Campground Reviews

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Not all campgrounds are created equal. A great campground can really enhance your trip, or even be a destination in itself. A bad one might lead you to question if you even really like camping to begin with. As we travel, we review the campgrounds where we stay, so look below to find out which ones we think you shouldn’t miss, and which ones to avoid.

Gettysburg Farm

Gettysburg

When you think of a farm, lots of images come to mind… barns and tractors, rows of corn swaying in the breeze, grassy pastures full of animals. You can almost hear the mooing of cows, the bleating of goats or the crow of a rooster. You can almost smell the… well, never mind the smells. It is rare that one imagines a bunch of RVs and other campers into this idyllic scene, but so it Continue Reading →

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Full Circle at Circle M

state of independence

We wrapped up the first season of our full-time traveling life at the Circle M Thousand Trails in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For the time being, Pennsylvania is our “home” state – where we have our mailing address, our vehicles registered, and most of our family this side of the Atlantic. Returning to Pennsylvania brought our first leg full circle. Circle M Our first impressions as we pulled in to Circle M on a sunny Saturday were Continue Reading →

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More Thousand Trails Fails: Tennessee

Tennessee Thousand Trails

As we’ve mentioned previously, not all Thousand Trails campgrounds are created equal. Our standards are not too high, especially when we’re not paying more than our membership fees to stay there, but even we have limits. There are two Thousand Trails campgrounds in Tennessee: Cherokee Landing and Natchez Trace. We stayed at both, and while neither is a place we would particularly recommend, the first moved to top of our list of places to avoid. Continue Reading →

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Hot Springs National Park

Bathhouse Row

Our kids have a couple of those laminated map placemats. One is a world map and one is a map of the United States. They fight over who gets to eat with which one (siblings!) and most recently the world map has been the coveted mat. We love them. They inspire spontaneous learning, memories of places we’ve traveled, and imagining new trips and adventures. They’re placemats, so they’re not super detailed. The US map has Continue Reading →

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Casino Camping

Bossier City Casino camping

After exactly a month in Texas, it was time to start working our way back north and east. Our flight reservation from New York back to Sweden for the summer was just over a month away and we wanted some time with family and friends in Pennsylvania before we left the country again. It was sad to leave our friends in Dallas, but thankfully we had another visit with friends to look forward to in Continue Reading →

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A Tale of Two Campgrounds, aka the Dallas Wifi Quest

Texas

One bittersweet Monday morning, we packed up our things, hooked up our camper, and waved good bye to friends new and old in Houston. It was sad to leave but there were more good times to be had and more memories to be made. We were headed to the Dallas area, where we planned to explore a new city and visit with more friends that we hadn’t seen in far too long. There are four Continue Reading →

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Houston Area Thousand Trails

Thousand Trails Houston

We truly enjoyed the two weeks we spent in the Houston area, visiting friends and some of the city’s many attractions. In our previous post, we shared more about our favorite family-friendly activities. Thousand Trails members looking to visit the Houston area have two choices of member campgrounds in the Houston area: Colorado River in Columbus and Lake Conroe in Willis. Because of availability issues, we spent a week at each of these campgrounds during Continue Reading →

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Sam Houston Jones State Park

kids campfire

Our next destination after leaving Gulf Islands was Houston, Texas. But it’s a very long drive to Houston from Ocean Springs, MS. To break it up we spent a night at a wonderful state park in Louisiana, also named for Sam Houston. Or rather, named for someone who was named for Sam Houston. Sam Houston is a man with a lot of namesakes, as it turns out. Anyway, we stopped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in Continue Reading →

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

giant cannon

Our next two stops were both at Gulf Islands National Seashore. This beautiful area of protected coastline along the Gulf of Mexico is found in both Florida and Mississippi. The two sections of the park are very different in character from one another, but both well worth visiting. Gulf Islands Florida Across from Pensacola is a long strip of island that is so narrow that at times you can see the water on both sides Continue Reading →

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Camel Lake Camping and Florida Caverns

Florida Caverns

Touring a cave always feels like an adventure! Something about leaving the warm air and sunlight behind and knowing you’re deep underground just gives it an other-worldly feel, and yet every cave seems to have its own personality. We like touring caves! When we heard about Florida Caverns State Park, we knew we wanted to add that to our itinerary. In addition to cave tours, the park also had plenty of hiking trails and a Continue Reading →

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Making the Best of It at Horseshoe Beach

gulf sunset

If you were looking at a map of the Gulf Coast of Florida, and you saw a town labeled “Horseshoe Beach,” what would you expect it to be like? What images would come to your mind? If you, like me, were picturing a beautiful west Florida beach community, then noticed that there was a county park right along the water that offered RV camping, would you be excited? Camping on the beach. For only $20 Continue Reading →

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Boondocking at Flying Eagle Preserve

Flying Eagle

Once we had spent a few days in the Everglades without hook-ups, we were itching to further explore boondocking opportunities. Florida is a great place to do that, both because of weather and availability, so after a few days of resting and recharging back at Peace River, we chose a boondocking site near our next destination. What is boondocking? Definitions vary and in some circles are hotly debated (Seriously? Find something better to spend your energy Continue Reading →

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A Brief Tour in Tampa

Glazer vets

Moving in the direction of Tallahassee, where we were headed to attend a Full-time Families Rally, our next stop was the Tampa area. We have two nearby Encore RV parks included in our Thousand Trails membership, and since neither had availability for all three nights we planned to stay there, we stayed in both. Largo Vacation Village in Largo, FL, is perhaps our least favorite campground so far. The sites are tiny and way too close Continue Reading →

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Peace River

peace river

One of the things we’re learning about a traveling lifestyle is pacing. When you’re on vacation, you usually want to see and do as much as you can before you head back to everyday life. The days are fun but intense and often we talk about needing to recover after a vacation. Even on our big trip in 2012, our time was limited to about 3 months and we moved on to a new place Continue Reading →

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Choosing a Thousand Trails Membership

Thousand Trails

When we left Osceola National Forest we headed for Three Flags RV Campground in Wildwood, FL, which was our third stay in the Thousand Trails network. The longer we live this full-time traveling lifestyle, the more we realize that our preferred campground is more like what we left in Osceola – national/state/county parks and forests that may boast fewer amenities but that offer more nature and open spaces. We found this to be true when we Continue Reading →

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Welcome to Florida – Osceola National Forest

ocean pond campground

It was hard to find. We’d taken a several mile detour before we realized we were following directions to the wrong place. We were out of cell phone and internet range, so we traded Google Maps for our trusty old (new) road atlas. It was late afternoon, it had been a long drive, and we were all very tired. But we got there. It was worth it. The Ocean Pond campground in Osceola National Forest Continue Reading →

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Hunted by Helena

We have a “polar package” on our camper. If we compare it to our Swedish camper, it’s kind of a joke, but it does give us a little bit of protection in colder temperatures. It basically means the underbelly is enclosed and receives some heat from the heat system and water heater. But this is by no means a winter camper. The time we spent in Pennsylvania over the holidays was challenging in terms of Continue Reading →

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A Day in DC

Natural history museum

Just outside of Washington DC, in Greenbelt, Maryland is a small national park that many people have never heard of. We hadn’t until recently. Greenbelt National Park doesn’t boast thousands of acres, dramatic vistas, or unique natural phenomena like some of the better known parks. This pretty wooded area, just 12 miles from the White House, is little more than its campground. And its stated mission is to help people access and enjoy our nation’s Continue Reading →

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The First State

Delaware’s state nickname is “The First State” and it was fitting for us as this was the first state for us as we officially began to travel. We purchased the trailer in New Jersey and stayed in it for more than a month in Pennsylvania, but as we began our travels beyond visiting family and friends, our first state was Delaware. Coincidentally, it was also in this first stop in Delaware that we welcomed the Continue Reading →

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The “Camp” in Campus Park and Ride

Philadelphia RV

The website promises no trees, grass, lakes, or anything else that you typically associate with camping. They weren’t exaggerating. Campus Park and Ride is a parking lot where commuters to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and surrounding areas can park their cars and take a shuttle bus. A typical park and ride… except that this park and ride developed part of their lot into a makeshift RV park and also reaches out Continue Reading →

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