The RV Atlas Blog

Thoughts on camping, parenting, and travel.

08 May
Mt. Mitchell: On Top of the World (as far as us East Coasters are concerned)

Mt. Mitchell: On Top of the World (as far as us East Coasters are concerned)

Seven or eight years ago, Jeremy and I were spending our usual couple of weeks in Asheville during the month of July. The free music festival Belle Chere is held there every year on the last weekend in July, and we had our pre-parenthood traditions that included lots of late nights listening to music in crowded bars, followed by sleeping in until all hours, and then maybe getting around to an afternoon hike. One of these lazy afternoons was hot and humid enough to chase us up to a higher altitude. We learned early on in our mountain... Read More
19 Apr
Campground Review: Mama Gertie’s Hideaway

Campground Review: Mama Gertie’s Hideaway

Swannanoa, Western North Carolina The Lively Little Campers are also lucky little campers.  Max and Theo just happen to have two loving grandparents who live in Asheville, North Carolina–surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The boys have visited Ami and BeBop in Asheville many times, but we have never had the pleasure of camping there.  That all changed last week when we kicked off the 2012 camping season with a seven day stay at Mama Gertie’s Hideaway in nearby Swannanoa. Last summer while staying in... Read More
16 Apr
The Leaves are on the Trees: Season 3 Opener

The Leaves are on the Trees: Season 3 Opener

Season Opener: Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina * At some point this February, my husband set off to retrieve the family camper from South Jersey. We had (once again) dropped the pop-up off for some repairs at the dealership, where it proceeded to stay for the better part of two months awaiting parts and pieces. At last everything was right as rain and while Jeremy went to pick it up, I did boring weekend chores like grocery shopping and banking. Well. We just happened to pull back into our driveway at the same time Jeremy was pulling up... Read More
21 Oct
CAMPGROUND REVIEW: Pleasant Acres Farm Campground

CAMPGROUND REVIEW: Pleasant Acres Farm Campground

When Stephanie and I decided to buy our first pop-up camper we were hoping that we would travel a lot and travel cheap.  We have owned our Flagstaff 625d for about 18 months now and we have spent 48 nights camping .  Not shabby, right?  We would never have been able to spend 48 nights in hotels.  Just too expensive.  Besides, as we mentioned in a previous post, when it comes to family vacation time–we pretty much hate hotels.  Camping really is so much cheaper.  Sometimes….   Pleasant Acres Farm Campground lived up to its... Read More

Getting Back to Real Life (yeah, we work and stuff)

Before we left for Sussex a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about the upcoming trip. As I was describing some activity we were anticipating, she cut me off to ask a very fair and very pertinent question. She couldn’t have cared less about the hike I was trying to sell her. What she wanted to know was how I got all the weekend chores done and was able to go back to work on the Monday after a trip without the whole house being in a state of chaos.This is such a mom perspective. I remember one of our first weekend trips... Read More
13 Oct
The Farmer and His Apples: Diver Ed Gets a Run for His Money…

The Farmer and His Apples: Diver Ed Gets a Run for His Money…

We were pulling out of the campground Sunday morning, damp and frizzy, when the sun decided to aggressively burst out of the clouds. Suddenly it seemed like absolute madness to simply head for home when the beautiful fall day we had dreamed of suddenly arrived. We spotted this sign a couple of miles away from Pleasant Acres and headed down a bumpy, muddy road, keeping our fingers crossed that somewhere at the end we would be able to turn our camper around. Is there anything as romantic as picking apples? My husband and I picked apples for the... Read More
11 Oct
Walpack Inn: The Perfect Gimmick for a Dinner Out with the Boys

Walpack Inn: The Perfect Gimmick for a Dinner Out with the Boys

Unless you want to spend the first 8 years of your child’s life eating at Chuck E. Cheese, you had better learn the ropes for sizing up a real restaurant and determining whether it is a good fit for your particular brand of kid-crazy. The question you want to ask your spouse is, “Can we eat here and not hate each other and our children by the end of the meal?” Also consider, “Will we even get to taste our food, or will we feel as if we might as well have used our dollar bills for kindling in tonight’s... Read More

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