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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...]

Spring Camping to Celebrate the End of Winter

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Camping to Celebrate the End of Winter

For those outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy winter sports, especially of the spectator variety, there is an event not to be missed at northern New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley. The first weekend in April each year typically marks the end of the ski season and usually there are some hijinx to enjoy for both skiers and spectators alike. This year it was the inaugural Dos Equis Air Bag Championships. Participants had to pay a $10 entry fee, then ski down a chute which led them up a 15 foot ramp after which they would land in a massive airbag to break their fall. Intrigued, we made it a point to get there to watch a number of these feats and were not disappointed. One competitor in mid-flip above the airbag. The event was open to skiers and snowboarders 21 and over. Participants were rated on their technique, how much height they achieved off the ramp and their costumes. While some did not don festive garb, we did note several appropriately attired hot dogs and a male skier in a two piece bikini.... [Read more...]

Family Friendly Fun in Greensboro, NC…

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly Fun in Greensboro, NC…

Another great find while our family was camping in North Carolina was the family friendly Greensboro Children’s Museum. Located across the street from the Greensboro Historical Museum in the downtown district, this fun stop and a great way to spend an afternoon if you are visiting the area with kids. The GCM has 33,000 square feet of indoor activities, but the fun starts before you even hit the front door!  Painted outside, on the concrete, was a round maze that the kids had a ball with (who knew it would be so exciting). The lobby continues in on the fun with a cute photo prop—an oversized red leather armchair.  My girls insisted on climbing up and requested a photo. Once in the museum, there is so much to choose from…from the enclosed toddler area for kids two and under, to a town full of destinations.  You can be a mail carrier for the post office and deliver packages up and down the street, stopping by the market, the pizza restaurant, a bookstore, theater, doctor’s... [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...]

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...]

Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

March 31, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tried and True Remedies for Poison Oak

Best Ways of Surviving Poison Oak—most recently tried and found to be true. With summer right around the corner and more outdoor time being scheduled—here is a little warning for those who want to avoid a red, swollen, itchy, uncomfortable, pus-filled, raised and blistery rash that lasts about a week (and oftentimes longer).  Pay close attention since these plants (poison sumac, ivy, and oak) grow everywhere in the United States (with the exception of Hawaii, Alaska, and some desert areas of the southwestern United States) and look different depending on the region. First off, Avoidance Is Key! Look out for these three-pronged leaves that tend to grow near creeks, streams and riverbeds.  They sometimes have little white flowers and often grow in shaded areas of trails.  Also, the leaves tend to change color in the fall, from yellow to red.   If you know you will be in an area where it grows, wear protective clothing that covers skin where you could come in contact with plant. First... [Read more...]

Big Sky Country Beckons the Outdoorsy

March 30, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Big Sky Country Beckons the Outdoorsy

Once you have experienced Montana, a mountainous, scenic land with the biggest skies you have ever seen; only then will you fully appreciate all that it has to offer and understand why they call it “The Big Sky Country.” With relaxing hot springs, golf courses, and ample outdoor recreational activities, visitors will be amazed by this wondrous, stunning paradise. There is abundant wildlife and big game to be found on the large areas of Deer Lodge National Forest near Georgetown Lake and other public lands nearby.  Hunting is available to the public in many areas and many local establishments provide hunting licenses for visitors and locals alike.  While a permit may be necessary for some of these, visitors may hunt any of the following: bear, fowl, mountain lion, moose, deer, and elk. With countless streams, rivers, creeks, and mountain lakes, there are numerous other activities to choose from as well.  Kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and... [Read more...]

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