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Guests at 13 Jellystone Parks will see 90 percent or more of the Aug. 21 eclipse, while campers at the Jellystone Parks in Nashville, Tenn. and Eureka, Mo., near St. Louis, will see a total eclipse

There are 79 Jellystone Parks across North America, but 15 of them just happen to be in a perfect place to see 90 percent or more of the solar eclipse that is expected to take place on Monday, Aug. 21. "Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith and Cindy Bear are going to be outside wearing their protective glasses as they experience this historic event," said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises 79 Jellystone Parks across the U.S. and Canada She said the Jellystone Parks in Nashville, Tenn. and Eureka, Mo., near St. Louis, will experience a total eclipse of the sun, while 13 other Jellystone Parks will see at least 90 percent or more of eclipse. Both parks have special activities planned for the occasion. In addition to watching the eclipse, children at the Nashville Jellystone will be able to paint their own moon stones and go on a meteorite hunt. They will also make "Meteorite Snacks" out of cornflakes, peanut butter, syrup and chocolate chips and fill a time capsule full of letters, pictures and crafts that they make at the park. Meanwhile, children staying at the Jellystone Park in Eureka will participate in an "Eclipse Watch Party." They will also be able to make "toothpick constellations, rocket crafts and a group solar system sidewalk art project," according to park owner Kathy Jones. "We're also doing an activity where guests each write a note or draw a picture to be put into a park time capsule to be dug up and read during the next Solar Eclipse in 2024," she said. The other Jellystone Parks that will see 90 percent or more of the eclipse are located in the following cities, which are listed from west to east as the eclipse moves across the country: - Estes Park, Colo. - Larkspur, Colo. - Sioux Falls, S.D. - Pittsfield, Ill. - Memphis, Tenn. - Bloomington, Ind. - Scottsburg, Ind. - Knightstown, Ind. - Cave City, Ky. - Bremen, Ga. - Cherokee, N.C. - Asheboro, N.C. - Tabor City, N.C. "We encourage people who would like to see the eclipse with Yogi Bear and friends to make their reservations as soon as possible," Wisher said, adding that more information is available at Jellystone Parks are famous for providing fun, family activities and themed weekends that include everything from crafts and games to wagon rides. Birthday parties with the bears and daily appearances by Yogi Bear are also very popular. For more information on these and other activities, please visit

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The WEAVER BELIEVER family band sings and plays in a unique mixture of bluegrass, southern gospel and country music. This has been helpful in bridging the gaps between all three different genres. Their banjos, guitars, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and acoustic bass instruments allow them to move in the different circles with a high energy, fast tempo, toe tapping type of sound. With their tight harmony and one of a kind family group, it's sure to be a performance not easily forgotten. They travel all over the country ministering in churches and other venues.
Over the past 10 years of their music career, the children's youthful appeal has turned into genuine talent, with several national awards to their credit ~ continually receiving return invitations wherever they go. Having been playfully called "the modern day Partridge Family" or the "von Trapps of southern gospel/bluegrass/country music," they continue to enjoy traveling and spending quality time together encouraging audiences of all ages by "Spreading God's Word ~ Family Style."


Pursuing an education while traveling provides some unique opportunities and challenges. The Roadschooling Section provides tips, links, resources and advice about homeschooling on the Road.

Homeschooling requirements should be a factor that fulltiming families consider when choosing a home base state. Some states, such as Texas, have minimal requirements, while others may require supervised testing, record-keeping and more. Parents can obtain information about these requirements by contacting the state Department of Education. Often, a homeschooling group in that state will have helpful information as well.

Looking for some help with cirriculum on the road? FOTR provides information by subject (History, Language Arts, Science, Math and Miscellaneous) to help parents in educating their children.


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The RV Lifestyle

Are you considering hitting the road? Want to learn more about living in a motorhome fulltime? If you are new to the idea of living on the road the lifestyle section is where you will learn about downsizing and job options for families on the go. Find information about budget, insurance and safety issues. Learn about technology that makes your mobile life a breeze. Plus answers to questions about how to stay in shape, take books along, get mail, take pets and more.


You will find books and movies recommended by families who are on the road in the resource portion of the FOTR site. Tips on how to buy an RV for family living, general information about RVs, travel and links to many articles.

"I think poor is more a state of mind than a state of finance. We are amazed at how little we actually need, and how much more happy we are now that we don't have to keep up with the Joneses. When you really start thinking about what is essential, you realize that it's only a handful of things, don't you? And there's no need to have all that wasted space in a big house. And when you're not stressed out trying to work for all the "toys", life becomes a joyful discovery of all the things we missed along the way."

~Vickie Swindling (FOTR since 2006)