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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
09 Jun
Last Stop: Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival (Take 3)

Last Stop: Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival (Take 3)

* Even though Max and Theo woke up at 3:45 on Saturday morning in Jellystone Park, our family still managed to have a great time at  the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival.  After a long groggy morning we set up camp under a shady tree by the Grove Stage at about 11:45 and listened to music and played on the lawn all day.Max and Theo’s favorite band of the day was the Philadelphia based trio Good Old War. These youngsters had our youngsters dancing and clapping for their entire set.  We loved their summer-filled harmonies and... Read More
31 May
Next Stop: Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival (Take 2)

Next Stop: Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival (Take 2)

Theo at Appel Farm, June 2010 As Stephanie mentioned in a previous post, we have attended the Appel FarmArts and Music Festival both with and without kids.  We had a memorable day on both occasions.  The festival is really unique because of the quality and diversity of the music and the kid-friendly environment.  Last year we sat at the back of a wide-open field and were able to hear the music and let our kids roam free at the same time.  This year promises to be even better. I am really excited to see Josh Ritter for the first time.  Here is... Read More
30 May
Outside Magazine’s Guide to Being an “Adventure Dad.”

Outside Magazine’s Guide to Being an “Adventure Dad.”

* The current issue of Outside Magazine has a fun how-to spread about being an “Adventure Dad.”  The tag line for the article really sums up my feelings on the matter: “They say that becoming a dad means your days of big trips and serious adventure are over. They are so wrong.” When Max and Theo were first born there were some dark moments when I thought I would never surf or hike again.  But now, two years later, I am spending more time outdoors than I ever have–and that time is more fulfilling because it is... Read More
27 May
Holiday Weekends: Know When to Stay Home!

Holiday Weekends: Know When to Stay Home!

This weekend is a bit sentimental for us. One year ago, over Memorial Day weekend, we took our first trip with the camper. It was a steep learning curve for both of us. Jeremy was learning how to manage the camper and I was learning how to manage 1 year olds in the woods. Here was my first idea for containment-an inflatable pool was easy and small to pack, yet could do double duty as a playpen and a bathtub. It was kind of a trick—from day one my boys have had an aversion to gates, fences, or limitations of any kind. This pool worked well for... Read More
27 May
Next Stop: Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival

Next Stop: Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival

We have gone to this music festival both pre- and post-children. It is a great time no matter what. Good music, good food, and plenty of puppet shows and crafts for the little guys. Not to mention a really great local wine tent. Last year, the boys were barely walking and they still had a blast. Tickets are still available if you want to join in the festivities. Best part? Children 12 and under are free! Second best part? You can bring in coolers. Start making them PBandJ sandwiches. Read More

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