10 Elements that Make a Campsite a Winner

Willow Flat Campground Canyonlands National Park

On our 2 month, 8,500 mile America road trip, picking a campground was easy. We picked campgrounds in (or just outside) of the parks we were trying to explore with availability. Some campgrounds require reservations but lucky for us some campgrounds, or at least few sites within the campground, are exclusively “first come, first served.” […]

Update – U.S. Road Trip – 7,500 Miles In. Where Have We Been?

Our previous post covers where we have been up to the 4,000 mile mark (Click here to read “U.S. Road Trip – 4,000 Miles In”). Rochester, NY Pittsburgh, PA Madison, WI Badlands National Park, SD Custer State Park, SD Billings, MT Yellowstone National Park – North (Mammoth Hot Springs) Yellowstone National Park – Center (Canyon […]

I’m in a Long Distance Relationship…with Florida.

Florida seems to have a bad reputation and I guess I understand it. You can google “Florida Man” followed by your birthday (mm/dd) and the search engine will come up with a series of ridiculous news headlines about some crazy thing a Florida man did. My birthday search results in: “Florida Man Allegedly Stabs Dog […]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Finally Made It!

Clingmans Dome

We planned on visiting Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) this past fall. We timed our fall road trip south, starting in Virginia and ending in Florida, to line up our visit to GSMNP during predicted “peak” foliage, but an unseasonably warm fall delayed the color change. After camping in the rain for a few […]

Camping Tales – The Sounds That Keep Us Awake

O'Leno State Park Florida

Two nights before Halloween, Dan and I were camping at O’Leno State Park in Florida during our trip to explore some of natural springs in the northern part of the state. We woke up at the same-time to the sound of amplified music/voices/beats/chanting/laughter which abruptly started at 2 AM sharp that could be heard coming […]

Road to Maximum Relaxation – Highlights Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

linn cove viaduct

When we left Virginia on October 15th, we didn’t really have a solid plan in place. We still don’t have a solid plan and that’s the point. We packed our car with essentials – food, camping gear, clothing, etc. and hit the road knowing we’d end up in Florida where we’d begin our quest towards achieving […]