The Current River is part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverway and is a cold, spring-fed river. This is the first NPS site to protect a river system. This region is home to caves, trails, bluffs, the largest spring in the US, and so much beauty of the Ozarks. A float trip can also be a party scene. How well did it accommodate our party of five families with kids?
Following our successful return to the campground in May to Nathaniel Bedford Forrest State Park, we quickly scheduled a return trip to a Tennessee State Park. This one is a favorite of ours - Montgomery Bell State Park.
There are a number of attributes we adore about Tennessee State Parks: great campgrounds and facilities, trail networks that are often near the campgrounds, abundant natural beauty, user-friendly intuitive websites, and, in the spring of 2020, we love that they are open.
We taken advantage of the 'Stay Home' order to catch up on work around the house and camper to get ready to (hopefully) hit the campground this summer. We are also using our downtime to hike locally at the Shawnee National Forest and Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge.
We discovered the Robert Newlon Airpark, near Huntington, WV, as a unique stopover halfway home from Washington DC. A new city to explore, a unique campground at an airpark with live music and dinner available? We had to check that out!
After backing out last year, we decided it was time to tackle DC. We wanted to see it all in a week. Is that possible?
About ten days prior to our spring break trip to DC, we decided to upgrade our tow vehicle to a Durango.
We booked a last minute trip to a new to us campground in Nashville once we confirmed the weather was forecasted to be nice for Presidents’ Day Weekend. Due to a work commitment, we delayed leaving until Saturday morning. In hindsight, we are thankful we were able to travel during daylight as we were about to experience our first breakdown with the camper in tow.
Reelfoot Lake, located in northwestern Tennessee near the Mississippi River, is a 15,000 acre lake that was formed by the 1811-12 earthquakes on the New Madrid fault-line. This shallow lake, averaging less than five feet, is swamp-like with cypress trees submerged in many areas of the lake. A region once mapped by Daniel Boone, one that previously housed the only commerical crappie fishing operation in the world, Reelfoot Lake has long been known as an outdoor recreation destination. This is what attracted us and the pursuit of spotting eagles.
For the school's winter break, we monitored the weather around the holidays, looking for a warm few days within a manageable distance. We found an opening - Hot Springs!
Shane and Jessica
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