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17 Apr
Groovy Tunes For Your Next Road Trip: James Hunter

Groovy Tunes For Your Next Road Trip: James Hunter

The James Hunter Six: Minute by Minute I know that your itching for that first road trip of the spring.  You’ve had enough of winter and you want to pack the family up and head to your favorite campground for a warm weekend getaway.  Your picturing yourself behind the wheel with the music cranked up just loud enough to drown out the sounds of chaos coming from the kids in the backseat.  Or, if your a lucky dad like me, then maybe, just maybe, your kids are starting to like some of your favorite tunes. This afternoon I hit play on the... Read More
09 Apr
Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street

Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main Street

I have always dreamed about driving Route 66 from Illinois to California–and chances are, if you’ve heard Nat “King” Cole croon the famous tune, you probably have too. This heavily mythologized American road trip is somewhere near the top of my bucket list.  It has been hard for me to explain why my imagination was so drawn to Route 66 because I really didn’t know much about it beyond the lyrics to that song–until now. I picked up Rick Antonson’s Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America’s Main... Read More
30 Mar
My New Fireside Friend: A Good Tool Goes a Long Way

My New Fireside Friend: A Good Tool Goes a Long Way

Like most of our readers out there I am just itching for that season opening camping trip.  There’s just about nothing I love more than sitting around a warm campfire under the stars with family and close friends.  To get ready for my family’s fourth season of RVing I’ve been spending way too much time in the backyard chopping firewood compliments of downed trees from Hurricane Sandy.  My Fiskars 36 inch Super Splitting Axe was doing yeoman’s work with the larger stumps–but when it came to splitting up branches... Read More
15 Aug
New York Times Article on Creative RV Design

New York Times Article on Creative RV Design

“The Cricket” * “The Evergreen Element” Here is a link to a really fun article about some of the more”creative” or non-traditional RV designs that are beginning to show up in the marketplace.  If you follow the multimedia link on the lower left there is also a cool slide show with pictures.  Check out the picture of the RV that is shaped like the Sydney Opera House! P.S. If you type in the word “RV” in the New York Times search box a surprising number of articles show up–some good reading... Read More
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
21 May
“Just Me and My RV” New York Times Article

“Just Me and My RV” New York Times Article

Photo by Andy Isaacson for the New York Times Today’s travel section in the New York Times is a themed one called “Road Trip.”  The article titled “Just Me and My RV” by Andy Isaacson was definitely worth reading.  He recounts his adventures through Northern California and Oregon with pretty pictures and lovely prose.  Read it here: http://travel.nytimes.com/2012/05/20/travel/in-a-rented-rv-roaming-western-roads.html Read More

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