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05 Oct
Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

Falling in Love with the Adirondacks at the Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA

The Adirondack Park in New York State is our newest favorite place. Why?  Maybe because of its fragrant and thickly wooded forests of spruce, maple, beech, and birch. Maybe because of its sparkling lakes, winding rivers, and rocky streams. Maybe because of its charming lakefront towns such as Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Or maybe because the region hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980 and the sounds of supreme, almost mythological, athletic greatness still can be heard if you listen closely. “Do you believe in miracles?” ... Read More
27 Mar
Planning that Vacation? Let a State Park Surprise Your Family…

Planning that Vacation? Let a State Park Surprise Your Family…

National Parks get a whole lot of attention and rightfully so. They are (across the board) breathtaking and phenomenal experiences, and one of the highlights of our national heritage. State Parks don’t get as much exposure, but over the last four years they have become a foundational part of our family travel. In general, state parks can be more accessible and affordable, offering wonderful hiking, fishing, canoeing, and swimming without the crowds that many of the national parks attract. Two summers ago we set off for a 16 day jaunt... Read More
28 Mar
Mad Squirrels and Free Coffee: Rip Van Winkle Campground

Mad Squirrels and Free Coffee: Rip Van Winkle Campground

Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds: Saugerties, NY   Before we officially move on to Season 4 we would like to recap a few of our adventures from last summer and fall that didn’t quite make it onto the blog. *** We wrapped up our three stop trip to New York State with a four day stay at Rip Van Winkles Campground in Saugerties.  Our last stop, at Branches of Niagara, was pretty awesome: zip lining, fishing, kayaking, and, well–Niagara Falls.  So the bar was set pretty high for the last stop of our grand tour. When I booked Rip Van Winkles... Read More
28 Aug
Campground Review: Branches of Niagara, Grand Island

Campground Review: Branches of Niagara, Grand Island

Three generations of my family recently enjoyed an action packed, two week RV trip through upstate New York.  We kayaked and swam in the Finger Lakes, hiked past 19 waterfalls along the gorge path at Watkins Glen State Park, cliff jumped into a crystal-clear swimming hole near Buttermilk Falls, felt the rush of cool mist blowing off of Niagara Falls, and toured lighthouses and ate like kings and queens in Woodstock and Saugerties. The highlight of our trip, though, may have been the time we spent at one of America’s most exciting new... Read More
27 Aug
We’ve Come a Long Way Babies: Buttermilk Falls State Park

We’ve Come a Long Way Babies: Buttermilk Falls State Park

Jeremy and I took the boys on their first road trip when they were 10 weeks old. The prospect of a 12 hour car trip down to North Carolina seemed daunting to us for sure. However, the idea of spending our summer sitting in the house changing diapers and wiping up baby puke got us in the car and on the road pretty quickly. We realized early into this parenting journey that babies are babies and toddlers are toddlers no matter where you take them. Whether we are hiking in the mountains or lounging on a beach, an outbreak of whining or fighting... Read More
23 Aug
Watkins Glen State Park: Next Stop on the Great Empire Pass Tour

Watkins Glen State Park: Next Stop on the Great Empire Pass Tour

Once we had purchased the Empire Pass at Keuka State Park, the rest of our Finger Lakes’ itinerary fell neatly into place.We headed off to Watkins Glen State Park in search of the boys’ much-beloved waterfalls. I had originally been angling to camp in the park, but the thought of dry camping after purchasing the new luxury camper sent my husband into fits of despair. If you are in the region, you absolutely MUST make a trip here. It was truly more beautiful than any of us had expected. * * * * Couple of tips… 1. Get there... Read More

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