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Hello! A friend of mine sent me a link to your Salt Springs, Florida page, and as I looked around the page and your site, I loved what I saw. I have just created my first bookmark for camping locations and your site is it. thanks for all the great reviews and information on locations.
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My family will be taking our FIRST trip to Fort Mountain over Labor Day weekend, thanks to ya'll! We are very excited. Thanks for a great website!
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I absolutely love your website. We have a travel trailer that we've had a little less than a year. We are still pretty new to camping with our travel trailer. We are going to Tannehill this weekend. We live in Prattville, Alabama and love that you have so much information on campgrounds close by. It is frustrating that so many campgrounds have very little info and pictures on their website. I've marked you in my favorites and plan on using it as a tool to plan upcoming trips. We have three kids and the information and pictures you provide really help us to decide what is a good place for our family. Thanks so much!
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"What a great website! We are new to RVing, and are leaving south Florida in the next day or two. You go to a lot of the places we will be visiting. Thanks for your guides. Here we go....
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"Thanks so much for the article on the Crooked River State Park and Cumberland Island area! We just enjoyed a fun filled week! We saw so much wild life. We were close to the Okefenokee, Cumberland Island, St. Mary's, and too much more to mention! The park was super clean and the campsites were large. We definitely plan to go again! Thanks again!"
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"I wish I had many hours to sit here and read every piece of information and every adventure on your site! I love it and hope that I can visit/camp at some of the places the Richardson Tribe has ventured to!"
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I really appreciate your website. Your descriptions and pictures are so helpful in deciding our next place to visit. We had been considering Desoto (State Park) as our next camping trip, and your website, I think, has sealed the deal.

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 A 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).

The Richardson Tribe - Hosts of PB&J Adventures

 

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 family website. 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 website.

 

Our 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.

 

We hope 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 recommend, please contact us

Thanks for visiting PB&J Adventures.
 

The Richardson Tribe

 

 

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Amicalola Falls State Park
Beaches of South Walton
Berry College
Big Kahunas Water Park
Biltmore Estate
Blairsville, town of
Callaway Gardens 
Cataloochee Ski Area
Cave Spring, Georgia
Cedar Creek Park
Charlestown State Park 
Chattahoochee Bend State Park
Chattanooga Zoo 
Chehaw Park
Cherry Hill Park Campground 
Chester Frost Park
Chieftains Museum
Cloudland Canyon State Park
Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort
Cohutta Wilderness
Consolidated Gold Mine
Cumberland Island
Dauset Trails Nature Center
Desoto State Park
Disney's Fort Wilderness
Doll Mountain Campground
Dollywood
Dunnaway Gap
Enota Mountain Retreat
Etowah Indian Mounds
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Florala State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
F.D. Roosevelt State Park
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Georgia Veterans State Park
Gold N Gem Grubbin'
Helen, Alpine Village
Heritage Park Bike Path
James H.Floyd State Park
James Island County Park 
Jellystone Park
John Tanner Park
Lake Allatoona
Lake Sidney Lanier
Lake Winnepesaukah
Little River Canyon Center
Live Oak Landing
Lula Lake Land Trust
Mammoth Cave National Park
McIntosh Reserve
McKinney Campground
Moto Mountain ATV Park
New Echota Cherokee Capitol
Old Stone Fort State Park
Noccalula Falls Park
Pine Mountain RV Park
Red Top Mountain State Park
Ridge Ferry Park
Rock Town - Pigeon Mountain
Rocky Mountain Rec. Area
Rolater Park
Rome, Georgia
Salt Springs Recreation Area
Silver Springs, Florida
Stone Mountain. Park
Tannehill  State Park
Tellus Science Museum
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
The Southern Museum
Townsend KOA
Townsend, town of
Up The Creek RV  Camp
US Space and Rocket Center
Vogel State Park
Wild Animal Safari
World of Coke
 

 

 

 

 
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Up The Creek RV Camp - A New Favorite In Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - More  

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. We still love rockhounding!

 


A rustic old camp is the theme...

 


...but the luxury RV sites tell another story

For lots 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, is southern 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 trade.


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, click here.







 

 


 

The Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC - More
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.

 

 


The Biltmore Estate is 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 furnishings.

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 by 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 session.
 

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, click here.

 



The home's exterior details are remarkable.

 


The landscaping is unbelievable!

 


The farm animals are huggable!


 

Adventure Journal - Hillcrest Farms, Ellijay, Georgia - More

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 additional.

 

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 pigs.

 

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'
 


Making friends

 


Pedal Carts were a hit!

 


 

Adventure Journal - What's The Point?   More
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.
 

On this 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, click here.

 


Ranger Larry Beene instructs the Richardson Tribe



John Micah proudly displays his point.

 

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