My son reading 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions, the latest Nat Geo Kids book.
Our son reading 125 Wacky Roadside Attractions, the latest Nat Geo Kids book.

“Mom, there’s something we missed in Gatlinburg! The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.” She proceeded to read the rest of the page aloud about the 20,000 Salt and Pepper shakers housed in a little place in one of our favorite towns in Tennessee. Salt and Pepper Shaker collections? She constantly surprises me. Her nose disappeared again into the book. These days, anytime I see her dive into a book without my prompting is a cause for celebration in our house, or at least an embarrassing mom happy-dance. What was this book that had snagged her attention?

During our north Georgia wanderings, we did manage to swing by Helen, and our favorite tubing run. Also called Alpine Helen, this former logging town resembles a German Bavarian village nestled in the mountains. It’s cute. It’s kitschy. And it’s a popular tourist destination during the summer and in the autumn when the leaves turn crimson and gold and the beer flows freely during their Oktoberfest.

During our recent family visit to Florida’s Space Coast, we were lucky to witness Monday morning’s SpaceX Falcon Rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. The weather was beautiful, but clouds began amassing around 10pm Sunday night. Launch time was at 12:45, but as you can see from the video, the spattering of clouds only made for a more interesting launch.

425 steps down or 1,100 up. Which would you choose?
425 steps down or 1,100 up. Which would you choose?

“It’s either 425 steps down or 1100 steps up,” my husband informed me. “Which one?” We were stood at the top of the falls, the air blowing up like an air-conditioner on full blast, a welcome respite from the unnaturally blistering Georgia summer heat.

“We could drive to that car park by the falls and walk with no steps.” I suggested this no-brainer, thinking of the heat and the kids and my knees, but my husband seemed not to hear that helpful hint, and we began our descent down the wooden steps to the falls. I blame it on Bill Bryson.

A short drive from Alpine Helen exists a dark forest and cool waterfalls, just waiting to be explored.
A short drive from Alpine Helen exists a dark forest and cool waterfalls, just waiting to be explored.

“Is it far?” My husband asked. “Only a mile or so to go.” The man answered. “All uphill.” My legs wobbled at the thought. Our daughter groaned. We were on cliff hugging Raven Cliffs trail in the Raven Cliff Wilderness area. Welcome to hiking in north Georgia with kids.

Somewhere on Florida’s Gulf coast between Yankee Town and Cedar Key lies a slice of Florida Wilderness that not many get to see. Check out the latest Adventures of Mom Quick YouTube video: Exploring the Waccasassa River:

Recently we had the opportunity to take a family trip to Shell Island. Located at the mouth of Crystal River and only accessible by boat, this has been our (me & the kids) first time on the island, and I was hesitant to post this video as it’s a really neat, uninhabited place, but then my husband laughingly told me that everyone knows about Shell Island! Check out our newest video!

Don't let the summer slip away; get outside, explore, connect with friends and seek adventure for the best summer ever!
Don't let the summer slip away; get outside, explore, connect with friends and seek adventure for the best summer ever!

Don’t let the summer slip away; get outside, explore, connect with friends and seek adventure for the best summer ever! Here are 9 ways to make this a family summer to remember…