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Advice - Memphis

October 10, 2018, my hubby and I with our two little doggies are going pack up our 33 foot 5th wheel RV and hit the road for what we're calling "The Grand Adventure"!  It will be a two year trip across the United States, camping in every state!

We've had a lot of people ask us about our plans and where we're going so we've decided to start sharing our ideas so you all can give us advise before we ever leave.

Since we won't be starting "The Grand Adventure" until October, we decided to start in a state that will be beautiful in the fall - Tennessee.

The first stop on the Tennessee tour will be Memphis.

We will be camping at T. O. Fuller State Park.  It is located right outside of Memphis.  An ancient Indian village was found during an excavation. The site has since been developed as the Chucalissa Indian Village and is operated by the University of Memphis. It includes a village, preserved archaeological excavations and a modern museum.

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Thursday Throwback - Alaskan Adventure Day 2

Since we're not doing any camping right now due to winter weather and tight work schedule, I'm highlighting our trip to Alaska in June 2014.

Day 2 is kind of misleading!  Day 1 was really traveling to Alaska.  Day 2 was when our adventure really began.  We ate our free breakfast at the hotel we were staying at in downtown Anchorage.  We couldn't pick up our rental car until 9:00 a.m. so we walked around by the shore of Anchorage.

Anchorage had beautiful flowers hanging all over the place!






































Here's a picture of Ship Creek near our hotel.  It wasn't salmon season while we were there but we did enjoy watching them fish anyway.


















After we picked up our rental car and stopped by Walmart to pick up snacks and water, we headed north toward Denali.





































We ate fast food for lunch in Wasilla and then got back on the road to Denali.  As we drove, I wondered if we would know Mt. McKinley when we saw it.  We also knew that the summit of Mt. McKinley is visible only about 20% of th…

Throwback Thursday - Alaskan Adventure Day 1

One of the reasons why I wanted to start this blog was to inspire people to get outside more and enjoy this beautiful world God has created.  However, we don't get outside as much during January.  So I decided to highlight each day of our amazing trip to Alaska we took during the summer of 2014 on Throwback Thursdays.  It was a 10 day trip so by the time I get through 10 Throwback Thursdays, it will be time to go camping again!!

Before I tell you all about Day 1, let me give you some background.  My hubby and I usually don't take big vacations.  And when we do, we camp and we take our son.  But this time was different.  It was our 25th wedding anniversary and we wanted to do something different and special.  We threw around ideas like renting a beach house in Florida for the entire family or going to  Banff in Canada.  But nothing sounded right so we just did nothing about it.  Finally mid-spring I got to thinking about surprising my hubby with a trip to his bucket list desti…

Pomme de Terre State Park

What was the weather like this past weekend in your part of the world?

Here in Missouri, it was one of the most beautiful autumn weekends ever!

I was sooooo happy to go camping!  It was one of the first times I can remember ever camping beyond Labor Day weekend.  I remember tent camping one year for my birthday (November 1) but other than that, we rarely camped after Labor Day.  It can and did get pretty chilly at night.  I have a hard time sleeping if I'm cold!

Camping in an RV is so luxurious!  Heat and air and a fire place!

We went back to our favorite campground - Hermitage at Pomme de Terre.

We love Hermitage because it is relatively flat, has lots of shade but also has great views (and access to) the lake.



















































Babler State Park

It is my goal in life to camp and/or visit as many state parks in the United States.

Recently we crossed off a state park in Missouri we had never camped at or had even visited - Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.







































Camping at the Branson KOA

I am super excited about this coming weekend!  We are going to camp at a (new to us) state park outside of St. Louis - Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park.  I'm excited about trying out a different state park but I'm equally excited about attending the Taste of St. Louis food festival!  Babler State Park is just 15 minutes away from the food festival.  Combining two of my favorite things - cooking and camping - is a weekend made in heaven!

I certainly can't go camping this weekend without first catching you up on our Labor Day camping trip.  We had not made reservations anywhere since we did not buy our RV until the end of July.  When you don't make reservations 6 months in advance, you won't be staying at any popular state parks in Missouri!  So we started looking at other campgrounds in the Branson area since we had some family visiting there.  We called several other places but they were all booked.  We called the Branson KOA - we've stayed at other KO…