Sometimes I get a little excited when I look at the map and I think WE ONLY HAVE FOUR HOURS to drive. And then I do things. Things like deciding to schedule two stops in 1 day, which is waaay more ambitious than it sounds. Of course, as adults, a two hour drive with a … Continue reading Petrified Forest NP
We passed Pecos on the way from Fort Union to Albuquerque, and I looked in the rear view mirror and saw 2 sleeping kids, and one lost to the world of his Nintendo DS. So we did what any sane parents do, we drove right past it. Which made it a perfect Saturday trip to … Continue reading Pecos NHP
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….
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?
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)
As a home schooling family we are always on the look out for opportunities and experiences. To that end we participate in a secular home school group in our area. It's a neat setup, we rent an old catholic school building from the non-profit which currently owns it. We meet once a week for classes … Continue reading Junior Ranger Curriculum pt 1