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trailer that we've had a little less than a year. We
are still pretty new to camping with our travel
trailer. We are going to
Tannehill this weekend. We live in Prattville,
Alabama and love that you have so much information
on campgrounds close by. It is frustrating that so
many campgrounds have very little info and pictures
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and plan on using it as a tool to plan upcoming
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"What a great website!
We are new to RVing, and are leaving south Florida
in the next day or two. You go to a lot of the places
we will be visiting. Thanks for your guides. Here we
"Thanks so much for the article on the Crooked River
State Park and
Cumberland Island area! We just enjoyed a fun
filled week! We saw so much wild life. We were close
to the Okefenokee, Cumberland Island, St. Mary's,
and too much more to mention! The park was super
clean and the campsites were large. We definitely
plan to go again! Thanks again!"
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can visit/camp at some of the places the Richardson
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Welcome to PB&J
Adventures. We are an extremely curious family of
six that enjoys exploring, playing, and learning. We
have always made an effort to go somewhere and do
something as often as possible, leaving the house,
chores, and everyday worries behind.
Initially our adventures lasted only a day, so we
would pack a lunch, often PB&J sandwiches (which
inspired the name of our adventures). Sometimes the
adventures were framed by an event like a fair or
festival, however, most adventures were based on
local places, their unique history or features, and
any available activities at that location or in the
immediate area (we do, after all, have children).
Eventually the adventures became a major part of our
lives, sometimes lasting several days at a time. In
2007, we began documenting our adventures on a
Much to our surprise, many friends and family
members wanted to experience their own adventures or
join us for ours. Such was the inspiration for this
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maps for directions, links to official websites and
reservations, and most importantly, a personal
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Red Top Mountain State Park
Saturday, March 21.
This is an event in which we have participated several times. By
participated, I mean we have made momentos: personalized cast iron keepsakes that
will last forever. This is how it works: You purchase a "scratch block" for
around $7. You can then use the provided tools to scratch and carve a relief in
the block. Later, experienced volunteers pour molten iron into your mold. By the
end of the day, you have a heavy cast iron... "whatever" to keep forever. You
can make a sign, belt buckle, griddle, whatever! It's a very cool experience,
but can be a challenge because everything must be created in reverse!
Parking fee: $5
(Free with ParkPass)
Event Phone: 770-975-0055
iron is poured in the molds. Get there early!
A limited number of scratch blocks will be
Adventure Journal -
Pigeon Forge, TN
We decided that we'd get Dollywood season passes
this year. It's very expensive (with four kids), but
if you plan to come back several times, it's a
pretty good entertainment investment. This year, all
the kids are big enough to ride every ride! Woo hoo!
Our first day at the park, Friday after
Thanksgiving, was very cold. The high was 41, but we
came prepared. We wore layers, warm coats, and even
brought our trapper hats we purchased at Dollywood
years ago. As an added bonus, it was a very sunny
day, so we were pretty much toasty warm all day. The
crowds weren't terribly bad the first day either.
The kids rode three roller coasters before we broke
for lunch. We ate, listened to Christmas music, rode
the train, and visited the magic shop before calling
it a day and heading back to the camper.
Saturday was spent at
Up The Creek RV Camp. Lee Thomas had a 24hr
virus, so Dollywood was out of the question.
Additionally, Rebecca's aunt and cousin spent the
afternoon visiting with us at the camper while the
rest of us played outside. We sure love that
We decided to visit Dollywood again on Sunday before
heading home. It was a much warmer day reaching over
60 degrees. There was a very small crowd, so the
kids were able to ride all the rides they missed on
Friday. We were only able to spend about three hours
this time, but that's the beauty of a season pass,
it didn't matter. We can go for as little time as we
wish. When you purchase a "Gold" pass, parking is
free ($10 value), and you receive a 20% discount on
everything in the park (food, merchandise, etc.).
From this point on (through 2015 Christmas season)
our admission is covered. We've already saved!
I'd like to add that Dollywood is unlike ANY
amusement park we've ever visited. The environment
is clean and warm. There is seasonal music playing
over the sound system all the time. There are
decorations and Christmas lights around every
corner. It's a genuinely unique place and experience
I'd recommend to anyone.
information about Dollywood, click here.
The antique cars are still a hit!
Christmas lights are incredible!
long ago, in the years BC (before children),
Rebecca and I traveled out west to ski
annually. We enjoyed skiing at Squaw Valley,
Heavenly (Lake Tahoe),
Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Loveland,
Crested Butte (CO), and Taos (NM). So, when
we first saw the roadside sign for Alabama's Cloudmont
Ski and Golf Resort on
an afternoon drive along Lookout Mountain
many years ago, we laughed. Skiing in
Alabama? Really? We were ski snobs.
forward 15 years. Now we have kids, four to
be exact. The cost of an annual ski trip out
west is not within this family's budget. We
have taken a couple of trips to
Cataloochee Ski Area near
Maggie Valley, North Carolina where the kids
have had lessons and learned the basics.
Unfortunately, a southeastern ski trip like
that can be pretty painful to the family
So, one day we were eating at the Wildflower
Cafe' in Mentone Alabama, and
we started talking with a family that has
just left Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort.
They were laughing and talking about how
great of a time they had, and they were
skiers. It sparked our interest, and so we
had to check it out first-hand.
One of our
favorite campgrounds is located at Desoto
State Park, just a few minutes from
Cloudmont Ski and Golf, so we booked a long
weekend around President's day. It had been
unseasonably warm weather, but several
nights of cold leading-up to the weekend
meant they were making snow (they need 18
hours of temps 28 degrees or less to open).
We were waiting at the ticket window when
they opened that Monday morning.
We rented equipment for the kids and paid
for all-day lift tickets. The lift is a tow
rope, but that's actually pretty good for
beginners because they can exit the lift at
any elevation of the slope. As I mentioned,
the kids have had a couple of lessons, but
their ski-time was limited. Fortunately (for
us), there were very few people on the slope
that day, so the kids were able to ski all
day long with no waiting at the lift. By the
end of the day, they were all pretty good.
John Micah was even skiing backwards.
Now understand, Cloudmont is no Rocky
Mountain ski resort. There is a mere 150'
drop on their two parallel running slopes.
It is what it is, but it is a load of fun
and a great experience for the kids (and
grown-ups too). It's also very affordable
(compared to other ski destinations). Kids
under 12 can rent equipment and ski all day
for less than $40. Check
their website for
they vary based on weekdays, weekend, and
We've decided to make Cloudmont a regular
stop in the winter, and maybe even other
seasons. They have a very affordable golf
course and there is even horseback riding
available. Nearby Desoto State Park and a
virtually limitless selection of other area
attractions makes this an awesome
destination. We give it six thumbs-up.
A Dollywood Christmas - Music, Lights, Action!
The Christmas season is nearing, and it's time
to make holiday plans. We typically spend
Christmas morning at home, and the afternoon
with extended family. But when the day draws to
a close, we are ready to hit the road. One our
favorite destinations for the holiday season is
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,
Dollywood has tons of Christmas decorations,
food, stage shows, and music. Add to that dozens
of amusement rides and games, crisp cool Smoky
Mountain air, and a real steam locomotive, and
Dollywood is perfect for unlimited holiday fun.
The park's general theme, besides the
affiliation with Dolly Parton, is southern
country charm. It's not a put-on. Folks that
work here are typically real southerners, and in
some cases, related to Dolly herself. There are
numerous shops that sell the work of local
artisans including leather goods, musical
instruments, and candles. There is also a
blacksmith demonstrating his trade.
Regarding amusement rides, there is a surprising
variety from spinning tea cups to monster roller
coasters. Most of the fast rides have cameras
stationed at the most scary parts to capture
your worst, most terrified expressions. Here we
are riding the Mystery Mine, and Heath's expression
is that of absolute terror. The funny thing is,
after the ride was over, the first words out of
his mouth were "let's do it again!"
There are many impressive things about Dollywood,
but the park's cleanliness and staff's
professionalism are perhaps the most obvious.
Everyone seems to have a job to do, and they do
it with a smile.
Dollywood is located in a very popular area on
the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains
National Park. Pigeon Forge and nearby
Gatlinburg are known for their musical and
comedy shows, go carts, helicopter rides,
museums, miniature golf, candy shops, rock
shops, and pretty much anything related to
tourists and the Smoky Mountains. There is an
awesome aquarium in Gatlinburg that must be
When visiting Dollywood, we
to RV camp at either the
(Townsend, TN) or
Up The Creek RV Camp
(Pigeon Forge, TN).
Both are great! The KOA has more amenities for
the kids, but many are unavailable in the
winter. Up The Creek has no laundry, but has
beautiful RV sites. Both campgrounds have
Dollywood's rides range from this
Townsend KOA has back-in sites
along Little River
Addition! Zoo Atlanta
A Silverback Gorilla at Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta is located at Grant Park near downtown. Of
the zoos we've visited, Zoo Atlanta is one of the best. Most of
the habitats are representative of the animal's native
environment, and the animals seem quite content.
The flora is
very plush and tropical at Zoo Atlanta, making a stroll
through the park very enjoyable. Sometimes the natural
aspect of the habitats
makes viewing the animals a little difficult, but be
patient and watch. You will not be disappointed.
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