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09 Aug
App Review: Campground Owners of New York

App Review: Campground Owners of New York

The Lively Little Campers recently returned from a 12 day tour of upstate New York.  We spent five days in the Finger Lakes, three days in Niagara, and four days in Saugerties–and made great family memories in each location.  New York state has a wide variety of camping options and it proved to be far more beautiful, and exciting, than I had ever imagined.  We will be spending the next few weeks reviewing campgrounds and writing about our adventures–so please stay tuned for some great posts. But let’s begin at the... Read More

Can We Still Call it Camping? The Trailer Upgrade of 2012

I earned my camping stripes early on as the daughter of an Eagle Scout. Every piece of equipment our family owned was Army issued. My sisters and I slept in an eight-man green canvas tent that seemed to weigh hundreds of pounds. In inclement weather the three of us girls would huddle in the middle, repeating our mantra over and over…don’t touch the sides, don’t touch the sides.  One time, when I was about eight, my father refused to cancel a scheduled trip to Assateague Island despite an approaching hurricane. The State Park... Read More
17 May
The Art of Outdoor Hospitality: An Interview with KOA CEO

The Art of Outdoor Hospitality: An Interview with KOA CEO

An Interview With Jim Rogers Chairmen/CEO of Kampgrounds of America This past weekend the Lively Little Campers enjoyed a magical stay at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA.  Our weekend adventure was memorable for a variety of reasons: firstly, it was mother’s day and the staff made Max and Theo’s mom feel special with a complimentary breakfast and tulips hand delivered by the owner. Secondly, the campground itself was beautiful and our visit was jam packed with excitement and activities.  There was live music, hayrides, an ice... Read More

He gets the goods; She unpacks them: Book Buying and Book Reading

As you can tell from his last post, Jeremy really loves everything about buying books- not just the books themselves but also the stores, the cafes, and even the (ahem) t-shirts. Yes, he actually owns a Strand t-shirt from the ’90s and it is still in regular rotation. The whole book store thing is a little bit of a romantic attachment, but as he reminds me regularly, it could be worse. And while I don’t enjoy the bookstores, he is right in arguing that I do enjoy the purchases. Lucky for him. Value added. So I kind of see it this... Read More

Heaven is a Bookstore in Maine: The Owl and the Turtle

                                                      Camden and Rockland, Maine Actually, I found heaven in two bookstores in Maine.  The Owl & Turtle Bookshop in Camden and Rock City Books in Rockland were both examples of small, lovingly curated, independent bookstores that did not feel small at all.  An avid reader can spend hours in shops like these because each shelf is worth scanning.  You can feel the love that the owners put into each purchase because there is no wasted space on the shelves. When we camp near a new city or town I... Read More

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