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06 Jul
Road Trip Pitstop: Dinosaur State Park, Connecticut

Road Trip Pitstop: Dinosaur State Park, Connecticut

We left for Vermont at 8:19 am sharp and headed north through New York City at the start of a holiday weekend. We knew the drive might be a bear, and I had our first stop all worked out. A friend of mine had told me of a hidden gem in Rocky Hill, Connecticut–Dinosaur State Park. It was only about a mile off of Route 91 and the perfect place to stop with a picnic lunch, which we had of course packed in advance. There are nice picnic tables, little nature trails, a gem mining station, and a casting area. The only thing you have to pay for... Read More

Oh, the Hubris! 16 Days with Toddlers in an RV…

We are packed and ready to depart on our 16-day Northeast Expedition tomorrow morning.Yes I am excited, but there is also a drumbeat of dread that has been thumping in my head for the last couple of days. How did I let this Maine trip get so out of control? It was the month of March and it had been a long, cold, difficult winter. The camper sat covered and unused in the driveway. Jeremy was bored and I was busy. So I yessed him to death on everything he proposed without really putting much thought into it. Months later I looked at the... Read More
01 Jul
CAMPGROUND REVIEW: Seashore Campsites, Cape May NJ.

CAMPGROUND REVIEW: Seashore Campsites, Cape May NJ.

*   My wife and I put a lot of advance planning into each of the camping trips that we take.  This research has paid off for us big-time because we have stayed at many great places since we bought the pop-up camper. Last weekend we returned to Seashore Campsites in Cape May, New Jersey–and I think that it is officially my favorite campsite for the following ten reasons: 1.   They have the best hybrid kiddy pool/adult pool that we have seen at a campground.  One end is a two foot deep kiddy pool with fountains and the other end is a... Read More
29 Jun
I Swear on the Gods of Blogging that I did NOT Stage This…

I Swear on the Gods of Blogging that I did NOT Stage This…

Most of the time my boys are the epitome of non-compliance. But everyone once in a while they throw me a bone and make my day. About a week ago, I blogged about the Good Night Series of books and how my boys love them despite suspect illustrations and weakness of plot line. Lo and behold a few days later, I look up from my never-ending kitchen duties and find them scooting and zooming around with–wait for it–those very same books in their hands. * * Now some of you may doubt that a child would read a book and Scoot and Zoom at the... Read More
28 Jun
Cape May Redux: Back to the Zoo, New Jersey

Cape May Redux: Back to the Zoo, New Jersey

I know I have brought it up before, but it most definitely bears repeating: Cape May Zoo is quite simply one of the nicest places to spend a day in New Jersey. The zoo is actually a part of the Cape May County Park system and the whole place has the feel of a park more than a commercialized destination. There are family reunions taking place, picnic pavilions, multiple playgrounds, a small train, a carousel, and walking paths. If we lived nearby I don’t know that I would ever go anywhere else on a Saturday morning. Or a Tuesday morning.... Read More
23 Jun
The Lure of a Lake (Confessions of a Jersey Shore Local)

The Lure of a Lake (Confessions of a Jersey Shore Local)

Most people who grow up by the ocean have an uncomfortable relationship with lakes. There is something about the stillness, murkiness, and sometimes slimy bottom that causes us to wrinkle up our noses in distaste as if we just opened an old Tupperware of shriveled chickpeas (okay, that just happened this morning…). I would honestly rather get pinched by a crab than step on a moss-covered rock. And the thought of water snakes makes my knees buckle.  I break out in a cold sweat just writing about them.Last summer, however, this... Read More

Every Camper Needs a Cooler, EBags Crew Cooler

Now that picnic season is in full swing it’s time to ditch that clunky old red plastic cooler for something a bit more sleek.  If you are just packing lunch for your family of four or five I recommend the eBags Crew Cooler III. According to the eBags website the cooler was, “designed specifically for the unique needs of Flight Attendants and Pilots.”  Now, besides eating a tasty  lunch,  I have no idea what “unique needs” the average flight attendant or pilot may have, but I know that this cooler fits the... Read More

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