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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.
The Richardson Tribe
Featured Events and Activities:
Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival
Pigeon Forge, TN - Now through Dec 30 -
Candlelight Evenings at Biltmore
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC - Now through Dec 31
- Call (828) 225-1333
For more southeastern events and activities,
visit our "Things To Do" page!
The Biltmore Estate - Asheville,
As we approach the holiday season, we
have been talking about our favorite places to visit
this time of year. Topping the list is the Biltmore
Estate. Here's a little about the place.
located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville,
North Carolina. The home was built between 1889 and
1895 as a Summer home by George Vanderbilt, one of
the wealthiest men in the world at the time. Over
the course of six years, hundreds of designers,
architects, artisans and craftsmen were employed to
complete the 135,000 square foot chateau. The home
features 250 rooms, an indoor lighted pool, a
two-lane bowling alley, a work-out room, an intercom
system, elaborate horse stables, and hundreds of
priceless antiques, artworks, and various other
Visiting the home is a memorable experience (and you
will have to remember it, because no
interior photography is allowed). The adult
admission (as of 01/01/2011) is $75 which seems a
bit steep, but Kids nine and under are free. That
makes it a decent value for a large family,
especially considering it's an all day event.
In addition to the home's lavish interior, the
grounds are breathtaking. The landscape was designed
Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect of New
York's Central Park. Plush gardens and native flora
and fauna abound throughout the 8.000 acre estate.
Keep in mind, landscaping was completed in the
1890s, so much of the shrubbery is very very old and
massive. The "tree trunks" you see in the image to
the right is wisteria.
Also on the estate is
Antler Hill Village that hosts a winery, shops, and
farm (including a petting zoo). Honestly, the farm
is the biggest hit with the kids. The animals are
very friendly, as is the staff. The old barn at the
Biltmore farm has been restored and features a black
smith and wood artisan demonstrating their craft.
Additionally, the barn is a sort of museum
displaying dozens of old farm implements. The
highly-rated winery features a tour and tasting
The Biltmore Estate
caters to active families by providing miles of
biking and walking paths. Bikes can be rented
on-site. Additionally, visitors can enjoy exclusive
activities such as a Land Rover driving experience
or an off-road Segway tour.
If you're considering a stay at Biltmore Estate,
there are cottages and an Inn (starting
around $480 per night for two) on the property. No,
you cannot stay in the "big house." We typically
stay on Jonathon Creek in our RV in nearby Maggie
Valley for about $33 per night.
In summary, the Biltmore Estate is a wonderful place
to take the family. The kids will be remarkably
entertained, even in the house. Our best advice,
however, is to arrive early and plan on staying the
entire day. You will not be disappointed.
For more information including dozens of photos,
The home's exterior details are
The landscaping is unbelievable!
The farm animals are huggable!
Adventure Journal -
Chester Frost Park -
Fall Break found us back
at Chester Frost Park near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This was our first real outing with Homer III, our
new (to us) Fleetwood Fiesta motorhome. We loved the
cavernous living space the Class A provides! Our
last camper had lots of sleeping space, but sorely
Unfortunately, I had to work much of the week of
Fall Break, so Rebecca and the kids were "daddy free"
during the days. Each day I drove the 1.5 hour
commute to and from work so I could spend the
evenings with the family. It was kind of exhausting,
but well worth it. They did lots of the things it's
often hard to get me to do. They went to see a movie
(Gravity), went skating, went shopping, went out to
eat, and generally enjoyed a few days of fun.
I feel like the family is pretty safe at Chester
Frost while I'm away. There's really only one way in
and out, and the Hamilton County rangers patrol
Chester Frost Park's proximity to Chattanooga makes
it a perfect home base for exploring the area and
having fun. Known as the Scenic City, Chattanooga
has virtually everything to offer. A family could
spend weeks here and never experience everything the
city has to offer.
I took off work around noon on Friday, and spent the
rest of the weekend at the park fishing, hiking, and
relaxing by the fire with the Tribe. On Saturday
morning we made a good old fashioned breakfast with
biscuits, eggs, and bacon prepared on a Dutch Oven
lid on charcoal. It was a lot of fun and the
campground smelled delicious!
As usual, Chester Frost Park delivered remarkably
well at the end of each day. I dare you to find any
place that has more beautiful sunsets.
Click here for lots of pictures and detailed
information about Chester Frost Park and
You'll not find more beautiful
It's hard to
beat the smell of bacon
in the crisp Autumn air.
Adventure Journal -
Hillcrest Farms, Ellijay, Georgia -
It's the time of
year that the apple trees begin to produce heavily in
Ellijay, Georgia. The Richardson Tribe makes a tradition of
visiting Ellijay at least once or twice every autumn. It's a
pretty drive, and local apples are always better than those
foreign jobs. This year we decided to make the visit more
fun for the kids. We'd heard about Hillcrest Orchards from
friends, and decided it was a place we needed to visit.
When we arrived,
we paid the admission fee and began the adventure. There was
a pair of musicians playing bluegrass music on the stage
near the entrance, so we sat and listened to them for a
while. They were exceptional. It didn't take long for the
kids to notice the milking cow. Each took their turn milking
before we boarded a covered wagon for a tour of the orchard.
The wagon ride
was fun. We wound through the rows of trees, crossed a creek
of sorts, and admired the north Georgia countryside. We
ended-up at a miniature golf course, but the kids were eager
to try out some of the things they'd seen on the ride. We
rode back to the main play area, and the kids proceeded to
have a blast. They raced each other in the pedal carts,
checked-out every playground feature, and spent a lot of
time in the petting farm. Most activities are free once
you're in, but the petting zoo and bungee jump thing are
One event we
enjoyed (and participated in) is the pig race. Rebecca and I
were "volunteered" to race two other couples around a track
on a stick horse wearing pig noses and squealing. Then they
turned the real pigs loose. It's pretty funny to watch, and
the hosts get the kids involved in the whole process. I
think our kids enjoyed seeing us race more than the actual
We went through
the moonshine museum and did a few other fun things before
ordering up a meal at in the concession area. We followed up
our meal with some goodies from the ice cream shop before
buying a big bag of apples and heading home. Altogether, we
spent around four hours at Hillcrest Orchards, and didn't
even take advantage of the "pick your own apples" part of
the visit. We were too pooped to pick by then!
In summary, we
really enjoyed our afternoon at Hillcrest Farms. There are a
few minor maintenance issues with the playground and
facilities, but it's easy to overlook those while you're
having a blast!
Click here for more about Hillcrest Orchards.
Pickin' and Grinnin'
Pedal Carts were a hit!
- What's The Point?
Once again, the wonderful camping and hiking at
Desoto State Park have brought us back to the Alabama
side of Lookout Mountain. We were excited to see
Little River Canyon Center offering a day of free flint
knapping classes. Flint knapping is the process of making
tools from a type of rock called flint. The flint knapping
process was used for centuries before the development of
metal tools. Our ancestors used the technique to make
knives, scrapers, spear heads, and arrow heads. The term
"point" refers to sharpened rocks used for knives,
arrowheads, and spears.
particular adventure we were camping with friends,
so we called ahead to verify a group of ten could be
accommodated. Not only did they welcome us, they
pretty much gave us a private lesson. We were
especially fortunate to have Ranger Larry Beene as
our instructor. It's very obvious he's an expert. He
can make a pretty decent point in just minutes. He
showed us how to use small stones and deer antlers
to slowly and accurately push flakes from the rocks,
shaping them as desired. He makes it look a lot
easier than it really is.
Ranger Beene also explained the safety procedures
for Knapping. The shards of flint that flake off the
rock are razor sharp, and can hurt really bad if you
step on them. He taught us to always contain the
flakes. John Micah learned the hard way that the
piece he was working on was very sharp too when he
cut his hand. He was very mature about it.
Ranger Beene also explained how one could easily
create a false archaeological site by leaving
remnants lying on the ground. So again, the message
is "clean up!"
While we all experienced a certain
degree of success while flint knapping, I have to
mention John Micah's natural ability. Check out the
point he made (right)! For more information
about the Little River Canyon Center including more
pictures and details,
Ranger Larry Beene instructs the
John Micah proudly displays his
Adventure Journal -
Itching for a weekend of bike
riding and nature brought us to Callaway Gardens on this trip. We love
the park for many reasons, but cycling here brings back many memories of
On this trip, we stayed at
Mountain RV just minutes from the main Callaway entrance. It's very
convenient and the staff there is great. We left "Willie B" Jeep at home
because we planned to use the motorhome (Homer II) for our
transportation to the park. When we arrived at Callaway Gardens the gate
attendant made a recommendation on a good spot to park the camper and we
headed that way. We parked in the shade, unloaded the bikes, applied
sunscreen, and headed out for an easy ride to the Cecil B Day Butterfly
The butterflies are always our first stop, and this time they did not
disappoint. The flowers and tropical plants are also a joy. From there
we headed Mr. Carson's vegetable garden on the hill behind Robin lake.
Years ago the garden was sometimes used to make a show called The
Victory Garden, and it's quite an interesting place (see pictures). We
wandered around the garden until we started hearing some grumblings of
On this particular weekend, there was a water skiing competition at
Callaway, and we watched some of the trick skiers do their thing. There
were also many exhibits like boats, cars, and ski gear. Callaway gardens
is known for its massive fresh water beach, the largest man made beach
in the world. After grabbing a bite back at the camper, we headed
for the beach straight away for some fun and relaxation. While there,
the kids did some fun things like the bungee hop thingie, volleyball,
on-water obstacle course, and big boy chess. In the circus tent,
performers were practicing their routines, so we got a free show.
We stayed at Callaway
until after sunset playing on the beach milking the
day for every ounce of fun and fresh air we could
before heading back to our campsite and crackling
fire. Sitting there by the camper watching the
dancing flames, I thought back to similar days spent
with the family enjoying life and realized... today
is just one more amazing installment in our bank of
For lots more pictures (60 just from this visit) and
details about this awesome southeastern destination,
Lee Thomas makes a friend in the
The paved bike path wind
throughout the park.
Lainey enjoying a break and the
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