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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
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
25 Apr
The Saddest Weenie Roast Ever: Rolla Roasters Backyard Debut

The Saddest Weenie Roast Ever: Rolla Roasters Backyard Debut

I am so anxious to get back out there under the stars again.  My family’s season opening trip to Western North Carolina did nothing to soothe the camping beast inside of me–instead, it only made me hungry for more. Unfortunately our next trip to Westchester PA is still three weeks away. So when my set of Rolla Roaster camping forks arrived from L..L Bean on the front porch it felt like my destiny was unfolding before me like a whole wheat hot dog bun. I rummaged through the refrigerator and found a pack of organic weenies and... Read More

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