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Adrenaline Rush: Take on the Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park!

May 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Adrenaline Rush: Take on the Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park!

Adrenaline Rush: What it Feels Like to Take on the Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park! Get a bird’s-eye view of this gorgeous Maine forest, located in the picturesque Old Orchard Beach area, and get in touch with nature in a whole new way as you wind your way through this awesome obstacle course that will test your balance, endurance and courage. Wild Acres Aerial Adventure Park is ideal for group outings such as team building, school field trips and other social gatherings. This experience is sure to create comradery among your group as well as lasting memories you can all share. This is one adventure you won’t want to miss. There are several courses with varying skill levels to choose from, so there is something suitable for all ages. Try out one of our two rope courses, take an exhilarating zip line through the towering trees, or partake in in all three courses for the ultimate challenge – test your mettle! This fantastic aerial adventure is conveniently located at Wild Acres RV... [Read more...]

Family Camping Destination – the Adventure District in OKC!

April 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We have spent the last 2 weeks in Oklahoma City.  Even though we spent 3 weeks here last spring, we were volunteering with tornado cleanup efforts, and didn’t have a chance to explore the city much.  This year we have scoped out the best in family friendly stops here, and have found that OKC is a great place for a family camping destination! OKC has an area in town called the Adventure District, which is full of fun stops, all within a few blocks of each other. We had a great time visiting the OKC Zoo, where we spent 4 hours discovering the extensive grounds that house nearly 1900 animals.  In addition to large animal exhibits, the zoo offers several aviaries, butterfly and botanical gardens, and has great play areas as well as offering train rides and a carousel. The kids really enjoyed participating in a simple scavenger hunt which netted them some fun treats! Right next to the OKC Zoo, is Science Museum Oklahoma.  This incredible science museum is fun for all ages, and has... [Read more...]

Bighorn Sheep of the Rocky Mountains

April 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Bighorn Sheep of the Rocky Mountains

Driving back down Hondo Canyon from the Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico after an exhilarating snowy mountain hike one Saturday in April, we encountered a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, standing in the middle of the road, nibbling something off the roadway. We slowed to a stop and while waiting, enjoyed the opportunity to see the sheep up close and snap a few pictures. When a van came around the corner, he lept gracefully up onto the hillside, looking down to see what we would do. Seeing this majestic animal in the road and on the hillside prompted me to do some research to learn more about bighorn sheep. Native to the United States, they numbered nearly two million at the beginning of the 19th century but less than 70,000 remain today. Hunting in the late 1800s, as well as competition from grazing livestock and diseases introduced to the area took a heavy toll on the bighorn population. Male bighorn sheep, or “rams” as they are known, are easily identified by their large spiral horns which... [Read more...]

Lunch on the Mesa

April 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lunch on the Mesa

Most often when we camp, we cook simple meals either over an open fire or in the kitchen of our camper quite comfortably. However, there are times when we do not feel like cooking or simply want to treat ourselves to a meal someone else has prepared. When camping in northern New Mexico, especially in the vicinity of the Monte Bello RV Park and Convenience Store (see post entitled “Camping on the Mesa” published April 26, 2014) look no further than the Taos Mesa Brewery for a delicious lunch or dinner. Outside venue and amphitheater Situated a mile west of the Monte Bello RV Park on State Highway 68, TMB as it is affectionately known to locals, has something for everyone. It is a restaurant, microbrewery and an entertainment venue located on the beautiful Taos Mesa. Situated in a Quonset hut built and finished by its owners in 2012, the brewery features hand-crafted beers on draught, wine, terrific homemade food, premier live music and the best mountain-view sunsets in Taos. The menu... [Read more...]

Camping on the (Taos) Mesa

April 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping on the (Taos) Mesa

When looking for a place to camp in northern New Mexico, think about Taos Monte Bello RV Park and Convenience Store. Located on five acres of the beautiful Taos Mesa, Monte Bello is conveniently located for access to Taos, the many activities and attractions of the Taos Ski Valley or southern Colorado. The views can’t be beat as the part sits at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There is much to do in Taos, NM. Visitors are entranced by the 1000 year old Taos Pueblo, home of the Pueblo Native Americans. The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is a short five-minute drive from the park. Built in 1965, it is the second highest suspension bridge in the country. Another option is a hot air balloon ride to view the gorge in all its glory. In addition, Taos is filled with art galleries and museums to help you while away your vacation time. The park has something for everyone. In addition to security gates and a 24 hour host, the park boasts clean restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There... [Read more...]

History comes to life at Old Salem!

April 23, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Welcome center gift shop that included great kids’ historical gifts!w visiting the Winston-Salem/Greensboro area of North Carolina! Our tribe recently camped near Winston-Salem, in North Carolina, and loved the family friendly atmosphere of the area!  One of our favorite destinations in the area was the Old Salem Museum & Gardens.  Old Salem is a living history village, where original 1700s buildings, staffed with reenactors, are opened up to ticket holders. Tavern Kitchen tour and talk from a living history re-enactor. The visitor’s center offers 2 gift shops, a treat shop, and some exhibits.  The staff gave us maps, and were careful to point out stops that it might be easy to miss on the walking tour.  After we checked out the v.c., we walked through the covered wooden bridge that spanned the main roadway separating the visitor’s center and the authentic 17 and 1800s buildings that are featured in the tour.  Once across the bridge we came to the Frank L Horton... [Read more...]

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...]

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