THE WHITE MOUNTAINS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE: A PLAYGROUND FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Many RVers believe vacations fall into two categories: the ones you take with the kids (think Fort Wilderness) and the ones you take without the kids (think Napa Valley). Over the last six years, we learned that the best RV vacations offer the right balance of thrills and relaxation for everyone, and we love discovering destinations that kids, parents, and grandparents can all enjoy equally. The White Mountains of New Hampshire win the blue ribbon in this category.

 

 

Located at the northern end of the Appalachian range, the White Mountains host 48 peaks that rise over 4,000 feet, including Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. The rugged terrain, glacial formations, and rushing waterfalls have beckoned tourists since the early 1800s. Hundreds of years later the tourism industry is still booming, drawing us in with its promise of world-class hiking and kayaking.

 

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13 WAYS TO MAKE S’MORES THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY BLOW YOUR MIND

Please, sir, I want s’mores! The delectable combination of roasted marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers is a campfire staple; no one will argue with that. The s’more is a perfect camping treat. But whoever said you can’t improve upon perfection was wrong, because it turns out there are dozens of ways to make s’mores even more amazing! Here’s a run down of 10 ways s’mores can absolutely blow your mind.

 

 

Holiday s’mores

 

 

If you’re craving a taste of summer in the cold of winter, celebrating Christmas in July, or even if you’re fortunate enough to be camping somewhere during the holiday season, a little festive cheer on your s’mores will help put you in a festive spirit. Dip your marshmallow in melted chocolate, sprinkle on some graham cracker crumbs, and stick the whole thing on the end of a candy cane for a holly, jolly version of a s’more pop. Find the recipe here.

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THE MOST AMAZING CAMPGROUNDS FOR STARGAZING WITH THE KIDS

Part of the romance of camping is the chance to sleep under the stars. But due to the ever-growing light pollution in this country, campgrounds with really stellar stargazing are rare. On average, city residents can only see a handful of stars. People living in really rural areas may be able to see a couple thousand. But there are a few spots left in the country where you’ll be able to see up to 10,000 stars (and maybe even some planets!) with just the naked eye. It can hardly be surprising that the best sites can be found within our national parks, where civilization is kept at bay. One of best ways to choose a stargazing destination is to find a Dark Sky Park. Parks can be certified a Dark Sky Park on a national and international level. With that in mind, here are a few of the best spots in the US to see the stars:

 

Pennsylvania’s Cherry Springs State Park

 

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This Pennsylvania State Park is the darkest and most remote spot east of the Mississippi. The high elevation and the fact that the viewing field is on a plateau means that you’ll have a 360-degree view of the skies around you– perfect for stellar stargazing! It was the first park to be certified as Dark Sky in the US and the second in the world. On a clear night, you’ll be able to see ten thousand stars and have a vivid view of the Milky Way. There are easily accessible viewing areas if you only want to visit for a few hours, or you could spend the night in one of the park’s campsites. One of the most popular events is the Black Forest Star Party, which attracts hundreds of astronomers every year.

 

California’s Death Valley National Park

 

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MANAGING STRESS WITH THE RV LIFESTYLE

Ah, RVing. When you envision the RV lifestyle, you probably imagine it looking something like this:

 

 

On most days it actually does, but every once in awhile, things don’t quite go as planned. In fact, one of the worst RV trips James and I ever took was so remarkable we named it “The Great Mosquito Siege of 2014.”

 

Since we’ve written about it BEFORE, and I’m pretty sure it will go down in RVing history books anyways, I won’t traumatize you by dredging up all the gory details. I’ll give you the CliffsNotes version instead. It all started when we landed at an abandoned campground on the Texas gulf coast in the middle of a pitch-black night and a torrential rainstorm. That was just the first in a series of rapidly escalating unfortunate events. Killer mosquitos, windows leaking, James’ infamous naked jump, chemical warfare, and a Thelma & Louise style desperate cross-country escape…it was such a ridiculous 14 hours, one problem after another, I still look back today and marvel that it all actually happened and wasn’t some sort of twisted dream.

 

If you’re new to the RV lifestyle, you’ll quickly learn it isn’t always sunny days and wide lanes once you hit the road.

 

 

I know, this goes against the entire image of RVing as a relaxing and idyllic lifestyle, but let’s be real. Stress happens when RVing just as it does at home. It’s an inevitable part of life. The real question is, how well do you deal with it?

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BABY FRIENDLY RV DESTINATIONS

Babies are precious traveling companions, but sometimes trying to plan a trip when you have a little one can be a little daunting. Will there be appropriate accommodations? Are we going to run out of diapers, food, etc.? Did we remember to pack everything he or she needs? That’s why an RV makes the ideal mode of travel for anyone with a baby. While it isn’t as simple as slinging the baby over your shoulder and taking off on an adventure, traveling in an RV is like moving in a fully functional home. So with a little preparation, just about any RV destination can be a breeze.

 

 

Advantages of RVing with a Baby:

  • They don’t care about your itinerary. As long as the baby is safe and basic needs are met, you can still do most of the activities you normally would enjoy.
  • They won’t complain about your choice of restaurant or the fact that you want to visit a history museum.
  • In an RV it’s easier to create a routine for the baby than vacationing in a hotel.
  • No bathroom stops while driving (for 5th wheel & travel trailers).
  • They sleep A LOT and with a baby monitor that allows you to enjoy some downtime in and around the RV.

 

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