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.
Yesterday, we shared some of our favorite ideas for saving money when planning your next camping trip. Today, we're going to continue on the same theme and explore money saving tips once you and your family have embarked on that trip! Just like yesterday, these are all ideas that we take into consideration for our family and we hope you can find what works for you.
Our love for the outdoors and the fun we have together is why our family loves camping. But the main reason we continue to camp is because of our budget limitations. Camping allows us to "vacation" more frequently and do more activities than a typical family vacation. Sure, we'd love to take the kids to Disneyland, but it would be a short trip and the only vacation for the whole year. With the same budget we can go on at least 5 camping trips throughout the summer and experience so much more.
I think it's a fact that every camping blog needs a printable camping checklist. Right? After listening to this weeks RV Family Travel Atlas podcast I was inspired to create a list that can be personalized to what you need. Diapers? Shaving cream? Hiking boots? Every family is different, so every family needs a different list.
Waterton Canyon is mine and Mandy's go-to trail for an easy local day hike with the boys. The word hike might even be too generous. Maybe slightly inclined smooth walking trail would be better. Situated deep in the southern Denver suburbs in what is also known as Platte Canyon sits Waterton Canyon. Managed by Denver Water and the US Forest Service, it is also a starting/ending point for the Colorado Trail.
So your campground reservations are made and the countdown is on! Just like any getaway, preparing for your camping trip is part of the fun. The anticipation gets you even more excited for that change of scenery and some R & R. For us, we love getting the kids involved - reading, shopping, planning, and packing are always included. Next week, we will head out for our first camping trip of the season and we have been having a great time getting ready!
You know this has happened to you - you're walking through your local outdoor store and you come across a meal in a bag and immediately you're thinking astronaut food and there is NO way that could taste good! We are here to tell you that you are wrong folks!! I'll be honest, up until a few months ago we thought the same thing. There is no way. I am not that desperate. But after a few curious Google searches we found that people actually like these things!