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An Exhilarating Spring Hike

April 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An Exhilarating Spring Hike

In the mood for a spring hike, Terry and I headed up to the Taos Ski Valley, NM today.  We love to hike in the mountains there and also wanted to see if we could observe the progress being made on the installation of a brand new chair lift that will ferry skiers up to Kachina Peak, the highest point in the ski valley. Ever since the Ski Valley opened in the 1950s as a downhill ski resort, those brave enough to ski the steepest terrain had been forced to take the highest lift as far as it would go toward the top of the mountain, then hike an additional 45 minutes to reach the peak terrain. This year marks the year that a lift will be installed to reach Kachina Peak. Once it is completed, this will be the third highest ski lift in the country. The only two higher are located in Colorado. Construction started about two weeks ago. Entering the Construction Zone The Ski Valley has been posting pictures of the progress of this momentous accomplishment for the past two weeks. Two bull wheels,... [Read more...]

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...]

3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

Three Must-Have Summer Camping Items at a discount price for the SALE (going on right now!) at the online Camping World store.  Check out my 3 favorite must-haves (and the awesome savings) below!   Slumber Hammock This comfy hammock is the perfect item for relaxing on sunny summer afternoons! Slumber in the sunshine outside your RV and enjoy a quick nap or simply lounge while reading a book.  My uncle has one of these and we always fight over who gets it as it’s the perfect spot to lie while resting outdoors after a big midday meal.  Plus the kids love it! It even folds up nice and tidy, while fitting into a convenient carrying case.  If you order soon (while the sale is going on), you can save almost $25 off the asking price at Camping World.com!   Folding Camp Table with Storage Bins Having additional counter space outside the RV while camping is always useful.  This light-weight fold-able table offers just that with the versatility of folding in half and also has a... [Read more...]

Preparing for a Camping Trip

April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparing for a Camping Trip

My previous post about getting organized when preparing for a camping trip comes in handy for all campers, not just those with small kids. As part of your preparation, read this great checklist. Still, you might figure out you need a few more supplies. When planning for big purchases, it always pays to shop around and do all your research so that you buy exactly what you need and pay as little as possible for each item. I am a huge fan of couponing and buying secondhand myself, but more importantly, I like to feel confident when making a purchase and not feel like I’m getting ripped off. This comes into play when planning to purchase new camping supplies, whether it is for a large item or relatively small one. Check out the deals at Camping World for your next shopping trip. The list shown above will help you make sure you have everything you’re going to need while camping. It’s also a great resource to use as a buying guide for things you still need to purchase. It’s... [Read more...]

Get Organized NOW for Summer Family Camping

April 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We are getting organized now for our summer family camping trip in May for Memorial Day. Why now, a month and a half early?  Well, we have kids, for one, and we have things that we need to buy, so getting organized ahead of time is the best way to save some money on all the expenditures that inevitably come along with summer family camping. We plan to kick off the summer by camping with friends at the lake this year.  I have already started making a mental checklist as to what I plan to bring. It’s a good idea when summer family camping with kids to start thinking about what you will need, ahead of time, for many reasons. For instance, water shoes are a must for kids to wear at the lake. Now, if I waited until the last minute, I would have to pay full price for a pair of water shoes that they will only use a handful of times this summer. By thinking ahead, I can start looking for water shoes (or other camping necessities) at online sales (like Camping World), thrift stores, garage... [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...]

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

This is our daughter’s first ride on the WeeRide in 2012–she LOVED it! While camping with kids, having wheels of some kind is a must. Biking with kids while camping really is one of the funnest activities you can do when camping with kids. We love taking the kids on bike rides since you can go a lot further on bikes than you can walking. Before you set out on the bikes though, it’s best to make sure the route you plan to take is kid-friendly and that you have a helmet for each child. Ideally, you would take a trail that is made for hikers, bikers, and runners (separated from cars). Otherwise you have to constantly pay close attention to the car traffic and stay right with your child, unless of course they are small enough to be in a bike trailer or attached bike seat. With our two, we have our youngest (3) on the seat behind me on my bike and our daughter (6) is either on the WeeRide Co-Pilot Child Trainer bike behind her Dad or on her own 20-inch purple bike. Either way,... [Read more...]

Triassic Park: Petrified Forest

April 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Triassic Park: Petrified Forest

We recently toured Petrified Forest National Park, one of the world’s largest and most vibrantly colored assemblies of petrified wood, historic structures, and archeological sites. We entered a mysterious world of ancient trees turned to stone along the 0.75-mile Crystal Forest trail. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved The experience exceeded our expectations. The park is actually composed of two sections: the north section is a colorful badlands called the Painted Desert, and the southern section contains most of the petrified wood. The park consists of a 28-mile road that offers numerous overlooks and winds through the mesas and wilderness. Visitors can also choose to hike a variety of trails ranging from easy to difficult. The land below is awash in burnt sienna, deep maroon, dusty purple and sprinkled here and there with vibrant green plants. While touring Petrified Forest National Park, we used OK RV Park at nearby Holbrook as our home base. Located 26 miles west of the park along... [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...]

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

April 2, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Beat the Heat: Treating Poison Oak Rash at Home

More Home-Remedies for the Insufferable Poison Oak Rash: Can you tell I have now been suffering for almost a week from a poison oak rash that my husband brought home to me as a gift? It happens once a year, it seems, when my husband comes home from work with the dreaded statement: “I got into a little poison oak today.”  And, every year my response is the same: “I’m sorry to hear that,” (thinking, “sucks for you, glad it isn’t me”). But lo and behold, a few days after his incessant scratching and once I have done multiple loads of his dirty laundry, I come down with an equally bad case of it. Which leads me to here: Hopelessly COVERED  in the insufferably ITCHY poison oak rash. SO I write this in hopes that you will heed my warning about this plant and steer clear of it and its brutal effects on your normally beautifully-soft skin. There’s nothing like the hugely grotesque blisters, leaking their pus everywhere, and hot burning itchy pain associated with them, to remind... [Read more...]

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