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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is enormous and magnificent and full of hiking trails on which you cannot take your dog. Leaving Bugsy behind in the Airstream was not an option as we’d be gone for most of the day, so we did...

dog by airstream cooler

Four days in Fredericksburg, TX

Greetings from charming Fredericksburg! You may have noticed a glaring omission in our route through Central Texas… We very much looked forward to spending time in Austin on our way out west, but our timing is unfortunate: SxSW is going on and...

cotton belt trail

A half day in Waco, TX

No offense to Waco, but we didn’t seek it out as a specific destination, but rather a stopover to break up the drive from Hot Springs to Fredericksburg, TX. We didn’t expect to do much there, but we had a...

buckstaff bathhouse

Two days in Hot Springs, AR

We arrived in Hot Springs, set up camp, zoomed downtown, walked around for about an hour, and then it started raining. It hasn’t really stopped since. I was awoken last night around 3 by the strange lack of rain banging on the metal...

airstream sunset

A day in Oxford, MS

Camping Lessons Learned This one was a doozy. When parked on a decline, make sure those wheel chocks are tight on the trailer wheels, or your trailer could shift downhill ever so slightly and the hitch jack could fall off...

cloudland waterfall

Two days in Chattanooga, TN

Camping Lessons Learned Download podcasts while on the campground wifi before you leave for your next drive. We’re listening to Serial (yes, behind the times) and are loving it/totally frustrated by it. Breaking camp takes a long time, and we’re...

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Two days in Asheville, NC

We started our trip (after a stopover at my sister‘s in Burlington, NC) in Asheville, known as Beer City, USA. There is so much to eat and drink in this hip little city in the mountains. (See also: visit #2 and...

dog at soaring ridge brewery

Practice Camping Trip #3: Roanoke, VA

Campground We spent the weekend at Dixie Caverns Campground, in Salem, VA. It seemed run-down, but safe. We do not recommend using the campground bathrooms, even to wash your hands. They refill propane tanks, the wifi was fine, and the TV...

ashland americamps breakfast

Practice Camping Trip #2: Richmond, VA

Campground We knew we wanted to be close to Richmond, so right away Americamps RV Resort in Ashland jumped to the top of the list, and then we saw that THERE IS A BREWERY ACROSS THE PARKING LOT. As in, you...