Memorial Day Campout, May 24-27, 2019

We had our annual Memorial Day camp out with our church from May 24-27. The weather this year was almost perfect. There was rain and storms overnight the first night, but after that, warm and sunny. The only issue was that I forgot to stake down our screen tent and it blew over during the storms the first night. But, since nothing was in it at the time, nothing was damaged.

We took our bikes along this year and went for a ride around the camp ground. The views of Green Lake were beautiful.

Of course, the best part of any camping trip is spending time with friends and family. We always have a good time.

The weekend ends every year with a talent/no talent show and then a kick ball game with kids vs adults. It’s one of our favorite weekends every year.

Door County, WI 2018

Our annual fall camping trip in 2018 was to Door County again. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to go. We camped in Peninsula State Park. This large state park has so much to do. There’s a beach, a lighthouse, trails for hiking and biking, an outdoor theater (we were too late in the season to take in a show). And, it’s right in the heart of all there is to do in Door County.

We hiked on the Eagle trail this year. It’s probably the most difficult trail in the park. It goes down, right to the bay and then continues along the shore next to the bluffs. At times is was difficult to follow the trail, but we made it back up the steep climb at the end. Definitely worth the time to hike this one,

A huge part of camping is eating and campfires. Two family favorites for dinner are mac and cheese and pizza. We typically have some music playing, and with music comes dancing from my dancer daughter.

We did venture out of the park, too. A stop for breakfast at one of our favorite restaurants, Julie’s. It’s right by the entrance to the park. I’ve been coming to Door County for years and this was the first time I’ve actually seem the goats on the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish restaurant.

After seeing the goats, we left the girls to shop in Sister Bay while we went to Cana Island lighthouse. The causeway connecting the island to the mainland was flooded, so we took the wagon over. The views are amazing from the top of the lighthouse.

A few other shots from our weekend. It was a Packer game Sunday, so the local bars were full of people watching the game. And, of course, a sunset.

Brown County/Nashville KOA

My last post from this vacation, I promise. Our last night was spent at the Brown County/Nashville KOA in Indiana. It was a last minute choice; we decided to stay here only a day or two before we left the Smokies and was the only night we didn’t have reserved before we left home. We had never stayed at a KOA before and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The tent sites were fairly close together, but we didn’t have any neighbors, so it was like being alone. The RV sites looked like they were somewhat crowded. We got there late, so we didn’t get to use the pool. The bathrooms were really clean and updated. You could tell the current owners were trying to update the whole place; there was evidence of recent work being done around the campsites. It turned out to be a good choice for a night, about an hour south of Indianapolis.

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Greenbrier Campground

Our four nights in Gatlinburg were spent at the Greenbrier Campground. It was right outside the Smoky Mountain National Park and only a short drive to Gatlinburg. This campground was amazing. It has it’s own private swimming hole in the Little Pigeon River. Our tent site had electric and water and wasn’t too close to our neighbors. This campground had the best bathrooms I have seen in a campground. Seriously, they were as nice as a hotel and were kept clean. I saw people cleaning them several times a day. There is also a large yard area set up for all kinds of fun and games–basketball, volleyball, pool table and ping pong (you could check equipment out in the office). All this plus a large pavilion with a fire pit and a shelter with several gas grills. I will be back at this campground the next time we go to the Smokies.

Tennessee Vacation, days 1 and 2: Heading to Nashville

We spent the first day driving. We made it to Kentucky, Moutardier Campground, to be exact. Our first official vacation activity was going to Mammoth Cave National Park, which was about a 30 mile drive from the campground. While waiting for our cave tour, we did a little hiking around the park, and we had some amazing views of Kentucky.

We did the Frozen Niagara Tour, which is one of the shorter tours available. We weren’t disappointed, however. The cave is beautiful. There were so many stalactites and stalagmites and interesting formations. Our tour guide was hilarious. Or, that could just be me because I have the same dumb sense of humor.

From the cave, we drove to Nashville. We spent a little time driving around, looking at the city. We had thought about going to check out the Opryland Hotel, but didn’t feel like paying $28 to park. We went to Long Hunter State Park, to walk around their arboretum, but due to the heat, didn’t see the whole thing. We did see this deer, however, before heading to our campground.img_1801

 

Moutardier Campground

Our first night on vacation was spent at Moutardier Campground in Leitchfield, KY. It was a last minute decision to stay here, and we are so glad we did. We had a site right on Nolin River Lake. We had neighbors on one side, and their site was right next to ours, but that didn’t really bother us. We had our tent set up on the side on the campsite that was farthest from our neighbors and we hardly even knew they were there. This campground is run by the Army Corps of Engineers. It was well maintained and the bathrooms were clean, although they were a bit of a hike up a fairly steep hill. We could have had a site closer to the bathrooms, but that would have meant giving up the lake view. Who would give up waking up to that view? The site was only $15 a night and it was less than a 30 minute drive to Mammoth Cave National Park, which was our first destination on day 2.

Project 365, Days 210-220

 

Day 210: Vacation finally started. Our first night was spent in Kentucky, at Moutardier Campground, just north of Mammoth Cave. Our campsite was right on Nolin Lake.

Day 211: Our first official site-seeing stop on this vacation was Mammoth Cave National Park. We did the Frozen Niagara Tour and really enjoyed the interesting formations in the cave.

Day 212: Nashville was our destination today. We went to Cheekwood Botanical gardens and then to downtown Nashville. I had to get a photo of the “Batman” building.

Day 213: Today brought us to Stones River National Battlefield, a memorial from the Civil War.

Day 214: We drove from Nashville to the Smoky Mountains today. On the way, we stopped at one of the many state parks, Cummins Falls State Park, and hiked to the waterfall.

Day 215: Not the most scenic photo from today, but it’s a great reminder of one of the highlights. We were doing the Cades Cove drive today and stopped at one of the historic buildings along the way, the Primitive Baptist Church. We expected a quick stop, a photo or two and then drive on. We were blessed instead with a service. Old fashioned hymns being sung, followed by a short message. We loved it.

Day 216: Day 2 in the Smokies was the Newfound Gap Road. So many gorgeous mountain views all day long. I could have soaked in the views for hours.

Day 217: Last day in the Smokies and we went on the Roaring Forks motor trail. One of the things I was looking forward to on this drive was a waterfall called Place of a Thousand Drips, for no other reason than I liked the name. It turned out to be a really nice little waterfall.

Day 218: Time to start heading for home. We stopped in Kentucky, at Cumberland Falls State Park. I love waterfalls.

Day 219: We spent most of the day driving today. One quick stop at Fair Oaks Farms, but we didn’t pay to do any of the “adventures”. Everything was farm themed, including this milk bottle rock climbing wall.

Day 220: This sweet little girl was so happy to have me home again. She hasn’t left my side at all.