Now you have a lot of badges, because you love them. Err, I mean because THE CHILDREN LOVE THEM. And as you go through the house you find abandoned badges and realize that they are going to be lost to the chaos if you don't do something NOW! I made my first display board for … Continue reading All these Badges….
We have the opportunity to spend Easter in Gettysburg this year, which is exciting for a number of reasons. One, BADGES...uh I mean... we are meeting up with my parents who are excellent fun, and two it means that I have been gifted the opportunity to construct HISTORIC EASTER BASKETS!! We celebrate Easter in a … Continue reading Basketful of History
Before I loved National Parks, I loved roadside attractions. LOVED THEM. Have you ever driven near-ish to New Mexico and seen a Billboard for the Deming Duck Races? I saw my first one in Oklahoma when I was 16, and when I was 19 I finally made it and raced a duck. Maybe you've seen … Continue reading Roadside Attractions
When I was in High-school, I remember the State Quarters being released and thinking it was silly. My friends and I all laughed at people that collected them, probably because we were jerky know-it-all teens, AND we because lived in New Mexico. Since they were released in order of statehood it wasn't like we were … Continue reading Parks in your Pocket
We've all taken that vacation where we get really caught up in our scheduling and plan a long day full of activities. Only to find the last hour is nightmarish, with children melting down left and right and you are just dreaming of the hotel and praying that it's Harry Potter Weekend. Sweet cable, SAVE … Continue reading Travel Cooking
With as strenuous as Harpers Ferry was, I wasn't going to push another badge stop. But we got up and were packed, and the kids said "What park are we going to?" I'm not sure if they just expected me to pack another in or if they were genuinely interested, but I offered them Appalachian … Continue reading Antietam NB
I got our Junior Ranger Badge books from an older ranger. He clearly loved the Civil War and he began telling me about many things, while the children ran around this smaller Ranger Station. Wild Thing in particular seemed bent on destruction, so my patient husband chased him, while the other kids stamped their passports. … Continue reading Harpers Ferry NHP, Pt 2
Where to even begin? I am going to talk about the park first and then in the next post specifically talk about the Junior Ranger badge, because I wasn't entirely sure what to expect and was met with a vast historical crossroad. I knew about the John Brown revolt, but was entirely fuzzy on the … Continue reading Harpers Ferry NHP, pt 1
We did manage to make it out the door for the last road trip of 2017. Because we were driving past it I decided it was time to stop at Flight 93 National Monument. I had avoided it previously but this year my kids did start asking about 9/11 and terrorism, the news cycle hasn't … Continue reading Flight 93 NM
My husband's job has a use it or lose it policy and this year he had a record 4 days left of leave which left him in the predicament of 11 days off in a row. Rough life, right? It was our initial plan to send the kids to winter camp at our local community … Continue reading New Year, Fresh Park?