Today we are on the road heading off to Mt. Rushmore/Black Hills which is without a doubt one of our favorite areas. We will be snapping pictures, taking in a few history lessons, and experiencing the majesty of the American Bison. We can't wait to share it all with you over on Instagram - so find us over there for some Black Hills inspiration.
It is our duty as parents and mentors to teach our children what today really means - not a day off of school or a BBQ with the neighbors - today is the day we honor thousands of lives lost to protect our land, our freedom, and the country we often take for granted. I saw this post by the National Park Service and I was immediately impressed with all the ways in which we can honor the fallen today. I encourage you to read this article, grab the kids and get involved - even if one of these ideas is not in your area I am sure you can find something!
Well friends we are deep into camping season so today we're re-visiting one of our earlier posts about tent camping. It seems like everyone around (including our neighbor down the street) is purchasing those shiny new RV's, but if your lifestyle or finances aren't ready for that RV don't forget you can have just as much fun tent camping with your family!!
The Campfire Travelers household has been CRAZY busy these past few weeks - PTO meetings, birthday parties, church ministry, flag football games, Cub Scouts, homework, tests, and projects galore! I don't think anyone is more excited for summer break than this mom right here!! Luckily, this weekend we're heading out for a few days of R&R at a nearby KOA for the Care Camps Big Weekend. On top of all the craziness, now I need to pack everyone for the trip and if I'm not organized I know the toothpaste will definitely be left at home. Or shoes. Or food. I knew I needed a packing list to help me remember everything.
There is something special about a visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota. The rich history, the views, the buffalo, the landscape, the caves, the attractions and I could just keep going. The cornerstone of the Black Hills has to be Mt. Rushmore and it really is more spectacular than I ever imagined.
We have had a few questions about our pictures on the blog - whether they're stock photos or our own. Especially in our inspirational quote photos. Well every picture you see is ours. They're our memories. Memories of our travels, memories of fun times, memories of our family, memories of challenges, memories of freedom, memories of peace, and memories that we never want to forget.
A few weeks ago while we were hiking in Waterton Canyon we had our first Mountain House taste test which actually surprised us and turned out to be a great meal. That same trip, our boys decided against their typical PB&J's and asked if they could bring the Mountain House Macaroni and Cheesethey had picked out a few weeks previously at Cabela's. They are not adventurous eaters so we were surprised, but their excitement was worth the risk. Today we're sharing our preparation tips and what we thought about the meal:
Yesterday, we shared some of our favorite ideas for saving money when planning your next camping trip. Today, we're going to continue on the same theme and explore money saving tips once you and your family have embarked on that trip! Just like yesterday, these are all ideas that we take into consideration for our family and we hope you can find what works for you.
Our love for the outdoors and the fun we have together is why our family loves camping. But the main reason we continue to camp is because of our budget limitations. Camping allows us to "vacation" more frequently and do more activities than a typical family vacation. Sure, we'd love to take the kids to Disneyland, but it would be a short trip and the only vacation for the whole year. With the same budget we can go on at least 5 camping trips throughout the summer and experience so much more.
Even the best of the trip planning parents (and grandparents) will still find times when the kids are bored or they need something to keep them busy while you're busy. For us, it's the point in time when the car is being unloaded and we're setting up and staking the tent. The boys have finished helping and now they're ready to explore and move on to the playground or pool or check out the rest of the campground. We end up fielding questions and losing focus.