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10 Oct
High Point in the Rain: As Peaceful as a Family Hike Can Get

High Point in the Rain: As Peaceful as a Family Hike Can Get

I might have to change the name of our blog to “Exposing Your Children to the Elements: 101 Days of Camping in the Rain.” We had a bad spell of weather in Cape May a few weeks ago, and then the storm clouds followed us up to Sussex County despite forecasts of beautiful, crisp fall days. Nevertheless we hiked, biked, and puddle-jumped on. I’m not encouraging anyone to take their kids to the pool during a thunderstorm, but seriously, I think we throw in the towel far to quickly when we wake up to a gray sky. First of all, the... Read More
17 Aug
A State Park You Can Visit in a Dress: Owls Head, Maine

A State Park You Can Visit in a Dress: Owls Head, Maine

In the spirit of the New York Times Photography (see my last grouchy post), I wanted to mention a lovely morning we spent visiting the Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse. When we left the campground that morning, I didn’t actually think we were going to be traipsing about in the great outdoors, much less climbing steep stairs and fighting off gusts of wind that wanted to lift my linen dress clear over my head and send me sailing out to sea. The loose plan was to take in a bit of ‘town’ with some shopping, a light lunch, and... Read More
28 Jul
Campground Review: Camden Hills State Park, Maine

Campground Review: Camden Hills State Park, Maine

                                                   Camden, Maine I pulled up to the ranger station at Camden Hills State Park with the usual site-anxiety that grips me upon entering each new campground.  Would our site be spacious? Would there be room for the boys to play and scream?  Or would we be staring at a 50 foot RV’s sewage lines all week and yelling at our boys to get out of our neighbors dirty fire ring?  It may seem greedy for me to always expect a really big site–but when your kids wake up at 5 am each morning with... Read More

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