“Don’t blink. You might just miss your babies growing like mine did. … Life goes faster than you think.” Kenny Chesney’s Don’t Blink lyrics sum up what life has felt like since the birth of our oldest 10 years ago. I can remember everyone telling us to treasure the little years because they would fly by in a blink. And although we knew they were
Last month when we returned from our three-week summer adventure to Michigan and Wisconsin, reader Kristin T. commented on Facebook that she would love to read a blog post about prepping for longer road trips: “I’m interested in meal planning, grocery shopping, storage of food, etc.” It was a great post idea, so we were happy to oblige. 🙂 This is Part One of a
The first day of autumn is still several weeks away, but now’s the time to start planning your fall campout! Autumn is our whole family’s favorite time of year and the perfect time of year to go camping. The temperatures are cooler, campgrounds tend to be less crowded, and those pesky mosquitoes are (mostly) gone! With our summer camping adventures winding down, we are starting
Families across the country are gearing up for their summer travels with plans to explore the more than 400 National Park Service sites scattered across the country. Whether walking in the footsteps of history or hiking through the majestic wilderness, our nation’s park system offers experiences of all kinds, perfect for every explorer. So far our family has had the chance to discover more than 30 NPS sites–and this
As the school year winds down and families gear up for summer, many parents or grandparents are looking for ideas to get their kids or grandkids away from screens and opting outside. In his best-selling book Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv coined the term “nature-deficit disorder,” a condition that is becoming more prevalent in homes as children spend less time outside and more time in front
When we plan our long camping adventures, like our three-week Wild West adventure, 2016 Pennsylvania trip, or recent Texas tour, developing an easy and simple meal plan is essential. Such trips will have many days of long travel and many more days of fun exploring. I don’t want to stress over time-intensive meals after long days in the car, and I certainly don’t want to be stuck in the tiny camper kitchen when there are so
On our winter adventure to Texas, we had two opportunities to try out boondocking. This common practice in the RVing community had intrigued us for some time, and our trip to Texas was the perfect time to experiment. We learned a number of things from the experience, including what not to do when boondocking. This is our tale that we lived to tell about. 🙂 WHAT IS BOONDOCKING ANYWAYS?
On our winter adventure to Texas, we had two opportunities to try out boondocking. This common practice in the RVing community had intrigued us for some time, and our trip to Texas was the perfect time to experiment. We learned a number of things from the experience, including what not to do when boondocking. What is boondocking anyways? Great question! Boondocking, which is sometimes also called dry camping,
I know it’s only the second week of January and for the majority of the country, it is cold, snowy, and icy outside … and summer seems really, REALLY, far away. But the best way to beat those winter blues is to start planning your 2017 camping trips. And to help you get started I’ve put together a five-step guide for how to plan a camping trip.