Everyday poetry: Oh, wet tent

 The youngest spent her first solo night in the tent, snoozing through wildlife noises and more than a little rain. Of course, she's right outside the door, on the sundeck. But that's more for our comfort than hers. She was ready to spend the night alone on the tent platform 75 feet into the woods... We may have a true camper on our hands....more

DT's Camping Cookie Bars

Beach Camping at Anastasia State Park Florida

Anastasia is one of the only Florida State parks on the beach that allows overnight camping.   It's just a short drive from our hometown of Atlanta and the weather is perfect for Spring and early Summer camping....more

Top 10 Glamping Essentials for Family Camping

The idea of camping outdoors may not appeal to everyone.  The lack of plumbing, sleeping on hard rocky floors, or just being out of your comfort zone may interfere with having a good camping experience....more
stephliebold Hi there Seph!  To answer your question, glamping setup doesn't take long at all. ...more


I've done the hostel thing plenty of times, and while some hostels are truly an experience in themselves, sometimes I look for other alternatives. Ones that allow me more space and privacy, while still saving the same amount of money. A little more adventure doesn't hurt either. If you're up for the challenge, almost every city in Italy has a suburb or outskirt with campsites. If like me, you come from a camping friendly state (like Washington) you may be inclined to have a pre-conceived notion of what camping means. Italy, however, does camping differently....more

Camping + Boot Camp

There couldn't be a more perfect three-day weekend. I'm definitely in my happy place.FridayWe left for McKinney Falls State Park around 4:30 on Friday afternoon. Our drive consisted of music that resulted in high school and college flashbacks, an absurd amount of veggie chips, and Ryan's extra love for Michael's dog Xina. Friday night was cold. We had a tiny fire that provided little warmth, and I think it's safe to say none of us slept well that night. I curled up into a ball and stuck my head and pillow inside my sleeping bag....more

Can You Guess What Happened at the Campground?

Every summer, my extended family goes on a great drunk-out I mean camp-out. Maybe it's my chronic aches and pains, or maybe it's because I'm the type of responsible drinker who can't let myself get wasted while caring for small children around fires and rivers, but I never have much fun, and my participation is sporadic. Also, the big selling point of shared meals and rotating kitchen duties doesn't appeal, because we're vegetarians and my extended family is exactly the opposite.It's all more work than fun, and I'm a big spoil-sport....more
amyreese Oh no! I hope you didn't have to drive far!! That reminds me of another story. Let's ...more

Moroccan Chickpea & Tomato Soup

Day 27 of 30 Soups in 30 Days......more