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Review of Kings Dominion – no more kiddie rides for us.

Trish and I are big fans of theme parks, and consider ourselves experts. But honestly, early childhood for our girls was so dominated by Disney (Paris, Anaheim and Orlando) that our recent experience with ‘normal’ parks is lacking.  We are trying to hit more non-Disney parks in the US and abroad and starting locally. Kings … Continue reading »

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A failed attempt at camping

I have a little time to kill standing in line for the first position on the roller coaster Volcano at Kings Dominion. The crowds are light, Its 70 degrees and sunny. Things look up! Literally. The coaster shoots straight up and out the top into a corkscrew flip. We weren’t feeling so optimistic last night. … Continue reading »

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Terrapin Adventure ropes course, zipline and climbing

A friend and I were sharing stories about local kid activities over lunch yesterday.  He said they love  Terrapin Adventures near Savage Mill in Maryland.  For about $200, a family of four can do 3 hours of ropes.  It’s all harnessed, of course. And there are other activities. Our youngest is a few years shy … Continue reading »

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Camping and thrill rides next weekend

One of our post-Middle-East-trip pledges is to do more local travel.  Cheaply, if we can.  The Billygoat trail hike in August was awesome and it reminded us how much we like camping.  We have a shed of hiking and car camping gear, but we never do it.  I have gear in original boxes.  It’s inexplicable, … Continue reading »

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Video: Sometimes the best places are close to home.

We spent the day along the Potomac hiking the upper section of the Billy Goat trail.  This would have counted as an amazing hike if it had been Peru, Mozambique or Cambodia. But it’s in our backyard.  Go Maryland! Made with Flip Video HD and Adobe Premiere Elements.

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