RV Travel with Giant Breed Dogs

The first thing to remember is that traveling is stressful to dogs, especially extended travel. I think the ideal traveling dog would be a big, dopey, happy-go-lucky Labrador. There’s a reason Labs are such a popular breed of dog. They are extremely adaptable and most are mellow. Giant breed dogs, on the other hand, do have a tendency to shyness and sensitivity. Even Chewie, who is an exceptionally outgoing, well-adjusted, stable mastiff showed signs of significant stress while we traveled....more

Camping, Anyone?

One week after Irene, the lights are on and the streets are cleared. We were lucky. No one we know of was hurt, our house is intact and no trees were lost. Thankfully, our children and grandchildren are safe and sound as well. Unfortunately, there are still a few without power and with fallen trees that block the roads....more

I'm Asian, and I'm Going Camping!

This Labor Day weekend, I’m heading to Yosemite National Park with my family for a weekend of camping, hiking and swimming. Every summer, we spend several days camped out in a national park – no Internet, TV, cell phones, or electricity....more
@Shannon LC Cate That's a good point about racism and homophobia en route to the ...more

Camping: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Camping is one of those summer pass times which is the right of passage to growing up and teaching kids that the wilderness can be their playground whether it is a cool brisk jump in the lake, a long hike, or a quick climb up a tree in search of a squirrel hole. It is these little things which makes camping one of the many wonders of childhood. It keeps us youthful, forces us to disconnect from the wi-fi, and enjoy all of Mother Nature's gifts to the world. ...more
@Jane Miller No room service for you is really roughing it!more

On Camping

Camping is important, friends, if only to remind you that you can do things without electricity. That playing games by lamplight is a special kind of wonderful. That heating water on the stove for dishes results in the most amazing smell of Palmolive in the air. Coffee tastes better when sipped outside before the sun burns through the morning. There is peace to be found when you aren't checking your phone constantly for emails. ...more
Hi Victoria, I'm so glad that you take your kids camping. It's important! It's so much harder to ...more

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Apparently I'm a Bed Wetter

I don't recall having an issue with bed-wetting as a child.  My potty-training involved spankings and me sitting in the middle of the living room floor, staring directly at my parents on the sofa, and peeing.  Right there, on the floor.  In fact, I can actually remember that event.  I also remember I would hold it all day long.  Using the toilet was a nuisance, a hassle, time out of my precious care-free play time.  It made no sense to me why anyone bothered with toilets when they could just go in their pants and someone would come along and clean it up (admitt...more

Camping creates business.

The younger and I have now done two birthday cakes.  The first, a mini princess cake and 24 cupcakes, that were to be made the same weekend we were to go camping.  We totally pulled it off, but did miss out on a day of camping for it. ...more