Trip 24 – Norris Dam State Park (Tennessee)

July 3-7, 2019

Route – Oxford, OH to Norris Dam State Park and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 568 miles      Cumulative – 8,622 miles

Since the Fourth of July was on a Thursday this year, we thought we’d make a long weekend of it and go out of state for an extended camping trip. We chose a park in Tennessee and took my mom with us so she could visit her sister in Asheville, North Carolina. Her sister met us in the town of Norris, TN for dinner. We ate, made the transfer, they returned to Asheville and we set up camp in Norris Dam State Park.

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Trip 24 – Mt. Gilead State Park (Ohio)

June 14-16, 2019

Route – Oxford, OH to Mt. Gilead State Park and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 338 miles      Cumulative – 8,054 miles

This was the first real camping trip of the 2019 season. Katie’s brother was celebrating his 65th birthday with their sister in Columbus. We decided to try a state park that we hadn’t been to that was north of Columbus – Mt. Gilead State Park.

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Trip 23 – St. Louis (Missouri)

April 12-14, 2019

Route – Oxford, OH to St. Louis, MO and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 736 miles      Cumulative – 7,716 miles

Well, it’s that time of the year again – camping season! Our first trip was not to a typical camping site though. We went to visit relatives in St. Louis, Missouri for a few days. They live in a large apartment complex with a four-story, attached parking structure. We got permission to set up the Aliner for a few nights on the top floor of the parking garage, so that was our urban campsite for the trip.

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Trip 22 – Brown County State Park (Indiana)

October 26-28, 2018

Route – Oxford, OH to Brown County State Park, IN and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 208 miles      Cumulative – 6,440 miles

We decided to stick closer to home this trip and picked Brown County State Park in Indiana. It’s only a little over two hours away. We were here last year and wrote about it in this blog post.

THE CAMPGROUND

Brown County State Park – Taylor Ridge Campground

Site 201 – electric, level gravel pad, partly shaded, $32.10/night

Site 201, Taylor Ridge
Site 201, Taylor Ridge

We stayed in the same campground as we did last time, and in fact the sites we used were fairly close to each other. The photo shows our car and the Aliner at the site, which had a good amount of shade. On Sunday there were high winds all morning but the trees served well as a windbreak. You can see a little bit of yellow on the trees. Other sites further down the road were more colorful.

THE ALINER

The Aliner did well. The nights were chilly so we used the furnace in the trailer. It really warmed things up.

THE ADVENTURE

View of surrounding hills
View of surrounding hills

 

The leaves were starting to turn and we got some color – mostly yellows and oranges. There was still quite a bit of green, as you can see.

 

 

 

On our way out we passed a meadow that had a nice bank of trees behind it. We took some pictures from the car (sorry for the blur!) and got a good mix of colors.

The high this Saturday (November 11, 2018), is supposed to be just above freezing. I think the camping season is over and we’ll need to winterize the trailer very soon. I still want to go back to Big Bone Lick park to see the buffalo and late fall or winter might be a good time to do it. If we go, we’ll put a blog post up. Otherwise, see you next spring!

Meadow and trees
Meadow and trees

Trip 21 – Natural Bridge State Resort Park (Kentucky)

October 12-14, 2018

Route – Oxford, OH to Natural Bridge State Resort Park, KY and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 358 miles      Cumulative – 6,232 miles

We’re back – that is to say that we’re back to the Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Kentucky. We were here not too long ago and wrote about it on this blog post. That was at the start of the camping season and now it’s towards the end. We had four good reasons to return though. We wanted to take pictures of climbers, see the fall foliage, visit some more natural bridges and eat at Miguel’s Pizza.

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Trip 20 – Carter Caves State Resort Park (Kentucky)

September 14-16, 2018

Route – Oxford, OH to Carter Caves State Resort Park and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 325 miles      Cumulative – 5,874 miles

Carter Caves State Resort Park campground

Site 034 – electric, water, flat gravel pad, partly shaded, $31.80/night

Site 34 - Aliner and Phoebe

Here we are at Carter Caves State Resort Park campground. We had electricity, water, picnic table, fire pit and a level, gravel pad. It was partly shaded but close to other sites. Two sites share one electrical source which is slightly inconvenient to the campers but smart from the campground builder’s point of view.

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Trip 19 – Forked Run State Park (Ohio)

September 1-3, 2018

Route – Oxford, OH to Forked Run State Park and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 346 miles      Cumulative – 5,549 miles

Forked Run State Park campground

Site 30 – electric, flat, back-in gravel pad, partly shaded, $31.00/night

Campsite 030
Campsite 030, Forked Run State Park

Here we are at Forked Run State Park campground, where we stayed for the three-day Labor Day holiday. The shower house had pit toilets but they were clean and didn’t smell. The showers were also clean and had plenty of hot water.
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Trip 18 – Big Bone Lick State Historic Site (Kentucky)

July 20-22, 2018

Route – Oxford, OH to Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 128 miles      Cumulative – 5,203 miles

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site campground

Site 058 – electric, water, flat, back-in gravel pad, no shade, $33.00/night

Campsite 058Here we are at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site campground. The site was functional but nothing special. And unfortunately, it rained most of the weekend.
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Trip 17 – Greenbo Lake State Park (Kentucky)

June 15-17, 2018

Route – Oxford, OH to Greenbo Lake State Park and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 346 miles      Cumulative – 5,075 miles

Greenbo Lake State Park campground

Site 62 – electric, water, sewer, flat, pull-through gravel pad, partly shaded, $40.00/night

Here we are at Greenbo Lake State Park campground. We ended up with a full service site. This means that it had electricity, water and a sewer line. We usually just get a site with electricity but none were available, so we lived it up.
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Trip 16 – Cowan Lake State Park (Ohio)

June 1-3, 2018

Route – Oxford, OH to Cowan Lake State Park and back
Trailer mileage: Trip – 111 miles      Cumulative – 4,729 miles

Cowan LakeState Park campground

Site 229 – electric, slight incline up, asphalt pad, partly shaded, $33.00/night

Aliner at site 229May and October are my favorite months in Ohio. By May all of the leaves have come out and the woods are a vibrant green. The loop we were in was nice because almost all of the sites were in at least partial shade, as you can see to the left and below.
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