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09 Aug
App Review: Campground Owners of New York

App Review: Campground Owners of New York

The Lively Little Campers recently returned from a 12 day tour of upstate New York.  We spent five days in the Finger Lakes, three days in Niagara, and four days in Saugerties–and made great family memories in each location.  New York state has a wide variety of camping options and it proved to be far more beautiful, and exciting, than I had ever imagined.  We will be spending the next few weeks reviewing campgrounds and writing about our adventures–so please stay tuned for some great posts. But let’s begin at the... Read More

Can We Still Call it Camping? The Trailer Upgrade of 2012

I earned my camping stripes early on as the daughter of an Eagle Scout. Every piece of equipment our family owned was Army issued. My sisters and I slept in an eight-man green canvas tent that seemed to weigh hundreds of pounds. In inclement weather the three of us girls would huddle in the middle, repeating our mantra over and over…don’t touch the sides, don’t touch the sides.  One time, when I was about eight, my father refused to cancel a scheduled trip to Assateague Island despite an approaching hurricane. The State Park... Read More
23 May
One Fish, Two Fish, the Campers Caught You Fish!

One Fish, Two Fish, the Campers Caught You Fish!

Jeremy and I have mentioned quite a few times over the last year that we would really love to get the boys out fishing. The conversation comes up, we nod in agreement, and then the subject is dropped with no action taken. What’s the big deal, you might ask. You can drag your toddlers up to Acadia National Park for weeks on end, but you can’t get a $10 Spiderman fishing pole and mosey on down to the lake? I know. Jeremy and I both grew up on the water. I had a river in my backyard and he had the Atlantic Ocean.  We both dabbled in... Read More
17 May
The Art of Outdoor Hospitality: An Interview with KOA CEO

The Art of Outdoor Hospitality: An Interview with KOA CEO

An Interview With Jim Rogers Chairmen/CEO of Kampgrounds of America This past weekend the Lively Little Campers enjoyed a magical stay at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA.  Our weekend adventure was memorable for a variety of reasons: firstly, it was mother’s day and the staff made Max and Theo’s mom feel special with a complimentary breakfast and tulips hand delivered by the owner. Secondly, the campground itself was beautiful and our visit was jam packed with excitement and activities.  There was live music, hayrides, an ice... Read More
15 May
Girls’ Night (Okay, Afternoon) Out: Zip Lining in Asheville, NC

Girls’ Night (Okay, Afternoon) Out: Zip Lining in Asheville, NC

Three years ago, the Asheville community was all abuzz about a coming attraction, and it was NOT the impending arrival of our Max and Theo. Navitat, a zip lining company (or “tree-based adventure company” as they like to call themselves), was opening in the mountains. It was the area’s hottest ticket. Everyone was doing it. Everyone was raving. Everyone except Jeremy and me. Bad timing on our part, huh? We had been traveling down to Asheville for the last five years, and they decide to open this place when I am 200 pounds... Read More

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