Every duty station brings a new round of military sisters into my life and I am constantly amazed at the diverse talents and gifts these strong woman have! This time around I have been introduced to adventurous gals that can pack a suitcase with their eyes closed and try and convince me that taking all our kids to Thailand sans husbands is a normal thing to plan. These gals push my comfort zone boundaries and I love them for it!
This state park is a bit busy for our tastes but if you have young children and are looking for swimable water, easy trails, clean bathhouses and….ummm concession stands then this spot is perfect! About hour from Camp Lejeune it makes for a great day trip with plenty to do.
I have this dream that we will hike the AT in its entirety one day. It’s far fetched I know, but who knows! Until then we are working hard to make sure the kids catch the hiking bug. I read them stories about the trail, show them maps, talk it up like it’s on everyone’s bucket list!
Weekends are our chance to explore and adventure with this little crew and Bill and I are always on the lookout for nearby places to explore. When this hidden gem presented itself we knew that it was the perfect spot for a weekend getaway! Even more so it was exactly where I wanted to spend my Mother’s Day, unplugged from everything, salt air in my lungs while watching my boys discover another corner of this amazing world we live in. If you live in the area or are traveling through coastal North Carolina, we think it might just be the perfect spot for you too!
Back again with another favorite local trail of ours. If you enjoy geocaching and live near Camp Lejeune this trail is for you! If you love moss and mushrooms and wild life this trail is for you! Pretty much, if you like to get outside for a beautiful day hike, this trail is for you! When we moved to North Carolina our crew was already hooked on geocaching and hoped that a new locale would provide lots more caches. Sadly, this didn’t pan out. This area lacks decent geocaching areas but thankfully Island Creek Trail saved us from utter despair 😉
Usually on Thursday afternoons I find myself getting antsy. I start googling what new is happening around us, dreaming up something fun for us to to do. The week has been long and I’m ready to hit the road with my little tribe even if it’s only for a day.
If you live in the Camp Lejeune area this is what y’all are going to do this week 😉 Get those babies in school and head up the road to Swansboro. Yes, it’s a little bit of a haul but go hit up Swansboro Artisans and Antiques and then duck in to this local gem.
If there is one local trail I will miss from our days of living in the coastal North Carolina area it is this trail. Cedar Point Tideland Trail is a simple 1.3 mile loop that meanders through the beauty of the tidelands and the serenity of the woods that surround them. This loop is well maintained, making it easy to take younger kids on a quick afternoon adventure.
We are so excited to announce that Okinawa Japan will be home for our crew this coming summer! The chance to travel and immerse ourselves in other cultures is one of the biggest perks to being a military family~we are ready to take full advantage!