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Dana Ticknor
Mom to a tribe of travelers; 9 of our kids are still 'at home' in our 40' toy hauler and touring the country with us! Our fetishes are National Parks, educational and historical themed family friendly destinations, and disaster relief volunteering. I enjoy keeping a journal of our adventures at: http://ticknortribe.com/

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Helena, MT – FWP Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

Helena, MT – FWP Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

Today the kids and I went to visit our local (Helena, MT) Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Education Center.  It’s actually a great stop if you want to get to know the Montana native flora and fauna!  The facility is housed in a 7000 sq. ft. historic building, and is called the WILD complex. Walking in, the lobby is like a small museum.  There are informative plaques, wildlife mounts, touch tables,... [Read more]

Family friendly RVing in Helena, MT…

Family friendly RVing in Helena, MT…

Helena, MT has a lot going for it!  It is in the heart of the Rockies, it’s Montana’s state capital, and it is conveniently located between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. But for us RVers, Helena does not have the benefit of offering much in RV site accommodations! There is one lone RV park, located 10 miles north of the city limits, called the Lincoln Road RV Park.  And while... [Read more]

National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK…

National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK…

While we were in Moore, OK, last month, we took a Sunday afternoon off from tornado cleanup, and visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  Located in Oklahoma City, it was a short drive north, where we found the classy museum situated on lovely, manicured grounds. Inside the museum, there is a nice gift shop, then the ticket counter, and the exhibits start right there in the... [Read more]

Oklahoma City National Memorial…

Oklahoma City National Memorial…

    Earlier this month, we were blessed with the opportunity to take a trip to Moore, OK, to help with the tornado cleanup relief efforts there.  While we were in Moore, we took a Sunday afternoon and went to the Oklahoma City National Memorial.  Since we travel with kids of all ages, I was curious as to how the National Park Service would handle such a tragedy – namely, if it would... [Read more]

The Freedom to serve…

The Freedom to serve…

Our family is so blessed to have an RV!  It allows us to be able to travel places that we would otherwise never be able to!  This winter it took us from Montana to Florida and back, and all sorts of great places in between.  Usually, our destination is chosen for both educational, and pleasure reasons, but sometimes, our RV gives us the freedom to choose to go somewhere that isn’t necessarily... [Read more]

Pigeon Forge, TN & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

Pigeon Forge, TN & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

This spring we were able to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Located in the southeast corner of Tennessee and the northwest corner of North Carolina, the park encompasses over 500,000 acres, and is the most visited National Park in the nation. Because of road closures and time constraints, we were only able to visit the northern part of the park (at the time, the main N/S road... [Read more]

Mexican S’mores, a new camping tradition…

Mexican S’mores, a new camping tradition…

Last summer, some family friends shared with us a special treat that has now become one of our favorite ever desserts!  We reserve it to ‘camping’, and don’t do it very often so that it stays ‘special’. We had never heard of Mexican S’mores before!   They are a slight twist on regular s’mores; I don’t care for s’mores generally… I like... [Read more]

Discover the Titanic like never before…

Discover the Titanic like never before…

Last week we drove through Tennessee, and stopped by The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. This is not a cheesy touristy destination, but a classy, interesting, educational, incredibly well done museum that appeals to all ages! The outside of the Titanic Museum was built to replicate the huge ship; it was made to a 50% scale of the original HMS Titanic, and is still gigantic! They have a large, free... [Read more]

Big Cypress National Preserve, FL… Gator heaven!

Big Cypress National Preserve, FL… Gator heaven!

While we were down in southern Florida last month, we spent most of our time in Big Cypress National Preserve.  We had not intended on staying there much, as we had originally gone down to explore the Everglades.  Our intent was to stay a few nights in Big Cypress to base camp while we figured out just where we wanted to haul our 42′ toy hauler to camp for our Everglades adventures.  Because... [Read more]

Everglades National Park, FL…

Everglades National Park, FL…

One of the places that we visited, while in southern Florida, was Everglades National Park. Everglades is one of the most well known National Parks, and encompasses over 1.5 million acres. It is a subtropical region that is one of a king in both the habitats that it provides, and the residents that call it home. It is a natural habitat for some of the most unique creatures, like the American Crocodile,... [Read more]

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