Most people we know head to the beach for Spring Break. We instead headed west for the second Spring Break. Last year, it was Death Valley, Zion, and Las Vegas. This year: New Mexico. The Land of Enchantment is spot on; where else in one week could we visit six NPS sites, spelunk, sand sled, explore cliff dwellings, visit Manhattan Project sites, climb through stunning art installations, dine in one of the best food cities in the world, and visit a site with roots outside this world?
Yes, it's true. You did already see a 2021 post about the Keys. We visited in March with a great plan to snorkel, visit Biscayne Bay and Dry Tortuga's National Parks, and exp[ore the reefs and keys. We did have a great time in March with our friends and seeing some of the sights, but the weather wasn't ideal for all of our adventures. So we took a family vote.
We've been fortunate to camp a lot this spring and summer. Here is an overview of where we've been from Easter through Independence Day. We've had great spots in Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and our home state of Illinois recently.
The Keys and The Fort
Since we began camping frequently in 2015, we’ve enjoyed getting a trip in nearly every month each year. We had a monthly streak that reached fifteen months at one point. We camped through winter and summer, near and far, good times and COVID... But this winter got us. Between holidays, rescuing two dogs, and cold weather, we had the Mantis packed up and winterized for quite awhile. But when Spring Break came around, we got back on the road! Read on to join our March trip to Orlando, Key Largo, and two National Parks.
Our Thanksgiving trip was a journey of two extremely opposite campgrounds: Cades Cove Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains just off The Loop, and Carolina Pines RV Resort in Conway, SC, 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach. As opposite the two spots are, both may be a contender for the best campground ever. Here is the link to Cades Coves.
Our Thanksgiving trip was a journey of two extremely opposite campgrounds: Cades Cove Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains just off The Loop, and Carolina Pines RV Resort in Conway, SC, 15 minutes from Myrtle Beach. As opposite the two spots are, both may be a contender for the best campground ever.
Ferne Clyffe State Park, IL
Camping weekend at Ferne Clyffe State Park.
Lake Murphysboro State Park, IL
Fall weekend at Lake Murphysboro State Park.
Camp Perryville, MO
Shane and Jessica
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