Our First RV Trip: Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga West KOA

I won’t say that everything that could go wrong did, because I can think of an awful lot of things that could have gone wrong and didn’t (for which I’m grateful)…..but a lot of things went wrong. And it was still pretty fun! So, yay–first trip with the trailer=success(ful enough that we don’t want to sell the thing yet)! We … Continue reading

What We Did Last Weekend

This lives in our driveway now. It’s huge, isn’t it?! We didn’t exactly mean to get something so big. But, well, there are a lot of us, and some of us are quite tall, and that really limited our options. I’ll talk more about how we decided on something so freakin’ big in a different post. In this one, I’ll … Continue reading

Big Blue and Travel Trailer Talk

That’s some serious alliteration I’ve got going on up there! I’m in the middle of planning out school for the kids for the year, so that’s probably why. We’re spending these last days of summer (for Dave goes back for pre-planning Tuesday of next week) swimming, sitting in our air conditioning, painting Abe’s room (previews on Instagram, but I was … Continue reading

Seven Things to Do in Santa Cruz, CA with Kids

I don’t want to brag or anything, but I recently returned from a trip to California in which I survived not just one….not just two…but FOUR airplane flights. Like, not a single one of them crashed! I’m pretty sure that’s some kind of record. So, yeah, the least fun parts of our trip were the flying parts, but all the … Continue reading

Getting the Whole Group Together for National Vacation Rental Month with Wyndham Vacation Rentals

  Hey, guess what?! July is National Vacation Rental Month, and Wyndham Vacation Rentals is having a month long celebration; find out how to enter to win your own road trip getaway at the bottom of this post.  I had no idea this was a thing until recently, but it makes a lot of sense, because July is when everyone’s … Continue reading

Pigeon Forge/Great Smoky Mountains Trip, Part 3: Laurel Falls, Gatlinburg, Cades Cove, etc.

The last full day of our trip was was Ari’s 14th birthday. And mostly what 14 year olds want to do for their birthdays is hike to waterfalls. So that’s what we did to start the day. I’d read that the Laurel Falls trail was a good one for kids; it’s pretty short, at around 2 1/2 miles round trip … Continue reading

Titanic Museum: Pigeon Forge/Great Smoky Mountains Trip, Part 2

When we left off, we had just had dinner in Pigeon Forge and were about to head off to the Titanic Museum, billed as “the world’s largest Titanic museum attraction,” to finish the evening. I was very curious about this place. Nearly all the blog reports I could find were from people who got comp tickets. Not that there’s anything … Continue reading

Pigeon Forge/Great Smoky Mountains Trip, Part 1

Hey, it’s hiking week here at Boxy Colonial! (Next week really should be bathroom week. We’re working hard to make it so). (So I know there have been a lot of travel posts lately. I don’t really see an end in sight for this, as we have a lot of trips planned for the next….umm, the rest of our lives? … Continue reading

A Visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

Want to see more travel posts? I started a new blog just about travel: Boxy Colonial on the Road A couple of weeks ago, Dave’s friend from college/best man from our wedding, Matt, came for a visit. We tried to think of a very Atlanta thing to do while he was here (he’d never been here before, except very briefly … Continue reading