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05 Oct
Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

The Adirondack Park in New York State is our newest favorite place. Why?  Maybe because of its fragrant and thickly wooded forests of spruce, maple, beech, and birch. Maybe because of its sparkling lakes, winding rivers, and rocky streams. Maybe because of its charming lakefront towns such as Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Or maybe because the region hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 and the sounds of supreme, almost mythological, athletic greatness still can be heard if you listen closely. “Do you believe in miracles?” ... 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
28 Aug
Campground Review: Branches of Niagara, Grand Island

Campground Review: Branches of Niagara, Grand Island

Three generations of my family recently enjoyed an action packed, two week RV trip through upstate New York.  We kayaked and swam in the Finger Lakes, hiked past 19 waterfalls along the gorge path at Watkins Glen State Park, cliff jumped into a crystal-clear swimming hole near Buttermilk Falls, felt the rush of cool mist blowing off of Niagara Falls, and toured lighthouses and ate like kings and queens in Woodstock and Saugerties. The highlight of our trip, though, may have been the time we spent at one of America’s most exciting new... Read More

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