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.
Featured Summer Destinations
(Beat the Heat)
James Island Park - Charleston, SC
James Island, one of the
Richardson Tribe's top ten summer destinations, is a
fabulous county park located in Charleston County,
South Carolina. While it's just a short drive from
the city of Charleston, it has a very secluded and
natural feel. The campground is almost tropical with
shady sites, palmettos, trees, and an abundance of
colorful little lizards and frogs.
There are many different
features that make this park special. From the
children's perspective, and for escape from the
summer heat, the water park was the best. But the
park also features thick forests and lush green
lowlands with winding bike paths, one of which leads
to a tidal creek and fishing dock. There are
alligators, crabs, birds, kayaks and canoes. There
is a very nice water-play area and a playground that
we rate a 10 (which is a rare event).
Regarding the water park, the
place was immaculate, clean, fresh, like it was new
(we learned later it was 13 years old). Everyone
there was very friendly and professional. There is a
large pool with a kiddy side and a deeper side (4')
for swimming. There are two 200' water slides, a
water-play ground, and a lazy river to relax on. On
our visit, we pretty much spent the whole day moving
from one to another. I must emphasize the quality of
the staff at this park. Each of the attractions had
no less than 4-5 lifeguards. There were lifeguards
on high seats and walking around the pool and play
areas constantly. I have to commend the park's
management for having found and trained such a
In summary, we didn't even start to do all the
things there are to do at and near James Island.
Wildlife viewing is incredible. There are miles of
paved bike trails running through lowlands and
marshes. There are organized activities and events
or everyone like crabbing and fishing. Then, of
course, there are all the historical things to do
related to Charleston.
James Island's water park is
The view from our campsite.
Fort Mountain State Park
Fort Mountain State Park is located in
the north Georgia mountains, and its altitude and fresh
water lake/beach makes it a great escape from the summer
heat. As you wind your way up the mountain, roll your windows down so
you can enjoy the gradual temperature and humidity change.
Typically, from the base of the mountain to the park, there can
be as much as a 10-12 degree change. The dramatic temperature
change can affect the weather on Fort Mountain, often making it
totally different from the mountain's base (as in rain, snow, or
Georgia's standards for its state parks
are high, especially when it comes to campgrounds. Fort
Mountain State Park has two campgrounds. One is located
adjacent the lake (pretty tight for big rigs), the other
is just across the park road. The sites are level,
extremely large, clean, and furnished with fire
ring/grill units and sturdy picnic tables. If we can't
get a site on the lake, we usually go over to campground
2 and use the very large pull-through sites. You can
expect water and electric
hookups only, but the park does have a dump station.
Fort Mountain State Park has many miles of mountain
biking and hiking trails. One hike at the top of the
mountain features a mysterious prehistoric rock wall
that no one can explain, an ancient fire tower (recently
restored), and in incredible observation deck with view
of the valley below. The lake trail is one of our
favorites. It does a loop around the lake, and we almost
always see something new on every visit.
The lake at Fort Mountain features a sand beach with a
designated swimming area. There are also canoes and
peddle boats that can be rented by the hour. There is
miniature golf, a concession stand, and a very nice
While visiting Fort Mountain, we recommend the short
drive to Ellijay, Georgia's apple capitol. The downtown
area is very nice with antique shops and exceptional
Fort Mountain Lake: A great place to cool off!
Late summer brings beautiful
fungus. Yup! Fungus.
Vogel State Park- Blairsville, Georgia
Vogel State Park is located near
Blairsville in the north Georgia mountains. Vogel,
one of the first state parks in Georgia, was
constructed primarily by the Civilian Conservation
Corps (CCC). Vogel is also one of the most popular
state parks in Georgia, so reserving a campsite
there is sometimes difficult. The park features a
beautiful lake with a sandy beach and pedal boats,
two playgrounds, miniature golf, a CCC museum (call
the park for hours), and a very nice camp store and
gift shop. Regarding the park's campground, Vogel
upholds Georgia's high standards by providing large
RV sites with water and electric hookups (sorry, no
sewer hookups, but there is a dump station of
The park has plenty of hiking,
biking, and other outdoor recreation opportunities.
A small creek runs through the campground providing
a nice soundtrack for family adventure. If you take
bikes, be aware that the ride from the campground is
a breeze, but the ride back is all uphill. Vogel is
in the Chattahoochee National Forest, so wildlife
abounds. Be aware of black bears. They're very
Being just minutes from
Blairsville is very convenient, especially
considering the numerous events and festivals that
take place in the small mountain town. Other local
attractions include the Appalachian Trail, Brasstown
bald (the highest point in Georgia), Helton Falls,
Track Rock Gap, Helen (alpine village), Unicoi State
Park, Cleveland (Gold and Gem Grubbing), Hiawassee,
Blue Ridge, Franklin North Carolina (ruby mining),
and much more.
For more about Vogel State Park, click here!
lake at Vogel State Park is peaceful.
The RV sites at Vogel are spacious and shady.