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Hotly-Contested Battle for Freedom at Greensboro’s Guilford Courthouse

April 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hotly-Contested Battle for Freedom at Greensboro’s Guilford Courthouse

We found so much to choose from in the form of family-friendly destinations in Greensboro.  One of the best things that we did when we pulled into town was to stop at their spacious visitor’s center.  The lobby has tons of brochures for local and regional attractions, and the staff made sure we picked up a 2014 vistors guide, which has pages of event and destination overviews. There are also pages of coupons in the back that offer discounts, like buy one get one free admissions to the Blandwood Mansion. Besides finding coupons to stops that we were already planning on going, by visiting the v.c. we were also able to ask a real live local, questions about the area and get the ‘insider’ scoop on the best places to see, do, and eat on this family camping trip!  (tip – stop at v.c.s everywhere you go – the locals are the best for giving recommendations, and you will often find coupons for local attractions!) We had intended on only spending 2 days in Greensboro,... [Read more...]

Getting to know Greensboro, North Carolina…

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Getting to know Greensboro, North Carolina…

In March, we spent a few weeks in North Carolina near Greensboro and the Triad area, volunteering with cleanup efforts after the ice storms brought down trees and damaged houses.  While we were there, the littles and I were able to explore the area, and we found so many fun, family-friendly stops! One of our favorite finds was the Greensboro Historical Museum, a free museum that is located in scenic downtown Greensboro (there are several fabulous destinations in downtown Greensboro, all within easy walking distance of each other). The museum’s historic brick building houses a myriad of engaging and interesting displays covering the history of Greensboro. While the first floor is mainly museum offices, the second level of the museum opens with lovely reproduction rooms out of a local mansion, a pottery collection, and a tasteful gift shop where you can find all sorts of fun Greensboro branded items.  Following this is also a section that covers, chronologically, the history of Greensboro... [Read more...]

Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Georgia Gems: Downtown Augusta & Thurman Lake

While camping in Georgia last month, we spent a day discovering the downtown Augusta area. Located in a small radius are many great stops. We started with a visit to the Augusta Canal and Discovery Center. We also visited the Augusta Museum of History, which focuses on the area’s history, from first settlers to current trends. Because Augusta is home to one of golf’s major tournaments, The Masters, the museum features multiple golf pro statues and several rooms brimming with golfing exhibits. The museum has sections devoted to local transportation (and have a Peterson boat, a full size steam train, a trolley the kids can play in…), James Brown, the Civil War and a local hero.  The museum is also the location of the city’s Visitor’s Center (and a small gift shop), so it’s a great place to start your Augusta explorations. On Saturdays, a tour trolley originates from the museum that gives you a fun tour of the area.  Across the street is the historic... [Read more...]

A Fascinating Canal Tour & Museum in Augusta, Georgia

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A Fascinating Canal Tour & Museum in Augusta, Georgia

On your way through Georgia? Consider stopping for a few days to check out Augusta!  Our family spent a few weeks camping there last month while helping with disaster relief cleanup efforts after ice storms crippled the area. While we were there, we found so much new to see and do!   Augusta has an incredibly diverse downtown area, with lots of family friendly destinations within a few blocks. One of our favorites, was the Augusta Canal Petersburg Boat Tour and Discovery Center. Originally built in 1854 to provide hydro power for the textile mills that were a vital part of the economic growth of Augusta, the canal still provides hydro power; the Enterprise Mill building, which now houses the canal museum (Discovery Center) as well as numerous other offices, produces all of it’s own power and sells surplus to the electric company thanks to harnessing the canal water force. Our day there started with a 45 minute guided tour of the Augusta Canal in a Petersburg boat.  On the tour,... [Read more...]

Tanglewood RV Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

March 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tanglewood RV Campground, Winston-Salem, NC…

Today find us pulling out of a wonderful park in North Carolina; the ‘RV Tanglewood’ Campground, located just west of Winston-Salem in Clemmons, NC.  This well manicured, 44 site RV park (no tents allowed), is conveniently located just off of I-40, but is blissfully lacking in road noise and traffic!  We had a lovely stay here, and there was so much to do without even leaving the park!      The campground is adjacent to a 1100 acre public park that boasts all sorts of fun amenities such as TWO award-winning golf courses, and a driving range, an inexpensive grill/restaurant in the clubhouse, horseback riding, pedal boats, fishing, and tennis courts!  Just looking to relax?  The park features extensive paved walking paths for leisurely walks, biking, or jogging on.   Be sure to check out the Manor House, which is a bed and breakfast; even if you aren’t interested in staying at the Manor House, they have an incredible Arboretum maintained by master gardeners.  ... [Read more...]

Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

March 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Grub, Trophy-Sized Fish, and Microbrew–only in Montana!

Ready for some excellent fishing, delicious sandwiches, baked delicacies, and the best microbrew you ever tasted?  Head to Georgetown Lake, just a few miles outside of Anaconda, Montana and enjoy the locally-inspired specialties. Eat like the locals at one of the delicious restaurants and enjoy one of their famous pork chop sandwiches and delicious local delicacies of baked buttterhorns (donuts) and sweetie pies (pastries).  Then top it off with a yummy Montana microbrew (beer produced in a small local brewery).  After dinner, you might also want to check out the Copper Village Museum and Arts Center, which features interesting exhibits with local art and history.  Just 14 miles west of Anaconda, the picturesque Georgetown Lake offers a vast selection of countless activities year round.  Nestled in the middle of three enormous mountain ranges, Georgetown Lake is located 6,425 feet above sea level and extends for over 3,700 acres.  The three scenic mountain ranges surrounding it are... [Read more...]

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

March 29, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The USS New Jersey & seeing our deploying soldier off…

In February, our family hauled our 40′ toy hauler from sunny Floriday, to freezing New Jersey.  Obviously, we had to have a really imploring reason for traveling up north during the winter, and we did!  Our oldest son was deploying overseas, and we had the chance to spend some time with him before he left. We had left our home state of Montana last November, and we had not seen him since.  We could text and call him anytime, but it’s not the same as getting to see him, as you snowbirds who leave your families up north, well know.  We knew before we left this winter that he would be deploying, and it would be from New Jersey, so even tho we ‘did’ the east coast last year, and did not intend to go there again so soon, we found ourselves heading that way again this year.  We spent Christmas in TX, 3 weeks in Louisiana ( <3 ), then went over to FL for a few more weeks.  Our son let us know the tentative dates for a 3 day pass his unit had been told they would... [Read more...]

Summer Vacation in Paradise aka Montana

March 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer Vacation in Paradise aka Montana

Crave more out of your summer vacation than the norm: beaches, beaches, and more beaches?  Want to see the biggest skies you’ve ever laid eyes on??  If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then head to a little town with BIG views: Anaconda, Montana! Nestled in the beautiful mountainous southwestern region of Montana, Anaconda is eight miles north of the Continental Divide.  Once a thriving industrial community, Anaconda is now visited mostly for its natural beauty, characterized by its crystal-clear lakes, towering snow-capped mountains, densely timbered forests, and immense outdoor recreational opportunities. Set up camp at the lovely Hunters RV Park (see picture above) and bask in the most gorgeous views you have ever seen!  Then head downtown and visit the historic Washoe Theater for a taste of the old Anaconda.  Arrange the dates for your stay for July so that you can take a stroll through Art in Washoe Park.  This fabulous arts and crafts show features delicious... [Read more...]

Lost and Found on Hatteras Island Outer Banks

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lost and Found on Hatteras Island Outer Banks

Get away to a place unlike any other…Hatteras Island is exquisitely scenic and pristine.  Visit Rodanthe or Hatteras on the lush Hatteras Island in North Carolina for a one-of-a-kind vacation. Rodanthe The U.S. Coast Guard was essentially founded in 1874 in the Village of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island, at the famous Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station.  Considering this laid-back island boasts seventy-two miles of unspoiled beaches with ideal, temperate weather, excellent surf, and warm water, you’ll likely find yourself enjoying some relaxing time in the sun while you are here.  Whether for a fun, recreational activity in the refreshing water or to pursue a warm, relaxing spot to unwind; this gorgeous coastline offers the best wide, sheltered, and sand dune-spotted beaches, that sidle up alongside vast natural marshlands.  Also nearby, for after the beach, are the Water Fall Amusement Park, 850-foot long Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, and eclectic Surf shops for your perusal.  You... [Read more...]

Outer Banks Restful Retreats

March 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Outer Banks Restful Retreats

Ready for a break from your life? Want to get away for a while?  Kitty Hawk and Manteo offer just the right combination of blissfully natural settings, historic venues, rolling dunes, and endless beaches. On the northernmost beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kitty Hawk is a charming town that offers a quaint, relaxing environment that boasts a traditional village, cottage-filled beach community, and the Kitty Hawk Woods, a massive maritime forest.  To this day, the origin of the name of the town is a matter of local debate and happens to be where the Wright brothers opted to perform their aviation experiments.  It is not really all that surprising, once you consider the ideal conditions that exist here for glider launching: steady winds, gently rolling hills, and remote sandy location.  Today you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park and Museum, where for four years they experimented and finally perfected the art of soaring and controlling an aircraft, back... [Read more...]

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