Category: Homeschool

Tips for visiting Congaree National Park with kids + Don’t miss the Junior Ranger Badge

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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Congaree National Park - Photo by Christie Dedman

Congaree National Park just south of Columbia, South Carolina is worth a detour off I-20 if you’re ever in the area. Dedicated National Park enthusiast know this is South Carolina’s only National Park. It’s...

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Charleston, South Carolina: Earn 3 National Park Junior Ranger badges in 1 day, full itinerary

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    Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The home on Snee Farm is a recreation of Charles Pinckney's estate. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Inside the Charles Pinckney museum. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Junior Ranger booklets at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Walking through the Charles Pinckney site. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Camelia bushes at Charles Pinckney's site. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Driving across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Overlooking Charleston Harbor from Fort Moultrie. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Inside Fort Sumter National Monument. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Looking down cannon row inside Fort Sumter. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Walking out to the parade ground at Fort Sumter National Monument. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The actual Union flag that flew over Fort Sumter during the first battle of the Civil War. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Looking back through the Sally Port at Fort Sumter. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Approaching Fort Sumter Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Looking back at Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The USS Yorktown Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The USS Yorktown Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Badges the kids earned during our one day tour of Charleston, SC. Photo by Christie Dedman

Charleston, South Carolina is a mecca of sorts for Civil War history buffs.  American history fans would argue it’s not just for the Civil War students, but it’s a city rich in history of...

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Visiting George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, Indiana + Junior Ranger program

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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln monument of the crossing of the Wabash River into Illinois - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Red Skelton mural downtown Vincennes, Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Junior Ranger books at George Rogers Clark National Historic Site - Indiana - Photo by Christie Dedman

Do you know who George Rogers Clark is? He’s the guy who basically won the west so his brother William Clark (of Lewis & Clark) could explore what would become the Louisiana Purchase. He...

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WBRC 6 Good Day Alabama Savvy Shopper: Festival of the Cranes & Fitness deals January 12

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    The kids viewing the birds at the Wheeler Refuge observation house. Photo by Christie Dedman
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Morning folks! Thanks for watching the Savvy Shopper segment this morning on Fox 6’s Good Day Alabama – WBRC. Here are the deals and events I mentioned. Enjoy your weekend!   FESTIVAL OF THE...

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High Point Climbing & Fitness Birmingham Review, Tips & Ways to save

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    High Point Climbing and Fitness Photo by Christie Dedman
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    High Point Climbing and Fitness Photo by Christie Dedman
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    High Point Climbing and Fitness Photo by Christie Dedman
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    High Point Climbing and Fitness Kid Zone Photo by Christie Dedman
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    High Point Climbing and Fitness Kid Zone Photo by Christie Dedman
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    High Point Climbing and Fitness Kid Zone Photo by Christie Dedman
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    High Point Climbing and Fitness Kid Zone Photo by Christie Dedman

Sometimes climbing rock walls, foam columns and nets can be therapeutic. Sometimes it wears you out completely. If you’re lucky it will do both. Recently the kids hit the walls at High Point Climbing...

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Hiking: Irondale Furnance Ruins Trial in Mountain Brook, AL

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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Irondale Furnace Trail Photo by Christie Dedman

Irondale Furnace Ruins Trail is an easy hike through the woods, by a creek and into the Civil War history of Birmingham. This blast furnace was built under a contract with the CSA to...

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Touring & Hiking the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area + Junior Ranger badge

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    Hiking the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -- Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -- Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -- Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -- Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Dunwoody Nature Center - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Hewlett Lodge Visitor Center --Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area -- Photo by Christie Dedman

There’s a hidden gem in Atlanta – the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Admission is $3 a person or get in free with your National Park pass. You can hike down to the river,...

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Touring Corinth Battlefield Unit & Shiloh National Military Park + 2 Junior Ranger badges

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    Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Photo by Christie Dedman

We’ve been kinda out of the day-tripping mode. Our Expedition was struggling to keep up with us. So we upgraded to a truck. Hopefully one step closer to the dream. So we took her...

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