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
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?
For me National Parks are the purest form of American Idealism. Not that they aren't problematic too, like most ideals, but the idea that everyone should have access to something regardless of personal attributes or characteristics is something most of us can agree on. An exception to capitalism, where wealth does not give you any … Continue reading Holiday Dreaming
So you may have noticed that I haven't posted many visits lately. This is because our fall trip to New Mexico fell through due to life things so I missed my 11 parks that I had planned to do with the kids. Now my husband says "11 parks alone with the kids??? Are you crazy??" … Continue reading How to plan to hit the MOST Parks (with kids)
In honor of Black Friday I thought I'd talk a little bit about shopping in the parks. As you may know if you are a park enthusiast all parks have trouble with funding. Much like our home budgets there is always a long list of things to be done and only so many dollars to … Continue reading Shop Your Parks For the Holidays, & Everyday!
We are lucky enough to live in a city with a fantastic museum system, including the Carnegie Science Center which has an Omnimax theater. They are actually closing it to remodel it into some kind of Giant super theater and as a farewell they screened National Parks Adventure movie. The movie centered on a group … Continue reading National Parks Adventure Omnimax