Posts

Hot Springs National Park Hot Springs National Park October 24, 2021 While Hot Springs originally seemed a bit out of reach (13 hours from Charlotte), we seized the chance to stop by on our way to Greg’s family reunion in Tennessee. In the interest of gaining more states on our scratch-off map, we planned a circuitous route going from Charlotte -> Atlanta -> Birmingham -> Memphis …

Hot Springs National Park Read More »

Acadia National Park acadia national park July 16, 2021 A couple months ago Gregory and I started chatting about Acadia over a second (third) cup of coffee on a quiet Shabbat afternoon. “Let’s run up there this summer!” we enthused. “We’ll drive overnight and spend a long weekend. Easy!” It became a fun game to work out how we could take our family of …

acadia national park Read More »

virgin islands April 4, 2021 We celebrated our tenth anniversary in March with a spectacular trip to the Virgin Islands national park on St. John. Admittedly it wasn’t the most romantic trip, since we were covered in children the entire time, but since I am nursing Rachel and needed to keep her with me, we decided to make it a …

virgin islands Read More »

everglades / biscayne / dry tortugas cont’d January 13, 2021 If you’ve talked to us recently and we’ve been like “tortugastortugastortugas,” it’s because visiting Dry Tortugas National Park is a big accomplishment. It’s one of the most inaccessible parks, requiring a 2.5hr ferry or (shorter) seaplane ride to get there. Now that we’ve gone halfway to Cuba and back, we feel like a REAL national …

everglades / biscayne / dry tortugas cont’d Read More »

everglades / biscayne / dry tortugas January 12, 2021 Date: December 22-24Difficulty: 10 (out of 10) What is the most adventurous thing we could do with our 2-month old, we said to ourselves. Well, let’s do a whirlwind 8-day trip that will take us 70 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, deep into the heart of the Everglades, and across Biscayne Bay, involving 40 …

everglades / biscayne / dry tortugas Read More »

great smoky mountains November 12, 2020 Date: August 27, 2020Difficulty: 8 out of 10 On our way home from Tennessee (see berry adventure #10) at the end of August, we visited our fifth national park, the Great Smoky Mountains. We’ve driven through this park on the NC/TN border many times but never stopped to explore it. Greg chose a place called …

great smoky mountains Read More »

mammoth cave November 9, 2020 Date: August 25, 2020Difficulty: 4 (out of 10) Catching up on posts from the summer: one of our annual trips is an easy drive out to Fairfield Glade, TN for a few days with Greg’s side of the family, and this year we combined it with a visit to Mammoth Cave National Park in KY. …

mammoth cave Read More »

shenandoah September 5, 2020 Date: August 9-11, 2020Difficulty: 5 (out of 10) So there we were, hiking around the Virginia mountains with our four children – and the fifth one at 33 weeks gestation. I was supposed to be relaxing at the Grove Park Spa, lounging around in a fluffy robe or giggling in the hot tub with my …

shenandoah Read More »

congaree July 20, 2020 Date: July 19, 2020 Difficulty: 5 (out of 10) First National Park of the year!! As places start to reopen, we finally had the chance to visit a national park this past weekend. The closest one to Charlotte is Congaree National Park in Columbia SC, about 2 hours south of us. At this point we …

congaree Read More »

cuyahoga valley November 19, 2019 With the state park challenge over, it seems that we need a new project. Should it be national parks? There are 61 official “national parks” in the United States (although there is a movement in the park community to disregard the 61st park, established by President Obama, as it is entirely man made). This number …

cuyahoga valley Read More »