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Trailerama – The world of vintage travel trailers

February 4, 2013 – 6:43 am
1950 Westcraft Coronado Trolley Roof

Our family has a small obsession with vintage trailers and we frequently take ours on our road trips, which is why we were so excited to interview Phil Noyes, author of Trailerama, a coffee table book celebrating all that is vintage trailer. Trailerama is a celebration of what travel trailers have meant to road tripping families, and inspiration for finding your first vintage trailer to enjoy a whole new generation of road trips.

Ten Great Tips for Car Camping with Kids

April 30, 2012 – 10:15 pm
Bring along nets and turn a hike into a butterfly safari.

Before kids, camping happens on a whim. Want to go camping? Sure. Toss a few things in the car and off you go. After kids, you need a professional organizer. We asked Helen Olsson, author of The Down & Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids to give us her top ten tips for car camping with kids. After a trip or two, you’ll wonder how you ever camped with out them.

Campground Spotlight: Durango RV Resort

August 9, 2011 – 7:31 am
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Review and campground spotlight of the Durango RV Resort in Red Bluff, California.

The Burgeoning World of Kids Camping Gear

July 15, 2011 – 7:00 am
Dragonfly

Air out the tent, pack the kids in the car, and buy the marshmallows on the way. It’s that time of year again: Time to go CAMPING!

Teachable Moments with the Kelly Kettle

July 9, 2011 – 7:31 pm

A friend of mine says guys who like to smoke pipes do so simply for the pleasure of lighting and maintaining a small fire in their hand. The irresistible appeal of fire is probably one of the reasons some people like camping too. What is it about fire that it draws people like moths to a flame?

Fantasy Camping: Tree houses, trains, covered wagons and tipis

June 13, 2011 – 8:06 am
Hobbit House

It’s pretty hard to get better than camping. But, imagine what your kids would say if you told them you were spending the night in a real covered wagon, like the ones the pioneers used more than a century ago. Or, in a tree house. Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts GoCampingAmerica.com helped us find some of the neatest places your family can camp.

How Campgrounds Can Help “Get Your Nature On”

June 1, 2011 – 6:55 am
The Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail is perfect for families who bike or use a stroller to explore the outdoors. It's located about 10 minutes from Lock 30 Woodland Campground.

Who needs summer camp? Campgrounds aren’t just pit toilets and camping sites nowadays. Increasingly, campgrounds are adding educational programs and activities designed to help the whole family learn about the outdoors.

Guest Post: Teaching Kids to Enjoy Hiking

May 25, 2011 – 7:00 am
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How do you teach your kids to enjoy hiking? Jeff Alt is passionate about hiking. His son was taken on his first hike at eight weeks and Jeff speaks and writes about hiking every day. We asked him for tips on getting our kids off the couch.

Great Books for Getting Kids Outside

May 4, 2011 – 5:00 am
ilovedirt

Road trips are great. As a family, we love loading up the car and hitting the road. But I will be the last to tell you road trips are easy. If they were, there would …

Keep That Monkey on Your Back

April 15, 2011 – 5:00 am
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I love my son (he is my boy, after all), but I have to admit that when it comes to hiking, he’s completely useless. His form is sloppy, he has absolutely no stamina, and carry …