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06 Aug
Theo’s Philosophy of Travel: Let’s Give It a Chance

Theo’s Philosophy of Travel: Let’s Give It a Chance

On day sixteen of our road trip through North Carolina and Virginia Theo informed me that he wanted to go home.  He was simple and direct. “Daddy, I want to go home.” Max disagreed. “Daddy I want to go to another campin’ ground.” I could have stayed on the road for the rest of the summer, but alas, for a variety of reasons, it really was time to go home.  However, I tried to keep both boys happy. “Well guys, we are going home tomorrow, but we are going to go camping again this summer!”  Max smiled.... Read More
04 Aug
A Scavenger Hunt for all Ages: Story of the Forest, Shenandoah

A Scavenger Hunt for all Ages: Story of the Forest, Shenandoah

We were stale. By the end of last summer, we had Max and Theo hiking up to three miles no sweat. On our trip to New York State we took on trail after trail, finding waterfalls and gorges and swimming holes. But a pregnancy and newborn took its toll on all of us, and a year later the trail blazers were rusty. Even though I had found some online descriptions of kid-friendly hikes, I decided to talk to the rangers at the Big Meadows Visitor Center so we didn’t get in over our heads with the preschoolers and newborn we happened to be... Read More
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
27 Jul
Daddy’s First Descent Down the Swannanoa…

Daddy’s First Descent Down the Swannanoa…

We were staying at the Asheville East KOA to visit family and attend what would be a big, beautiful wedding.  Both the wedding site and the campground were nestled along the banks of the Swannanoa River, about four and a half miles apart.  The river was running high and fast because of two weeks of steady rain.  One afternoon, as Stephanie and I were helping the boys get dressed for a pre-wedding dinner,  she made a simple suggestion that would lead to a great adventure. “I think you should tube down the river to the wedding site and... Read More
25 Jul
Hickory Nut Gap Farm: No Berries? No Problem…

Hickory Nut Gap Farm: No Berries? No Problem…

We were sitting on a porch with friends, looking out onto the Blue Ridge Mountains and sipping sangria, when the conversation started. The talk was about who had moved to Asheville and why the rest of us New Jersey folk hadn’t yet. Jeremy just had to pipe up…Not all of us are looking for an exit strategy from New Jersey, he said. And then looked at me…Right? I agreed. We love to travel, but we love to go home to the Jersey Shore. It’s just that some days, when you wake up in the mountains and go berry picking at one of... Read More
20 Jul
Good Morning Swannanoa! East Asheville, KOA

Good Morning Swannanoa! East Asheville, KOA

We woke up on our first morning at the Asheville East KOA in Swannanoa, brewed some coffee, and then decided to head out for a stroll, and a scoot, to check out the campground. I really liked our site.  That is the Swannanoa River rushing by in the background.  The water in the foreground is a small pond that formed after the river jumped its banks a few days before.  A family of ducks had also moved in by the tree. Over the last few weeks the rain had caused the river to run high and fast.  This is the view from a cute little bridge that... Read More
19 Jul
What It’s REALLY All About: Stephanie’s Boots on the Ground

What It’s REALLY All About: Stephanie’s Boots on the Ground

While my husband was pondering the metaphysical during our third family trip to Hatteras, I was thinking about things a bit more concretely.Sitting on the beach this year, holding a sleeping infant and watching my four-year olds play and splash, I realized I was thankful for three things:1. Four-year olds don’t eat sand. 2. Four-year olds don’t steal toys from random kids on the beach. 3. Four-year olds don’t wear swim diapers. Next year we will be back in the thick of it when Wes starts shoveling fistfuls of sand into his... Read More

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