Campground Review: Greenheart Forest

Late spring was a busy time for us. I had several client sessions, back-to-back camping trips, a lot of time spent trying to clean out my mom’s house, and the end of the Girl Scout season to wrap up.  When we got home from our trip to Little Tybee Island in May, we were allContinue reading “Campground Review: Greenheart Forest”

In Pursuit of Avoidance

We went to Richmond last weekend, for a trip of many purposes. Most of it was family-related, but we also wanted to celebrate Kairi’s birthday a little early at Bear Creek Lake State Park, as we have done the last two years. She was sad to miss it there this year, so we surprised herContinue reading “In Pursuit of Avoidance”

Little Tybee Island: Your Own Private Beach

May is our time of year for secluded beach adventures, it seems. Last year we took a bikepacking trip to False Cape State Park, which still remains one of my favorite beach trips ever. Living in Tennessee, beach trips are fewer and further between, but we are finding ways to fit them in regardless. WeContinue reading “Little Tybee Island: Your Own Private Beach”

Trail Review: Backpacking Max Patch

I have done a lot of day hikes on the Appalachian Trail. It’s hard not to, when you live in Virginia and grow up hiking in Shenandoah National Park. The AT cuts a path through the heart of the Virginia mountains, and is home to a huge number of day hikes. The older I get,Continue reading “Trail Review: Backpacking Max Patch”

Campground Review: Warriors Path State Park

I’ve made the drive from central Virginia to eastern Tennessee more times than I can count, from when I was too young to drive, to now when I’m often the only driver. While doable in a day’s drive, as my own family has grown and our kids have gotten older, we’ve found it’s often easierContinue reading “Campground Review: Warriors Path State Park”

Parenting Our Parks Through the Shutdown

I’ve been on somewhat of a social media hiatus since the beginning of the year. Not as a resolution, just in an effort to be more present, and to free up some of the clutter in my mind. I need to think about where to take my business, this blog, and I’ve been working onContinue reading “Parenting Our Parks Through the Shutdown”

Resolutions on Storytelling

My favorite professor in college was a man of stories. He was the head of the Philosophy and Religious Studies department, and had a background of military service, psychotropic drugs, and a time he hitchhiked from Canada to, wait for it, Hawaii. This professor shaped my college experience in so many ways, from how heContinue reading “Resolutions on Storytelling”

Winter Adventures for Families — Camping is Not Just For Summer!

In my last post I talked about some of my favorite small businesses specializing in outdoor gear for kids. But what if you already have rainsuits and sunscreen towels, or would rather spend your money on experiences instead of things? Winter is still a great time to get outside, and there are new experiences thatContinue reading “Winter Adventures for Families — Camping is Not Just For Summer!”

Campground Review: A Tale of Two Parks

After planning our trip to Bear Creek Lake State Park for Kairi’s birthday over the summer, I realized we had a pattern of unique adventure trip for our birthdays. We went to the desert for Sebastian’s, the beach for Billy’s, and a lake for Kairi’s. So I announced that I wanted to go to theContinue reading “Campground Review: A Tale of Two Parks”

Campground Review: Balsam Mountain

After we announced we were leaving RVA, a close friend in HIB told me she and her family were taking a southeastern road trip in August that included two nights in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and asked if we wanted to camp with them. Of course I was more than happy to make theContinue reading “Campground Review: Balsam Mountain”