CAMPING

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!

10 REASONS WHY TENT CAMPING WITH YOUR FAMILY IS A GREAT IDEA

10 REASONS WHY TENT CAMPING WITH YOUR FAMILY IS A GREAT IDEA

Well friends we are deep into camping season so today we're re-visiting one of our earlier posts about tent camping.  It seems like everyone around (including our neighbor down the street) is purchasing those shiny new RV's, but if your lifestyle or finances aren't ready for that RV don't forget you can have just as much fun tent camping with your family!!

KOA Care Camps Big Weekend

KOA Care Camps Big Weekend

Every May KOA hosts this great event and it's open to anyone and everyone.  The purpose of the weekend is to raise awareness about the KOA Care Camps for kids with cancer - a week where they get to go have fun and try to forget their burden of their illness.  Most importantly it's also a weekend to raise funds for these camps.  As part of the fundraising when you stay Friday night at a KOA paying full price you get to stay Saturday night for only $10 and that money goes directly to help the camps.  It's a win win for everyone!

The Family Camping Packing List

The Family Camping Packing List

The Campfire Travelers household has been CRAZY busy these past few weeks - PTO meetings, birthday parties, church ministry, flag football games, Cub Scouts, homework, tests, and projects galore!  I don't think anyone  is more excited for summer break than this mom right here!!  Luckily, this weekend we're heading out for a few days of R&R at a nearby KOA for the Care Camps Big Weekend.  On top of all the craziness, now I need to pack everyone for the trip and if I'm not organized I know the toothpaste will definitely be left at home.  Or shoes.  Or food. I knew I needed a packing list to help me remember everything.

Why you need to go spring camping

Why you need to go spring camping

Summer is without a doubt the best time to camp.  The weather is warm and inviting.  And of course, summer offers the freedom to roam.  And for some, it's just tradition.  But there has always been a soft spot in our hearts for spring camping.  You've survived the winter and you're itching for that first trip out - you're checking the overnight temperatures to see if they're too low, you're stalking the kids' school calendar for a 3-day weekend and dusting off the tent.  There's adventure in spring camping and today we're sharing our favorite things about it

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.