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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

We haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on our list! Meanwhile, you can read about the places we have been, what we thought, learned, and did, as well as more practical tips like campground reviews. So please, explore!

 US Roadtrip 2012 National Parks Campground Reviews

Sam Houston Jones State Park

kids campfire

Our next destination after leaving Gulf Islands was Houston, Texas. But it’s a very long drive to Houston from Ocean Springs, MS. To break it up we spent a night at a wonderful state park in Louisiana, also named for Sam Houston. Or rather, named for someone who was named for Sam Houston. Sam Houston is a man with a lot of namesakes, as it turns out. Anyway, we stopped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in Continue Reading →

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

giant cannon

Our next two stops were both at Gulf Islands National Seashore. This beautiful area of protected coastline along the Gulf of Mexico is found in both Florida and Mississippi. The two sections of the park are very different in character from one another, but both well worth visiting. Gulf Islands Florida Across from Pensacola is a long strip of island that is so narrow that at times you can see the water on both sides Continue Reading →

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Favorite Things for International Family Travel

travel tired

For most of May we were focused on our trip back to Sweden for the summer. We were sorting and reducing stuff (yes, there is still plenty of reducing to be done!), packing, and preparing our camper to go and live with its summer foster family. Then we crossed the Atlantic and spent the end of May in that familiar, uncomfortable, jet lag blur. It seems only fitting that our favorite things in May are Continue Reading →

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Camel Lake Camping and Florida Caverns

Florida Caverns

Touring a cave always feels like an adventure! Something about leaving the warm air and sunlight behind and knowing you’re deep underground just gives it an other-worldly feel, and yet every cave seems to have its own personality. We like touring caves! When we heard about Florida Caverns State Park, we knew we wanted to add that to our itinerary. In addition to cave tours, the park also had plenty of hiking trails and a Continue Reading →

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Making the Best of It at Horseshoe Beach

gulf sunset

If you were looking at a map of the Gulf Coast of Florida, and you saw a town labeled “Horseshoe Beach,” what would you expect it to be like? What images would come to your mind? If you, like me, were picturing a beautiful west Florida beach community, then noticed that there was a county park right along the water that offered RV camping, would you be excited? Camping on the beach. For only $20 Continue Reading →

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Swimming with Manatees

pontoon boat Crystal River

One of the many advantages of spending time with other people who travel full-time is finding out about places to see and things to do that we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Swimming with manatees at Crystal River in Florida was one of these things for us. We met another family during our stay at Peace River who told us about this amazing place where you can go and swim with manatees. About two months Continue Reading →

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Boondocking at Flying Eagle Preserve

Flying Eagle

Once we had spent a few days in the Everglades without hook-ups, we were itching to further explore boondocking opportunities. Florida is a great place to do that, both because of weather and availability, so after a few days of resting and recharging back at Peace River, we chose a boondocking site near our next destination. What is boondocking? Definitions vary and in some circles are hotly debated (Seriously? Find something better to spend your energy Continue Reading →

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Exploring the Everglades

Coopertown airboat

  The Everglades region in southern Florida is a place we’ve always wanted to visit. The nature and ecosystem of the southern tip of the Florida peninsula is so unique and important that most of the land area down there is protected by two national parks and a national preserve. We spent four nights in the area and were able to explore all three. Everglades National Park Campground Our home during our stay was at Continue Reading →

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Highlands Hammock State Park

Over and over again it happens: we pick a random park along our route to stop and camp so we can break up a long drive to our next destination. Usually we’ve never heard of it before and we don’t even research it much since we’re only staying for one night. We’re looking for a place to sleep that isn’t too expensive and doesn’t take us too far off our intended route. And then we Continue Reading →

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Disney Baby

it's a small world

In this third and final post about Disney World, I wanted to write a little more about visiting Disney with a baby. It was something that I was concerned about ahead of time and something that we’ve gotten a lot of questions about. I was concerned that it would be difficult to both meet his needs well and let the older kids fully experience everything. I worried that we wouldn’t have the energy we needed Continue Reading →

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Our Disney Favorites

Mickey Mouse Tusker House

On our sixth and last day at Disney World, a sudden rain storm was the final factor and we left the park early (as in, around 6pm instead of 8 or even later). The lines were long and we were exhausted. Once we added wet to that list, it was time to go. We wanted to leave while the mood was still good and this had the potential to go downhill fast. So we headed Continue Reading →

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Disney World

Once we’d recovered a little from the Ftf Rally (though honestly, had we been to a rally before, we would have left more recovery time) it was finally time for Disney World. To thoroughly write about our week at Disney would take at least a half-dozen posts, but I’m going to see what I can do with two or three. The first thing I learned as we started planning our Disney World vacation is just how Continue Reading →

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A Brief Tour in Tampa

Glazer vets

Moving in the direction of Tallahassee, where we were headed to attend a Full-time Families Rally, our next stop was the Tampa area. We have two nearby Encore RV parks included in our Thousand Trails membership, and since neither had availability for all three nights we planned to stay there, we stayed in both. Largo Vacation Village in Largo, FL, is perhaps our least favorite campground so far. The sites are tiny and way too close Continue Reading →

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Of Mote and Myakka

observation tower

One of the things that first drew us to this road-schooling lifestyle was the opportunity to teach our kids primarily through experiences – through touching, tasting, smelling, hearing and seeing firsthand, rather than just reading about it in a book or watching a video (though we still do those things too!) So even though we need to plan longer stops regularly to keep our pace reasonable, we still try to make sure we take at Continue Reading →

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Peace River

peace river

One of the things we’re learning about a traveling lifestyle is pacing. When you’re on vacation, you usually want to see and do as much as you can before you head back to everyday life. The days are fun but intense and often we talk about needing to recover after a vacation. Even on our big trip in 2012, our time was limited to about 3 months and we moved on to a new place Continue Reading →

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Making the Most of the Space Coast

Canaveral National Seashore

Spoiler Alert: We didn’t do anything related to NASA or space at all. The area around Titusville, Florida is often referred to as the Space Coast. It’s the home of Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. We saw both of these places from a distance, and at some point we’d really like to visit Kennedy Space Center (I imagine it’s changed quite a bit since I was there in 1991), but it wasn’t in Continue Reading →

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Choosing a Thousand Trails Membership

Thousand Trails

When we left Osceola National Forest we headed for Three Flags RV Campground in Wildwood, FL, which was our third stay in the Thousand Trails network. The longer we live this full-time traveling lifestyle, the more we realize that our preferred campground is more like what we left in Osceola – national/state/county parks and forests that may boast fewer amenities but that offer more nature and open spaces. We found this to be true when we Continue Reading →

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Welcome to Florida – Osceola National Forest

ocean pond campground

It was hard to find. We’d taken a several mile detour before we realized we were following directions to the wrong place. We were out of cell phone and internet range, so we traded Google Maps for our trusty old (new) road atlas. It was late afternoon, it had been a long drive, and we were all very tired. But we got there. It was worth it. The Ocean Pond campground in Osceola National Forest Continue Reading →

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Hunted by Helena

We have a “polar package” on our camper. If we compare it to our Swedish camper, it’s kind of a joke, but it does give us a little bit of protection in colder temperatures. It basically means the underbelly is enclosed and receives some heat from the heat system and water heater. But this is by no means a winter camper. The time we spent in Pennsylvania over the holidays was challenging in terms of Continue Reading →

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A Day in DC

Natural history museum

Just outside of Washington DC, in Greenbelt, Maryland is a small national park that many people have never heard of. We hadn’t until recently. Greenbelt National Park doesn’t boast thousands of acres, dramatic vistas, or unique natural phenomena like some of the better known parks. This pretty wooded area, just 12 miles from the White House, is little more than its campground. And its stated mission is to help people access and enjoy our nation’s Continue Reading →

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