Camp site review: Cherry Hill Park, College Park, MD

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As part of our ongoing series of camp site reviews we’ve visited, today I’m going to share our thoughts from our recent stay at Cherry Hill Park, located in College Park, MD.

If you’re planning a trip to Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas (like Annapolis or Baltimore), and want to stay in your RV, camper, travel trailer or even a tent – then Cherry Hill Park should definitely be on your radar.  Continue reading

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Camp site review: Anvil Campground, Williamsburg, VA

We just returned from a weeklong trip where we visited Williamsburg, VA and then Washington, D.C. As I always like to read about places I’m staying before I get there, I wanted to put together some notes on the campgrounds we stayed in during our trip.

When we stayed in Williamsburg, VA, we parked our travel trailer at Anvil Campground for three days. The campground is conveniently located just a few miles from the area’s main attractions, including Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens-Williamsburg and Water Country USA.

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Private RV resorts vs. state parks

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We just returned from a week-long trip in our Coachmen Apex Nano travel trailer to Williamsburg, Va. and Washington, D.C. It was the longest trip we’ve taken in the camper so far, and I’m happy to report it was a ton of fun!

There’s lots to talk about from our trip, but one of the things that stuck out to me the most, was the difference between private RV resorts and state park campgrounds. Up to this trip, we’d only taken the camper to state parks, so we really didn’t have a frame of reference for other places.

During this trip, we stayed at three different privately-owned campgrounds (meaning, not a state or national park). Each were very different in their own ways, which I’ll cover in future posts as I plan to write a review on each. But today I wanted to compare and contrast the differences between what we saw in privately-owned campgrounds versus state parks.  Continue reading

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Camp Site Review: Edisto Beach State Park

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We’re just finishing up our Spring Break, where we had a chance to sneak down to Edisto Beach State Park for a few days with the camper! It was the A) longest trip we’ve taken the camper so far and B) the farthest away from home.

We camped at Edisto Beach State Park from Sat. – Tues., having made our reservations months in advance (RV camping in state parks is not always for the spontaneous because the spots fill up so fast!).

Edisto Beach State Park

8377 State Cabin Rd, Edisto Island, SC 29438

(843) 869-2156

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Camp site review: Keowee-Toxaway State Park

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We made a quick trip up to Keowee-Toxaway State Park the weekend of March 25, and we had such an amazing time! It was our first time to this state park to camp, so I thought I’d share our experience with you, in case you’re planning a trip to this spot sometime soon!

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Guest post: Nature

{Editor’s note: our 8 year-old son wanted to write his very own blog post! The following is his post for you to enjoy!)

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thats a red wood tree.

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this is me holding wood.

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Our first Family Glamping trip, and how Good Samaritans saved the day

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After months of planning, researching, test driving, dreaming and more, we FINALLY got a chance to take our new Coachmen Apex Nano bhs193 camper on its maiden overnight voyage.

To keep things as simple as possible (considering this was our first time ever doing this), we chose a state park close to home, and close to civilization. Luckily, Paris Mountain State Park  in our hometown of Greenville, SC, fit the bill.

We selected site #36 – which had a slight grade to it, but was mostly flat — good for our first time trying to get the camper level. But before we jump into how much fun we had camping, we should back up and share what we learned before we ever rolled into the campsite.  Continue reading

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Best RV camping online resources

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We got a camper! Now, how do we use this thing???

If you’re new(ish) to this RV camping thing like we are, you might find yourself spending hours at a time surfing the Internet trying to compile the best places for trusted advice and how-to tutorials. Even if you’re a seasoned camping veteran, it never hurts to discover new methods and tricks to make your RV life even more fun.

We compiled a list of top online resources we consistently click on to help us learn the RV camping ropes. Bookmark these sites so you can quickly reference them the next time you need to find an answer to a camping question!  Continue reading

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It’s all happening! We found our first camper…

Finally, after months of visiting local dealerships, and scouring websites, forums, Pinterest and books, we think we found the one. Our First Camper.

I honestly don’t remember if I was this happy when we closed on our first house. Maybe I was. But I can tell  you there was definitely happy dancing going on in the parking lot of the RV dealership when we decided this was going to be our first camper home.

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She’s a beaut, Clarke!

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Our Travel Trailer Wish List

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This is not the camper we purchased…this picture was taken during one of our travel trailer shopping trips. But oh, how it gets us so excited to think of our own camper coming in soon!

So, we’re not-so-patiently waiting for the arrival of our first travel trailer! We’ve ordered the one we want through a local dealership, and now we’re just waiting on it to come in. (Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here YET?!).

We’ve been given an estimate of January 2017 for our travel trailer to arrive. I fully expect us to be waiting at the dealership with balloons and a cake to help make it feel more welcome when it gets to us!

In the meantime, Gib and I are making wish lists galore of things we want to have in our travel trailer. Obviously, there’s a LOT we need to get, and we’re already plunking down a chunk of change just investing in the trailer alone.

So we’re trying to be smart and not blow our entire vacation budget in one fell swoop by looking for things we know we need for our first trips, and things we can purchase down the road.

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