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Note from the Richardson Tribe:
Welcome to PB&J
Adventures. We are an extremely curious family of
six that enjoys exploring, playing, and learning. We
have always made an effort to go somewhere and do
something as often as possible, leaving the house,
chores, and everyday worries behind.
Initially our adventures lasted only a day, so we
would pack a lunch, often PB&J sandwiches (which
inspired the name of our adventures). Sometimes the
adventures were framed by an event like a fair or
festival, however, most adventures were based on
local places, their unique history or features, and
any available activities at that location or in the
immediate area (we do, after all, have children).
Eventually the adventures became a major part of our
lives, sometimes lasting several days at a time. In
2007, we began documenting our adventures on a
Much to our surprise, many friends and family
members wanted to experience their own adventures or
join us for ours. Such was the inspiration for this
mission is to make the planning of your adventures
easy and predictable. We have done the research and
have personally visited and reviewed all listed
sites. The PB&J Adventures website features detailed
information about places to go and things to do.
Destination reviews include lots of pictures,
campground or lodging details, fun and educational
things to do in the vicinity, dates of local events,
maps for directions, links to official websites and
reservations, and most importantly, a personal
account of a local adventure by a real family.
you enjoy the website, and we sincerely hope your
family experiences the same benefits we have. If you
have questions about any of the sites or events we
Thanks for visiting PB&J Adventures.
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Up The Creek RV Camp - A New Favorite In Pigeon
Forge, Tennessee -
Up The Creek RV Camp is located
off Wears Valley Road just minutes from the bustling
Pigeon Forge strip. The "RV camp" is convenient to all
the tourist attractions, yet the setting is extremely
quiet and peaceful. You might notice they don't all it a
campground, and they don't call it an RV park either.
It's called an "RV camp." That term is very fitting.
Up The Creek RV Camp is bordered by two creeks: Waldens
Creek to the north, and Cove Creek to the south. Both
creeks flow very nicely providing a constant relaxing
ambiance. This was most assuredly a Native American camp
at some time in the past. The conditions are just
perfect. We chose the RV sites to the south because
there is nothing but a large grassy field on the
opposite side of the creek. Honestly though, there is
really not a bad site in the park.
With regards to amenities,
other than those at your RV site, there are none. There
is no bath house, no laundry, no game room, no pavilion,
no hay rides, no organized "children's activities, and
no playground. To some, the lack of these features is an
issue. For us (other than the laundry) we think this
part of the park's appeal. For instance, while there are
certainly kids in the park, the place isn't swarming
with them. Also, the lack of activities and amenities
forces families to enjoy the creeks and open play areas
more. At any rate, this is Pigeon Forge, so If you get
bored, simply hop in the car and within minutes you can
be doing about anything your heart desires.
Over the years, we have stayed at about half a dozen RV
parks and campgrounds in this area. Up The Creek RV Camp
is now our favorite. We can't wait to come back in
warmer weather so we can search the creeks for fossils,
artifacts, and gemstones.
A rustic old camp is the theme...
...but the luxury RV sites tell
more pictures, details, and a recent "Adventure
Journal" entry, visit our dedicated
Up The Creek RV Camp page.
A Dollywood Christmas - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
If you follow the Richardson Tribe, you know we love
the great outdoors, nature, and camping. An
amusement park might seem a bit out of place in our
list of favorite destinations, but...
According to the kids, they're favorite place to
visit during the Christmas holiday is
Dollywood. It's understandable. Dollywood has tons of Christmas decorations,
shows, and music. Add to that dozens of amusement rides and games, crisp cool
Smoky Mountain air, and a real steam locomotive, and the environment is perfect
for unlimited holiday fun.
The park's general theme, besides the affiliation with Dolly Parton,
country charm. It's not a put-on. Folks that work here are typically real
southerners, and in some cases, related to Dolly herself. There are numerous
shops that sell the work of local artisans including leather goods, musical
instruments, and candles. There is also a blacksmith demonstrating his
Regarding amusement rides, there is a surprising variety from
spinning tea cups to monster roller coasters. Most of the fast rides have
cameras stationed at the most scary parts to capture your worst, most terrified
expressions. Here we are riding the Mystery Mine, and Heath's expression
is that of absolute terror. The funny thing is, after the ride was over, the
first words out of his mouth were "let's do it again!"
There are many impressive things about Dollywood, but the park's
cleanliness and staff's professionalism are perhaps the most obvious. Everyone
seems to have a job to do, and they do it with a smile.
Dollywood is located in a very popular area on the Tennessee side of
the Smoky Mountains National Park. Pigeon Forge and nearby Gatlinburg are known
for their musical and comedy shows, go carts, helicopter rides, museums,
miniature golf, candy shops, rock shops, and pretty much anything related to
tourists and the Smoky Mountains. There is an awesome aquarium in Gatlinburg
that must be mentioned.
When visiting Dollywood, we
typically RV camp at nearby Townsend KOA. It's far enough away from the crowds
to be peaceful, but near enough to be convenient. The campground has lots of
activities for the kids (although limited this time of year), and the riverside campsites are very
picturesque (but narrow). We'll be reviewing another area campground soon,
so check back after the first of the year!
For more about Dollywood,
The Biltmore Estate - Asheville,
As we approach the holiday season, we
have been talking about our favorite places to visit
this time of year. Topping the list is the Biltmore
Estate. Here's a little about the place.
located in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville,
North Carolina. The home was built between 1889 and
1895 as a summer home by George Vanderbilt, one of
the wealthiest men in the world at the time. Over
the course of six years, hundreds of designers,
architects, artisans and craftsmen were employed to
complete the 135,000 square foot chateau. The home
features 250 rooms, an indoor lighted pool, a
two-lane bowling alley, a work-out room, an intercom
system, elaborate horse stables, and hundreds of
priceless antiques, artworks, and various other
Visiting the home is a memorable experience (and you
will have to remember it, because no
interior photography is allowed). The adult
admission (as of 01/01/2011) is $75 which seems a
bit steep, but Kids nine and under are free. That
makes it a decent value for a large family,
especially considering it's an all day event.
In addition to the home's lavish interior, the
grounds are breathtaking. The landscape was designed
Frederick Law Olmsted, the architect of New
York's Central Park. Plush gardens and native flora
and fauna abound throughout the 8.000 acre estate.
Keep in mind, landscaping was completed in the
1890s, so much of the shrubbery is very very old and
massive. The "tree trunks" you see in the image to
the right is wisteria.
Also on the estate is
Antler Hill Village that hosts a winery, shops, and
farm (including a petting zoo). Honestly, the farm
is the biggest hit with the kids. The animals are
very friendly, as is the staff. The old barn at the
Biltmore farm has been restored and features a black
smith and wood artisan demonstrating their craft.
Additionally, the barn is a sort of museum
displaying dozens of old farm implements. The
highly-rated winery features a tour and tasting
The Biltmore Estate
caters to active families by providing miles of
biking and walking paths. Bikes can be rented
on-site. Additionally, visitors can enjoy exclusive
activities such as a Land Rover driving experience
or an off-road Segway tour.
If you're considering a stay at Biltmore Estate,
there are cottages and an Inn (starting
around $480 per night for two) on the property. No,
you cannot stay in the "big house." We typically
stay on Jonathon Creek in our RV in nearby Maggie
Valley for about $33 per night.
In summary, the Biltmore Estate is a wonderful place
to take the family. The kids will be remarkably
entertained, even in the house. Our best advice,
however, is to arrive early and plan on staying the
entire day. You will not be disappointed.
For more information including dozens of photos,
The home's exterior details are
The landscaping is unbelievable!
The farm animals are huggable!
Adventure Journal -
Hillcrest Farms, Ellijay, Georgia -
It's the time of
year that the apple trees begin to produce heavily in
Ellijay, Georgia. The Richardson Tribe makes a tradition of
visiting Ellijay at least once or twice every autumn. It's a
pretty drive, and local apples are always better than those
foreign jobs. This year we decided to make the visit more
fun for the kids. We'd heard about Hillcrest Orchards from
friends, and decided it was a place we needed to visit.
When we arrived,
we paid the admission fee and began the adventure. There was
a pair of musicians playing bluegrass music on the stage
near the entrance, so we sat and listened to them for a
while. They were exceptional. It didn't take long for the
kids to notice the milking cow. Each took their turn milking
before we boarded a covered wagon for a tour of the orchard.
The wagon ride
was fun. We wound through the rows of trees, crossed a creek
of sorts, and admired the north Georgia countryside. We
ended-up at a miniature golf course, but the kids were eager
to try out some of the things they'd seen on the ride. We
rode back to the main play area, and the kids proceeded to
have a blast. They raced each other in the pedal carts,
checked-out every playground feature, and spent a lot of
time in the petting farm. Most activities are free once
you're in, but the petting zoo and bungee jump thing are
One event we
enjoyed (and participated in) is the pig race. Rebecca and I
were "volunteered" to race two other couples around a track
on a stick horse wearing pig noses and squealing. Then they
turned the real pigs loose. It's pretty funny to watch, and
the hosts get the kids involved in the whole process. I
think our kids enjoyed seeing us race more than the actual
We went through
the moonshine museum and did a few other fun things before
ordering up a meal at in the concession area. We followed up
our meal with some goodies from the ice cream shop before
buying a big bag of apples and heading home. Altogether, we
spent around four hours at Hillcrest Orchards, and didn't
even take advantage of the "pick your own apples" part of
the visit. We were too pooped to pick by then!
In summary, we
really enjoyed our afternoon at Hillcrest Farms. There are a
few minor maintenance issues with the playground and
facilities, but it's easy to overlook those while you're
having a blast!
Click here for more about Hillcrest Orchards.
Pickin' and Grinnin'
Pedal Carts were a hit!
- What's The Point?
Once again, the wonderful camping and hiking at
Desoto State Park have brought us back to the Alabama
side of Lookout Mountain. We were excited to see
Little River Canyon Center offering a day of free flint
knapping classes. Flint knapping is the process of making
tools from a type of rock called flint. The flint knapping
process was used for centuries before the development of
metal tools. Our ancestors used the technique to make
knives, scrapers, spear heads, and arrow heads. The term
"point" refers to sharpened rocks used for knives,
arrowheads, and spears.
particular adventure we were camping with friends,
so we called ahead to verify a group of ten could be
accommodated. Not only did they welcome us, they
pretty much gave us a private lesson. We were
especially fortunate to have Ranger Larry Beene as
our instructor. It's very obvious he's an expert. He
can make a pretty decent point in just minutes. He
showed us how to use small stones and deer antlers
to slowly and accurately push flakes from the rocks,
shaping them as desired. He makes it look a lot
easier than it really is.
Ranger Beene also explained the safety procedures
for Knapping. The shards of flint that flake off the
rock are razor sharp, and can hurt really bad if you
step on them. He taught us to always contain the
flakes. John Micah learned the hard way that the
piece he was working on was very sharp too when he
cut his hand. He was very mature about it.
Ranger Beene also explained how one could easily
create a false archaeological site by leaving
remnants lying on the ground. So again, the message
is "clean up!"
While we all experienced a certain
degree of success while flint knapping, I have to
mention John Micah's natural ability. Check out the
point he made (right)! For more information
about the Little River Canyon Center including more
pictures and details,
Ranger Larry Beene instructs the
John Micah proudly displays his
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