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28 Jul
Robert Lake Park, Montreat: A Playground for the Soul

Robert Lake Park, Montreat: A Playground for the Soul

We were looking for a peaceful way to spend the day, so we decided to return to Montreat, a Presbyterian retreat community on the outskirts of Black Mountain, North Carolina. I don’t know much about the history of this place, but I do know that they managed to build what may just be the most beautiful playground ever. With rocky streams running through the whole park, the equipment is spread out in little pockets that our kids could discover in bits and pieces, as opposed to the phrenetic but brief enjoyment that most playgrounds offer.... Read More
21 Jul
Dynamite Joe and the Caffeine Kids, Black Mountain

Dynamite Joe and the Caffeine Kids, Black Mountain

When you travel and camp with kids coffee is more important than gasoline.  I would rather be stranded on the side of the road with the tank on empty and a fresh cup of Joe in my hands than be woken up in our camper by my twin boys at 6:15 a.m. only to discover that we’re fresh out.  Our kids are naturally caffeinated but we are not.  So luckily for Stephanie and me, when I noticed that our supply of coffee had dwindled down to the last bean I discovered one of those Great Good Places that make life worth living.  The Dynamite Roasting... Read More
14 Jul
Buxton Munch: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Buxton Munch: Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

It is a requirement for every employee in a New Jersey surf shop to at all times possess a surly and unimpressed attitude toward their clientele. Not so at the Natural Art Surf Shop in Buxton, North Carolina where the friendly young lads, upon being asked where the best lunch is to be had, will enthusiastically direct you to a sketchy-looking strip mall out back. * These hospitable locals will inform you that Buxton Munch has the best fish tacos around, and they will be right. In fact, the fish tacos are so good that when you order your... Read More

Getting Back to Real Life (yeah, we work and stuff)

Before we left for Sussex a couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a friend about the upcoming trip. As I was describing some activity we were anticipating, she cut me off to ask a very fair and very pertinent question. She couldn’t have cared less about the hike I was trying to sell her. What she wanted to know was how I got all the weekend chores done and was able to go back to work on the Monday after a trip without the whole house being in a state of chaos.This is such a mom perspective. I remember one of our first weekend trips... Read More
13 Oct
The Farmer and His Apples: Diver Ed Gets a Run for His Money…

The Farmer and His Apples: Diver Ed Gets a Run for His Money…

We were pulling out of the campground Sunday morning, damp and frizzy, when the sun decided to aggressively burst out of the clouds. Suddenly it seemed like absolute madness to simply head for home when the beautiful fall day we had dreamed of suddenly arrived. We spotted this sign a couple of miles away from Pleasant Acres and headed down a bumpy, muddy road, keeping our fingers crossed that somewhere at the end we would be able to turn our camper around. Is there anything as romantic as picking apples? My husband and I picked apples for the... Read More
11 Oct
Walpack Inn: The Perfect Gimmick for a Dinner Out with the Boys

Walpack Inn: The Perfect Gimmick for a Dinner Out with the Boys

Unless you want to spend the first 8 years of your child’s life eating at Chuck E. Cheese, you had better learn the ropes for sizing up a real restaurant and determining whether it is a good fit for your particular brand of kid-crazy. The question you want to ask your spouse is, “Can we eat here and not hate each other and our children by the end of the meal?” Also consider, “Will we even get to taste our food, or will we feel as if we might as well have used our dollar bills for kindling in tonight’s... Read More
12 Aug
Where I Part Ways with the New York Times…

Where I Part Ways with the New York Times…

NYT Camp Cooking Stephanie’s Camp Cooking This article on camp cooking was published in the Times just days before we left for our Maine trip: On the Road Again, and Cooking, Too. I will admit that the smaller part of me was either chuckling or rolling my eyes the entire time I read it. This article is definitely not for those who have little tykes running around while they are preparing camp food. And that’s okay. Not all articles have to be. But kids or no kids, you cannot call a recipe simple if the first step is shelling fava... Read More

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