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Visit The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you enjoy visiting local display gardens when you are traveling hither and yon? Indeed, they can be a great way to see local flora and fauna. They are also fabulous locations in which to gather some regional knowledge and history and to gain a better understanding of the local climate. If you are visiting Vancouver Island, British Columbia this summer, then you might consider a visit to The Butchart Gardens, which is located about 14 miles north of Victoria. Once a bleak limestone quarry pit, the 55-acre garden was started by Jennie Butchart in 1904. Jennie’s husband, Robert Pim Butchart, was a pioneer in the cement industry. After the limestone was depleted from the land near their house, Jennie decided to convert the useless pit into beautiful productive gardens. Those gardens are  now known as The Butchart Gardens and to this day remain a family owned private garden open to the public. If you are visiting with children, rest assured that the children will be entertained... [Read more...]

Teach your kids about birds

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Teach your kids about birds

Ornithology can go hands-to-hands with camping.   And to learn more about birds, you need to learn to be patient as well as to be quiet when exploring the woods, grasslands or other places where birds can be found.   You also need some equipment to be successful in finding birds.   So where can you start if you have never done it before? My first suggestion would be to find a good book that will introduce your to the world of ornithology.  The purpose of this post is to present you a great book that would be perfect for children and adults. Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America Written by Bill Thomson III Published at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt About the Book Covering 300 of the most common birds in all of the United States and Canada, The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America is loaded with color photographs, drawings showing typical behaviors, range maps, an easy-to-use checklist, fun facts, and authoritative information about each bird, its vocalizations,... [Read more...]

Exploration 101 at the Boston Museum of Science

March 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A couple of years ago, we were once again in the area of Boston and wanted to explore the museums out there. The first one we went to visit was the Boston Museum of Science  which we were able to access for almost free because of our membership at our local Science museum.   I say almost free because this particular museum charged us a child entrance ticket for our family.    I am not complaining because if we would have had to pay for everyone it would have cost us a fortune. Our experience there was fabulous.  There are many levels to explore and discover with the kids.   We even took a picture with a Naboo Starfighter from Star Wars while there! Two particular things were our highlights while visiting the museum of science in Boston.    The first one is the human body section where we stumbled (literally) on a live experiment to explain how our heart works with the heart of a lamb.   Apparently, both hearts works the same way so it was very instructive.    My oldest... [Read more...]

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

March 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

One source of fun (and educational!) opportunities that is often overlooked when traveling, is that of factory tours! We have done several tours this winter while visiting the sunny south; the latest was a visit to the SAS shoe factory in San Antonio, TX. SAS stands for San Antonio Shoemakers, and their quality products have been 100% American made since it’s beginning in 1976. Planning our visit, we weren’t really sure what to expect – the website made a stop look like it would be fun – but you know how websites can be – they can make a destination look like an interesting place to visit only to arrive and find that the attraction is a dud. Not so with SAS! We found it to be much more interesting than we had hoped! Pulling into the parking lot we found the grounds to be spacious, with adequate room for RV and bus parking. The parking lot was neat and clean, and full of interesting displays of classic cars and machinery. The buildings are designed to look... [Read more...]

Spring is coming…

February 13, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Spring is coming…

This week-end I caught my husband counting the weeks on his iPhone.    I was wondering what he was doing and then I realized he was counting the number of weeks before we can go up to our RV at the campground.   Total is fourteen weeks.   Fourteen weeks before we can drive to our RV and open it up for the season. Let me tell you that the weeks are not passing by fast enough according to the kids.   My four years old keep asking when we will go and remind us that we need to bring her pink blanket with us when we do.   She recently told us that we should not forget our plastic containers with the clothes when we go. Too funny!  You can sense her passion for camping and fishing as well. So slowly we are wrapping up our homeschool.   The kids still have about eleven weeks to complete their mathematics.   My oldest as finished his English writing curriculum.   English grammar is almost completed as well.   Bottom line we are doing good even though the French lessons won’t... [Read more...]

How it’s Made – A Guitar is Born

January 27, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

How it’s Made – A Guitar is Born

Did you know that in the state of Pennsylvania there is a town called Nazareth?   And in this town, you can have the opportunity of visiting…..; C.F. Martin & Co. For over 150 years, The Martin Guitar Company has been producing instruments that are recognized all around the world.   These instruments are in the highest quality and their construction is very precise. We had the opportunity to visit the factory back a few years ago and we really enjoyed it.    In 2008, we embarked on our first ever trip with our RV and we experience many interesting things.   Visiting a guitar factory was one of our highlights in our trip. We had planned the field trip with the kids before arriving in PA because I had purchased the book Watch It Made In The U.S.A. As a visitor on the factory tour, you will be shown how the guitars come to life through the hands of the people working at C.F. Martin & Co.  Tours are done regularly between 11am and 2:30pm Monday to Friday.    There is... [Read more...]

Death Valley National Park…

January 25, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Death Valley National Park…

One of the National Parks that has surprised me the most was Death Valley.  I expected it to be a vast valley with nothing but barren sand dunes for miles and miles.  I didn’t give it much thought, but just figured that it was worthy of it’s National Park status due to the fact that it is deemed the hottest spot in the United States.  And to be honest, the only reason that we gave it a day’s worth of our time was because we are on a mission to collect Jr. Ranger badges from every National Park that offers them!   view from the Furnace Creek visitor's center Since the park covers 3 million acres of land, there is plenty of park to explore!   We drove in through Death Valley Junction from Pahrump. We left with enough fuel to last the day, and that is one tip that I would highly recommend for anyone driving the park – it’s a big park!  While there is fuel at Stovepipe Wells, it is about $1.50 more per gallon than if you just fill up before leaving... [Read more...]

Discovering Kazoos

January 6, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Discovering Kazoos

While travelling with the kids, we always try to visit “educational” places like museums and factories where we can tour the place.   Our family loves to discover how things are made either via the internet or while visiting places. While being in the area of Niagara Falls, we also crossed the border to visit Buffalo as well as drive to a place called Eden in New York State.   In this particular town, you can find the Kazoo Factory, Museum and Gift Shop.    As the name suggests you can learn more about the fabrication of Kazoos. To go in the museum and have a tour, you need to go through the gift shop.   The visit is worth it as you learn quite a bit about Kazoo.  The tour is completely free but it you feel like making you won kazoo – actually putting together parts already prepared for you – you will have to pay a small fee. While you learn more about making Kazoos you discover an item that is still the same after more than 100 years.   Kazoos are still made the same... [Read more...]

Clamming on The Oregon Coast with Kids

August 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you taken your children clamming, fishing, or foraging lately? If not, seriously consider it on your next camping trip. It can be delightfully and deliciously rewarding. Ever since our children were little, we have taken them fishing, foraging, and exploring.  They still  love poking through tide pools at low tide. And,  the thrill of catching a wild salmon never seems to subside. Last spring, my husband took our two sons down to the Oregon Coast for spring break. While staying with friends at a beachfront cottage, it occurred to the boys that clams might lurk on the beach below. Indeed, there were lots of clams. Hence, a spontaneous clamming adventure evolved that week. I reaped the rewards when my husband brought home some clam chowder, cooked clam meat,  and a baggie full of empty clam shells. I was so excited by their adventure that I wrote an article about it for The Oregonian’s FOODday section. Published in May, it is a comprehensive article that gives links, tips,... [Read more...]

Grant Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge, MT…

August 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Grant Kohrs Ranch, Deer Lodge, MT…

We have found a fun, relaxing National Park, that is much different than any others that we have been to.  Fortunately for us, it is located in Deer Lodge, MT, which is a little known town only about an hour from where we currently spend our summers.  The National Park is called the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, and is approx. 60 miles from the capital city of Helena. Each summer, the ranch has what they affectionately call ‘Ranch Days’, which is a weekend where the park offers lots of activities in addition to the many ranger programs that they already offer.  We were able to go last weekend, and we all enjoyed our visit very much.  During Ranch Days, it’s important to pick up a schedule of activities for the weekend as you won’t want to miss any of the special programs, like period music around the campfire, chuck wagon demonstrations, wagon rides, haying demonstrations using a beaverslide, and even an old fashioned cattle drive culminating in branding of the calves. ... [Read more...]

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