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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vacation Time!

It's Tuesday and Memorial Day weekend is over. Bummer. But it was a beautiful weekend and I got to spend some quality time with my family and get a lot done. However, I can't stop thinking about vacation time. It's the beginning of another summer and I have a strong urge to get away!

I realize times are tight for a lot of people right now so trying to figure out how to enjoy summer without breaking the bank seems like a daunting task. But there is always one inexpensive vacation that is not only healthy, but it is great for the entire family - CAMPING!!!!

Camping is one of my favorite ways to spend vacation. It's relaxing, brings you closer to nature and gives you many opportunities to be active.

Don't have a tent or RV? No problem. Try a camping cabin. They are only $40 per night in most parks and you don't have to own your own camping gear.

My version of a perfect camping day would be: wake up early with a cup of coffee; eat breakfast off the grill; go for a morning hike; eat lunch; afternoon bike ride; hit the park swimming pool; relax (maybe take a nap); eat dinner and roast marshmallows over a campfire; then check out the nightly events most campgrounds have to offer. Good times.

One of my favorite places to visit in Ohio is Hocking Hills It's amazing and the ammenities are amazing. Check your nearest park for details.

Another great park here in Ohio is Long's Retreat in Latham, Ohio ( It offers a swimming lake, water slide, indoor arcade, splash pad, go karts, basketball courts and other fun kid activities. It was like visiting a mini amusement park for a lot less money.

Also, check out the book Cooking on a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids by Linda White. I found it at my local library and it gave us some fun ideas for cooking over a campfire with kids.

So don't think you have to stay at home this year. Find a campground near you and stay for a night or a week. It's up to you, but make the most of your summer and have fun!

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