Had a chance to visit South Mountain State Park this past week and truly enjoyed the trip. I arrived in sunny, but cold, weather. The park was empty except for a few hardy souls that were taking in the clean air and trails. After I set up camp, I got my pack and started hiking. Continue reading
Just off the Parkway, a few miles from Carolina Hemlock Recreational Area is the Crabtree Falls campground and recreational area. I recently visited the Pisgah National Forest to do some hiking and stayed at the campground. Continue reading
After a few days hiking in NC, I visited Grayson Highlands in Virginia. The park has everything a hiker or day camper can want. It’s trails are easy to the most advanced.
I have now used my camper to visit dozens of parks. I has exceeded my expectations. No leaks, no issues with power, no problem sleeping and getting a good nights rest. It is easy to tow, coming in at less than 900 pounds, easy to set up, easy to keep clean. Combined with my truck, I can carry all my gear and still haul my own wood for fires and my kayak. I have changed out some of my gear, put in different storage combinations, taken out things that I haven’t or don’t plan to use and basically just enjoyed the simplicity the trailer has made of camping.
Some things to ponder: without a bathroom, make sure you have access. Knowing that my better half won’t lock me out at a campsite because she has good clean bathrooms and shower facilities is pretty important. Make sure you work through any problems that might arise with storms, uneven campsites, wind, etc. I actually carry an extra two man tent, poles, tarps, etc. for emergencies. You need flashlights. Get a dozen. Carry one on you at all times. Have a double walled 20 oz or more container, (Walmart-$7.00).
You need some good camp chairs. Cheap ones hurt your butt after a few minutes. Camping is about relaxing, not cramps and back pain. Get a good stick, maybe a broken shovel handle like mine, to move your wood in the firepit.
If you want to really enjoy your trips, go where others don’t go. If you must stay at busy campgrounds, be courteous to others. Keep your radio low, turn off all those extra lights. Shut the generator down as soon as possible and keep noise down after dark. Take good coffee, creamer and a good book. Don’t stress over no having phone service. Play with your kids if they go. Walk. Swim. Sink your toes in the river. Enjoy.
I suspect that I will be building another trailer soon. It was a joy and I can give this one to my sisters so they can come camping too.
Watch your six.
Anyone that has been on the Outer Banks makes time for one of the most famous lighthouses on the East Coast. The Cape Hatteras Light House, built in 1870 is over 200 feet tall and has given sailors help in navigating the Outer Banks.
I had a few days off so I took to the road hoping to get in a few days of cat The park is located near the Dismal Swamp in eastern North Carolina, near the Virginia state line. Continue reading
At the beginning of the camping season, it is hard to get good pictures. The foliage isn’t out yet, the landscape can look dull. This past weekend, my friend Jeff and I decided to take a chance on the weather and hit the trails at the Uwharrie National Forest. After a great day on the trail, it was time for hotdogs and hamburgers off the grill. A full stomach later, a roaring fire and the seasons first awesome sunset. Come on folks, time is wasting, get out there.
Watch your six,
Just outside Asheboro North Carolina is the Uwharrie National Forest. Part of the forest includes the Morrow Mountain State Park which has many trails and great views at the top of Morrow Mountain. Continue reading
Just inside Utah, above the Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful parks in America. The Zion National Park is literally as awe inspiring as the Canyon. The park is very busy, it is visited by millions of people per year. You have to go regardless. As you start to get closer to the park the rock formations begin to take on a different hue, the lines of millions of years of erosion begin to show clearly from miles away. Continue reading
Since Pilot Mountain is so close to my home, it is a favorite destination when I am just needing to get away, even during the week. I can hook up the trailer in a few minutes and be at the campsite in less than an hour. Continue reading