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December 14-16, 2021

    El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas: Spent two nights in the Far West Texas home to wanderers, artists, ranchers, and mysterious lights: Marfa. We first experienced the town nearly a decade ago staying with friends at El Cosmico, an eclectic campground featuring… Read More »December 14-16, 2021

    November 13-16, 2021

      Las Vegas, Nevada | Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada: We rolled into the beautiful Red Rock Canyon Campground and… abandoned our trailer for Las Vegas. Our friend Patti had a milestone birthday in style at the Flamingo Las… Read More »November 13-16, 2021

      November 10-13, 2021

        Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek, California: Since we couldn’t get reservations on the surface of the sun, we spent three nights in Death Valley National Park instead. On the way into the park, we passed the permanently closed Peter… Read More »November 10-13, 2021

        November 4-8, 2021

          Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California: Bid farewell to the West Coast and headed to the desert. First stop: Joshua Tree National Park. We were only able to reserve our first night in Black Rock Canyon Campground. The next… Read More »November 4-8, 2021

          October 17-22, 2021

            Yosemite National Park, California: Spent a beautiful fall week in Yosemite National Park. We picked up our friend Katherine from Fresno Airport on the way. I captured the sunset on Half Dome right from our site. Thanks to Campnab, we… Read More »October 17-22, 2021

            October 10-16, 2021

              Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, Calistoga, California | San Francisco, California: We turned away from the California coast and headed to wine country. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park offers few amenities but is perfectly located to explore Napa, Sonoma, and Russian River… Read More »October 10-16, 2021

              September 25-27, 2021

                Crater Lake National Park, Oregon: Spent two days exploring Crater Lake National Park. The nearly 2,000 foot deep lake is filled entirely by snow and rain, making it one of the cleanest, clearest, and bluest lakes in the world. Took… Read More »September 25-27, 2021

                September 7-10, 2021

                  Hudson Point Marina & RV Park, Port Townsend, Washington: We left the Pacific Ocean side of the Olympic Peninsula in search of a little more civilization and found it in Port Townsend, WA. Located on the northeastern side of Olympic… Read More »September 7-10, 2021

                  September 3-7, 2021

                    Olympic National Park, Washington: Rolled up at 3:00 p.m. to South Beach Campground, a 55 site first-come first-served bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, on the Friday before Labor Day weekend. With three spots remaining and only one that would accommodate… Read More »September 3-7, 2021

                    August 28-30, 2021

                      Jackson Creek Fish Camp, Mattawa, Washington: Crossed into Washington state and camped for two nights on the Columbia River at Jackson Creek Fish Camp, a small public utility district campground. Eastern Washington was surprising with its desert environment, definitely not… Read More »August 28-30, 2021

                      August 17-25, 2021

                        Glacier National Park, West Glacier, Montana Glacier National Park was one of the few stops we planned far in advance and was to be a highlight of our trip. Unfortunately, we spent most of our time in our trailer at… Read More »August 17-25, 2021

                        July 28-August 4, 2021

                          Mammoth Campground, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Spent seven nights in Yellowstone National Park at Mammoth Campground, near the park’s north entrance. Another Campnab reservation score. Our highlights included Grand Prismatic Spring, Upper and Lower Falls hike to Artist Point, hike… Read More »July 28-August 4, 2021

                          July 22-28, 2021

                            Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Wyoming: Spent six days in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, WY split between Gros Ventre and Colter Bay campgrounds. While smoke from a large wildfire in Oregon clouded the mountain views on most days,… Read More »July 22-28, 2021

                            July 10-15, 2021

                              Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area, Lake DeSmet, Buffalo, Wyoming: When it gets, why not hit the lake?! We posted up at Mikesell-Potts Recreation Area, a first-come first-served campground on Lake DeSmet Reservoir just north of Buffalo, WY. The Longmire show/book series is… Read More »July 10-15, 2021

                              July 8-10, 2021

                                Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming: Had a “close encounter” with Devils Tower National Monument, our first stop in Wyoming. Although hiking is limited at the park, we enjoyed watching climbers scale the tower on the Tower Trail and viewing the… Read More »July 8-10, 2021

                                July 1-6, 2021

                                  Center Lake Campground, Custer State Park, South Dakota | Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota: Spent the 4th of July weekend in the South Dakota Black Hills at Custer State Park’s same-day reservable Center Lake Campground. Saw Mount Rushmore through… Read More »July 1-6, 2021

                                  June 17-20, 2021

                                    Mouth of Two Hearted River State Forest Campground, 31.5 miles northeast of Newberry, Michigan: Drove down 14 miles of dirt roads to camp at Mouth of Two Hearted River State Forest Campground. The 36 campsites are first come first serve… Read More »June 17-20, 2021

                                    June 18, 2021

                                      Pictured Rock National Lakeshore, Munising, Michigan: During our stay at Mouth of Two Hearted River State Forest Campground (more on that in the next post) we spent a day exploring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Located on Lake Superior in the… Read More »June 18, 2021

                                      June 7-9, 2021

                                        Watkins Glen State Park, New York | Finger Lakes, New York: After leaving the Adirondacks, we took a quick detour to dip our toes in Lake Ontario, our first Great Lake of the trip. From there, we headed towards the… Read More »June 7-9, 2021

                                        June 5-7, 2021

                                          Fish Creek Pond Campground, Saranac Lake, New York: Made our way through the New York Adirondack Mountains to Fish Creek Pond Campground, which sits on the western end of the range. On the way there we drove through Lake Placid,… Read More »June 5-7, 2021

                                          May 25, 2021

                                            Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine: Set my alarm this morning for 4:15AM and hiked to the nearest oceanfront path… Acadia National Park

                                            May 20-24, 2021

                                              Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine: Acadia National Park was one of the handful of anchor points we planned for our one year trip. We reserved a full week dry camping in the park’s Blackwoods Campground and a couple nights… Read More »May 20-24, 2021

                                              May 21, 2021

                                                Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine: I can hardly believe I’m saying this… I needed a break from lobster (I know, right?!?). Ribeye steak smoked and reverse seared on our little Weber Go Anywhere charcoal grill. Fresh foraged fiddleheads (fern… Read More »May 21, 2021

                                                May 18-20, 2021

                                                  Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping, Freeport, Maine: Rolled up our campsite at Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Camping in Freeport, ME and was greeted with a stunning view of the Maine coast. Got our lobster roll at Joshua’s Restaurant & Tavern in Freeport… Read More »May 18-20, 2021

                                                  May 1-4, 2021

                                                    Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry, Pennsylvania: Moochdocked in a friend’s driveway in southeastern Pennsylvania for a couple nights then headed out to Gifford Pinchot State Park for two nights. Hiked the lake loop and did a little light rock climbing…… Read More »May 1-4, 2021

                                                    April 29-May 1, 2021

                                                      Shenandoah National Park, Virginia | Appalachian Trail: Finished up our last leg of the 469 mile Blue Ridge Parkway. Stayed two nights in Shenandoah National Park at Big Meadows Campground and drove the 105 mile Skyline Drive. Hiked the Rose… Read More »April 29-May 1, 2021

                                                      April 27, 2021

                                                        Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia | Floyd Family Campground, Floyd, Virginia: Day three on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Drove from Jefferson, NC to Floyd, VA and ended up at Floyd Family Campground. Another great find on Campendium. There… Read More »April 27, 2021

                                                        April 23-25, 2021

                                                          Smokemont Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina: Put up with a bit of rain but still enjoyed camping with the elk at Smokemont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Unfortunately, the front window leak we… Read More »April 23-25, 2021

                                                          April 19-21, 2021

                                                            Lake Powhatan Campground, Pisgah National Forest, Asheville, North Carolina: Spent three nights dry camping in the Pisgah National Forest at Lake Powhatan Campground, just outside Asheville, NC. One of our morning dog walks turned into a full fledged hike around… Read More »April 19-21, 2021