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Winter trip brainstorming, Part III

We finish our sun-seeking brainstorming exercise here, after discussing Coastal South Carolina and Georgia in Part I, and the beaches of Northern Florida and the Panhandle in Part II. Spoiler alert! Option 3 is the winner! Option 3: Go all the...

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Winter trip brainstorming, part II

We’re brainstorming a winter Airstream trip from VA to somewhere warmer. In Part I, we looked at Coastal SC and GA. Part II is all about Florida beaches. This is Vader, Bugsy’s predecessor. He LOVED the beach, and would chase...

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Four days in Canaan Valley, WV

In the early Aughts, J and I (and Bugsy’s two dear departed predecessors) spent a lot of time in the Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia, hiking and biking in spectacular spots like Dolly Sods Wilderness, Seneca Rocks, and Spruce Knob – Seneca...

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Airstreaming at Lockn’ Music Festival

Does this belong on AirstreamDog? Because our Airstream Dog didn’t accompany us–the first trip we’ve done in the Airstream without Bugsy. We spent four nights camping in an enormous field of RVs, down the road from an even bigger tent...

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The Big Trip: Retrospective

A few lessons learned: Be flexible with route planning. Don’t plan more than a couple stops at a time, if possible. (High season may require more advance planning, when prime campgrounds fill up!) Early or late in the prime tourist...

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Two days in Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock was our last camping stop of the trip. While we had mixed feelings about the adventure coming to a close (a regular-sized bed! and a regular-sized bathroom! and our friends back home! –versus– excitement! and exploration! and new...

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Two days in Jonesborough, TN

This was a great stop for us–fantastic camping, rewarding hiking, good beer and delicious tacos. One activity we missed was exploring historic Jonesborough, which looks quaint and lovely, but we prioritized enjoying our sweet campsite over driving more. We’ll just have to...

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Three days in Bardstown, KY

We interrupt this beer-soaked narrative to bring you a brief tale of bourbon. Bardstown, in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country and with five distilleries of its own, is called the Bourbon Capital of the World. Even if you quit drinking...