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An Exhilarating Spring Hike

April 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An Exhilarating Spring Hike

In the mood for a spring hike, Terry and I headed up to the Taos Ski Valley, NM today.  We love to hike in the mountains there and also wanted to see if we could observe the progress being made on the installation of a brand new chair lift that will ferry skiers up to Kachina Peak, the highest point in the ski valley. Ever since the Ski Valley opened in the 1950s as a downhill ski resort, those brave enough to ski the steepest terrain had been forced to take the highest lift as far as it would go toward the top of the mountain, then hike an additional 45 minutes to reach the peak terrain. This year marks the year that a lift will be installed to reach Kachina Peak. Once it is completed, this will be the third highest ski lift in the country. The only two higher are located in Colorado. Construction started about two weeks ago. Entering the Construction Zone The Ski Valley has been posting pictures of the progress of this momentous accomplishment for the past two weeks. Two bull wheels,... [Read more...]

Three Key Tips for Comfortable Spring Camping

April 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Three Key Tips for Comfortable Spring Camping

If you are anything like me, you are eager to get out camping for that first trip of the year. In most parts of the country, that means camping when the weather is decidedly cooler than when camping in summer. It can also be some of the best camping of the year as the crowds are smaller and you may very well have the campground or RV park to yourself.  So, don’t be afraid to venture out in less desirable weather. And there are some simple things you can do to ensure your comfort during these times: Your moisture wicking base layer will keep you warm and dry 1)     Layers—Dressing in layers is your best hedge against cold. If you start with a base layer of some moisture-wicking fabric, then top that with a mid weight layer, you should be warm in most places with a light jacket. The moisture-wicking component is important in the event you become too warm. This type of fabric is designed to wick moisture away from your body. Cotton, on the other hand, formerly my first choice for... [Read more...]

Roadschooling Field Trip: Exploring the transportation challenges of Bible translating…

April 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We discovered a very unique stop in southern North Carolina, just south of Charlotte; the Jaars headquarters, which is a part of Wycliffe Bible Translators.  Jaars is an acronym for Jungle Aviation and Radio Service, and is the transportation part of the ministry, transporting missionaries and supplies to remote areas of the world. This was a fabulous visit for us, and built on our interactive stop at Wycliffe Bible Translators in Orlando earlier in the year; Jaars is the transportation arm of Wycliffe. We loved to visit the Jaars campus!  The campus offers free, 2 hour long, guided tours (daily at 9:30am) of the main visitor’s center, tech aviation hangar, and 2 different museums. Our tour started with an engaging and informational talk about other language groups then covered the IT center, where we learned about the role that tecnology has in Bible translation. Next was a short walk to the airplane hangar, where we were given a tour and told about the difficulties of reaching... [Read more...]

Exploring the Natural World as you Travel in Your RV

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exploring the Natural World as you Travel in Your RV

When I think of camping—whether it’s in a tent or an RV—I can’t help but immediately ponder nature. When I grew up and camped with the Girl Guides, we always explored our surroundings and took advantage of nature at its full potential. I want the same for my kids every time we camp with our RV—whether in our province or on vacation. That’s why they got introduce early to fishing. But there is so much more about nature. So I figure that I could present you with a few good books that I consider jewels when it comes to discover nature and exploring it. The first book I am presenting you in this blog post is The Practical Naturalist, which was published at DK in association with the National Audubon Society. This book will allow you to experience the wonders of nature and show you what is living in each habitat—jungle, sea, mountain or city. I consider it a perfect book for traveling with your kids, as it will inform you about the habitat where you are camping and what you can... [Read more...]

Making Civil Rights History in downtown Greensboro…

April 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Making Civil Rights History in downtown Greensboro…

One of the most unique places that we’ve visited is found in Greensboro, North Carolina. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, located downtown, is in the same building that housed the now famous Woolworth’s sit-in, where in 1960, four young black college students decided to protest the segregation that they faced every time they visited Woolworth’s (and any other business for that matter).  While anyone could purchase items from the Woolworth’s department store, when it came to their diner, there were different rules depending on the color of your skin.  White?  Have a seat, order what you like, take your time enjoying it.  Black?  Stand at the register to order, wait for your food; when it was done, you were handed it in a to-go bag and you took it elsewhere to eat—you were not allowed to sit at the diner’s counter. Initiating a peaceful protest, the young men quietly sat up to the counter and waited to be helped.  They were not, and... [Read more...]

Hotly-Contested Battle for Freedom at Greensboro’s Guilford Courthouse

April 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hotly-Contested Battle for Freedom at Greensboro’s Guilford Courthouse

We found so much to choose from in the form of family-friendly destinations in Greensboro.  One of the best things that we did when we pulled into town was to stop at their spacious visitor’s center.  The lobby has tons of brochures for local and regional attractions, and the staff made sure we picked up a 2014 vistors guide, which has pages of event and destination overviews. There are also pages of coupons in the back that offer discounts, like buy one get one free admissions to the Blandwood Mansion. Besides finding coupons to stops that we were already planning on going, by visiting the v.c. we were also able to ask a real live local, questions about the area and get the ‘insider’ scoop on the best places to see, do, and eat on this family camping trip!  (tip – stop at v.c.s everywhere you go – the locals are the best for giving recommendations, and you will often find coupons for local attractions!) We had intended on only spending 2 days in Greensboro,... [Read more...]

3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

Three Must-Have Summer Camping Items at a discount price for the SALE (going on right now!) at the online Camping World store.  Check out my 3 favorite must-haves (and the awesome savings) below!   Slumber Hammock This comfy hammock is the perfect item for relaxing on sunny summer afternoons! Slumber in the sunshine outside your RV and enjoy a quick nap or simply lounge while reading a book.  My uncle has one of these and we always fight over who gets it as it’s the perfect spot to lie while resting outdoors after a big midday meal.  Plus the kids love it! It even folds up nice and tidy, while fitting into a convenient carrying case.  If you order soon (while the sale is going on), you can save almost $25 off the asking price at Camping World.com!   Folding Camp Table with Storage Bins Having additional counter space outside the RV while camping is always useful.  This light-weight fold-able table offers just that with the versatility of folding in half and also has a... [Read more...]

Spring Camping to Celebrate the End of Winter

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring Camping to Celebrate the End of Winter

For those outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy winter sports, especially of the spectator variety, there is an event not to be missed at northern New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley. The first weekend in April each year typically marks the end of the ski season and usually there are some hijinx to enjoy for both skiers and spectators alike. This year it was the inaugural Dos Equis Air Bag Championships. Participants had to pay a $10 entry fee, then ski down a chute which led them up a 15 foot ramp after which they would land in a massive airbag to break their fall. Intrigued, we made it a point to get there to watch a number of these feats and were not disappointed. One competitor in mid-flip above the airbag. The event was open to skiers and snowboarders 21 and over. Participants were rated on their technique, how much height they achieved off the ramp and their costumes. While some did not don festive garb, we did note several appropriately attired hot dogs and a male skier in a two piece bikini.... [Read more...]

Family Friendly Fun in Greensboro, NC…

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly Fun in Greensboro, NC…

Another great find while our family was camping in North Carolina was the family friendly Greensboro Children’s Museum. Located across the street from the Greensboro Historical Museum in the downtown district, this fun stop and a great way to spend an afternoon if you are visiting the area with kids. The GCM has 33,000 square feet of indoor activities, but the fun starts before you even hit the front door!  Painted outside, on the concrete, was a round maze that the kids had a ball with (who knew it would be so exciting). The lobby continues in on the fun with a cute photo prop—an oversized red leather armchair.  My girls insisted on climbing up and requested a photo. Once in the museum, there is so much to choose from…from the enclosed toddler area for kids two and under, to a town full of destinations.  You can be a mail carrier for the post office and deliver packages up and down the street, stopping by the market, the pizza restaurant, a bookstore, theater, doctor’s... [Read more...]

Getting to know Greensboro, North Carolina…

April 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Getting to know Greensboro, North Carolina…

In March, we spent a few weeks in North Carolina near Greensboro and the Triad area, volunteering with cleanup efforts after the ice storms brought down trees and damaged houses.  While we were there, the littles and I were able to explore the area, and we found so many fun, family-friendly stops! One of our favorite finds was the Greensboro Historical Museum, a free museum that is located in scenic downtown Greensboro (there are several fabulous destinations in downtown Greensboro, all within easy walking distance of each other). The museum’s historic brick building houses a myriad of engaging and interesting displays covering the history of Greensboro. While the first floor is mainly museum offices, the second level of the museum opens with lovely reproduction rooms out of a local mansion, a pottery collection, and a tasteful gift shop where you can find all sorts of fun Greensboro branded items.  Following this is also a section that covers, chronologically, the history of Greensboro... [Read more...]

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