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.
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.
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.
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.
Brown County State Park – Taylor Ridge Campground
Site 201 – electric, level gravel pad, partly shaded, $32.10/night
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 did well. The nights were chilly so we used the furnace in the trailer. It really warmed things up.
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.
Meadow with trees turning color
Blurry, but a nice 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!
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.
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.
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
May 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. Continue reading →