FAMILY, FUN, AND EMBRACING THE SMALL MOMENTS IN INDIANA

 

Nearly a year has passed since we put down our jacks in the Midwest where I grew up. Here in Indiana, the smell of fresh cut grass reminded me that winter was soon to be a distant memory and summer was just around the corner.

 

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“ARE WE THERE YET?” – TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ALL AGES TO PASS TIME IN THE CAR

 

We’ve logged more than 70,000 miles in our truck as a family over the last three and half years. However, our road trips didn’t begin when we hit the road full time in our RV. When the boys were younger we had a folding camping trailer and it wasn’t unusual to take 8 hour drives to camp under the majestic redwoods in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range or head across the desert to visit family in Arizona.

 

It may be faster to travel by air, but there is no doubt that it’s more economical and, certainly, more fun to travel by road especially when you have your home with you! The trick for pleasant road trips is keeping boredom at a minimum. No matter what stage of life your family is in you’ll find ideas here to make the road fun for everyone.

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TAKING ON TENNESSEE

 

We are deep into spring with green grass, flowering trees, and mild weather. It’s a perfect time to put the jacks down in the beautiful state of Tennessee.

 

Chattanooga

 

 

Last summer, you told us to visit Chattanooga and we are so glad you did. It’s now one of our favorite cities to visit.

 

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WHY NOT? EXTENDING OUR STAY IN NOLA

There is a reason people talk about the weather. It’s certainly small talk and a common ground, but the weather has the power to affect and color our experience of a place in a very tangible way. We can commiserate together when the weather is uncooperative and bleak, or giddily connect under a clear blue sky. There is no better time to do this than springtime!

 

 

The weather was as close to perfect as a day can get in New Orleans, and even more perfect, my family had decided to extend their stay one more day so we could experience New Orleans together!

This was our third visit to New Orleans and we were excited to show my family some of our favorite places. We started with a walk along the mighty Mississippi as she nears her destination at the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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5 NATIONAL PARKS YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE

The National Park Service was established in 1916 and consists of over 400 parks covering more than 80 million acres. In 2014, these parks saw nearly 300,000,000 visitors. National parks are a perfect place to experience nature, learn about our history, pursue favorite pastimes and find your AWAY.

After 3 and half years of full time RVing, we’ve been to nearly a fourth of the parks. We’ve walked the battlefields of Gettysburg and under the giant sequoias in California with many stops in between. While we have enjoyed aspects of each park, there are a few that stand out as places that kids (and adults) will especially love.

Yellowstone National Park

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had low expectations for America’s first and most visited national park, Yellowstone National Park. I had heard about the crowds (I’m not a crowd person) and assumed the park was overrated. I was wrong. We all LOVED our time in Yellowstone. Thing 1 and Thing 2 both agreed that it was their second favorite National Park.

 

 

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