We aren’t necessarily attempting to visit all the national or state parks, but it is kind of fund to track those we have visited and see how much there is still to explore. Of course this list neglects many of the state and national forests, historic sites, recreation areas, and other wonderful public lands.
⛺️- camped in the park
Continue reading “A Camping and Hiking Bucket List”
🥾- hiked in the park
Timber Creek Campground
Blue let us sleep until 6am today. Even so, we were slow to get moving. It was in the 40s and I discovered a plastic baggie overflowed from a drawer onto the heater, so we hesitated to run it for long. Ted took Blue for a quick walk and we got ready to go look for animals. A quick trip southwest was fruitless. A bit past the campground, I spotted a female moose, but Ted then realized he left his phone back at the camper. So we made detour to the campground. I needed to register for another night anyway, so we killed two birds. Continue reading “Monarch Lake”
Last night wrapped up with Ted befriending our neighbor Emmanuel, a single dad out with his girls for the first time. We invited him to share our campfire after their bedtime and therefore stayed up a little later than intended. Blue didn’t seem to care and got us up at 5am again. Ted put her back outside, but I was awake enough to read and doze rather than fall deep asleep.
Since we didn’t have reservations for the night, we were eager to get backed up and claim our first-come-first-served campsite. We finally packed everything up as fog oozed over the mountain ridge, layering us and our things with a glistening of water. We said goodbye to Hermit Park around 8:30am. We were sad to leave, but ready to explore another area.
The only way to the other side of the park is via Thunder Ridge Road. This 40 mile stretch of paved highway doubles back on itself again and again, climbing to over 12,000 feet. Few guardrails separate the road from 90 degree drop offs. It requires a confident driver, especially if you are towing 5000 pounds of trailer behind you. Ted wove uphill expertly. He paced with all of the SUVs, vans, and sedans. Downhill was another story. It was our first extended downhill grade and it took about half of the trip of looking in the manual to figure out how to use the transmission to slow us down. We think Blue might have been greatly distressed by the pressure in her ears and I worked on giving her chewy treats and trying to trigger yawns in her by yawning myself. Continue reading “Over the pass”
Lodgepole Campground is one of two campgrounds in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park and definitely the most central. Despite the 214 sites, reservations seem to be highly recommended in this popular campground. Like most national park campgrounds, if no site is initially available in your search, be sure to check back frequently. This was how we were able to get a great site over Labor Day weekend just a few weeks in advance. Continue reading “Lodgepole Campground”
When one thinks of Indiana, cornfields and basketball may come to mind. But turquoise waters lapping tawny sands? Only those who have discovered Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the adjacent State Park would think of that.
This place has long been on our list. Last weekend, I started considering a camping trip and checked out weather.com. Rain, rain and more rain – except for the very northwest segment of the circle formed by the four hour driving radius that I consider possible as a weekend trip. This area was supposed to get bad storms on Friday night, but the storms would bring in cooler temps and dryer air. This seemed like our best chance for a camping trip. Continue reading “Indiana Dunes”