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RV the Colonies at these Top Family Campgrounds of New England

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RV the Colonies at these Top Family Campgrounds of New England

Come to New England for the amazing fall colors and bucolic charm. Stay for the colonial history and cosmopolitan cities. Let these RV parks serve as jumping-off points for trips into Americana. Located in the charming town of East Killingly, Stateline Campresort and Cabins features fun-filled activities, rental units, and spring, summer and fall specials. At Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, guests can relax on the beach or around one of the pools. A short drive will bring families to ferries to the islands, or take a day trip to Provincetown or Hyannis. Also in Massachusetts, families will feel at home in Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (pictured) in Foxboro, with a heated pool, lots of activities and lots of nature trails. Friendly Beaver Campground, in New Boston, New Hampshire, features indoor and outdoor Pools, gazebos, new cabins, and theme weekends and activities for children young and old.

Find the Top Family Campgrounds in the Mid-Atlantic Region

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Find the Top Family Campgrounds in the Mid-Atlantic Region

America’s Mid-Atlantic region is home to stunning mountains, rolling hills and charming towns where key events from United States history unfolded. Families will find this and more when they stay at campgrounds in this eastern area. Give your kids an education in government by staying at Cherry Hill Park (pictured), College Park, Maryland, just a short drive from Washington, D.C. History is well preserved in Pennsylvania, where family members can visit quintessentially American battlefields and historic sites. Stay at Artillery Ridge Camping Resort, Gettysburg, minutes from the site of the 1863 Civil War battle that turned the tide for the Union. Guests here can ride horses and can gain free admission to the Battlefield Diorama. You can also stay at Gettysburg Campground, a full-facility, family campground along beautiful Marsh Creek. Learn how chocolate is made when staying at Hershey Highmeadow Campground, in Hershey, a short jaunt from the rides and attractions at Hersheypark.... [Read more...]

Beach Camping Must-Haves!

May 17, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Beach Camping Must-Haves!

Growing up mostly beach camping with my immediate and extended family, I can honestly say the beach is my all-time favorite destination for camping.  Two of the top reasons I prefer beach camping are the relaxing rhythmic sounds of the waves crashing on the shore that lull you to sleep each night and the countless recreational opportunities, in and out of the ocean, that fill your glorious days while camping at the beach. When camping on the west coast, you also have the added benefit of watching the sunset dip into the ocean, which is always the ideal way to end a fun day at the beach.  Many beach camping sites are right on the sand, which is preferable in my opinion (especially if you are tent camping).  Other beach camp sites can be on a rocky cliff, with paved spots overlooking the beach below.  Either way, you will want the exquisite ocean view from your camp and (hopefully) an easy walk to the shore. Wildlife viewing along the coast is also a fun pastime.  From the daily and... [Read more...]

Buying a Digital Camera: Remember the Cat and the Fox

May 6, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Buying a Digital Camera: Remember the Cat and the Fox

Aesop’s fable, “the Fox and the Cat”, the fox boasts to the cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies. No matter how technologically advanced a camera is, it still needs a photographer setting its dials, pressing its buttons, and pointing it at something interesting. Photo above is Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved “I have a whole bag of tricks,” he boasts, “which contains a hundred ways of escaping my enemies.” “I have only one,” said the cat. “But I can generally manage with that.” Just at that moment they heard the cry of a pack of hounds coming towards them, and the cat immediately scampered up a tree and hid herself in the boughs. “This is my plan,” said the cat. “What are you going to do?” The fox thought first of one way, then of another, and while he was debating, the hounds came nearer and nearer, and at last the fox in his confusion was caught up by the hounds and soon killed... [Read more...]

Mexican S’mores, a new camping tradition…

April 30, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

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 a few marshmallows roasted golden brown with the insides all mushy, but I don’t like traditional s’mores.     For Mexican S’mores, you need the typical s’more’s chocolate and marshmallows, but instead of graham crackers, you’ll want to have tortillas, butter (we only use the real thing – have you ever read about margarine???? :p), and aluminum foil. . Mexican S’mores are super easy to make, and a favorite of all ages!     Spread softened butter thinly on one side of each tortilla, then place marshmallows and chocolate (we usually... [Read more...]

Visiting Prince Edward County

April 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Visiting Prince Edward County

One of the beautiful place you can visit in Ontario is definitively Prince Edward County.   The place is renowned for its sand dunes but there is more to this region that you can imagine.    Prince Edward County is located in Southern Ontario at the eastern end of Lake Ontario.   It is an island community less than 270 square miles with more than 500 square miles of shoreline.   Over 100,000 visitors visit this region of Ontario every year. The most popular attraction is Sandbanks Provincial Park which attracts most of the visitors.  Sandbanks Provincial Park also organized explorations for their visitors.  We went to an exploration to see what kind of plants and bugs we could find in the area when we were there a few years ago.  However, as I mentioned above, there is more to this area.   If you take the time to explore the country roads you will come through historic towns and villages, farms and vineyards, artists’ studios and antique shops which are located along the... [Read more...]

Camping with Kids Part II

April 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping with Kids Part II

The best thing to do, before the packing even begins, is to lower your expectations.  Take a deep breath, relax and realize that no matter what happens (or doesn’t, for that matter), this is going to be a fun, memorable adventure for you and your family…especially for your kids.  :) With that said, here are a few more pointers that have certainly helped me in the past when camping with my kids: Pack extra clothes- Not only will you want to layer your kids, like you do yourself when camping, you will also want to make sure you have plenty of extra outfits on hand (just in case).  Kids fly through outfits faster than normal when camping.  Between the amount of time they are spending outdoors, to the lack of being able to fully baby proof while camping (meaning things are much more accessible for curious little hands), and also just from the sheer enjoyment of yummy treats, such as s’mores.  Let’s face it, they’re messy and very sticky!!  Also make sure... [Read more...]

Camping with Kids Part I

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping with Kids Part I

Camping with Kids Part I (Tent, RV,Cabin, Teepee, Under the Stars, Etc) Whether you are venturing out for the first time with your own kids or you are bringing along the grand kids with you for a camp out,  this comprehensive guide should help you have a more successful camping trip.  Happy, content, and well-rested kids, helps provide a more restful, relaxing, and less hectic camping experience for the adults. Camp at kid-friendly campgrounds-you will want to have plenty of options to fill their daytime hours, whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, biking, petting zoos, water parks, playgrounds, horseback riding, etc. Pack a bed (cot, pack and play, etc) and/or sleeping bag for each kid- You may think that since they sleep in your bed with you at home, they will do best sleeping with you while camping.  While it may seem like a good idea at the time, sharing a sleeping bag with your little one–even the zip-together bigger sleeping bags– can make getting a good night’s... [Read more...]

Camping – a Gateway to the Outdoors

March 28, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Camping – a Gateway to the Outdoors

If I say the word camping to you what is the first thing that will come to mind?   For some of you it could be outdoors because like it or not when you are camping you will be definitively in the nature – unless you are camping in your backyard that is but then you would miss of lot of opportunities. But what do you do when you are camping?   Do you only camp or do you get involved in other types of outdoors activities?   According to the 2012 American Camper Report, 16% of the participants said they are only camping.   That leaves us with 84% doing another outdoor activity while camping.   Congratulations to these people because they are expanding their experience of camping. So it got me thinking about the kind of activities that you can do while camping.   I mean there are people who don’t know what else to do so I figure I could suggest some activities for them in order to engage with nature and have more fun while camping. One of the best activity I enjoy doing is photography.  ... [Read more...]

Life’s Seasons

March 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Life’s Seasons

Have you ever had one of those days?  When it feels like everything that could possibly go wrong, goes wrong?  And no matter how hard you try to turn it around, it just keeps going downhill?  This has been the story of my life recently. From the moment I woke up and realized I had overslept, I should have just called in sick and said “forget it!”  Instead I went to work and got some incredible life-changing news.  Rather than coming home and going straight for the bottle or chocolate (like many women I know would), I chose to take a nice long run.  For me, a long run used to entail 6+ miles, nowadays it means more like a measly 2-3 miles, if I’m lucky. With the baby in the Bob jogger and daughter on the bike that connects to my husband’s bike, we all went out to burn some calories, have some quality outdoor time together, and even hit the park on the way home.  This evening’s weather was mirroring my mood in the most remarkable way: complete with dark, threatening... [Read more...]

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