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21 Jul
Dynamite Joe and the Caffeine Kids, Black Mountain

Dynamite Joe and the Caffeine Kids, Black Mountain

When you travel and camp with kids coffee is more important than gasoline.  I would rather be stranded on the side of the road with the tank on empty and a fresh cup of Joe in my hands than be woken up in our camper by my twin boys at 6:15 a.m. only to discover that we’re fresh out.  Our kids are naturally caffeinated but we are not.  So luckily for Stephanie and me, when I noticed that our supply of coffee had dwindled down to the last bean I discovered one of those Great Good Places that make life worth living.  The Dynamite Roasting... Read More
08 Jul
Duck Bucko and his ’77 Winnie

Duck Bucko and his ’77 Winnie

My buddy Duck recently visited his home town in New Jersey after teaching physics in Southern California for the past few years.  I played poker with him and a few other friends last weekend and was happy to hear about his recent adventures surfing and traveling along the Pacific.  While we were playing cards Duck passed around his phone so we could all take a look at some photos of a ’77 Winnebago that he and two of his friends had purchased together.  The “Winny” was so sweet and retro-stylish that I had to get some... Read More
06 Jul
My Boys and the BOB: The Legacy Continues…

My Boys and the BOB: The Legacy Continues…

While Max and Theo were still in school this spring, my friend and I had a nice little morning routine of meeting at the Brick Reservoir and looping around a couple of times, embracing that looong process of post-pregnancy bounce back. For the first time ever, I had the luxury of pushing a single stroller and believe me, I enjoyed it while it lasted. So did Wes, apparently. On the last day of school my friend sighed and said she would miss our morning walks since it really wouldn’t be possible for me to walk three miles with all three... Read More
03 Jul
Dreaming of Doing the Fifty…But Not Just Yet

Dreaming of Doing the Fifty…But Not Just Yet

I’ve been dreaming about doing the fifty for a long time now.  It started during one of our early pop-up camper trips in Cape May.  As I was walking back to our campsite from the pool I spotted a grey-haired couple relaxing under their awning, drinking an afternoon cocktail, and looking happy and satisfied.  They had one of those big sticker maps of the United States on their RV right next to the door.  They had filled in the map with all of the individual state stickers–even Alaska.  It was an act of visual braggadocio that spoke... Read More
21 Jun
The World’s Greatest Travel Mug? So Far…Winning!

The World’s Greatest Travel Mug? So Far…Winning!

I have gone through many travel mugs over the years and consider myself to be something of a connoisseur.  I have lost them, broken them, given them away, and thrown them away because they just became way too funky. But I have never loved a travel mug… Until now. L.L. Bean’s “Spillproof Travel Mug” is the perfect companion for your morning joe.  It keeps your coffee warm for hours and, as promised, it does not spill.  The big button on the top locks when you push it down–completely securing the coffee for a... Read More
07 Jun
Put Those Campers on the Cover! First Catalogue Shots…

Put Those Campers on the Cover! First Catalogue Shots…

It was a cold, dark Saturday night in early March.  The air was crisp and cold and camping season seemed far, far away.  I was feeling a bit desperate for adventure and the open road but there seemed to be no end to winter in sight.  Then I saw the lights of the mail truck stopped in front of our house. Dinner was about to be served so I quickly threw on my shoes and coat and headed outside.  It was a good mail night: a couple of magazines and our 2013 campground directory from KOA–which felt like a little ray of summer sunshine in my... Read More
03 Jun
An ‘Award-Winning’ Chair: LL Bean’s Camp Recliner

An ‘Award-Winning’ Chair: LL Bean’s Camp Recliner

When I won an award at work this year, my husband decided to get all Romeo on me and buy me–wait for it–a camp chair!!! At the time I said a sincere thank you accompanied by a bit of good-natured ribbing. You know, some girls get diamond earrings or Pandora charms. I get camp gear. Then I spent the weekend in West Chester sitting in my new reclining camp chair. It was pretty comfy. And you know something? When you are on the road with a newborn, comfort counts. After Wes and I put the big boys to bed, we settled in fireside. We... Read More

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