Outdoor and camping apps are abundant these days. Apps for packing, planning, reserving, and even campfire stories are just a download away. It's easy to get lost in the options - both Apple and Android. We've already talked about a few of our favorites - the KOA app, Instagram and Yonder. Today we're going to go explore a few more of our favorites.
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!
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!!
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!
RMNP is actually celebrating their 100th birthday this year, so if you plan on visiting between now and September be sure to check out the festivities!
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.
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
Our life with three little boys is always chaotic - toys, snacks, homework, and laundry are always around and it makes me kinda crazy! I desire organization in everything. Out of habit whenever we're in the planning stages of a vacation I always find a folder or notebook to use as my catchall. Our printed reservations, maps, notes, packing list, etc. almost always make their way into the catchall then I'm able to grab it and go when it's time to leave. If I can find it buried on my desk. So I decided THIS was the year to dedicate one spot, one specific thing, to all of our plans. And of course I decided that we need another printable, because I just love how the others have turned out!
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.
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 Park, Pawnee National Grasslands, Roosevelt National Forest, and the gorgeous Cache La Poudre River/Valley.