How far have you driven and towed your camper to get to your destination?
This is a great big country with so many amazing sights to see and destinations to visit. But I always feel limited to the three day weekend radius, never more than a 6 hour drive to a camp ground. I was reading bout all the cool rallies and camping experiences over on the east side and began to wonder if I’d ever venture that far out.
So how far have you travelled to get where you’re going, in a single day or multiple day trip?
March 3, 2011
December 20, 2010
July 19, 2010
August 11, 2010
March 24, 2011
We seldom drive less than 5-6 hours to camp, usually 7-8. That means we really don’t do much weekend camping. However, my husband’s work schedule gives him every other Friday off, so we plot to use those days with vacation time. That lets us do things such as Memorial Day week @ North Rim of Grand Canyon this year – 8 nights camping, 3 days of vacation – a little over 500 miles each way, one night on the road each way. (No longer fun to drive it in one shot.) Our shortest trips this year will be about 250 miles each way.
Next month will be the first time in 5 years that we’ve gone to 2 weeks at a time, NM to Wyoming for the Wind River Range, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone – with eclipse viewing as part of it.
I took our first, tiny popup on a solo trip to visit family – NM to Ohio to WNY and home to NM. This fall, I will make the third trip NM to Ohio and back with our small TT.
July 15, 2012
Most of the time these days, we plan stops, even to the point of making reservations. There are some places we’ll stop FCFS, if we know it’s likely we can find a spot. For example, we make a reservation in Flagstaff on the way to North Rim of Grand Canyon, because it was on Memorial Day Saturday. On other trips, there’s a Forest Service campground that we’ve used.
For my long trip East, we plot a route that gives me a reasonable length driving day and I make reservations. That way, I know where I’ll be stopping and can pace myself through the day – at least as long as weather, road construction, etc. cooperate.
At some point, probably not until my husband retires and we’re not limited to vacation days, we’ll go back to doing first-come,first-served for at least part of the time. Right now,we’d rather plan things out, know where we’ll be stopping, and spend more time camping than looking for a campsite. (Many of th eplaces we like to go have gotten popular in the last decade or so.)