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22 Jul
Two Hikes and a Swim: Artist’s Bluff, Bald Mountain, and Echo Lake (Franconia State Park, New Hampshire)

Two Hikes and a Swim: Artist’s Bluff, Bald Mountain, and Echo Lake (Franconia State Park, New Hampshire)

On our second day in Franconia Notch, we were excited to see more of the mountains. However, we also knew we had to take it a little easy with the kids since the day before had been relatively long and physically demanding for our three young children. This is a regular pattern for us during our travels. We like to alternate busy days with more relaxed days to make sure the boys never hit the ’tilt and meltdown’ point. We went looking for two types of activities… A short, rewarding hike A great swim …and we found them... Read More
18 Jul
A Perfect First Day in the White Mountains: Franconia Notch State Park

A Perfect First Day in the White Mountains: Franconia Notch State Park

It always takes us a day or two to get the lay of the land when we arrive in a new location. I find that I can do all the research in the world, but we don’t really get a good feel for a place until we drive around a bit and chat with the locals and other guests at the campground. The White Mountains of New Hampshire can be daunting simply on account of how many amazing places there are to see and how much there is to do. We were staying in the southern part of Franconia Notch, near Lincoln, so we decided to start our explorations... Read More
14 Jun
Hey Dad, Thanks for Making Our Lives Super-Duper Special!

Hey Dad, Thanks for Making Our Lives Super-Duper Special!

Dear Dad, Five years into this gig and your evaluations are looking pretty stellar. We thought about giving you a raise, but decided instead to take you camping next week. We are sure you will approve of the unanimous decision. We really wanted to insert some inappropriate potty humor, but Mom kept deleting it. We will tell you the jokes when she isn’t around. Thanks for deciding that our lives should be really, really fun. And thanks for all the ice cream. Oh, and lobbying for that family dog. She really will cave one day, so keep up... Read More
03 Jun
The Classic RV Story: Laura Has One, Do You?

The Classic RV Story: Laura Has One, Do You?

It is probably no surprise to our readers that people tell us their camping stories. What might surprise you is how many people have that one epic RV trip stored away in their childhood memories. I’m not talking about people who grew up traveling from campground to campground in a pop up or travel trailer. I’m talking about our friends who remember that one time their family rented an RV and went to _____. I really shouldn’t be shocked at all. I know that one of my most vivid vacation memories from childhood is the time my... Read More
21 Apr
Rainy Day? These Campers Still Play: The SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach

Rainy Day? These Campers Still Play: The SkyWheel, Myrtle Beach

When I was a little kid growing up at the Jersey Shore, I loved rainy days at the beach.  I still do.  The crowds magically disappear, and the ocean and sky look moody, mellow, and dramatic.  So when Myrtle Beach presented us with a rainy day on our RV trip last week Stephanie and I did what we always do.  We packed up our raincoats– and our children– and headed up to the boardwalk for coffee and a stroll.  Lucky for us it only rained intermittently, and the boardwalk was quiet and beautiful. As we walked north, the Myrtle Beach... Read More
20 Apr
Finding the Sweet Spot: Something for Everyone at Brookgreen Gardens

Finding the Sweet Spot: Something for Everyone at Brookgreen Gardens

One of our greatest goals as a traveling family is to find activities that everyone can enjoy. It is so easy for parents to get sucked into the world of the child, where every vacation is filled with arcades and amusement parks and large, furry characters. Then there is the flip side of that coin…the classic stories about children getting dragged from historical battlefields to prissy museums, rolling their eyes and burying themselves in some electronic device. As parents, we believe our preferences and tastes matter. We don’t want to... 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

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