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”

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”

Liberal Patriotism in America the Beautiful

A change of pace from my normal trail and campground reviews–because I couldn’t write about those places, if we didn’t have them to write about. I’ve had a distant relationship with the concept of patriotism for most of my adult life. I was a junior in high school when the 9/11 attacks occurred, and IContinue reading “Liberal Patriotism in America the Beautiful”

Arizona Part II: The Grand Canyon

I’ve been tagged in enough posts requesting tips on the Grand Canyon, that I have no excuse to delay writing this anymore, even though I don’t know that I have a lot of tips to really offer. I’m not sure we did the Grand Canyon “right,” if there really is a right way to goContinue reading “Arizona Part II: The Grand Canyon”