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Dana Ticknor
Mom to a tribe of travelers; 9 of our kids are still 'at home' in our 40' toy hauler and touring the country with us! Our fetishes are National Parks, educational and historical themed family friendly destinations, and disaster relief volunteering. I enjoy keeping a journal of our adventures at: http://ticknortribe.com/

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Shreveport, Louisiana – hold a gator!!!

Shreveport, Louisiana – hold a gator!!!

For our last stop in Shreveport, Louisiana, we went to Gators & Friends.  G&F is a combo petting zoo and exotics park.  You purchase your admission in a cute gift shop that offers everything from stuffed alligators to dried alligator heads.  In the gift shop, you can also buy large cups of animal feed for $2. (the food is for hand feeding some of the domestic animals)  Immediately out the... [Read more]

Shreveport, LA… discovering Louisiana…

Shreveport, LA… discovering Louisiana…

During our recent time in Shreveport, our whole goal was to hit the best of the best in the area.  We tried to find a variety of destinations and activities, and here are a couple more sure-to-please-stops to add to our previous post Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park…  This 160 acre park, located just west of Shreveport, is a haven for birds and other wildlife.  The park sports extensive... [Read more]

Shreveport, LA – full of good clean fun!

Shreveport, LA – full of good clean fun!

We just finished up a visit to Shreveport, Louisiana.  While we have been through Louisiana several times, we have always taken I-10 and never really stopped and explored.  This is the first time that we have ventured north, and we sure are glad we did! During our 3 days in Shreveport, we found all sorts of fun things to do, so whether you are a snowbird, or a family on vacation, here are a couple... [Read more]

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

This past week, we enjoyed a lovely day spent touring the Houston Zoo, enjoying their varied exhibits, and getting to see and learn about animals from all over the world.  The park has an area devoted just to unique and tropical birds, and another to different kinds of primates.  There is everything from Asian Elephants to African Kudu, Grizzly Bear to Cheetah.  We all had favorite areas in the... [Read more]

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

Being a travel savvy family, we wanted to share our favorite travel-friendly finds that fit in with our on-the-move lifestyle.  Here we’re sharing some of our favorite travel-friendly products that would make great gifts, whether you live in a stationary house or one that moves about… FOR KIDS: Magformers: These fun, educational, colorful building toys are super for all ages!  These... [Read more]

Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Billings, MT…

Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Billings, MT…

This past week our family went to the Chief Plenty Coups State Park in SE Montana.  Located just 40 minutes south of Billings on the Crow Indian Reservation, the park is a little known gem! Our group arrived shortly after lunch, and spent two and a half hours exploring the well done museum/visitor’s center, Chief Plenty Coups’ house, and the acreage that makes up the park. The first place... [Read more]

Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT…

Western Heritage Center, Billings, MT…

A few weeks ago, our Tribe ventured in to Billings, MT to check out the Western Heritage Center.  Located in the old Billings Library, the building has some beautiful architecture.  The YWHC features local history, including the founding and subsequent boom of Billings. Since we were on a family outing, I was delighted to find the museum was geared towards children and adults alike.  The receptionist... [Read more]

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

Our family of 12 (there are 2 more grown and flown…) fulltimes in a 40′ toy hauler.  Needless to say, our RV, nor any RV for that matter, are made to accommodate our family comfortable.  Necessity has been the mother of many of our many mods!  Our latest one is done for both functionality and aesthetics.           The stock entertainment center in our rv was an eye sore. ... [Read more]

Helena, MT – FWP Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

Helena, MT – FWP Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

Today the kids and I went to visit our local (Helena, MT) Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Education Center.  It’s actually a great stop if you want to get to know the Montana native flora and fauna!  The facility is housed in a 7000 sq. ft. historic building, and is called the WILD complex. Walking in, the lobby is like a small museum.  There are informative plaques, wildlife mounts, touch tables,... [Read more]

Family friendly RVing in Helena, MT…

Family friendly RVing in Helena, MT…

Helena, MT has a lot going for it!  It is in the heart of the Rockies, it’s Montana’s state capital, and it is conveniently located between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. But for us RVers, Helena does not have the benefit of offering much in RV site accommodations! There is one lone RV park, located 10 miles north of the city limits, called the Lincoln Road RV Park.  And while... [Read more]

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