restaurants with picnic tables equivalent to winning the lottery. Meals were so much more enjoyable with a little more room to breathe and a little more space for the noise to carry. Now that they are older and a very wee bit calmer, we do okay at inside tables. But a place like the Trap Door Bakery and Cafe makes you question why you would ever eat indoors again. This place served up the perfect midday meal, allowing us to assemble our own tasting menu of frittata... Read More
23 Aug
Those Magical Places (Quechee / Pine Valley KOA)

Those Magical Places (Quechee / Pine Valley KOA)

The Quechee / Pine Valley KOA in Vermont had me at hello.  I had emailed the campground a couple of weeks before our visit asking for a list of family-friendly hikes, and the co-owner, Cindy, sent me a friendly email that became the blue print for our adventures. So I was predisposed to liking the place before we even pulled in.  But then we actually pulled in…. It took me about 20 seconds to realize that our whole crew was not going to like it here–we were going to love it.  The campground, which has an upper and a lower level,... Read More
22 Aug
The Art of Hand Holding: Quechee Gorge, Vermont

The Art of Hand Holding: Quechee Gorge, Vermont

Our visit to the Quechee Gorge was one of my favorite moments of our whole Vermont trip. The mile hike down to the bottom of the Gorge was perfect for kids and full of quiet, easy beauty for the adults. * * * Down at the bottom, heaven presented itself in the form of water and rocks. Water and rocks…a magical pairing for our boys right up there with peanut butter and jelly. This is when it got a little tricky. Jeremy and I always push the limits a bit when we travel with the kids.  We want them to be wowed. We want them to have a blast.... Read More

The Campers Stay Cool in the Battle Against the Bugs

The campers came home from our 16 day road trip to Cape Hatteras, Asheville, and Shenandoah National Park with their legs and arms covered with bug bites.  We used a few bug sprays during the trip but those southern critters outsmarted us at every turn.  I felt bad for the boys, who love to scratch their bug bites until they bleed, and wanted to try some new product out during our road trip to Vermont. Sam’s Natural of New Hampshire, a personal hygiene company for men, was kind enough to send us a sample of their all-natural bug... Read More
20 Aug
Get Ye To Church (Or At Least to a Church Blueberry Festival)

Get Ye To Church (Or At Least to a Church Blueberry Festival)

We were driving down Route 5 from our campground to downtown Brattleboro when I saw it. One of those small signs sticking out of the ground that usually announce politicians or lawn services. This one was advertising a blueberry festival at the local First United Methodist Church. Did you see that, I asked Jeremy, my voice quavering with excitement. The hours were from 7 to 2. Do you know what that means? My husband stared at me, wondering what exactly he was missing here. I clarified. Seven a.m. That means…PANCAKES! Blueberry pancakes... Read More
19 Aug
We Looked At The Swim And We Jumped Right In: West Dummerston

We Looked At The Swim And We Jumped Right In: West Dummerston

We went to Vermont in search of family friendly hiking and swimming, and we found them both.  On our last morning at the Brattleboro North KOA I walked into the cozy camp store and asked Beverly to recommend a good swim. She pulled out a list culled from swimming holes.org/vt and highlighted two of them.  Then she grabbed a photocopied map and highlighted the exact route to both locations.  If you ever find yourself in the Brattleboro area on a warm summer day and you want to go for a swim, go see Beverly.  She will get you there.  I promise.... Read More

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