Get in touch with nature at Enota Mountain Retreat

Cradled in the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains and just a short 25 minute drive north of Helen, Georgia, is Enota Mountain Retreat.  This nature preserve offers a variety of camp sites, rv sites, and cabins. What adds to its beauty and allure is that it is located near...

The Smokies – A peak outdoor adventure

One of our favorite places to spend time is in the mountains.  Any mountains.  While our trips to the Rocky Mountains have been breathtaking with gorgeous views of of their much younger, majestic peaks, there are different, breathtaking views and many adventures awaiting in the Smokies. The Great Smoky Mountains...

It’s the end of the road…in Key West

For pleasure or fun, relaxation or rum, there’s one place you must run to enjoy the warm sun, it’s the southernmost tip with views second to none. But drivers beware, there’s no easy way there, you’ll find bridge after bridge after bridge. Along the journey crocodiles you may see and...

Fury 325 Opens With a Bang

The much anticipated day has finally arrived and Fury 325 officially opens!  With a big bang, I might add.  But first, let’s back up a moment and start from the beginning. The grand opening of the world’s tallest and fastest traditional-lift roller coaster conveniently fell on 3/25/2015.  While the day...

Harry Potter Strikes Again

From a successful book series to a successful movie series and then on to a successful themed area in an amusement park, few have captivated people around the world like Harry Potter. In early Summer 2010, Islands of Adventure opened a new themed area, Wizarding World of Harry Parter –...

Winter in the Carolinas

When most people think of winter, visions of snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures flow through their heads.  As you are probably aware, I’m not like most people, so my visions are filled with amusement parks and roller coasters!  “How is that?” you ask.   Thanks to American Coaster Enthusiasts...

The Best Camping Services

As we welcome in the new year I am starting a new tradition;  our own ‘best of’ list.  It’s not a traditional best of list focused on the prior year, rather it focuses on our nine years of camping experience encompassing over 120,000 miles on the road in our RV...

The [not quite] Happiest Place on Earth

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is comprised of four different amusement parks, each of which are in the top 10 list of most visited amusement parks in the world.  Thanks in part to the brand and image that Disney has built, it is often touted as the happiest...

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  • CoasterMania 2011
    It’s late spring in northern Ohio.  The leaves are fresh on the trees, the grass is green, and the aroma of funnel cake is in …
  • Spring for a great adventure
    My family was in the mood for something fun and exciting to do for Spring Break this year so we loaded up the RV for …