Be a Junior Ranger at a National Park

The U.S. National Park Service offers a self-directed educational program for children visiting the parks.   Children ages 3-13 are invited by the park service to observe the park’s natural environment, learn ways to preserve it, and pass this knowledge to others.   Junior Ranger requirements are that children attend a guided park program (or…

Packing List for Car Camping with a Child

Packing List for Car Camping with a Child Are you a last minute packer, or a pack-ahead kind of camper?  I like to pack ahead, generally over-pack, then spend days trying to take things out of the pile so I will travel lighter.  Regardless, using a packing list is helpful for guidance.  I have been…

Travel Journaling

My grandmother wrote travel journals on international trips to Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Africa.  These journals are still around, dating back to the 1960’s, and contain accounts of her day, meals, and impressions of the culture, along with tips on the best seat choice for flying in a 747, notes about respecting people’s differences, and packing…