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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!
Joey and Family
 


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!"
Lee and Family
 


 

"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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I have really enjoyed your website! It is inspirational!

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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

 

 

Places to Go Quick Links

 
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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Beaches of South Walton
Callaway Gardens 
Chester Frost Park
Cumberland Island
Desoto State Park
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Fort Mountain State Park
James H.Floyd State Park
James Island County Park 
McKinney Campground

Click here for details about these and dozens of other awesome southeastern family outdoor destinations.
 

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PB&J Adventures' Wild West Tour 2014 - Part 7
2 adults, 4 kids, 1 cat, 20 states, 20 days  - Part 8 coming soon!

 

Day Seven - Cody, Wyoming - June 5, 2014
Today we did something we haven't done this entire trip: we stayed put. Well, we at least stayed in one town two nights in a row. There were several places we wanted to go and things we wanted to do in Cody. It was our first stay in a real western town, and we had some laundry to do. Life does go on...


Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Our original plan was to visit both the Buffalo Bill museum and the
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center at the site of a World War Two Japanese Internment Camp. By the time we were through with the Buffalo Bill museum, it was too late. This place is massive and actually houses five different museums under one roof:
 
    - Buffalo Bill Museum
    - Whitney Western Art Museum
    - Cody Firearms Museum
    - Draper Natural History Museum
    - Plains Indian Museum

If you plan to see it all in a single day, you might consider taking a break for lunch. We did!
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Plains Indians seem to have more elaborate
and decorative headdress and clothing than
did the eastern tribes.


 

PB&J Adventures' Wild West Tour 2014 - Part 6
2 adults, 4 kids, 1 cat, 20 states, 20 days

 

Day Six - Vore Buffalo Jump and Devils Tower
The travel day from Mount Rushmore to Cody, Wyoming brought more thrills and scary weather, but we enjoyed it just the same. We departed Mount Rushmore a little later than planned, but the travel to our first destination went quick and easy.
 


Vore Buffalo Jump

I personally had not heard of this place until this trip. Vore Buffalo Jump is a large sink hole located just off Interstate 90 about 1/2 hour west of Sturgis, SD. Over a period of about 300 years, various Native American tribes would stampede bison toward the hole, guiding many of the large beasts to their demise at the bottom of the pit. Here, the bison were used for their meat, skins, and bones. Very little of the animal was left unused. There are bones though. More bones than you can imagine, and they all tell a story.

Vore Buffalo Jump is an active archaeological site with a professor and several students excavating much of the time. We enjoyed walking through the small tee pee themed museum before descending into the pit and visiting with the archaeology students and a guide. The bones are packed in there, layer after layer. It's a very interesting place to visit, and learning about all the applications for Bison by products was educational. We wondered how the Native Americans had the knowledge to do all the amazing things they did to sustain themselves.
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To some, archaeologists have back-breaking
and boring jobs. We envy them!


 

PB&J Adventures' Wild West Tour 2014 - Part 5
2 adults, 4 kids, 1 cat, 20 states, 20 days 

 

Day Five - Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Needles Highway - South Dakota
Our fifth day was very long and eventful. The day started early, around 4:45 to be specific. We woke up to possibly the earliest sunrise we'd ever experienced at Cedar Pass Campgrounds in Badlands National Park. That was ok, because the sooner we got to Rapid City, the sooner the camper's driver side window would be. It was a temporary fix, but anything was better than cardboard.

 

Those Darned Elusive Presidents!
Our early start put us ahead of schedule, and we arrived at the Mount Rushmore National Monument by late morning. Unfortunately, the top of the mountain, including the carvings, was completely hidden by fog. According to the ranger we spoke to, the faces had only been visible a handful of days so far this season. Rebecca and the kids were very disappointed. We took the short hike to the base of the sculpture and peered up into the fog. Nothing! We kept hoping the fog would lift, but to no avail. Then, for a brief moment, we could see Washington, then Lincoln, but that was all, and they quickly disappeared again.
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Presidents hiding in the fog.


 

PB&J Adventures' Wild West Tour 2014 - Part 4
2 adults, 4 kids, 1 cat, 20 states, 20 days
 

 

Day Four - Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Our fourth day started early. We had a relatively short drive to our next destination, but we had quite an agenda once we arrived. Our goal was to see Badlands National Park in a single day. We had reservations to camp at Cedar Pass campground which is very near the park's visitor center. We were so excited!
 

Windy South Dakota!
As mentioned in Part 3 of our adventure, we encountered a violent storm in Nebraska the previous day resulting in a badly damaged windshield and a missing driver-side window. I taped a piece of cardboard in the window to keep the wind, rain, and uninvited wildlife at bay. I learned that high winds are pretty common in this part of the country, and today was no exception. It was a bit noisy, but I was grateful for the cardboard and duct tape by the time we reached the entrance to Badlands National Park.

Wake up kids, we're here!
Up to this point, the kids had yet to see anything very remarkable, so pulling into the first overlook at Badlands was met with a lot of "oh wows" and "holy cows." I must say, the excitement was well deserved. It was like we were on another planet. The pictures we'd seen didn't do the park justice. We spent nearly an hour at this one overlook, carefully watching our steps (because of the Rattlesnake warning sign).
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Badlands National Park: Finally, something to
get the kids excited. Pictures do no justice!



PB&J Adventures' Wild West Tour 2014 - Part 3
2 adults, 4 kids, 1 cat, 20 states, 20 days 

Day Three - A Day of Surprises
Our third day out was to be special. Our original plans were head straight to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park near Royal Nebraska. It was one of the first sites we'd found on the map, and it was also very near Niobrara State Park, a destination with ties to Louis and Clark with a great campground. However...


It's a zoo in here!
We were well ahead of schedule, so we decided to dedicate the morning to the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha before heading west to Ashfall Fossil Beds. We'd heard the zoo was incredible, and it certainly deserves that reputation.

 

When we first arrived at the zoo, we were drawn to the large geodesic dome, a fully enclosed desert habitat. I really didn't think it was that impressive at first. It was hot and had a funny odor. But as we wandered through the dome, we all marveled at the variety of animals sharing the habitat. Maybe it was pretty cool after all. The dome was just the first little taste of the zoo, and it only got better.
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The Desert Dome at  Henry Doorly Zoo

 


 

PB&J Adventures' Wild West Tour 2014 - Part 2
2 adults, 4 kids, 1 cat, 20 states, 20 days
Day One - One looong day...
Our first travel day started at around 1:30 pm on Friday, May 30. We planned our departure on what I expected would be off-peak traffic hours for Chattanooga and Nashville. Our timing was perfect. We breezed through both cities with little delay. Our only stop before St. Louis was a restroom break for me in Monteagle, Tennessee. A large fuel tank, bathroom, and kitchen all lend themselves to making good time. By dusk we were almost to St. Louis. We stopped briefly to refuel in east St. Louis before heading to St. Peters, just a few clicks west. We'd originally planned to dry-camp at a Wal-Mart, but friends told us about a nice little municipal park there with full RV hookups. Very good choice!
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Sunrise at 370 Lakeside Park - St Peters, MO

 
 

PB&J Adventures' Wild West Tour 2014 - Part 1
2 adults, 4 kids, 1 cat, 20 states, 20 days

The Richardson Tribe is known for visiting and sharing places to go and things to do throughout the southeastern US. We do, however, occasionally explore outside the southeast. This year we decided to take an extended trip out west with Yellowstone as the ultimate destination. This article is a multi-part condensed account of that excursion:

Pre-Planning
We made the decision to take this trip in mid 2013, and the first thing we did was make campground reservations in Yellowstone. We had no firm plans for the rest of our itinerary, but we had been told to make Yellowstone reservations early. After some research, we chose Fishing Bridge for part of the stay, and a private campground in West Yellowstone Montana for the additional days. With those reservations made and dates set, we could start planning the rest of the trip.
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Frontier Trails Museum - Independence Missouri
The first official stop on our Wild West Tour 2014


Adventure Journal
Entry Date: May 31, 2014
For the second day of our big Wild West Tour, we wanted to see where the western explorers and pioneers began their journey. Famously, Independence, Missouri is that place.

We arrived by late morning and began exploring the museum. We watched a short video that described the new frontier and its attraction as well as the hardships experienced by the early adventurers.  I found the kids are more familiar with this part of history than I. This knowledge is partially due to school, and partially due to a set of Carole Marsh mysteries they were all reading. We worked out a deal with them before hand: We would pay them $5 for each  book read on the road. The challenge provided them with some spending money, helped keep their noses out of their technology, and provided a pretty good education and interest in our destinations. We highly recommend Carole Marsh books!

We spent a good deal of time walking through the exhibits before heading across the street to the 
Bingham/Waggoner Estate. We didn't take the time to tour the buildings (we were in a hurry to see the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph), but we took the rather steamy walk to see the swales caused by horses and wagon wheels leaving this very location. It was exciting to imagine their thoughts and excitement as they began their life-altering, and often life-ending journey.

 

 
 

 

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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