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National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK…

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 lobby; the museum is the home of the original End of the Trail statue.  After checking out the large white carving, where you go and what you see next is up to you!  On one side of the museum are huge paintings located in a ballroom – the 5 different scenes, each depicted on 3 huge paintings, show beautiful national treasures like the Yellowstone Falls or Monument Valley.  Some we recognized from our travels, and the others we decided we needed to visit! :)  (does an RVer ever get to cross off everything on their bucket list?  We seem to just keep adding to ours!) Also, on that end... [Read more...]

Oklahoma City National Memorial…

June 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 be appropriate for my littles to visit, or if it would be overwhelmingly sorrowful. We found out that, actually, this memorial isn’t officially a National Park, but the park service has a presence here; the park service is only an affiliate, and the OKC National Memorial Foundation owns and runs the grounds, all on private funding (no NPS monies). The outside memorial grounds are open 24/7, and the park service provides rangers (there are also onsite, armed, security); during the summer, the rangers are there until 10pm!      The Jr. Ranger books here are great for little ones! ... [Read more...]

Discover the Titanic like never before…

April 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 parking lot, with plenty of room for big rigs (we went during the off season).      At the entrance to the museum, we were met by ‘the captain’, and another staffer, dressed in Titanic replica costumes. They gave each of us our ‘boarding passes’; the boarding passes were colorful half-sheets that told us the name of a real passenger (kids got kid passengers, adults got adults), the age of that person, where they were from, and what class accommodations they were. Since we have lots of kids, we got a lot of boarding passes! The kids swapped theirs around, and most... [Read more...]

Biscayne National Park, FL…

March 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Biscayne National Park, FL…

Earlier this month, we were able to spend a couple of weeks in southern Florida visiting more of our favorite places – National Parks! On one beautiful day, we drove over to Biscayne National Park, Dante Fascell Visitor Center.  Located just south of Miami, Biscayne is unique in that 95% of the park is underwater! The park is touted for it’s great snorkeling and diving opportunities, but even if you don’t have a boat, it’s a lovely place to spend a day!  A little bummed, like us, that you didn’t tote along the kayaks?…the park also has a concessionaire that rents canoes and kayaks, and offers glass bottom boat tours. We chose to take a lunch and spend some time exploring the solid-ground parts of the park. There are nice, grassy areas around the visitor’s center that have picnic tables available. They are right off the water, and the view is quite nice! After we finished our lunch, complete with resident birds begging for us to share our sandwiches... [Read more...]

Moundville Archaeological Park, near Tuscaloosa, AL…

January 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Moundville Archaeological Park, near Tuscaloosa, AL…

We recently spent 2 weeks near Tuscaloosa, AL, volunteering with a Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief build. While we were there, we stayed at the Moundville Archaeological Park, in Moundville, AR; about 20 minutes south of Tuscaloosa. The MAP is a small park, about 26 acres, that consists of a museum, ancient Indian mounds, replica Indian huts, beautiful walking paths, and a small campground. At the entrance to the park is a Orientation building, where you can speak with a park ranger, find park information, and watch a well-done, informative film on the park and surrounding area’s history. We really appreciated the film as we knew nothing about the area before we watched it.  We found the staff here to be very informative and education oriented - when they found out that we homeschool, they gave us some information on the park, including some activity sheets for the kids, that made our stay much more interesting! The grounds contain over a dozen Indian mounds, built around... [Read more...]

Vicksburg National Military Park, MS…

January 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Vicksburg National Military Park, MS…

We recently had the opportunity to visit Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, and while the cold, wet weather did dampen our visit a bit, we still thought the park was intriguing and beautiful.      Vicksburg was an important location in the Civil War; the army that controlled Vicksburg pretty much controlled the Mississippi River and it’s important role as a vital supply route for the Confederacy. Located high on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi, Vicksburg had a commanding control over the ships passing beneath, all in gun range from the bluffs. Both the North and the South desperately wanted/needed to control Vicksburg, and the result was one of the bloodiest campaigns, and one of the most decisive turning points in the Civil War.  Vicksburg was not an easy quest – it took her being under attack and then seige, from April of 1862 to July 4th, of 1863, before the Union could claim her as under Union control.       While we were at VNMP, we chose... [Read more...]

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi, TX…

December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi, TX…

One of the other things that we did during our visit to Padre Island National Park, was to drive in to Corpus Christi and spend an afternoon at the Texas State Aquarium. The aquarium is part of the AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums), so if you have a membership to your local zoo or aquarium, you would get in to the Texas State Aquarium for half price (like we did). One of the things that I loved the most about this aquarium, was that all the talks and shows were included in the entrance fee.      The aquariums has educational talks, and animal shows every half hour, throughout the day. Our favorite stop of the day was at StingRay Alley (which is a large touch tank). During the talks that are given here (one in the morn, one in the afternoon), you can purchase a small tray of fish for $3 and feed the rays. This exhibit brought us back 3 times! LOL! The rays were docile, and friendly. They would swim right in front of the kids, and practically beg for attention! There were a couple... [Read more...]

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks

December 7, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks

National Parks – A Kid’s Guide to America’s Parks, Monuments, and Landmarks By Erin McHugh Published at Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers About the book “During National Parks Week, we reaffirm our need to maintain connections to the natural world.” —President Barack Obama President Obama has shared his views that it’s important for all of our country’s citizens to acknowledge the value of the natural world around us. National Parks helps families explore that world—the diversity, beauty, and history found in our national park system. Arranged alphabetically by state, this fun-filled book tours more than 75 U.S. parks, monuments, and landmarks, from the rocky shores of Maine’s Acadia National Park to the ancient redwood groves of Northern California. Also included is a removable, fold-out collector map to house the 56 America the Beautiful commemorative quarters! Through fascinating text and hundreds of vintage-style illustrations and photographs, ranging from digitally... [Read more...]

Canadian Museum of Nature

August 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian Museum of Nature

Back on July 1st, we decided to take advantage of the fact that museums in our former hometown were open for free.   To celebrate Canada Day we decided to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature which has been revamped in recent years. I hadn’t set foot in that museum for over 15 years – not even it got reopened after the major renovations a couple of years ago.  Knowing that we would be moving in a near future, we thought it would be a great time to discover the new and improved Canadian Museum of Nature. Though the entrance brought back memories of when I was younger, you can see that many things have changed.   I was disappointed to learn that the famous bee hive was gone but quickly got over it when I discovered that the museum has done a great work with the presentation of its animal collection.   We decided to start at the top of the museum and slowly go down as we explored the levels. The first exposition we went to was the birds.   Via interaction and observation, we discovered... [Read more...]

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

July 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

Okay I will admit it – I am a bit quiet this year.  But when I tell you why this is the case, I think that you will understand that I have quite a bit on my shoulders since May. The situation In May my husband had a contract with a company in the area of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Ontario.  Being homeschoolers, we packed the RV and drove as a family for a full month in that area.   What we didn’t know then – though we knew it was a possibility – it that my husband would get a full time employment offer. It happened! At the end of the contract, we knew that with a couple of weeks he would get an offer.   Within two weeks of being back home, we got it and seeing that the contracting world hasn’t been quite the same in the past three years we decided to take a step of faith and follow this opening. The results So back in June, we did some painting/repairs in our home and packed like crazy.   I had a trip schedule in early July to attend a Leadership Training for a ministry... [Read more...]

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