After all of the fun our kids had on the Wibit at the Dogwood Valley Jellystone near Columbus, Ohio, they were determined to find another campground with a Wibit. They did the research and discovered Pine Lakes Jellystone near Pittsfield, Illinois, less than four hours from our house. We were lucky enough to grab the last available site for the July 4th weekend.
Cuyahoga, Cleveland, and Punderson represent the final leg of our three campground, nine night camping adventure.
Our first adventure in the Mantis was a visit to Shenandoah National Park while camping in Luray. We experienced the beauties of Skyline drive, stayed in a gorgeous campground, and had a mostly positive experience with the Mantis.
Is Cricket Camping now Mantis Camping? We loved our Cricket, so why the change?
We came across Cumberland Mountain as an overnight stop on our way to Asheville previously. Although we were there after sunset and departed before sunrise, we thought this location, situated half way between Nashville and Knoxville in Tennessee, deserved a weekend trip.
We planned to visit Montgomery Bell State Park in March as a way to extend our Savannah trip by a few days. Our plans changed and we instead book a spring weekend to make a visit.
When we started camping we set a rule: we were not going to camp anywhere that we could easily drive home. We live one mile from a National Wildlife Refuge that has four campgrounds. Already planned activities around home caused us to break our rule and Camp Local.
Our spring break is mid-March, which is unpredictable for finding warm and dry weather. On our recent trip to the Georgia coast, we scored nearly perfect weather. We took full advantage of the good weather to explore Savannah, Tybee and Skidaway islands, plus two campgrounds. Read more to learn about both campgrounds and our favorite experiences of the trip.
Memphis has special history for us as the location of our very first camping trip in a camper during the sweltering Labor Day weekend in 2015. Conditions were very different this time, along with the location, as we got to stay at the popular Tom Sawyer RV park on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Shane and Jessica
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