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02 Apr
Guest Blog: Exploring Milford Sound, The Wettest Part of New Zealand

Guest Blog: Exploring Milford Sound, The Wettest Part of New Zealand

Our Guest Bloggers John and Cathy Continue Their Epic RV Adventure in New Zealand. When is a Sound not a Sound?  When it is Milford Sound in New Zealand.  Arguably one of the MUST experiences of a New Zealand trip is a boat tour of this Sound.  Our trip to Milford began in the lovely resort town of Te Anau, where we witnessed a beautiful sunset over La Te Anau.  We stayed at the Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park, one of the nicest places we camped.  But more about New Zealand’s campgrounds later. We decided not to drive our rented motorhome... Read More
01 Apr
Hate Creepy Crawlers? Get Some Bug Therapy at Insectropolis

Hate Creepy Crawlers? Get Some Bug Therapy at Insectropolis

A couple of months ago, a reader sent us a link to an article about the increasing presence of nature phobias in our culture. It seems that the more people live and work in urban areas, the less comfortable they are with the great outdoors. Makes sense, right? About a week later, I was on a class trip to Insectropolis, a bug museum (yes, you read that correctly) in Lakewood, New Jersey. I have been there at least eight times before, but this time our tour guide said something that struck me. She told the kids that when she started working... Read More
30 Mar
Guest Blog: Is New Zealand the World’s Most Beautiful Country?

Guest Blog: Is New Zealand the World’s Most Beautiful Country?

John and Cathy are experienced international RV travelers. They have just returned from exploring New Zealand in a rented campervan and have agreed to blog about their adventures for our readers. Here is the next installment… If heaven has beautiful views, then we certainly saw a preview in New Zealand–where we just completed a trip to celebrate forty years of marriage.  Many people regard New Zealand as the world’s most beautiful country. For Cathy and I, it certainly lived up to these claims.  With only about 4.5 million people living... Read More
27 Mar
Planning that Vacation? Let a State Park Surprise Your Family…

Planning that Vacation? Let a State Park Surprise Your Family…

National Parks get a whole lot of attention and rightfully so. They are (across the board) breathtaking and phenomenal experiences, and one of the highlights of our national heritage. State Parks don’t get as much exposure, but over the last four years they have become a foundational part of our family travel. In general, state parks can be more accessible and affordable, offering wonderful hiking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming without the crowds that many of the national parks attract. Two summers ago we set off for a 16 day jaunt... Read More
24 Mar
A Pearl at the Jersey Shore: Crab Shack, Mantoloking Road

A Pearl at the Jersey Shore: Crab Shack, Mantoloking Road

About 10 years ago, when my husband and I moved back to New Jersey from Philadelphia, we spent some time living in Mantoloking. This is one of those tiny Jersey Shore towns that is full of visiting families in the summer and completely empty in the winter. You can stand on the beach in the middle of January and truly feel you are the only person for miles. Except you aren’t. Even though almost every business shuts down somewhere around mid October, the Crab Shack keeps selling what I consider to be the best local, fresh seafood... Read More
14 Mar
A Week Without Tuesday (Our Guest Bloggers Warm Up For New Zealand)

A Week Without Tuesday (Our Guest Bloggers Warm Up For New Zealand)

John and Cathy are experienced international RV travelers. They are currently exploring New Zealand in a rented campervan and have agreed to blog about their adventures. Here is the next installment… Our trip began in Los Angeles, or more correctly, Santa Monica, California. We booked two days in LA prior to flying to New Zealand so that we could experience Southern California a little and not have to fly for 20 hours from Philly to Auckland. We had two beautiful days there. We left snow, cold, and winter at home to find sunshine and... Read More
13 Mar
Wrapping up the Winter: What Did (and didn’t) Get Done…

Wrapping up the Winter: What Did (and didn’t) Get Done…

Even though they say we might be getting more snow, I’m closing the door on this winter. Tonight Max argued with me vigorously about when the first day of spring is. He insisted it is tomorrow. For a moment I actually thought about giving in and letting him win. Yes Max, if you say so, tomorrow will be spring. I have been thinking about this past winter and all of things I wanted to do, all of the things we did do, and all of the things we didn’t get around to. Let’s get the bad part out of the way first. I really wanted to... Read More

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