DESTINATIONS

South Dakota or bust!

South Dakota or bust!

Today we are on the road heading off to Mt. Rushmore/Black Hills which is without a doubt one of our favorite areas.  We will be snapping pictures, taking in a few history lessons, and experiencing the majesty of the American Bison.  We can't wait to share it all with you over on Instagram - so find us over there for some Black Hills inspiration.

How do you plan your camping trip?

How do you plan your camping trip?

What kind of camping trip planner are you?

Do you pinpoint a destination and then find a camping spot and things to do around that destination?

Do you find the campground first?

Do you blindly pick a spot on the map and head there?

Do you rely on recommendations?

No matter how you start planning there is bound to be adventure!

Badlands National Park

The landscape of South Dakota is fascinating.  The Badlands are surrounded by grassland and it's not hard to forget that less than an hour west are mountains and forest.  When traveling interstate 90 you really have no clue that such a barren land exists to the south.  The Badlands National Park is one of those places that pictures don't do it justice.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

There is something special about a visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The rich history, the views, the buffalo, the landscape, the caves, the attractions and I could just keep going.   The cornerstone of the Black Hills has to be Mt. Rushmore and it really is more spectacular than I ever imagined.

St. Mary's Glacier, CO

St. Mary's Glacier, CO

Last time we talked hiking we were sharing the simple hike/walk through Waterton Canyon in the South Denver suburbs.  Today I'm back talking about a much different trail to St. Mary's Glacier not far from Idaho Springs, CO.  The drive is out of the way and the glacier is even more out of the way.  But let me tell you it is definitely worth every second. Google search the drive, they will give you better directions than I could, because I made Mandy drive.

Cabin Camping at Ft. Collins/Lakeside KOA

Cabin Camping at Ft. Collins/Lakeside KOA

Yesterday we talked about our Spring Break camping trip to the Ft. Collins/Lakeside KOA campground - we definitely enjoyed our stay and look forward to a summer visit so we may utilize more of the fabulous amenities they offer.  We're suckers for paddle boats and ice cream!  Not to mention seeing all those big trees in bloom.  As promised, today we are going to talk about our cabin experience.  Our family has stayed in KOA cabins previously so we knew when booking our trip to Lakeside that we were in for a great stay. For this trip we reserved a two bedroom camping cabin without a bathroom.  We don't mind using the communal bathrooms, so we save money by not reserving the cabins with bathrooms.  The off-season base rate was $80 for two people and then a charge of $5/additional person per night - the final charge was $95/night.  However, we have a VKR card so we saved 10% and earned 2860 points.

Reviewing Ft. Collins/Lakeside KOA

Reviewing Ft. Collins/Lakeside KOA

Our family loves Ft. Collins, CO- it is a diverse and expanding college town about 40 minutes south of the Wyoming border.   To the west, it's easy to fall in love with the picturesque views of the Rocky Mountains and to the east the vastly different, but beautiful, prairie lands stretch as far as the eye can see.  Ft. Collins is within close distance toRocky Mountain National ParkPawnee National GrasslandsRoosevelt National Forest, and the gorgeous Cache La Poudre River/Valley.