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About Me & My Family

My family have been full-time RVer's, spending 5 years on the road traveling with my husband's job. Along the way, we have been blessed to have seen some really incredible places and one day hope to pick up where we left off.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, rowdy, disorganized, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
the Smokies!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Do we have to choose only one?
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Redwoods in Northern California
Favorite Vacation Memory
A camping trip to Assateague Island National Seashore was unforgettable.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
The same vacation that is now our favorite was also our worst.
Websites I Like:
www.thetravelingpraters.com

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January 25 2011
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Chattahoochee Nature Center | kids travel, kids activities
Chattahoochee Nature Center
9135 Willeo Road,
Roswell,
Georgia 30075
"A Reprieve from the Busy City"
My family traveled to Atlanta with my husband on business. While he worked, the kids and I played. We stayed at a hotel in nearby Roswell and were pleased to discover the Chattahoochee Nature Center just minutes from our hotel- a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city.
 
 
January 25 2011
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Russell Cave National Monument | kids travel, kids activities
Russell Cave National Monument
Russell Cave National Monument,
3729 County Road 98 ,
Bridgeport,
Alabama 35740
"A Hidden Gem"
Russell Cave seems to be an attraction that we just can't get enough of. We've found ourselves stopping on several occasions when we've been in the area.

A fan of National Parks and Historic Sites, this National Monument doesn't disappoint as long as you aren't expecting a cave that you can climb around in. Visitors are only permitted inside the mouth of the cave.

Your visit will begin at the Visitors Center (which seem to have some of the cleanest restrooms I've ever seen) where you will be able to spend a few minutes viewing the small museum collections that are on display. You'll also be able to watch a short (less than 10 minutes long) film that will give you a brief history of the cave and the nomadic people that once called the area home.

Leaving the Visitors Center, you will be able to walk along a boardwalk (handicap and stroller accessible) a short distance to the mouth of the cave. You'll find a ranger nearby to give a short presentation and to answer any questions that you may have. There are also various demonstrations at different times and events throughout the year.

On the way back to the Visitors Center you will see a trail off the boardwalk that is labeled Nature Trail. A word of caution: though the trail is less than 2 miles in length, it is steep going up and coming back down. It is also paved and can be very slippery in damp weather. The trail is mentioned and reccommened in the Falcon Guide: Alabama Hikes and I have to say that after walking along the trail this past fall, I have to agree. Just make sure you have plenty of water.

Back at the parking lot, you'll find plenty of picnic tables where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch or snack.

This was a great stop for our entire family. Don't forget to take your camera- nature photographers will love this attraction that is also listed on the North Alabama Birding Trail.
 
 
January 25 2011
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Huntsville Botanical Garden | kids travel, kids activities
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue ,
Huntsville,
Alabama 35805
"The Huntsville Botanical Garden, Fun for all Ages"
From the Childrens Garden to the indoor butterfly pavilion to the wonderful seasonal displays, there is always something going on at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

Our family enjoys visiting so often that we've purchased an annual pass. Highlights include the annual Scarecrow Trail, where various clubs and businesses in the community decorate a scarecrow to display. This year the garden added a fun hay bale sculptures to the mix. We also enjoy the Galaxy of Lights during the Christmas season.

For those of you with four-legged fur babies, you may enjoy knowing that the garden hosts dog days during select days in January and February where Fido is welcome to accompany you.

My teens suggest the Childrens Garden for kids of all ages, as they enjoyed relaxing in the huge Adirondack chairs and running through the dinosaur area.

Make sure that you have your camera handy, you're guaranteed to get some great shots!
 
 
January 25 2011
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Helen Keller Birthplace | kids travel, kids activities
Helen Keller Birthplace
300 North Commons St.,
Tuscumbia,
Alabama 35674
"A True Inspiration"
Since we are a home school family, we try to work many of our outings around a lesson of some sort. In preparation for our visit to Ivy Green we watched The Miracle Worker and I assigned my teenagers to read a few books about Helen Keller. We only went with one family so we didn't qualify for a group discount, but flashing our AAA card saved us a few dollars.

The entire tour is short and doesn't take much time. You could expect to do the tour and see everything on the grounds in less than an hour. My children were inspired to learn that she was able to overcome the severe disabilities that she had and consider her and her teacher, Anne Sullivan a true inspiration.

Don't miss the water pump where the miracle breakthrough occurred or the 'moon tree' that grows on the grounds.

Big Spring Park is nearby and a great place to stop before or after your tour for a picnic lunch and is sure to be a hit with younger kids.