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Springtime hiking at Fort McAllister

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:58am

Spring came to visit yesterday with her sparkling sunshine and warm breezes. In celebration, our family hit the trails at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. My husband and I guided our merry band of children and dogs as they happily bounded down the trail. Even our 4-year-old, who sometimes mysteriously “can't walk,” zipped along pretending he was riding an electric bobcat (yeah, I don't know).

The mysterious Savannah lobster

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:52am

Recently our family was enjoying a beautiful, sunny day by hiking on the nature trail behind the Skidaway Island Aquarium. We stopped for a time to explore a marshy area where the kids tried to catch fiddler crabs and look at shells. My 7-year-old son was especially happy to catch the little crabs, admire them, and send them on their way.

Day trip: running away to the mountains for a day

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 9:11am

I love autumn... the brisk, refreshing air, the leaves changing colors, the first sweatshirt of the season! Oh, wait... I live in Savannah where it was in the 80's yesterday. Again. While there are some perks to such a mild climate, at times I long for the true change of seasons.

Lessons from waterfalls: making the most of it

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 4:49pm

On our summer vacation to the North Carolina mountains, our family was on a quest to encounter waterfalls. By the second day, we had not yet seen one, and the kids were starting to get restless. So we set out in the afternoon in search of Bridal Veil Falls armed with maps and smart phones.

Cell Phone GPS Girl told us where to turn to reach our desired destination. Only none of us knew the final road to the falls would be closed, as it apparently cuts straight through someone's private property.

Lessons from waterfalls: balancing risk and safety for growing healthy kids

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 8:44pm

Well, we finally did it. Our family took a little vacation before the summer got away from us. We headed to Asheville, NC and the surrounding area for lots of hiking, waterfalls, admiring rocks, and searching for animals. The cool mountain air was a refreshing change from our Savannah August weather.

This was our first trip taking the kids hiking, and they all did great. Enthusiastic, happy, and hardly any complaints. They found it much more rewarding than walking our own native flat trails.

Good hike gone bad

Good hike gone bad

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 1:25pm

On Saturday our family drove a little over an hour to George L Smith State Park (gastateparks.org/info/georgels) near Metter. The park boasts a 412-acre lake with beautiful cypress trees. There are boat rentals, cottages, an 1880 covered bridge/ mill/ dam, trails to walk, playground, etc.

We paid our $5 parking fee and headed out in search of the elusive gopher tortoise, Georgia's state reptile. We consulted the park map, and chose a 3-mile loop trail with a dirt “county road” that cut through it.

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