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Jul 23, 2012

Nevada City Outside INN - Style

In this awesome town of ours (Nevada City) there are many
places that make it the wonderful destination it is.
The Outside Inn  issuch a place.

Image of Outside Inn Room Porch
The motel features unique themed rooms under tall pines and
is just a short walk to bookstores, cappuccino, shopping,
entertainment and restaurants. Nevada City is located in California's
Gold Country and has managed to maintain a lot of its
charm and history.  

Image of Outside Inn Hotel
The hotel staff will set up bike rentals or a kayak lesson, on
 flat or moving water and recommend  mountain bike trails. They
can also suggest a rafting company to take you down the North Yuba
or the South Fork of the American Rivers. 

The point I'm making is if your in Nevada City and love the
outdoors or want a unique non commercial place to stay check
out The Outside Inn. It's AWESOME!

Plan ahead and check out Erin's Blogg "InnSide Nevada City" it has
everything you could want to do and see in Nevada County.
Also on Facebook

Erin and her Blogg does a lot for our community by posting all the
wonderful places to visit, eat and play in our town. 
Check it out!

Outside Inn’s veggie cart has made its 2102 season debut

Jul 15, 2012

Squaw Valley In Summer Style

Sometimes Camping In Style is taking in Squaw Valley activities

Overview from Cable Car of Squaw Valley

Squaw Valley Cable Car
Eat, swim, hot tub, tennis, hike, drink, picnic, music, take your dog

Adults $29 Children $10 ride all day pass
Great hiking a top High Camp

We also took in a ropes course at Squaw Valley Adventure Center teaching our 7 yr old how to challenge herself. She did great!

Our daughter on ladder to hook onto swing

What a great time to be had
A few links I would check out if your going to Squaw Valley, CA 

Happy Hour / M-F a great way to save $
Plump Jacks also great Sunday Brunch
Rocker very kid friendly with GREAT outdoor setting

Also Yummy
Sushi @ Mamasake 

Jul 6, 2012

NATURE LOVING Camp Activities

Rock Art: Draw a line or spiral with a long stick and ask them to collect rocks and pine cones and place on the line in a pattern. Show them a picture of “The spiral Jetty” by Robert Smithson

Camp Kitchen: Collect cooking gear from the thrift store, see if you can find items on small scale, find a flat rock, log or camp bench and draw in chalk a stove top (two circles with an “X”) Fill a pitcher of water and tell them to go to town making mud pies and cooking them. (keep mud away from where people walk)

Rock & Stick Art: Hunt for sticks and rocks then paint with washable tempera.

Pine Cone Critters: Glue small rocks, sticks onto pine cones to make different figures. Tacky glue works best.

Hide & Seek and old stand by

Bug Hunt with a bug jar

Hopscotch: Use a long sticks to make squares in dirt & small rocks to throw

Beading: $1 store good for this, I like using a tray or baking sheet to contain everything

Journal: Glue, tape found leaves etc... and write about nature finds add photos later

Photo Fun: Use disposable camera and let you kid take any pictures they want or send them on a mission to take five Pict's. of brown things, fuzzy things, withing ten feet etc...

Tree Hugging: Hug a tree and close your eyes tell me what the tree is saying. Write or draw your experience. Write a letter to the tree or an animal in your campground

Leaf Mail: Find a fairly flat leaf and use paint or marker to write a few words on leaf and mail it. You can write things like Fun Camping In Tahoe or Found This Leaf For You or Miss You, Love Ruth. Make sure to bring an envelope and stamp before you leave for your trip

Fairy House: Build a fairy house out of leaves, rocks, sticks and use or make a doll 3”

Alter Art: Decorate a special location on campsite with feathers, rocks, art etc...

Find It: Paint a rock and have as many players hide their rocks when no one is looking. Then send every player off to find a rock that they didn't paint
Treasure Hunt: Give your child a list of things to find, rock two inches in size, green leaf etc... and see how long it takes them to find them

Camping Manors Game: How many pieces of trash can you collect on campsite esp. when you leave


Leaf Rub: Place leaf under paper and crayon/pencil rub over top of paper

Tribal Camp: Using non toxic face paint your child can face paint their own design and pretend they are setting up their own tribal camp, playing pretend activities like cooking, dancing and exploring. 

Search & Find: Gather sticks as small round as your little finger and break into 5" pieces. Have one child or adult make arrow shapes to create a path to the person who is hiding or the "treasure" is hiding. Then ask a child or adult to fallow the clues to find the person/treasure. You can use rocks or leaves to do this as well