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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

The Greatest RV Song Ever: Kasey Musgraves

Looking for some great new music for your next road trip?  A few weeks ago I recommended the new James Hunter album, Minute by Minute–which is still on heavy rotation in my house. My other favorite new album for summer is a debut by the immensely talented country singer Kasey Musgraves.  She can sing, she can play guitar and harmonica, and man can she write. Musgraves is a a great storyteller with a razor sharp wit and a gift for precise imagery and detail.  Her best songs are funny, sad, sweet, and satirical–and they’re... Read More
26 May
TIme to Rise and Shine: Predawn Hours at the West Chester KOA

TIme to Rise and Shine: Predawn Hours at the West Chester KOA

So my husband is making it sound like the most important item we forgot this past weekend was the coffee grinder. That is not true at all. The forgotten item that caused the most panic, stress, and early morning misery was my boys’ alarm clock. This is not the kind of alarm that is meant to get one out of bed in the morning; its primary purpose is to keep our children in their beds until a not-so-god-forsaken hour.Let me back up a bit… My four year olds have always been early risers, and I mean earrrrly.  I did not sleep past 5:30... Read More

The Best Cup of Coffee That We Never Had…(Philadelphia/West Chester KOA)

I had been looking forward to our season-opening camping trip to the Philadelphia / West Chester KOA for months.  Our camping buddies had booked the site next to us and I had spent the week getting the RV ready.  At one point I shot a text message to buddy Joe: *** “Dude, next weekend when we go camping I’m gonna make you the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had in your life.” *** He responded succinctly, “Deal.” *** Joe is something of a camping all-star because he contributes much to our multi-family trips:... Read More
17 Apr
Groovy Tunes For Your Next Road Trip: James Hunter

Groovy Tunes For Your Next Road Trip: James Hunter

The James Hunter Six: Minute by Minute I know that your itching for that first road trip of the spring.  You’ve had enough of winter and you want to pack the family up and head to your favorite campground for a warm weekend getaway.  Your picturing yourself behind the wheel with the music cranked up just loud enough to drown out the sounds of chaos coming from the kids in the backseat.  Or, if your a lucky dad like me, then maybe, just maybe, your kids are starting to like some of your favorite tunes. This afternoon I hit play on the... Read More
09 Apr
Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street

Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street

I have always dreamed about driving Route 66 from Illinois to California–and chances are, if you’ve heard Nat “King” Cole croon the famous tune, you probably have too. This heavily mythologized American road trip is somewhere near the top of my bucket list.  It has been hard for me to explain why my imagination was so drawn to Route 66 because I really didn’t know much about it beyond the lyrics to that song–until now. I picked up Rick Antonson’s Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main... Read More
30 Mar
My New Fireside Friend: A Good Tool Goes a Long Way

My New Fireside Friend: A Good Tool Goes a Long Way

Like most of our readers out there I am just itching for that season opening camping trip.  There’s just about nothing I love more than sitting around a warm campfire under the stars with family and close friends.  To get ready for my family’s fourth season of RVing I’ve been spending way too much time in the backyard chopping firewood compliments of downed trees from Hurricane Sandy.  My Fiskars 36 inch Super Splitting Axe was doing yeoman’s work with the larger stumps–but when it came to splitting up branches... Read More

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