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Poche’s Fish n’ Camp – Louisiana Cajun Camping!

February 6, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

Poche’s Fish n’ Camp – Louisiana Cajun Camping!

While we were exploring southern Louisiana off of I-10, we spent four nights at Poche’s Fish n’ Camp. Located just a few miles east of Lafayette, in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, this RV park was the perfect place to base camp out of and to also spend a few days relaxing. Poche’s has lots of “Louisiana-flavor” and is very unique! The office is a small wooden cabin that’s decorated with all sorts of fishing paraphernalia, and there is a small store (2 shelving units) inside that features popular products like laundry soap and canned pork and beans. We were tickled with our site at Poche’s—in all, there are 88 sites that are long and level. Most are concrete pads that will easily accommodate a 40′ class A with a toad parked across the front (there are a few pull-thus, but most are back in).  Each site has a fire ring, and the sites have full hookups; both 30 and 50 amp are available.  All sites have nice grassy yards, and the grounds are obviously... [Read more...]

How Pinterest can transform a dreadful trip with kids into a fun one for everyone.

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling with kids.  Some friends of mine dread it and wait until their kids are much older before taking the road for long distance. Others like us don’t hesitate one second to embark in an adventure.   What is the difference between these families?   I think it can be summed up in one word – ORGANIZATION. When you travel with you kids you need to be creative in order to keep them entertained on the road. My husband’s parents used to live about six and a half hour from our home in Northern Ontario.  When we had our first born, we learned quickly to keep him busy while driving and how to adapt to life with kids. Within six years, three siblings joined him and our trips are fun (except when one child got sick in the truck once or twice…). Organization is a skill that you can learn – particularly if you travel long distance with kids. And when I say organization I don’t think only about packing clothes and preparing a lunch for the road.  No, I am thinking more of planning... [Read more...]

Encouraging imagination and story making while traveling

January 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone who has kids will quickly discover that when you travel it’s best that you entertain them every once in a while.  If not whining and complaining will invade the vehicle and the level of patience that you had minutes before will quickly disappear.   And if you have multiple children you can be certain that if you are not proactive when it comes to entertaining your kids during long drive that your plans to go on vacations might be ditched in the future. We have four kids – each with different interests but I must say that generally speaking they behave pretty well when we are on the road.   I remember when I was younger and we drove to Florida that my mom had prepare a basket with fun things to use during the drive.  She was proactive even for the trip back because new things found their way in my basket when we went back home.   So in a way I learned from experience – my own…  *grin* And when I say entertain the kids while driving I am definitively... [Read more...]

2014 Top Parks Announced by Good Sam RV Travel Guide

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Top Parks Announced by <I>Good Sam RV Travel Guide</I>

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its monthly Top Parks lists for 2014. Every month, the guide will release an article and press release that focuses on RV parks that stand out in a particular category, ranging from RV parks with great golf facilities to parks with great scenery. Top Park categories: January Top Snowbird RV Parks This roundup recognizing RV parks in America’s sunbelt that cater to RVers who travel south during the winter. Parks on this list offer amenities and services designed for long-term snowbird visitors. Click here for the full article and list of parks. February Top Pet Friendly RV Parks These parks allow pets and offer animal-friendly amenities and services, including dog runs, treats and other perks tailored for pet owners. Click here for the full article and list of parks. March Top Destination RV Parks These parks are located in or within close proximity to popular travel spots, such as Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, and... [Read more...]

Nada! – a game review

December 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

You are camping with your RV and it’s raining.   Television or electronic games could be some options but you would prefer spending time doing something different, something challenging and make memories at the same time.   I’ve got the perfect game for you.  Nada! Is a fun little game that will bring some fun during the not so pleasant days in camping. Two colors – orange and white –, thirty-six cute little dice and a travel bag. That’s all it takes to play a game of NADA!.  Mostly geared for ages 7 to adult, you can play with 2 to 4 players for about 10 minutes each times.    The game will allow the players to develop skills of focusing, fine motor, visual perception as well as speech/language.  Quick thinking and rapidity are the terms that come to mind when I think of this game.  Why?  Well you will need both abilities in order to win.   You need to be very observant and be able to shout rapidly before your opponents spot the same thing as you. To play you need... [Read more...]

A new twist to board games

October 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A new twist to board games

Board games is a fabulous way to occupy down times and rainy days.  But we find that when you are traveling you need to think about what you pack in order to have place for all that you need.  And with six people in the family it’s sometimes a tricky thing to do.   Back in the day when I was younger and go camping with my parents, a board game or two would be brought as well as books to read. Fast Forward thirty-five years or so and you suddenly have a tablets that can contains numerous games and eBooks for your travels.    Now please keep in mind that in this blog post I will not be talking about electronic games like Angry Birds, Cut the Rope or Fruit Ninja.  No I am seriously talking about board games like the ones I used to grow up with – Monopoly, Scrabbles, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, Battleship, Boggle as well as more recent ones like Pandemic and Wits & Wagers. For the purpose of this blog post, I am concentrating on board game apps that can be found on iTunes... [Read more...]

Best Road Trip Ever App

October 7, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Best Road Trip Ever App

We are a family that loves to explore around while we are going on vacation.   To be honest, while we will enjoy going to the beach for a few hours, I don’t think we could last a whole day sitting in the sand, playing in the water and so on.  Mind you it could be different with kids (we have never went to the beach with them yet…) but deep down I think it’s better to plan how much time you want to spend in the sun. As we are seriously considering next year as potentially the year of our road trip to Florida, I was pondering how I can make our future trips more fun and exciting.   Then it dawned on me… when traveling around, you always have offbeats attractions, folk art sites, sights and eateries to check out.   Thinking of that I remember visiting the Big Potato in OLeary (PE) ,the Big Violin in Matacquac (NB) and the Big Nickel in Sudbury (ON).   What other unconventional attractions can we find? So this morning I was checking out iTunes and discovered this app –... [Read more...]

Preparing for Florida

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Preparing for Florida

Recently my husband and I are talking about the possibility of going to Florida next year.   We would love to bring the kids are various theme parks including the famous Walt Disney World.   We have been putting money aside monthly for quite some time and our dream is so close to become a reality.  Our plan is to take one and a half to two months off so that we can have fabulous family memories with our kids.   My husband even started mentioning the possibility for us to do long hours on the road if he could train me to drive the RV.   Yikes!  I feel so ill-equipped for this part but I guess that with encouragement and guidance from my husband I might be able to do it. So I got to think a bit about how we could incorporate fun homeschool things before, during and even possibly after the trip.   I immediately thought about lapbooks. What is a lapbook?  Well essentially it is an inexpensive portfolio containing mini-books and flaps that will allow the child to study a specific... [Read more...]

Exploring North Bay

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring North Bay

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we recently attended a family reunion in Northern Ontario.   We knew well in advance of this trip and decided to stop at a campground in North Bay so that we can cut the trip in two while we drove there.   So we reserve at a local campground – Dreany Haven – for a night and went to explore the town were my husband lived a few years while growing up.   The tradition is to show the places my husband lived/worked to our kids whenever possible when we go to places like this.   So it was a given to drive around that afternoon with them.   We saw the houses where he lived, the place where his parents owned a butcher shop (now a marketing business), and the structure of the old Burger King (now gone unfortunately) where he used to lived.  In the end, he decided to bring us to the waterfront so we can walk a bit before going back to the RV. Before we headed to the playground that was spotted immediately by our kids, my husband led us toward the marina... [Read more...]

Using your RV to attend a family reunion – yes it’s possible.

August 6, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Using your RV to attend a family reunion – yes it’s possible.

Three years of planning that finally arrived to reality over the past week-end.   We drove to Cobalt, ON in order to attend a family reunion of my mother-in-law side of the family.  Her mom – my husband’s grand-mother and my kids’ great-grand-mother – is the pillar of the family nowadays.   Nevertheless everyone in this family was present.    With over 13 children and their spouses, the grand-kids (36) and their spouses and great-grand-kids (52 to date) you can imagine that numerous people were present.   In all, there were approximately 150 people attending this family reunion. Each family had a different color in order to ease the recognition between each other.   Apart from weddings and funerals, it was rare that everyone was at the same place at the same time.  Even with weddings nowadays a lot has changed since usually kids are not invited or the invitations are limited to aunts and uncles.  My mother-in-law family color was purple so over the past... [Read more...]

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