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Amie Tilk, the host of Geocache Adventures, gives us insight as to geocaching’s origins, it’s worldwide popularity, and why it’s a good activity for grandparents and grandchildren.

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Amie was a guest on Episode 32 of the Adventures with Grammy podcast.

Backyard Camping

Peggy Barthel’s parents took their children camping a lot when they were kids.  It was a family tradition. Both parents worked for Mitchell Campers; her mom sewed the curtains for the campers. Peggy’s grandparents enjoyed camping, too.


“My grandparents would drive their truck-and-camper from California to Colorado, pick up my sister and me, and we would camp on the trip back to California for the summer.  One of those trips took us all the way to the Oregon coast.”

In her “tween” years, her parents would load the kids into their station wagon and tow the little Cardinal trailer to the mountains or the desert. Peggy’s grandparents had a dune buggy and belonged to a group that spent weekends tearing up the desert. “There were no camp grounds, no hook-ups, no rules; just a bunch of people, a bunch of dune buggies, a bunch of beer, and a bunch of kids to run around with, exploring their surroundings and sharing motorcycles and four-wheelers.  Oh yeah, no babysitters, either!” Peggy said.

They enjoyed potlucks, especially on Thanksgiving or Easter weekend. Sometimes it was just family – her grandparents in their converted Frito-Lay truck motor home, aunts and uncles in truck campers and pop-up tents, and her family in the Cardinal.

Peggy was a guest on Episode 10 of the Adventures with Grammy podcast and shared a number of tips on how grandparents can introduce camping to their grandchildren with backyard camping.

She and her husband, Tony, talk about everything camping on the podcast and with their blogs.

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