Camp Kids

As you well know by now, we go camping. A lot. One of the elements of our adventures that helps things chug along is that I put my kids to work. I put them to work at home too, but that’s another post. At any rate, we just rounded out a 5-week camping adventure covering 18 states, one Canadian Province, …

Geocaching 101

NOTE: I initially wrote this as a guest post for Our Days Are Just Filled but obviously it fits here quite nicely as well. Plus I left out an important aspect of geocaching in the original so I tacked it onto the end here…enjoy! Welcome to Geocaching 101… Some of you out there in cyberland may be very familiar with …

A lesson in less

It’s always amazing what you find when you clean house, even virtually. I found this little musing buried in my drafts and thought I should finally share it. I originally wrote it a couple of months ago after returning from our Cumberland Gap/Deep Creek adventure. We managed a week away from home with four people and dog in a Subaru …

Car Camping 101 – Getting Started

We here at Val in Real Life HQ tend to view life through granola-colored glasses. I know, I know…that’s stating the obvious. The point is though, that all this camping, hiking, geocaching and such is so normal to us that I forget how completely odd it seems to some. I honestly do forget that there are kids out there who’ve …

Cache In on Family Fun

Welcome to my stream of consciousness. In the midst of composing posts about our upcoming travels, two things came across my path that had me put those posts on hold to bring you this little confluence of thoughts. Number One… The first distraction was this post from NWF about keeping kids entertained while hiking. It had me chuckling, not because …