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 Fall Destinations
(Cool Colors & Fantastic Festivals)
Desoto State Park - Fort Payne, Alabama
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.
Bike riding is great
around the campground and on some of the trails.
People tend to drive a little fast on the main road
going through the park making bike riding there (on
the road) a bad idea.
Hiking at Desoto State
Park is dreamy. There is so much to see: rock
formations, creeks, a river, waterfalls, foliage,
and wildlife. Some of the terrain is pretty rugged,
but there is good hiking for everyone.
There is a pretty nice
playground, a seasonal pool, a board walk that winds
back to a intermittent waterfall, a pretty decent
little country store, and a jewel of a campground.
Desoto encompasses much
of Little River which snakes through the Little
River canyon. The drive along the canyon is
absolutely beautiful and relaxing. Careful with
queasy passengers, it's a long and winding road.
Spookapalooza is one of our
favorite fall festivals!
It takes place the last weekend of October at
Desoto State Park. There are lots of games and
activities. It's great for the campers, but the
public is also invited to attend.
Fort Mountain State Park
- Chatsworth, Georgia
Fort Mountain State Park is located in
the north Georgia mountains, and its altitude and
abundant hardwoods make it a perfect fall getaway.
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
Halloween is always fun at Fort Mountain!
A short hike around the lake is
full of color!
Up The Creek RV Camp - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Up The Creek RV Camp is located off Wears Valley
Road just minutes from the bustling Pigeon Forge
strip. The "RV camp" is convenient to all the
tourist attractions, yet the setting is extremely
quiet and peaceful. You might notice they don't all
it a campground, and they don't call it an RV park
either. It's called an "RV camp." That term is very
Up The Creek RV Camp is bordered by two creeks:
Waldens Creek to the north, and Cove Creek to the
south. Both creeks flow very nicely providing a
constant relaxing ambiance. This was most assuredly
a Native American camp at some time in the past. The
conditions are just perfect. We chose the RV sites
to the south because there is nothing but a large
grassy field on the opposite side of the creek.
Honestly though, there is really not a bad site in
With regards to amenities, other than those at your
RV site, there are none. There is no bath house, no
laundry, no game room, no pavilion, no hay rides, no
organized "children's activities, and no playground.
To some, the lack of these features is an issue. For
us (other than the laundry) we think this part of
the park's appeal. For instance, while there are
certainly kids in the park, the place isn't swarming
with them. Also, the lack of activities and
amenities forces families to enjoy the creeks and
open play areas more. At any rate, this is Pigeon
Forge, so If you get bored, simply hop in the car
and within minutes you can be doing about anything
your heart desires.
Over the years, we have stayed at about half a dozen
RV parks and campgrounds in this area. Up The Creek
RV Camp is now our favorite. We can't wait to come
back in warmer weather so we can search the creeks
for fossils, artifacts, and gemstones. We
still love rockhounding!
Up The Creek is perhaps the only RV park that is not
crowded and noisy in the Pigeon Forge area.
The RV sites at Up The Creek are large and
some are pretty luxurious.
Rent Homer III for the weekend or a full week!
Imagine a mountain or beach
getaway in our precious Homer III
Homer III is a beautiful 36' Class A bunkhouse with
full body paint, custom upholstery, and tile
throughout. It has three slides providing a spacious
living area and master bedroom. There are two flat
screen TVs inside and one outside. Each of three TVs
can individually play DVD, satellite, cable, or air
antenna. The Ford Chassis drives like a car and the
powerful V10 engine pulls the steepest of hills with
ease. Included in the rental will be all necessary
items such as kitchenware (dishes, silverware,
classes, mugs, etc.), a toaster, coffee maker,
chairs, a lantern, and miscellaneous other items.
For an additional fee ($35), bedding is supplied for
the queen bed, bunks, dinette sleeper, and sofa bed.
Towels are also supplied.
Our family of six has toured much of the country in
Homer III, and now we want share it with others. It
will be available only when we are not using it.