After a long cold-snap, including two weeks of below freezing temperatures at home, we caught a break: The weather forecast called for a warm weekend. We scrambled to find a location and planned a quick weekend camping getaway to Lakeside 370 Campground, west of St Louis in St Peters, MO.
On our way to Georgia, we made an overnight stop at Old Stone Fort State Park, in Manchester TN., south of Nashville. Contrary to our expectations, Old Stone Fort isn’t a fort at all, but rather a Native American religious site.
Sometimes we just need to go camping. This was one of those weekends. It was the the first weekend of November and it was perfect camping weather - warm days and cool nights.
As a deviation from Cricket Camping, I took the kids tent camping for a weekend and let Jessica have the weekend to herself at home. Although we camp fifty nights a year, it had been years since we tent camped!
Going to Santa Claus, Indiana to celebrate Halloween has to bring to mind The Nightmare Before Christmas. We grabbed a last minute site for the first of the six Halloween weekends at the popular Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort.
We had a trip planned months ago for Labor Day weekend, but at the last minute, we decided our original destination was too far away. With a week before the holiday weekend, we scrambled to plan a trip to Louisville. We found a spot between Louisville and Bardstown that would allow us to explore both locations, and to bike, taste bourbon, and explore festivals.
After reading great reviews about Northwestern Arkansas, in particular Bentonville and Eureka Springs, from Travel with Birdy, we knew we had to visit. Bentonville, best known as the home of the late Sam Walton and his retail empire, is becoming a cycling and tourism destination. Meanwhile the entire town of Eureka Springs, aptly dubbed the Stair-step Town, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our quest to find the perfect St Louis-area campground continued during our most recent visit. We decided to stay a little further away at Illinois' largest lake, Carlyle Lake. Read on to learn what we thought of our first Army Corp campground, to learn about Animal BINGO, and to hear about our day in St Louis.
Shane and Jessica
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