I'm often asked if we have any advice for Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding area. Since we're pretty much in love with the Black Hills, you can bet I do!! And strangely, finding much specific visitor information online is hard to come by.
Every May KOA hosts this great event and it's open to anyone and everyone. The purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness about the KOA Care Camps for kids with cancer - a week where they get to go have fun and try to forget their burden of their illness. Most importantly it's also a weekend to raise funds for these camps. As part of the fundraising when you stay Friday night at a KOA paying full price you get to stay Saturday night for only $10 and that money goes directly to help the camps. It's a win win for everyone!
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:
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.
Last week we talked about the perfect solution for my kids' postcard collections from past trips. They were so excited about their very own scrapbooks that I got to thinking about our upcoming trips this summer. Inspired by the Project Life Family card collection, I decided to create another simple scrapbook for our whole family. Packed up in this little suitcase we'll be able to take everything we need with us - the scrapbook, cards, and pen. That's it! Then we can all fill in the blanks together as we go along on our adventures!
A few days ago Coleman was asking their social media followers what is your best camping tip? There were great answers - good weather, lots of firewood, great friends, don't set your tent down on an ant hill. And then I piped up with don't forget baby wipes! That's when it occurred to me that people without babies might not understand just how valuable baby wipes can be. We haven't had little boys in diapers in about 3 years now, but we always have baby wipes on hand, especially when we go camping.
My kids love postcards. I mean they LOVE postcards! When we are camping they always looking for postcards to buy. And I love that this is their thing. I think postcards can capture memories of a moment almost as well as a personal photo. And since our oldest son, Austin, learned to write a few years ago, I started encouraging him to turn over his newly purchase cards and jot something down about that day. Now we have memories of penmanship and adorable spelling errors included in those memories. The only downside of their obsession is that I find postcards in the most random places throughout the house and even worse they get ripped or bent from being put in a bad place. So my challenge was to create a SIMPLE solution for our old postcards and also our upcoming camping trips.