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.
Destination/Event of the Week:
Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville, Georgia
Mountain Music Series - Saturdays through July.
Come spend the evening, day, maybe the entire weekend!
Every Saturday night through the month of July, Red Top
Mountain will host a variety of bands performing traditional
Bring a lawn chair, sit back, relax, and listen to the
beautiful sounds of stringed instruments like mandolins,
dulcimers, guitars, and fiddles. The park is on Lake
Allatoona, and has a top rated campground if you're
interested in making a weekend of it. Great fishing
and great music go together! $5 parking fee.
More about Red Top Mountain State Park...
A different band will perform each Saturday
at Red Top Mountain State Park through July.
Historical Site - Calhoun, Georgia
New Echota, founded in 1825, was the first and final
capitol of the "unified" Cherokee Nation. The park, now
a Georgia Historical Site, is located just off
Interstate 75 on highway 225, about an hour north of
Atlanta. Here, in what quickly became a bustling little town, hopes of a
sovereign government for the Cherokee were both
nurtured, then extinguished. Here is where the
leaders of a nation of proud immigrants signed a treaty
that surrendered their land to a new breed of
Yes, you read that right; the Cherokee were
immigrants. Cherokee migrated from the north and nudged the Muscogee
(Creek) Nation to the south and west. The Cherokee migrated
south for the same reasons so many other northerners do:
a warmer climate, and seemingly abundant natural resources (and a
retreat from the European invasion). In 1825, the well
armed and aggressive European immigrants were moving
south at a rapid pace.
The landscape and structures of New Echota
capture a key period in the history of the Cherokee. A place
where they almost overcame (or assimilated). They had a
government very similar to the United States: a
constitution, a written language, and, as a nation, a
relative amount of wealth. There were those that opposed
their "progress" and newly adopted European characteristics.
The opposition came from the newly-formed state of Georgia,
the US government, and a good number of the Cherokee
themselves. When the "friendly" European visitors discovered
gold within Cherokee territory, the onslaught began. The end
to any hope of peacefully coexisting with the white settlers
To make a long story short, the Cherokee leaders signed a
treaty that either forsook their brethren, or the chieftains
sacrificed their own lives for the sake of their people.
They were outnumbered and outgunned. What choice did they
have? President Andrew Jackson had ignored the Supreme
Court's decision to let the Cherokee keep their land, and it
would be taken either by force or coercion.
New Echota was the capitol of the
Cherokee Nation prior to the Trail of Tears
The first newspaper in the region was one
published here in both Cherokee and English.
Cumberland Island features a
canopy of live oak trees that provide an almost
Island - Georgia
Cumberland Island is
Georgia's Southern-most barrier island. Once privately
owned, most of the island is now a National Seashore
managed by the National Parks Service. The only way for
the public to access the island is by a single ferry
that departs from the dock in St. Marys 2-3 times a day,
six days a week.
The ferry stops at two locations on the Southwestern
side of the island. The first stop includes a very
informative history lesson in the form of an interactive
tour. The guide has spent most of her life on the island
studying its unusual history. The second stop is for
campers, but if you want a bike, this is the place (good
The 17 mile-long island is
almost completely undeveloped, and there are no
automobiles available for rent. If you come to the
island and want to cover it from one end to the other,
plan on tent camping for no less than 2-3 nights. It's a
half-day hike to the interior of the island, but well
worth it I'm sure (we never made it).
If you want to visit this pristine island in comfort,
Greyfield Inn bed
and breakfast can accommodate, but this is no low budget
inn. You'll have to call for current rates:
Toll Free 866-401-8581
There is NEVER a crowd and wildlife abounds!
Sunset from the ferry on our return to St. Marys
Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park
- Jacksonville, Alabama
Choccolocco Mountain Off Road Park is
located in Jacksonville, Alabama just minutes from
Jacksonville State University. Choccolocco Mountain
is a differnt kind of destination. It's dirty,
dusty, and muddy (all at once). The campground isn't
much to admire, but it gets the job done. The
playground is just so-so but features a kiddy size
zip-line. The facilities are minimal. But hey, it's
People that come here don't come for
the luxury of an RV resort. People come here to play
in the dirt. Choccolocco Mountain is covered with
off road vehicle (ORV) trails, some easy, some
treacherous. It's not a place to take your family
sedan, that's for sure. Many of the trails require
full roll cages and recovery gear. They all require
a signature from each participant, driver and rider
alike, releasing the owner of all liability. If you
go to the park, make sure to pay close attention to
the maps. If possible, get in with a group of other
off roaders that are familiar with the trails. It is
possible to go somewhere that's hard to get out of.
Now, with that said, we did observe a
wide variety of off road vehicles playing there -
from hard-core rock crawlers to stock Jeeps. There's
a little something for everyone. Be aware that the
trails are not one way, so you will meet other rigs.
Fortunately, most off roaders here are moving quite
The campground is basically the
perimeter of a large rock parking lot on top of a
hill. There are electric and water hookups, fire
rings, and the view is beautiful, but don't expect
an RV resort. It can be dusty when people are coming
and going, but not terribly bad.
Will we be back? Well duh!
Click here for more details and dozens of trail and
Choccolocco Mountain ORV Park is a popular gathering
place for off roaders.
The view from our Polaris Ranger occasionally made
our adrenaline pump!