2015-02: Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

Jennifer and I wanted to get away for the president’s day weekend.  Normally, this is a snowboarding weekend, but we decided to make it a little getaway.  We were not really sure where to go, as the weather was not ideal, so we thought we’d try a couple nights in the cold camping in NARV at Skidaway Island State Park, near Savannah. We drove up Thursday morning, checked into the campground, then headed out to dinner at Sweet Spice Restaurant, which was highly recommended on Yelp.  After dinner we headed downtown to partake in a midnight ghost walking tour of Savannah with Blue Orb.  The tour was quite interesting, as it focused more on the history and facts, rather than just telling ghost stories. Friday we signed up for a trolley tour of the city, to get our bearings on what was where.  It was one of the hop on/hop …keep reading …

2015-01: Grandfather Campground, Banner Elk, North Carolina

We headed north from Rockledge on Saturday at about 5AM, arriving in Boone at 3:30.  We stopped by FirstTrax to pickup a rental for Donavin and they had exactly ONE board left.  Everyone, everywhere was sold out…not a good sign. Sunday morning, we woke up at 7AM and started on breakfast; burritos.  Made some spam for the boys to taste, because they never had it before.  We cleaned up then headed up to Beech Mountain Resort.  While Donavin was taking lessons, Brandon, Trevor and I did a few laps on the Oz run.  When Donavin met back up with us, he headed right up on the greens and blues and did great. Due to the crowds, we headed back to the campground to make an early dinner.  When we arrived, it was DESTROYED.  Apparently winds picked up our tent, with everything inside and tossed it around the campground.  A neighboring …keep reading …

2014-12: Grandfather Campground, Banner Elk, North Carolina

We left Florida on Friday for our first snowboarding and camping adventure.  We left as soon as Brandon wrapped up his semester exams and drove until 11:30.  We stayed the first night at the Holiday Inn Express in Hickory, which was a 5K PointsBreak® hotel, making it basically free. I set the alarm for 6AM on Saturday so that we would have enough time to eat breakfast and get to Sugar Mountain Resort before they opened.  We all dressed into our ski clothes and checked out.  I had set the GPS to Banner Elk, so it took us a new way, through Morgonton.  We still arrived right before 9AM and were able to get a pretty good parking spot.  Ryan signed up for lessons, while Brandon, Trevor and I did a couple runs.  We started out on the Green, but headed up quickly to try out the new run.  It …keep reading …

2011-10: St. Augustine KOA, Florida

While it took a ton of convincing, we finally got Paul to go camping.  Even in a tent.  The KOA at St. Augustine beach was our destination. Three families caravanned their way from Brevard to St. Augustine on Friday evening.  We arrived late, because we forgot a few supplies that we had to pick up along the way.  Tents were setup by lantern light, but we managed. For each meal we assigned it to a family to be responsible for.  Our dinner was the first night which consisted of BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, beans, and pasta salad.  The grill on the campsite was less than ideal, so it too quite a while. On the second day, I woke up pretty early and got water and coffee on the stove.  The McGees were assigned breakfast today and they made french toast and sausage. After everyone ate and got ready …keep reading …