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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
11 Aug
It’s Official: We Have Camping Mojo (and groovy sweatshirts to prove it)

It’s Official: We Have Camping Mojo (and groovy sweatshirts to prove it)

When we showed up in Brattleboro, Vermont the other day, we stepped out of the truck to find blue skies, cool breezes, and the perfect New England summer weather that we are willing to drive hours to soak up each year. We also found out that our camping buddies had a little surprise for us. Last summer in the Finger Lakes we had all come up with a group logo while sitting around the camp fire one night. Eventually Joe drew it out on a paper plate that proceeded to get pinned on various trees wherever we have camped for the past year. Well.... Read More

Is It Time To Get Darn Tough With Your Sock Drawer?

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal about socks, and it may have changed my life.  The article was about the market for “high performance” socks made by companies such as Darn Tough and SmartWool–socks that range from fifteen to twenty-five dollars a pair.  Yes.  Fifteen to twenty-five bucks a pair.  For socks.  Some of you may want to stop reading at this point, and if you do, trust me, I understand. The part of the article that really caught my attention was when sock entrepreneur Thomas Lee said that,... Read More
22 Jul
Chrome Shining in the Sun…the Southern Truck Parade

Chrome Shining in the Sun…the Southern Truck Parade

As I’ve already mentioned, the Asheville East KOA is a delightful campground to stroll through.  I’ve been taking about two walks a day there, sometimes with the boys, and sometimes without.  I enjoy walking along the banks of the Swannanoa River and then heading over the little bridge to walk around the spring-fed lakes out back. This weekend I noticed another lovely sight while strolling around the campground.  A whole bunch of shiny pick-up trucks–both old and new.  I like the way that chrome looks shining in the sun... Read More
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

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