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Cruisin’ the beach in style…

December 29, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Cruisin’ the beach in style…

Right before Christmas, we spent 10 days out on Padre Island (Texas Gulf Coast). We dry camped out in the National Park campground on the island, and had a great time! We try to spend 2 weeks there every year – it is one of our very favorite places. Every year we try to make sure to do our ‘traditions’ – our favorite things that we have to do every visit, like driving down the beach, hunting ghost crabs, and riding the ferry at Aransas Pass. Every year we try to find some new experiences to do also. One of the things that we did this year was to drive to nearby Port Aransas and rent Beach Carts! I will admit that I was a little nervous about renting a beach cart – well, you know us, we had to rent 2, both 6 seaters! LOL! First, would the cart owner freak when we pulled in and 10 kids piled out of our van? And, beach carts, even if you are just using them on the beach, are subject to the same laws that govern vehicles (meaning seat belts…), so what... [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...]

Black Friday Camping with an RV

November 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Black Friday Camping with an RV

Many folks enjoy getting killer deals the day after Thanksgiving.  In fact, some will go to so much trouble as to camp outside of particular stores days in advance in order to get a good spot.  While some will sit in a chair, others will actually pop-up a tent and get themselves extra comfortable since they figure they will be spending lots of time waiting, including at least one night there.  They do this in order to get the first pick of all the amazing deals at a given store, and possibly even come up on a freebie or two. Some 34 percent of American consumers plan to shop on Black Friday, the beginning of the hectic Christmas shopping season, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.  Depending on their shopping list, people will camp outside of Walmart, Best Buy, Target, or any other store that offers the best deals on the items they desire.  More often than not, stores will offer special savings and free stuff for the first 25 (or more) people in line.  The... [Read more...]

Camping with Kids II

November 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping with Kids II

Petting zoos, swimming pools, water parks, play structures, and so many more amenities are offered at numerous KOA campgrounds across the nation.  These Kampgrounds of America (KOA) are the ultimate family-friendly campgrounds that also have unbeatable specials, such as camp one night, get the next night for free.  This is an especially common promotion at the local KOA we frequent.  One of the local Moms groups I am involved in actually plans their bi-annual camp outs around this exact deal.  It turns into a weekend-long play date! With fun teepees to sleep in and lots of other family-friendly options, including an exhilarating zip line, cozy cabins, and some kid-friendly play structures such as climbing walls, parents can look forward to taking their kids camping at such sensational campgrounds.  Knowing how important it is for kids to get outdoors with their parents, KOA’s have even been known to offer free camping just for kids for a given weekend.  For example, this year for... [Read more...]

“THROWED ROLLS”

October 22, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

“THROWED ROLLS”

Have you ever been in a restaurant where the servers throw huge 5-inch in diameter, hot, yeast raised rolls across the room with hopes that you will catch them? If you answered yes, you have most likely visited one of the three locations where Lambert’s has one of their original “Throwed Rolls” cafes. We stopped at Hinton RV Park just off I-55 in Sikeston, MO.  When we checked in, the park attendant handed us a packet of information on local points of interest.  The one that caught our eye was for Lambert’s Café.  We were told that Lamberts would send a driver to the RV Park to pick us up for dinner and then bring us back to our RV.  With an offer like that, how can you refuse? When we arrived at the restaurant our chauffer took us to our table, gave us some preliminary warnings and left us to our server.  At that point, a young man in jeans and red suspenders came down the center isle of the restaurant shouting “Throwed Rolls” and then pitching them to anyone that held... [Read more...]

Find it, Make It

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Find it, Make It

Find it, Make it – Outdoor Green Crafts for Children Written by Clare Young Published at Cico Books About the book Keep kids entertained with Clare Youngs’ brilliant collection of toys, jewellery, gifts and more that have been designed with the environment in mind. Every project incorporates some kind of recycled material, whether using a plastic bag as the sail for your orange peel ships or creating pretty fairies out of dried flowers. Wherever you are, there will be a project to make that includes the materials close to hand. If you fancy a day at the beach, make sure you gather a few shells for the shell mice, or pick up leaves and twigs on a walk in the forest to use on the leaf mobile. Even the back garden is home to materials that can be turned into a whole host of playtime essentials. Budding artists will love the ideas for natural dyes, bark rubbings and handmade paper, while junior gardeners won’t be able to resist the cress heads that you can decorate with fun faces.... [Read more...]

KanJam The Ultimate Disc Game

September 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

KanJam The Ultimate Disc Game

What is KanJam? KanJam is a game that is gaining popularity and is based in throwing a flying disk into a container to mark points. This game originally started back in the mid 1990s when a few guys were throwing a disc into metal garbage can just for the fun of it. This game is now found in tailgating, camping, beach parties, school gymnasiums, college campuses, neighborhood parks and backyard parties to name only a few places where it can be played. How to Play KanJam consists in flying a disc into a scoring containers and make a goal. It looks easier than it is but while practicing and having fun, you are exercising yourself. Here’s the rules and point scores for the game. And believe it or not there are tournaments and leagues forming as more and more people are discovering this game. Our Thoughts When I stumbled on this game I was curious and immediately requested to review one. Our KanJam arrived quite rapidly in the late spring and we decided to bring it with us as we spend some... [Read more...]

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

September 12, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

MYSTERY RV DOWSES FOR SALTWATER (or…. The Magnetism of the Ocean.)

Finding the “Y” shaped Willow Tree branch jammed up under the front steering gear of our RV didn’t come as a surprise. The Willow branch confirmed what I had always suspected – somehow the RV had a diving rod attached that steered us toward saltwater. For a number of years, our RV has predictably wandered toward an ocean beach – just like a dog tugging at a leash.  It didn’t really matter where we were or where we actually planned on going – the beach would eventually end up as one of our destinations. So, here we are again – relaxing on the sand of a North Carolina oceanfront RV resort soaking up the still pleasantly warm September rays of sunshine.  The sky is billowing with puffy white clouds surrounded by robin-egg blue and the ocean waters beneath are striped with hues of dark green and vivid blue. The Little Red Sun Shelter – Oscar & his ball – Summer Cottages high up on the dunes As I sit here under our little red pop-up sun shelter, I alternate... [Read more...]

Teach your kids about birds

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Teach your kids about birds

Ornithology can go hands-to-hands with camping.   And to learn more about birds, you need to learn to be patient as well as to be quiet when exploring the woods, grasslands or other places where birds can be found.   You also need some equipment to be successful in finding birds.   So where can you start if you have never done it before? My first suggestion would be to find a good book that will introduce your to the world of ornithology.  The purpose of this post is to present you a great book that would be perfect for children and adults. Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America Written by Bill Thomson III Published at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt About the Book Covering 300 of the most common birds in all of the United States and Canada, The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America is loaded with color photographs, drawings showing typical behaviors, range maps, an easy-to-use checklist, fun facts, and authoritative information about each bird, its vocalizations,... [Read more...]

Boston Children’s Museum

April 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Boston Children’s Museum

Another great place to visit while camping around Boston, MA is definitively the Boston Children’s Museum and let your little ones go crazy around the three floors of this museum. I remember going on a trip to Boston with a friend while being in University. We had visited the Computer Museum, which is now closed, at that same place where now stand the Boston Children’s Museum. We visited this museum twice so far and each time we had a marvelous time with our kids. The Boston Children’s Museum will allow your kids to learn through experience and hands-on engagement. The exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. My younger kids enjoyed the activities in the construction zone and Arthur & Friends while my oldest kids the highlights preferred the 3-story climbing sculpture as well as the Kid Power area where you learn how it is important to stay active. However, all four of them enjoyed the Science Playground when you can... [Read more...]

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