Welcome Home!

It’s always nice pulling into a new camp. Getting there means we’re home (since we take our house wherever we go) and it’s nice to feel at home no matter where we are. Some of the places we stay are definitely better than others and the Holly Point Recreation Area on Falls Lake, near Raleigh, NC, was a welcome site when we arrived. The sites were all pretty long, lots of trees made them very private, we had water and power hook-ups plus a nice walking trail to the playground which the kids loved. The campground was very quiet and the bathrooms were maintained. We liked that we could collect the dead wood here and have a campfire. I prefer staying in sites that are on the rustic side and have some privacy even if it means not having some amenities. Occasionally, we have to stay at places that are a little less camping and more on the resort side like when we need some amenities such as laundry or Wi-Fi. It was nice staying at Holly Point for its rustic camping feel as well as its proximity to the city. Once we arrive at our site, get the trailer set up, and the slides out, I always like to welcome everyone home.

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Cool Stuff is Everywhere!

So first off many apologies for not having some pictures of our great camp near Winston-Salem, NC. When we pulled into the camp it was raining for the first two days and the nice days saw us so busy that we simply forgot to snap any photos. The reason I bring this up is because we stayed at a lovely spot called Tanglewood RV. When we left the freeway and Sarah said it was only a few turns to get to the camp, I must admit that I was worried about road noise. Two turns later and a drive into the camp didn’t do much to ease my worries.  We checked in and headed to camp, which was down another long driveway to even enter the camp. After we set up camp I perked up my ear to see if I was going to be bothered by road noise and to my surprise I heard nothing. It turned out to be a wonderful quiet camp in the woods. The sites were not very level, but we have dealt with that so many times over the last year that it didn’t matter especially with our new slide supports (yes I really do love those things).  Best of all the park had good Wi-Fi which allowed us to post some articles and send family pictures, which is something we always love.

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Tips on Visiting National Parks with your Family

The opportunity we have had to visit some of the most beautiful places in this country has been priceless. Going to national parks has somehow become a part of what we do. We had no idea when we started out on this crazy adventure that going to national parks was to become such an integral part of our whole experience. They are all so unique and amazing, each one is different and we are surprised to keep finding that we love all of them. Visiting them with our children has created some unforgettable memories for our entire family. Having our kids right there with us is not always easy, but totally worth every moment.

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Mountains to Cross and Gems to Mine

I was born and raised in the mountains and have always felt a connection to them. Although visiting the beaches of the Gulf coast was fun, I have been aching to see mountains again. The last time we were in the mountains was in Big Bend National Park before Christmas and to me that is a long time. The kids were a little surprised when we crested a hill and I saw mountains because I let out a joyous call. The forested hills of Georgia were very pretty, but these were mountains and I knew that soon we would be in the Great Smokey Mountains!

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We Minimalized………….Sort Of

It was difficult parting with our stuff and it took several garage sales, donation runs, and a trip to the dump to finally pare it down enough that it would fit into our 10×20′ storage unit. After narrowing our possessions down to the important junk, I mean glorious items that were important, we traveled across the country to pick up our travel trailer. We could only take what would fit into our Armada and a small carrier we strapped to the roof rack. Yes it was a great feeling having almost no worldly possessions and every time we had to cram everything back into the car to hit the road again we cursed how much we had brought. Then the magical moment happened when we did the walk through of our new home to travel the country in. Reality quickly set in when we realized we now had to

Yes down sizing from a 2300 sq ft home to a 275 sq ft trailer can be tricky!

purchase all the numerous items that a travel trailer has to have, like a water hose and a sewer hose. Everyone who is on the road has these essentials and each person has an opinion as to which brand or type is the best. This article isn’t about the stuff that everyone has to buy to get on the road.  It’s about the things we feel are essential for our travels and every item on this list is something we don’t know how we would get by without. Each has a story behind how we came to know we needed it or how many times I was grateful to have it, but these are the things that allow us to achieve our dream of seeing every state in America.

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A Unique Beginning

It is unusual for us to stay in only a single campsite when visiting a state, but in South Carolina one stop was perfect, we saw all that we had hoped to see.  We stayed at an RV park called Barnyard RV.  It was not great, but we made due for a week.  The only good thing about it was its location.  It was a quick drive into Columbia and less than two hours for us to get to the beach.  Other than that it was noisy, the Wi-Fi was virtually non-existent, and the roads were littered with pot holes, just to name a few of the down sides.   Despite the site being sub-standard we still managed to have a great time while visiting Columbia, South Carolina.

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