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26 Jul
A New Way to See a Downtown: Find a Parade…

A New Way to See a Downtown: Find a Parade…

My enjoyment of cute, artsy downtown areas has plummeted sharply since the little campers came along. There are basically three main things to do in any given downtown area: shopping, eating, and drinking. All three of these activities suffer dramatically when you throw small children into the mix. We have found ways to adjust. I’m not a big shopper anyway and my husband usually prowls around the local bookstores during naptime while I recharge the batteries back at the campsite. We get a lot of takeout and find nice grassy locations... Read More
23 Jul
Brattleboro, Vermont: What Started With Fireworks Ended in Zen

Brattleboro, Vermont: What Started With Fireworks Ended in Zen

I’ll get past the bad part quickly. Basically we showed up at an award-winning KOA campground and stood at our site shaking our heads in disbelief. Our spot (which we reserved in March) was postage-stamp sized with a chained down garbage can and a shared hookup with a gigantic RV next to us. The water hookup was leaking and there was an electric wire hanging down from it. The idea of our boys on this campsite for 3 days made me feel like bursting into tears. Jeremy was adamant about leaving and finding another campground but the thought... Read More
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
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
15 Jun
Good Night Little Campers…Camp Taylor, New Jersey

Good Night Little Campers…Camp Taylor, New Jersey

Our final camping trip of the season last fall was to Camp Taylor, and it was everything that a fall weekend jaunt should be and more. * There was cold crisp air, bright fall leaves, and packs of wolves howling at the full moon. Yes, packs of wolves. Or maybe just a single pack. I’m not sure. I have twin boys and I don’t get to pay very close attention on guided tours. The Lakota Wolf Preserve is right next to Camp Taylor, and on Saturday morning we boarded a shuttle at the campground and bounced and jostled our way up to the... Read More

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