Category: National Parks

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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Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home National Memorial in Indiana + Junior Ranger badge

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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    A piece of furniture Thomas Lincoln built. Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Junior Ranger book at Lincoln Boyhood Home National Park Site - Indiana - photo by Christie Dedman

You know history has a way of becoming addictive – once you get into learning about something you gotta follow the whole path.  We’ve been to Lincoln’s boyhood home in Kentucky. There we learned...

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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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Good Day Alabama Savvy Shopper August 11 segment, (Bowling, Free Junior Ranger, Sofa deal)

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Welcome Good Day Alabama viewers! Thanks for watching the Savvy Shopper segment. Here are the deals I mentioned during the August 11, 2017 episode: SEGMENT 1 Head over to GoBowling.com to grab a coupon for a...

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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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Tips for touring Russell Cave National Monument with kids

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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Russell Cave National Monument - Photo by Christie Dedman

A few years back we headed up to Bridgeport, AL with the kids to take a gander at Russell Cave National Monument. The National Park Service site had a reptile program scheduled so we thought it...

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