Posts Tagged ‘camping’

Staying Organized on the Road

Staying Organized on the Road

A six-week road trip is an amazing experience, but it also creates plenty of opportunities for total chaos. Staying organized during the journey was a challenge. Basically we were living out of the Jeep, carrying all our gear and just re-supplying perishables on stops along the route.
We had to come up with a work-able solution [...]


Portfolio: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Portfolio: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon, just outside Amarillo, is a magnificent natural wonder. With awe-inspiring red cliffs, and bright banded layers of colors representing four different geologic periods spanning over 240 million years, its buttes and mesas define a rugged skyline. Exploring the trails nestled in between gullies and brush, we discover a surprising variety of plants [...]


Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close…

Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close...

The air smelled good. We woke early, anxious to make the most of our “pause” in this spectacular canyon. We wanted to explore it’s vastness up close and we actually had the time, as today was a “rest” day — it was the first day we weren’t driving since we set out on Route 66 [...]


Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Located about an hour’s drive from Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon is the most spectacular scenic landscape feature in the Panhandle of Texas. The canyon appears almost without warning, a jolting razor cut through the flat grasslands of the Llano Estacado or “Staked Plains.” Early Spanish Explorers are believed to have discovered the area and dubbed [...]


Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66…

Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66...

A simple sign marked the Texas border. A cowboy in a little convertible drove past, giving us a slightly surreal welcome to another world. We followed him into the town of Shamrock.
Even without the cowboy’s help, following the old road is easier in Texas, because it rarely strays far from the interstate. 150 of the [...]


Destination: Foss State Park, OK

Destination: Foss State Park, OK

Foss State park is located in western Oklahoma, just north of Route 66, where the slow-moving Washita River winds through prairie and farmlands to merge with Foss Reservoir. The man-made reservoir, over 8,800 acres, is actually the largest lake in western Oklahoma. With 63 miles of shoreline Foss has a reputation for excellent sand bass, [...]


Camping Across America

Camping Across America

Camping across America is a great way to really see the country up close and personal. It is also a very affordable way to travel. But camping is not for everyone. And not everyone has the same idea about what camping means.
For some, it means minimal supplies, tent and sleeping bags, in a remote area [...]


Day 7: The Endless Horizon on Route 66, Oklahoma

Day 7: The Endless Horizon on Route 66, Oklahoma

The landscape has changed to the flat endless horizon we tend to associate with the great big West. And the animal of the day is the cow! Lots and lots of cows. And corn. Cornfields and Cows. Cows and Cornfields — occasionally interrupted by the even taller stalks of the wind turbines generating clean energy.
Wind [...]


A “Grapes of Wrath” Moment…

A "Grapes of Wrath" Moment...

For some bizarre reason, camping at Bennett Spring State Park in Missouri reminded me of something from “Grapes of Wrath.” There isn’t really any logical connection. Bennett Spring is a nice modern comfortable state park, with camping, fishing, and lots of conveniences, certainly nothing like what dustbowl migrants experienced, even with the greatest stretch of [...]


Reservations or Not?

To make or not to make reservations… that is the question. But seriously, planning a trip of this length, we really DID have to make some decisions about advance reservations versus the spontanaeity of the road.
Like most travellers who chose to take Route 66, we wanted room for spontaneity and time to discover things as [...]


Day 5: Lost and Found on Route 66, Missouri

Day 5: Lost and Found on Route 66, Missouri

We left Meramac after the river float and had to skip a visit to the famed caverns because we were “behind schedule.” We decided to try to make some progress towards Oklahoma, today, so we wouldn’t have to drive the whole segment tomorrow. But the day was getting away from us, it was already afternoon, [...]


Day 5: Missouri, Meramec River Adventure

Day 5: Missouri, Meramec River Adventure

Last night, just as we were starting to make our fire, we heard thunder and saw flashes of lightening in the distance. Our peaceful refuge among the deer risked becoming something of a swamp if it came down heavy! It was a race against time to get the hot dogs cooked (and eaten) before the [...]


Destination: Meramec State Park, MO

Destination: Meramec State Park, MO

In summer outdoor enthusiasts flock to Meramec State Park, approximately 60 miles southwest of St. Louis near Interstate 44, to enjoy the Meramec River as it flows through the Ozarks. With 6,896-acres the park offers something for everyone: from rafting to rock climbing and hiking, nature lovers have plenty to do here. Hidden within the [...]


Fragments from the Road to Chicago

Fragments from the Road to Chicago

Two days on the road so far, and we’ve already crossed several states — from NY to Chicago. Pennsylvania seemed endless yesterday. Luckily we were well rewarded in the evening. Our campsite was very beautiful, on the banks of the Cuyahoga River, not far from a cascading waterfall. Freshly cut, like a crop circle, [...]


Portfolio: Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Portfolio: Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park looked hauntingly beautiful when we arrived just after the rain stopped. It was the time of day when the wildlife came out to forage and we delighted in crossing paths. Camping at one of the Stanford House primitive tent sites, we were well-placed for a morning hike to the Brandywine [...]


Destination: Cuyahoga Valley, OH

Destination: Cuyahoga Valley, OH

Unlike many other national parks in far-flung corners of the wilderness, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park stretches between two urban hubs, Cleveland and Akron. Centered around the winding Cuyahoga river (the Native American name means “crooked river”) the 33,000-acre park gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The river once provided water [...]


Day 1-2: Ohio, camping in Cuyahoga Valley

Day 1-2: Ohio, camping in Cuyahoga Valley

It was still wet everywhere when we began to pitch our tent, but we were just glad to finally be there. It had been a tough day of driving! Unpacking our gear took several short-trips back and forth to the Jeep, but our great reward was that we actually saw a real beaver!!!!
Thrilled at the [...]


Time for a New Tent

Time for a New Tent

We have been going tent camping for years, but never for more than a few days at a time, and as soon as it rained more heavily than a “sprinkle” we’d always bee-line it for the nearest motel.
This time it would be different. After outlining our basic itinerary, it became clear that we would be [...]