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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

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

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