Camping on Padre Island – year 5 :)

Yep, that’s how much we LOVE Padre!!!  We visited it the first year we traveled, and have made a point to come here every year for at least 10 days (we try for 14, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out, like this year); and we are back now Camping on Padre Island !  Yay! […]

Big Hole National Battlefield, SW MT…

I forgot that I had not blogged about our visit to the Big Hole National Battlefield while we were camping in the snow… This was not our first visit to the Big Hole Battlefield; we had last visited BHNB about 5 years ago’ – before we knew about the Jr. Ranger programs, and before this park’s […]

Oklahoma City National Memorial…

Today was a quiet day.  We went to church at the one that we are staying at, and helping out with.  Afterwards, we had breakfast for lunch (doesn’t everyone do that?), and then we drove 10 minutes away to the Oklahoma City National Memorial. We had never been there before.  It is a beautiful memorial, […]

Chickamauga & Chatanooga National Military Park…

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We left Cumberland Gap on a Friday afternoon, headed for Mississippi and a Samaritan’s Purse tornado clean-up.  We were going to jet there quickly because clean-ups are worked 7 days a week, but since it was just beginning, they weren’t starting until Monday. Since we had a little bit of extra time, on Saturday we stopped […]

Cumberland Gap National Park…

Last Tuesday, after our visit to the Titanic Museum, and the Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Pigeon Forge, TN, we pulled into the Cumberland Gap National Park!We try not to pull into campground in the dark, but this time we did, and easily found a lovely site!   The park has one campground, and it is treed with big […]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN…

On Monday, we visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Located in the southeast corner of Tennessee and the northwest corner of North Carolina, the park encompasses over 500,000 acres, and is the most visited National Park in the nation.  One visit and we could see why! Our first stop was at the Sugarlands Visitor’s Center in the […]

Blue Ridge Parkway…

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While we were in South Carolina, the guys had some fun with the local water vines… The other fulltime family dad that we were camping with had told Vaughn how he grew up swinging on water vines in forests just like this one.  When the guys were out mushroom hunting, they started looking around at all […]

Cowpens National Battlefield, SC…

Happening just months after the battle at King’s Mountain, the conflict at Cowpens was also a patriot victory during the Revolutionary War. Cowpens National Battlefield is located just half an hour west of King’s Mountain NHP, in northwestern South Carolina.  We spent the afternoon there after visiting King’s Mountain (we went to King’s Mountain first […]

Kings Mountain National Military Park, SC…

After we left Congaree National Park on Friday, we drove to Gaffney, SC.  We just needed a place to spend the night before we visited a nearby park the next morning.  Pulling into the Gaffney Walmart parking lot in the dark, we found the most perfect Walmart campsite 😉 ever – right out our front […]

Congaree National Park, SC…

On Friday, we drove north to our 83rd National Park –  Congaree.  Congaree N.P. is a swamp in the middle of South Carolina.  After parking the 5er and truck in their spacious big rig parking lot, we walked up to the large visitor’s center.  Inside, the ranger was telling someone, over the phone, that they […]