The response to our state park goal has been fantastic! Ever since our Charlotte Agenda article was published in December, I’ve been getting messages from other families excited to start their own “amazing adventure” challenge! I have a spreadsheet with the details of our 23 trips to 41 parks, plus our mileage and cost for each trip, which I’m happy to share with anyone who wants a copy.
This week Union County featured us in their January edition of “Telling Union County Stories!” We filmed an interview with Liz Cooper a few weeks ago and she put together a great story using footage and voiceover from that plus parts of Greg’s state park video.
Also, Greg & I finally finished our NC state park guide: rankings of each park + suggestions for fun family activities. I really hope it’s a helpful tool for any families looking to get outdoors this year!
Meanwhile, it’s been difficult to find a new family challenge for 2020. We’ve tossed around dozens of ideas and eliminated them for being too easy, too boring, too quick, too expensive, or a variety of other reasons. We have a big interest in national parks, and hope to visit several of them this year, but that didn’t seem like something we could focus on all year long.
All that to say, we’ve ended up with an idea we’re calling Berry Adventures, which entails a series of mini-challenges with the kids. We’ve sketched out plans for each month that are a) fairly ambitious, and b) something we’ve never done before. Some involve travel, some don’t. One, for example, is our camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains – I’m having second thoughts about it but Greg already paid for the campsite so I can’t back out now!