After two hot and sunny days in the high-desert landscape of the Rio Grande Gorge, I am craving cool green forest. I head up the High Road toward Santa Fe, excited to drive this quintessential New Mexico route for the first time. Continue reading Driving the High Road: Taos to Bandelier National Monument
Days 3-5 (August 2019) Orilla Verde Recreation Area in Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Camping in Orilla Verde Recreation Area In August 2018, we crossed the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge, stopping to walk the bridge and peer 650 feet down to the river below. For the past year I have been looking forward to returning … Continue reading Two Days in the Rio Grande Gorge: Finding Solitude in Orilla Verde Recreation Area
On Day 1 of my Southwest roadtrip with Juniper, I am entertained by quirky roadside attractions, drive a lonely highway to to a pretty high-desert lake, and am reminded just how uncomfortable desert camping can be in August. Continue reading Small Town Kitsch on the road to Conchas Lake State Park
Perfect pie and pot jokes, Mount Shasta and transcendentalist misquotes. Welcome to Weed, California. Continue reading Weed, California: A Fun Stop en route to Crescent City
Fort De Soto Park is a Florida camper’s dream. In addition to the lush, private campsites and the hundred activities you can enjoy at this beautiful beachfront park, the campground location is awesome. In minutes you can be in downtown St. Pete and the Gulf beaches.
This is one of my favorite campgrounds in the country. Read on to find out why. Continue reading A Camper’s Guide to Fort De Soto Park
The scenic route north on Chuckanut Drive winds through farmland and up the side of Chuckanut Mountain, providing teaser views of the Salish Sea and San Juan Islands. Upon discovery of the sweet campground and shoreline at Larrabee State Park, we decide to stay here for four nights and explore the area. By the end of our time in Bellingham, I will find myself dreaming about a life here.
Continue reading Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, WA
During our January 2019 trip to Cedar Key, we camped for the first time at Shell Mound, a Levy County park. While the campground is 12 miles from downtown Cedar Key, it’s an easy drive into town, and the campground views of the salt marsh and Gulf of Mexico are gorgeous. From the campground there … Continue reading Campground Review: Shell Mound in Cedar Key, Florida
My ears fresh from the city and not yet in tune with nature sounds, I do not immediately discern what makes the sound. Perhaps a child? A moment later, a cacophony of yelps and howls tells me it is a pack of coyotes. Aside from the wind, the birds, and the chorus of grasshoppers, these are the only sounds we hear from our campsite during our stay. Continue reading Clayton Lake State Park