Yellowstone. The first National Park in the world. Home to Old Faithful. It’s big and it’s far away. That was about all we knew about this classic road trip destination when we made reservations at the Yellowstone West Gate KOA. We were blown away by all things Yellowstone.
Deciding to proceed with an epic road trip during summer 2020 is complex. Our plans to visit Glacier during this trip had to be scrapped last minute as we would only be able to see West Glacier. We were left to secure a last minute Plan B, a fantastic Plan B, of Grand Tetons. But first we had to get there.
Okay, maybe the title is a little dramatic. One thing we love about our TAXA habitat is the cleaver design aspects. One thing we like even better: when we have an idea for a modification to help our Mantis better fit our lifestyle, it can be done.
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?
Shane and Jessica
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