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10 Apr
Celebrating a Birthday at the Campground With Friends…and Bad Weather?

Celebrating a Birthday at the Campground With Friends…and Bad Weather?

We used to scoff at camping close to home and would never have celebrated a birthday or holiday at the campground.  But things have changed.  Last year we realized that we could camp close to home and still get the kids to their baseball games (read about it here).  This year we realized that we could camp close to home and have a slam dunk birthday party with family and friends. When the campground calls us, we must go! Even when other responsibilities are calling our names. It was such a delightful weekend, even though it was cut short.... Read More
02 Feb
A Case for the Campground (or, why it’s okay if you don’t plan on boondocking this year)

A Case for the Campground (or, why it’s okay if you don’t plan on boondocking this year)

If you hang out in RV social media circles, you probably have noticed the increase in boondocking, or wild camping, content. You might see an Airstream in the middle of a desert with snow-capped mountains in the distance. Or a Class C sitting at the edge of a rocky shoreline without another RV in sight. Blog posts offer GPS coordinates for remote, wooded locations, and many apps help you find isolated BLM lands on which you can park your rig. The appeal is obvious. First of all, wild places are beautiful. RVers generally have a healthy... Read More
09 Jul
Great Smoky Mountains Shakedown (Part Two) With the Townsend KOA

Great Smoky Mountains Shakedown (Part Two) With the Townsend KOA

After three full days of exploring the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains, we were in no rush to leave. I was getting used to putting the boys to bed each night then soaking in the indoor hot tub at the Cherokee KOA. But there was so much more to do and see.  So it was onward to the Tennessee side of America’s most visited national park. We chose the Townsend/Great Smokies KOA because of its great online reviews, its proximity to Cades Cove and the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and its close (but not too close) proximity to... Read More

5 Reasons to Camp Close to Home

I’ll admit it. For the last five years I have resisted every one of Jeremy’s efforts to camp near our home at the Jersey Shore. It just seemed so silly to me. If I was going to go through the bother of packing up the camper, I wanted to get away. Away, away. Like, a minimum of two hours. But this season, circumstances conspired and I finally agreed to a local camping trip. The ironic part? I was already loving the whole ‘local camping trip’ thing before we had even hitched up and pulled out. Planning, packing,... Read More
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