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I’m not going to lie.  We are far from the perfect campers.  Our first night this trip was rough.  Ticks.  A mad bee in our shelter.  A sudden hard rain that came out of nowhere and caught us all by surprise, with our tent windows open.  Grumpy kids and parents.  Mosquito bites.  Skinned knees.  So many walks to the bathroom.  So many. And sometimes, it’s amazing.  Listening to Adelaide tell story after story with her story dice.  Watching Hudson make piles and piles of broken twigs for the campfire.  Listening to Josephine squeal with glee watching everyone.  Watching Eleanore tend...

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Do you have a camp home?  A place you can escape to often, that's not too far away, to just disconnect from the stresses in your life and regroup?  A place you find yourself retreating to, time and time again?  Or do you choose to adventure to new places every time you camp or travel? We disconnected from the "real world," the past two nights and headed to our camp home- South Mountains State Park in North Carolina.  It's only about ninety minutes away from home for us, and makes an easy escape.  The bathrooms are always clean, there are...

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camping, hiking with kids, kids, safety -

  I’ve been thinking a lot about safety lately.  With the wildfires in Utah, and the news story of the hikers who got stuck on a short trail when they hiked to a waterfall, and the hiker last fall in the Smokies who got lost on a short hike and died, it reinforced the importance of spreading the knowledge of the ten essentials. The Ten Essentials. It sounds complicated.  Like something you only need if you’re going deep in the wilderness, miles away from civilization, right?   Or just for those Scouts really roughing it. Wrong.  Emergencies can happen ANYWHERE.  Some of...

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camping, camping with kids, kids, real life -

*This post is ported over from Lisa's personal blog, and is the beginning of a series of posts giving you a glimpse into our family adventure history.  We look forward to sharing these stories with you.There are so many benefits to kids (and adults!) spending lots of time in nature and the outdoors. Numerous studies highlight the developmental and emotional benefits of free exploration in nature, unplugging from electronics and slowing down. Kids, however, are still kids. We are still human. There is still whining. And meltdowns. And tween angst. And grumpy parents. Our days aren't perfect at home. They...

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