Camping With Toddlers: An Epic Failure

Camping With Toddlers: An Epic Failure

“Camping with toddlers” is a sentence that strikes fear into most parents’ hearts. It’s most definitely not a “vacation.” There’s the tent, the sleeping bags, cooking outdoors, what to do with the baby that puts everything in her mouth or the toddler who has no fear in a land of snakes, and the tetris-like skills required to figure out out how to fit all that gear in a car. Some people love it and there is no shortage of pinterest-worthy, idyllic photos of parents blissfully enjoying a bonfire in the woods while their young kids play gleefully next to them. I fell victim to these. I had grandoise fantasies of watching my kids explore the outdoors, not worrying that they were covered in dirt - “It’s good for them!” I tell myself - but the reality is, I strongly dislike mud and dirt on my pillow and in my bed. But, I still love camping and bon fires and sleeping under the stars. So, we decided to try the whole family camping business when we headed to the Valhalla Missile Silo to do some diving. And boy oh boy, was it one of the most epically bad weekends of camping I have ever, ever, had.

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Spoetzl Brewery - Home of Shiner Beer

Spoetzl Brewery - Home of Shiner Beer

Two hours west of Houston, at the convergence of US-90 and TX-95, on the edge of Texas hill country, lies the tiny town of Shiner. One of the most well-known small towns in Texas, Shiner is home to Spoetzl Brewey - the makers of Shiner Bock (among others). Ask any Texan about Shiner and they will know it. In true Oaks fashion, we had wanted to make a visit to the brewery, something that falls right in line with all of our other brewery tours. Our trip to Austin for Memorial Day Weekend, provided the perfect opportunity to finally do it.

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Isle Royale - Recap

Isle Royale - Recap

I promise, this is the LAST post about Isle Royale :)  We hope you've enjoyed reading about the amazing diving that we did during the week, and learning more about this national treasure in Lake Superior.  Of course, none of this would have been possible without the hard work of planning and logistics from the staff at Divers Incorporated in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  And of course, without the expert captain of the Lake Superior Diver - Ryan - and his first mate (for this trip) Rick.  If you are ever looking to do a charter to Isle Royale for ...

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Isle Royale - Day 5

Our final day on the Lake Superior Diver dawned early.  We left Windigo and had a five hour or so ride down the northwestern side of the island to the southern edge where we were scheduled to do two dives on the Chisholm engine.

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Isle Royale - Day 4

Isle Royale - Day 4

Morning came on day 4 and we were ready for another day of diving!  We repeated the Emperor Stern and also the America.  The best part about these shipwrecks is that there is so much to see, even after you've

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Isle Royale - Day 3

Isle Royale - Day 3

Wednesday morning dawned bright an early.  Our alarm was Captain Ryan playing "It's a Beautiful Morning" by the Rascals - loudly.  By the end of the week, what once starts out as a a fun way to wake up quickly becomes the worst way ever.  Ok, perhaps that's a bit of an exaggeration.  Then again, I'm not the world's biggest morning person.  Actually, I'm not a morning person at all.  Some say I am downright grumpy...

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Isle Royale - Day 2

Isle Royale - Day 2

Early on Tuesday morning, we woke up to the sky alight with an electrical storm.  The sky was awesome to watch and the lightning lit everything up almost like daylight.  And then then wind came. Followed closely by the rain.  Even docked, the boat was rocking.  Thankfully the storm was short-lived, but it ushered in much cooler weather and left some lingering wind making for a choppy day on the water.  

We left Windigo early in the morning, while everyone...

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