We enjoy reading
emails from our new friends. Here are some examples:
Hello! A friend of
mine sent me a link to your
Salt Springs, Florida
page, and as I looked around the page and your site,
I loved what I saw. I have just created my first
bookmark for camping locations and your site is it.
thanks for all the great reviews and information on
My family will be taking our FIRST trip to
Fort Mountain over Labor Day weekend, thanks to
ya'll! We are very excited. Thanks for a great
Joey and Family
I absolutely love your website. We have a travel
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
on their website. I've marked you in my favorites
and plan on using it as a tool to plan upcoming
trips. We have three kids and the information and
pictures you provide really help us to decide what
is a good place for our family. Thanks so much!
David and Family
"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!"
Lee and Family
"I wish I had many hours to sit
here and read every piece of information and every
adventure on your site! I love it and hope that I
can visit/camp at some of the places the Richardson
Tribe has ventured to!"
I really appreciate your website. Your descriptions
and pictures are so helpful in deciding our next
place to visit. We had been considering
(State Park) as
our next camping trip, and your website, I think,
has sealed the deal.
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Note from the Richardson Tribe:
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
mission is to make the planning of your adventures
easy and predictable. We have done the research and
have personally visited and reviewed all listed
sites. The PB&J Adventures website features detailed
information about places to go and things to do.
Destination reviews include lots of pictures,
campground or lodging details, fun and educational
things to do in the vicinity, dates of local events,
maps for directions, links to official websites and
reservations, and most importantly, a personal
account of a local adventure by a real family.
you enjoy the website, and we sincerely hope your
family experiences the same benefits we have. If you
have questions about any of the sites or events we
Thanks for visiting PB&J Adventures.
Destination of the Week:
Park - Fort Payne, Alabama
Independence Day Weekend is a PARTY at Desoto State
Desoto State Park is
located on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne Alabama
(home of the legendary country band "Alabama").
It's a rugged place with large rock outcroppings and
a mountainous terrain.
Desoto State park has been one of the Richardson
Tribe's favorite destinations for a long time, and
has ranked #1 for the past two years. It's hard to
beat the location, waterfalls, hiking, and awesome
campground with large sites and full hookups.
The park hosts two events a year that
we rarely miss: Spookapalooza in the fall, and
Independence Day weekend in July. Right now we're
preparing for the 4th, and hoping for good weather.
The forecast doesn't look good, but we almost always
get lucky with the weather.
Desoto State Park's Weekend Events:
Flag Making Contest - The goal is to create a
flag or banner using only poster board and
completely natural items found around the park. You
can use pretty much anything, but you're not allowed
to pluck leaves or flowers from the park's plants.
Last year we placed 3rd, and won a free night's
camping with our flag.
Splish & Splash Pool Party
- Cool off in our Olympic-size pool (yes, it's
cold). Pool games, home-made ice cream, and door
Friday, July 3, 2015 from 6:30 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m.
Independence Day Parade
This annual event is fun for both
children & adults! Decorate your vehicle to show
your spirit! The parade starts at 3:00 p.m. on
Saturday, July 4, 2015. The parade will begins at
DeSoto's park headquarters & end in the Campground
in time for the Ice Cream Social. This is so much
Ice Cream Social
Social starts at 4:00 p.m. on
Saturday, July 4th, located at the Campground
Pavilion in DeSoto's Improved Campground. Sit around
& relax, eat home-made ice cream, & meet your fellow
guests at DeSoto State Park. Flag-Making Contest
winners will be announced at the Ice Cream Social.
You are welcome to bring your own favorite homemade
ice cream recipe or other desserts to share with
your fellow guests.
Bring your own comfortable camp chair
as seating is limited. Free to participate, and open
Hey! They had me at homemade ice cream!
Go somewhere! Do something!
Willy B all decked out for the
The Richardson Tribe Loves
Updating the RV - Making
home away from home a little
Throughout the month of
made some significant improvements to Homer III, our
2009 Fleetwood Fiesta. We yanked all the filthy
carpet and cheap vinyl flooring out, ripped the
pleather hide-a-bed from the slide, and started
over. We're very happy with the results, and want to
share the renovation adventure with our friends.
Watch for a short series of articles describing the
process of selecting flooring, coming up with a
simple sleeper sofa alternative, and making it all
More coming soon!
The remodel was a lot of work, but
well worth it!
Before - Dirty old tan carpet and
vinyl flooring, a small disintegrating Flexsteel
pleather sofa, and a captain's chair that won't turn
past the steering wheel.
After - New tile,
custom sleeper sofa, and a I can
finally turn my captain's chair to face the
We love our camper again!!!
Up The Creek RV Camp
We finally made it back to Up The Creek RV Camp
in warm weather. We have been looking forward to
playing in that creek for two years! The RV Camp was
once again awesome, although the construction of
additional sites that started last year are still in
process. In all fairness, it's been too wet to do a
lot of digging, and expanding a campground involves
This time we were visiting the area with friends who
were camped right across from us. The wives and kids
headed up early so they could spend the first day at
Dollywood. We husbands brought the RVs up later in
the day. During our stay we spent a lot of time on
and in the creek, although the bugs were somewhat
bothersome at times. We also had our traditional
Mexican meal at No Way Jose's and walked around the
"Island," a really neat shopping area with a massive
Ferris wheel. We also rode go karts twice on this
trip. Hey, that's what you do in Pigeon Forge. Lots
of fun for kids young and old.
We'll continue to return to Up The Creek RV Camp
because it's hard to beat the peaceful atmosphere. I
do hope their expansion doesn't negatively affect
NOTE - If you are comfortable with driving and RV on
a brief stretch of curvy road, you really must
consider coming here via Wears Valley Road from
Townsend or try leaving in the middle of the night.
It took us 1.5 hours to get from the campground to
the interstate. Never
We've been so anxious to play in this creek!!!
Up The Creek
RV Camp's sites
Adventure Journal -
Rocky Mountain Recreation Area
We were right in the middle of a partial
renovation of Homer III, our motorhome. The flooring
had been completed, but the sofa was completely gone
as we waited for the upholsterer to complete our new
cushions. It had been a couple of weeks since our
last adventure, and we couldn't stand it! We decided
to go camping, sofa or no sofa. The problem was
every state park in the area was booked solid! In
desperation, we took a little ride over to Rocky
Mountain Recreation Area to see what was available.
I was hopeful, but realized it was unlikely we'd
find an open site on a Saturday. It was around 11am
when we arrived at the park, and we met an RV
leaving! As it turned out, we lucked-up on one of
the best sites in the campground.
With the school year winding down, we'd been pulled
in all directions at once. Band trips, field trips,
band workshops, music lessons, banquets, finals, and
all those other things that happen in the real
world. We were feeling stress, and needed to unwind.
A couple of days at the lake is just what the doctor
ordered. We didn't really hike, but we took some
nice leisurely walks. That evening we enjoyed a full
moon and a campfire where the kids made Jiffy-Pop
popcorn and tried frying various foods in their tiny
skillets. The moon was so bright you could clearly
see the tree line on the opposite shore of Heath
Lake. It was a very nice evening.
Sunday morning was very nice. We sat by the lake
sipping coffee and watching the fog creeping away
from shore, swirling like small slow-motion
tornados across the water. The sun was shining
across the fog creating a rainbow effect reminiscent
of Grand Prismatic Springs in Yellowstone National
Boats aren't allowed to make big waves,
so it's also a great place to canoe and kayak.
There are a few negatives related to
this park. You CANNOT reserve campsites, so timing
is important. The earlier in the week you get there,
the more likely you'll find a site. It will get
crowded on the weekends. And finally, the sites are
awesome, but plan on doing some jacking and blocking
if you want to be level on the lakeside sites.
That's a common issue with sites that back up to
water. Will these factors keep us away? Uh no! More
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.
lots more details including dozens of pictures,