Category: Family Weekend Trips
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...]
Given the rash of severe weather that’s been striking the United States and Canada this spring and summer, it would be prudent for all campers and RVers to have a quick exit plan in place regardless of where you travel. Following heavy rains in the mountains a wash separating the campground from the entrance road at Catalina State Park near Tucson flooded stranding campers for several days. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Water is a major feature at numerous campgrounds and RV parks. Many state and provincial parks and other public recreation areas are in low-lying areas that are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy precipitation. Access to current weather reports and related information—weather radio, mobile wireless phone, satellite radio—will enable campers to be on top of the weather and to take proactive measures in the event of high waters, flood, thunderstorms, or other severe weather conditions. Be Prepared Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Make sure... [Read more...]
What better thing to do on a hot summer’s day than take a hike with the family? Not just a short hike, but a weekend-long backpacking-type hike. Backpacking again (for our fourth time), almost a year after our first time, feels like a piece of cake (for the most part). We have gotten smart with how much weight we are carrying (or NOT carrying, for that matter) and have adequately adjusted our expectations of the kids (5 and 2). We realize the kids can only hike so fast, with lots and lots of breaks, and of course, can only go so far without completely melting down in the middle of the hot, sunny trail. Our (forty-pound) two year-old is an enthusiastic hiker who loves to “walk” and rarely wants us to “hold him.” On the other hand, our over-50-pound, five year-old daughter would much rather “nap in our pack” than hike the whole way. In the end, she regrettably doesn’t get carried, but does require frequent “rests,” while our son mostly hikes (albeit very... [Read more...]
New Hampshire’s Mount Washington has the reputation of being “Home of the world’s worst weather”. Originally called Agiocochook by native Americans, the mountain boasts some of the planet’s most severe weather, and retains the world record for wind speed, 231 mph © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Severe storms, including snow, can happen at any time of the year. The combination of severe winds, cold, and wetness can exhaust the strongest hiker. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire—and in the Northeast—and is therefore a very popular attraction for RVers and other sightseers and hikers. As a result the most widely used trails can be quite crowded, and however you climb the summit will have crowds, many having come up by the Cog Railway or the Auto Road. Mount Washington Cog Railway The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending the Northeast’s highest peak are just as enchanting today as they were in 1869, when... [Read more...]
Arches is renown for an awe-inspiring combination of arches, cliffs, stone spires, and other dramatic rock formations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved National parks provide the opportunity to explore nature at its best. From the diversity of beautiful wildlife to the endless possibilities in their miles of trails these parks have much to offer in new experiences, sights, and sounds. Camping in America’s national parks allows a visitor to more fully appreciate the beauty of America’s natural treasures. There are many opportunities for camping at national parks with several different types of camping from which to choose. This ranges from camping at full-facility campgrounds, to backcountry camping with limited facilities, to wilderness camping where you might find no facilities at all. From a planning standpoint, campgrounds can generally be divided into two categories: Campgrounds that accept reservations Campgrounds that operate on a first-come, first-served basis If... [Read more...]
With a welcoming environment and stellar scenery, Canada beckons families from across the world. The following RV parks provide a family-friendly mix of wholesome amenities and proximity to fabulous attractions. At Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre (pictured), Acheson, Alberta, families can enjoy the largest park in Edmonton, a stellar city that’s home to the West Edmonton Mall and world-class golf courses. Head east to Ontario to escape at Bissell’s Hideaway Resort, Fonthill, for jaw-dropping one-acre swimming pool, giant water slide, kiddie’s splash pool and daily activities. Also in Ontario is Campark Resorts Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, just minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls. Also in the area is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, with large wooded sites, big rig pull-thru sites, furnished cabins and rental trailers.
Does your family like sky-high mountains? How about plains that stretch on forever? The RV parks located in America’s frontier west give clans a chance to walk the footsteps of westward pioneers who tamed a continent. Find out what John Denver meant by Rocky Mountain High when you stay at Colorado Springs KOA in Fountain, just a few minutes’ drive from the red-rock spires of Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy and shops and restaurants of Manitou Springs. Equally stunning mountain vistas await at Chris’ Camp in Spearfish, South Dakota. This full-service campground has three pools, shaded or open view sites, a petting farm and free tour-planning assistance. Also in the Mount Rushmore State is Rapid City’s Hart Ranch Resort, which boasts a heated pool, hot tubs, mini-golf, frisbee golf, tennis, shuffleboard, clubhouse and restaurant at the foot of the Black Hills. Rafter J Ranch Camping Resort (pictured) in nearby Hill City has a swimming complex, hot tub, alpine meadows... [Read more...]
Boating, fishing and hiking are just a few of the diversions found along the coastlines of the Great Lakes. You’ll also find lots of great times inland in the heartland. Stay at these parks to discover what America’s great north-central states have to offer to traveling families. With more freshwater coastline than any other state, Michigan ranks high among RVing families looking for a variety of water sports. At Covenant Hills Camp, in Otisville, families can relax on the banks of the Grand River or rent bikes to explore the surrounding area. Also in Michigan is Harbortown RV Resort in Monroe, where go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages and large event weekends will keep your family smiling. Myers Lake Campground (pictured) in Byron boasts bountiful Christian hospitality, an alcohol-free setting and a pristine shore on Michigan’s “other great lake.” Silver Creek RV Resort in Mears is nestled near Silver Lake State Park and just minutes from magnificent Lake Michigan,... [Read more...]
Are you one of the many RV families across North America who is hitting the road in a recreational vehicle? We’ve got a list of RV parks and campgrounds that are geared for family-friendly camping. These locations were chosen by the editors and consultants of the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, so you know that each one meets high standards of quality. Every park on this list shares some key common denominators: family-friendly amenities like pools and play structures; close proximity to fun travel locations that the whole family will enjoy; and wholesome activities and pleasant environment. In short, these are places where your clan is guaranteed to have a great time. We’ve divided the campgrounds in this list by region, so you can make sure that wherever you travel in North America, it won’t be hard to find a park that helps your family relax and play in the great outdoors. Far West Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre, Acheson, Alberta Bissell’s... [Read more...]
Come to New England for the amazing fall colors and bucolic charm. Stay for the colonial history and cosmopolitan cities. Let these RV parks serve as jumping-off points for trips into Americana. Located in the charming town of East Killingly, Stateline Campresort and Cabins features fun-filled activities, rental units, and spring, summer and fall specials. At Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, guests can relax on the beach or around one of the pools. A short drive will bring families to ferries to the islands, or take a day trip to Provincetown or Hyannis. Also in Massachusetts, families will feel at home in Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (pictured) in Foxboro, with a heated pool, lots of activities and lots of nature trails. Friendly Beaver Campground, in New Boston, New Hampshire, features indoor and outdoor Pools, gazebos, new cabins, and theme weekends and activities for children young and old.