Each year, we try to maximize the amount of time we can in our trailer trailer, affectionately known as the #SilvaBulletRV.
Last year, we took an amazing trip down to Florida with our trailer. The girls really wanted to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. We are all huge Harry Potter fans, so when they asked, we all got really excited.
Next thing you know, we are planning our trip. We decided to tow our trailer down, and make it an extended 3 week trip. By doing so, we were able to visit places we had never been before, and see some of the great places in the US along the way.
The trip south
We booked 3 campgrounds on the way down. Our first campground was Wally World in Loudonville, Ohio. We had stayed at this campground before, and absolutely loved it. We stayed at Wally World for 2 days.
Volunteer Park Family Campground in Heiskell Tennessee was our next stop. We stayed there for one night.
Our third stop was Southern Trails Resort in Unadilla Georgia. We stayed there for one night. While there, we met people from our home campground in New York State. Such small world!
When we arrived in Florida, we stayed for 3 nights at Ellenton Gardens in Ellenton. It was a small RV park with an awesome pool.
We visited friends, and spent some time at the beach on Anna Maria Island. One of the best beaches I have ever been to. The kids loved it there!
Our second destination in Florida was Sherwood Forest RV Resort in Kissimmee. This was a beautiful park, and would be our home base for the time we spent going to and from Universal Orlando.
Universal was awesome, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter did not disappoint.
It was time together we will never forget!
The trip home
The first campground we stayed at on the way home was Barnyard RV Park in Lexington South Carolina, where we stayed for 2 days. This was less than an hour from where Wendy’s cousins live, so we were able to get in a visit before we left.
Our next destination was Fort Chiswell RV Park in Max Meadows Virginia. The scenery was stunning! We were in the mountains, so cell reception was not the best… but none of us cared.
Our last 2 nights were spent at Rocky Fork Ranch Resort in Kimbolton Ohio. Wendy and the girls got in some geocaching while there.
All hands on deck
As you can imagine, with an itinerary like this, we needed all hands on deck. Wendy and I shared the driving, and the girls helped in every way they could. They helped cook meals, clean up, and pack up the trailer.
When we arrived at a campground, they helped put the wheel chocks in, set up the stabilizers on the trailer, and unpacked the trailer. When it was time to leave, they helped with clean up, and the reverse order of set up. Having all hands on deck makes easier work for everyone.
Quality Family Time
21 days on the road + 5517kms traveled + drove through 11 States (New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania) = Quality Family Time.
While it was tiring at times, I wouldn’t have passed up this opportunity for anything. We love spending time together as a family, and this was the perfect time to do it.
As well, we couldn’t have done this trip without the organizational skills and superb planning of my tag team partner for life!
If you are thinking of taking a road trip, be sure to check out Furkot to help with your trip planning. It helped keep us on track, and gave us a very detailed itinerary.
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With summer just around the corner, finding fun ways to keep the girls’ minds active is very important. Keep it fun is even more important…especially when working on fractions!
Figuring out fractions can be a challenge! This competitive game will help your child evaluate the differences between fractions, from largest to smallest. Your child will become more comfortable converting, comparing, and using fractions after just a few rounds. Using a calculator can be a big help, especially if the values of the fractions are complex. This game is great for a rainy day and when your child needs a different setting to practice fractions. It’s quick and easy to set up, so let’s dive in!
What You Need:
- Deck of cards with the face cards (jacks, queens, and kings) removed
- Construction paper (any color)
- Black marker
- Scratch paper
What You Do:
- Have one of the players create a game board by turning a piece of construction paper horizontal, or landscape. Trace two rows of three cards, with space in between. In between both rows, draw a greater than symbol (>).
- Ask one of the players to shuffle the cards and deal 6 of them face up in the spaces on the board. Place them down in the order they are dealt from top to bottom and left to right.
- Explain that the numbers on the top are the numerators, and the numbers on the bottom are denominators. Each player should determine if the statement that their cards make is true (based on the x > y > z game board). The fractions should decrease in value when moving left to right.
- If they need to, players can use the calculator and divide the numerator by the denominator to find the decimal value of the fraction. The calculator will be especially helpful with complex fractions.
- If the statement is correct, the player gets a point. Play moves to the next player.
- Continue to play until the deck is finished.
- The player with the most points wins!
Let me know what your family thinks of this fun game!!
With the warmer weather finally here, I know a lot of families are looking forward to the summer, like we are!!
We’re a camping family and get out in our RV as much as we can each summer! Camping is such a great way to disconnect from regular life (and devices) and reconnect with your family!
If you’re looking for some ideas, Carefree RV resorts are an affordable way of taking a vacation to an ideal location!! There are 15 parks in Ontario scattered around from Muskoka, Prince Edward Island, Windsor, and the Greater Toronto area. Each park has a wide variety of activities!
Don’t worry if you don’t have an RV, there are rental options available.
Let me tell you a bit about 2 of the parks to give you an idea of what Carefree RV offers…
On the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Erie, Sherkston Shores resort offers 560 acres of beautiful landscape, topped off with two and a half miles of sandy beachfront. Keep yourself busy with pools, waterslides, splash pad and a quarry stocked with fish. Just 90 minutes away from the Greater Toronto Area and mere minutes away from the US border, Sherkston Shores is a fabulous vacation alternative that offers so much more. RV sites, rustic cabins and a range of vacation cottages are available for rent.
Located just 20 miles of both Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan — Willowood is a top destination for both U.S. and Canadian families. We have 329 RV sites with fire rings as well as cabin and park model rentals available.
Willowood family-friendly grounds feature a playground, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, an outdoor movie theater and miniature golf course. Our guests keep cool relaxing and swimming in our large pool, our kiddie pool and our splash pad area. There’s even an arcade room to entertain the kids on rainy days. We also pride ourselves on providing a whirlwind social calendar that includes story time, chocolate bar bingo, crafts, potlucks, dances and movies. And don’t forget to take a hay ride with our Carefree characters – Benny Beaver and Suzie Squirrel
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See all 15 locations and book now!
Get your summer started now! Head over to Carfree RV’s site to see all of the locations available and what they have to offer! Camping with your family is such an amazing experience! Whether in a tent, RV or cabin…it is so great to get away and connect with nature and reconnect with your family!