Bounding Around
Charleston, SC
Joined August 2018
We sold our house and moved onto a 2000 Fleetwood Bounder and are working remotely while we travel the country!
Awesome campground on the lake!

This time of year (October) this campground is walk up only. We got there as quick as we could and are glad we did as we were able to grab an awesome site. There are tent sites and RV sites here and the campground is gorgeous. It’s right on a lake(so expect boat traffic) and there are several loops all along the lake. Those loops are connected by a trail that I enjoyed walking on. Internet service is spotty there– our Verizon hotspot worked ok, but the Sprint was super slow. There are mountain biking trails that you can access right from the campground so that was nice. You can also go on a short hike up one of the knobs. However, there really isn’t a good view at the top. I loved this campground and would go back in a heartbeat! In fact, I didn’t want to leave!

Big campground with lots of amenities

This is a nice state park with a ton of sites. We were there in late October and it was super quiet. There weren’t many people around at all which was kinda nice. They do have an awesome laundry facility with commercial washers. I definitely took advantage of that. There are basketball courts, playgrounds, a disc golf course, mountain biking trails, hiking trails– you name it! Tons of amenities here and the facilities are really nice. The nearby town of Zanesville has a lot of stores too if you need anything.

Cute campground

We chose this park because it was the closest one we could find that was still open with electric this time of year to downtown Pittsburgh. Also, because it had great cell/internet service on our hotspots and had a lot of trails. Unfortunately, it had been raining a lot so we weren’t able to explore the trails. The campground is nice– the toilets are just pit toilets and they do have a sun shower. They are on a well so there is limited water and they don’t allow you to fill up your on board tank. Make sure you fill up before you go! Also, there is a road in the park (Echo Dell Road) that RV’s/Trailers can’t go on so make sure you approach this campground from Leslie Road!

Basic National Park Campground

When you camp here in an RV you are basically parking in a parking lot.  It has a bathroom and all, but other than that - just a parking lot.  However, this is right at the trail head for Guadalupe Peak so if you are planning to hike that it is super convenient!!  Parking lots get full really early in the day and you end up parking at the visitor center and hiking down to the trial head.  But, if you stay here it makes it super easy to walk out of your door and hit the trails.  For that reason alone we would stay here!  It's not somewhere I would want to spend a week though.  Just a night to be able to easily jump on the trails the next morning!

First to Review
Great location in Terlingua

We wanted to spend time in Big Bend, but also wanted to be able to have cell service for the work week.  This campground mostly rents out trailers, but they do have 2 RV spots.  We were lucky to get one of them!  The owners are really nice and the location is super convenient to check out the bars and restaurants of Terlingua.  We used this as our jumping off point for Big Bend explorations.  It was a bit of a drive into the park, but worth it to us to be able to have a solid work week with cell service.  We also enjoyed checking out downtown Terlingua.  There is a shower/bathroom here and it was kept really clean.  If we are ever back in the area we would absolutely stay here again!

Convenient location, typical RV park

Williams, AZ was in the right location for us to stop in at this park for a few days. We ended up getting some work done on the RV and stayed longer than we originally planned! This is a typical RV park. It is nice that it is right in town so everything is super close. It made grocery runs super easy. There is also a hotel that the property owns and you are welcome to use the hotel amenities if you are a guest in the RV park. They have a train that leaves from here to go to the Grand Canyon. We didn’t do it, but it is really popular. They even have a kennel on site so if you take the train you can kennel your dog. We used Passport America and it made the rate really affordable for what it is. With temperatures below 15 degrees, we are happy to have hookups to run our space heater! The sites are full hookup and there is a nice bathroom/shower facility on site too.

Great views with access to Dillon/Frisco/Breckenridge

We wanted to check out the Dillon/Breckenridge area, but we didn’t have a reservation. We thought we would go to another campground first, but it was pretty full so we drove around the lake to Lowry and are so glad we did! We really enjoyed our time here. We initially only paid for one night, but we kept extending it since we liked it so much! The views are incredible and there is a bike path around the lake that we made great use of. You can only go one way around the lake in an RV so make sure to check on that! The views are incredible here and the camp host was super friendly. The sites are electric only. They have vault toilets available for use as well. We had a great time here and would definitely go back if we are in the area again!

Amazing sunset views from the top of a mountain!

This place was absolutely amazing. We loved our time here! It’s on top of a mountain and there are amazing sunset views. We spotted this place online before we decided to buy an RV and it definitely lived up to our high expectations. There are premium sites and deluxe sites. The premium sites have an amazing view right from their sites. The deluxe ones still have nice views, but not quite like the deluxe ones. However, there is a common area where you can go that has the best view of all! That’s where we watched the sunset every night and it was fun getting to know the other campers. We saw a black bear and turkeys in the campground too! The staff is super helpful. Each site has a trash can so you do not have to worry about making dumpster runs. Be sure not to get there early- the one way road going up to the campground is steep and I’m not quite sure what would happen if you met another RV!

Great spot in Cajun Country!

This was a great little spot to spend a few days.  We had an amazing time watching the wildlife and enjoying the water in the middle of nowhere Louisiana.  There is a bar not too far away that we enjoyed meeting some locals at.  Our hotspots worked great here to have a productive work week too.  Be careful how you get here though!!  There is a low clearance bridge that takes you over the levee that there is no way an RV would clear.  Be sure to check maps/directions and plan accordingly!!

Free beachfront camping!

This is a great spot that is way off the beaten path!  Rutherford Beach was awesome.  There is a dumpster there and a port o potty, but no hookups.  The sand was hard packed so we were able to pull our 31' Class A onto the sand with no issues.  The cell service is great and we had an awesome time.  It is in the middle of nowhere though so plan accordingly and stock up before you arrive!

Awesome campground at the beach!

This is a great location right off A1A and on the beach.  There are amazing sunsets to be enjoyed as well as great trails in the park.  The beach is gorgeous too.  If you don't feel like biking or walking - they even have a tram!  There aren't fire rings in the sites here, but that's not a huge problem.  The facilities are nice!  This is a really popular park so book well in advance or hope for a cancellation (we luckily got a cancellation!!).  If you are in the area, this is DEFINITELY worth a visit!!

Convenient location, small campground

This is yet another super popular campground in the Denver area. We got super lucky and scooped up a last-minute cancellation. There are tent sites as well as RV sites with water/electric. There is a bike path as well as some mountain biking nearby. Downtown Golden is a super cute town and it is only about 15 minutes away. The campground isn’t very big or scenic, but the location is great! The showers here are coin operated and the bathrooms are kept really clean.

First to Review
Not much too it, but good location for Cajun Mardi Gras

We decided last minute to check out Cajun Mardi Gras and L'acadie had a spot open so we took it.  Everyone there was perfectly nice and it was a great location to get downtown Eunice to watch the festivities.  However, there really isn't much to this park.  You are basically parking in a field behind the hotel office.  There is no bathroom/shower facility either - FYI!  However, we did love checking out Cajun Mardi Gras.  It was seriously unlike anything we had ever seen!!

Great location for exploring the park!

We were passing through the area and decided to make a quick stop at Black Canyon of the Gunnison and are so glad we did! We enjoyed exploring the canyon and enjoying the many overlooks. We stayed at South Rim Campground and were really happy with it! It is a great location right in the park. We were able to work from our hot spot with our booster just fine as well. We didn’t have cell service though, fyi. We were in Site 2B (electric only) and it was a pull through (sorta– kinda just pull off on the side of the road) spot and there was a tent spot at the site too. There aren’t any stores near the park, so make sure to stock up before you get there!

Great campground close to Red Rocks with lots to do!

We chose this campground to be close to Red Rocks for a show. We didn’t expect much from it, but we really liked it! Yes– as some reviews say– you can see Home Depot from the campground. However, there are tons of trails and a lake to explore as well!! The sites are electric only, so make sure you dump/fill before you get set up. Also, the showers are coin operated. The hosts were awesome here. We really enjoyed chatting with them! The campground is super popular so if you are thinking about going and there is actually availability, book it!!

Ranger Review: Wenzel Micro Chair at Moraine Park Campground

Campground Review:

I love staying in National Park Campgrounds and this one is no exception. Sure, there are no hookups or showers (solar shower stall only) here, but it is totally worth it to be in the park! We had an incredible view from our site and enjoyed sitting outside listening to the nearby elk. You can also walk to the shuttle from the campground which will be crucial once the crowds really start to arrive. Our site had incredible views and we couldn’t be happier with it! There are many many trails to explore in the park. We did our best(loved the hike to Emerald Lake even though it was busy!), but couldn’t do as much as planned due to all of the snow on the first day of summer!! Luckily Trail Ridge Road was open so we could drive that. I highly recommend it! 

Product Review: 

As a ranger for The Dyrt, I sometimes get the opportunity to try products. I tried the Wenzel Micro Chair (https://wenzelco.com/micro-chair/) on this trip. My hope was that it will serve multiple purposes– easy to store guest seating as well as overnight camping seating options for kayaking and backpacking trips. It works great for most of these options!  It served as guest seating when we had friends in town visiting us at Moraine Park Campground. We even pulled it inside the RV when it started raining and it wasn’t in the way - it's a great size. It is very nice to have the extra seating! While this chair isn’t one we will take on overnight backpacking trips, we are happy to have it for times we need extra seating! It is relatively easy to store and it packs up nicely to be out of the way when you don't need it. It is a little heavy to be a backpacking chair, but it will be great for an overnight kayak trip! Way better than sitting on the ground!! All in all I am happy with this purchase! It has worked great for guests!

Loved Camping on a Farm!

Wonderful stay!!  The hosts couldn't have been nicer and being camped on a farm with all of the animals was wonderful.  We were camping in an RV and the site was pretty far from the outlet, but they had an extension cord we could use and they helped us with everything.  

They had a grill and fire pit we could use weather permitting.  We didn't take them up on it, but it was so nice to know we could have!!

We loved watching the horses all day and there are goats and chickens too.  Even ducks!!  The host was also so nice and thoughtful - she sent us away with fresh eggs from the farm!!  They are incredible!!  If you are in the area, this is a great place!!

Note to tent campers - there are no facilities at this location**

Ranger Review Primus Fieldchef Pocket Knife at Clear Creek RV Park

Campground Review: 

Golden, CO is a super cute town on the outskirts of Denver. The city has a campground in a prime location, and we were lucky to book a site! They have creek front sites that are full hookup and cheaper electric only sites. We opted for one of the electric only sites and are glad we did (UPDATE - we went back a few weeks later and stayed at a creek site.  It was totally worth it!!!  The extra money was worth being able to look at the creek from inside the RV)!! The creek sites are super great, but there is a bike/walk path between the site and the creek that gets A LOT of foot traffic! It’s not cheap to stay here, but the location makes it worth it. We were able to bike or walk everywhere we went, and it was awesome! My husband even rode mountain biking trails right from our site. The campground itself isn’t anything great– it’s the location you are after! We walked by the creek and watched the kayakers enjoying their day. Also, on Saturdays in the summer there is a farmer’s market really close to the campground. We walked down for lunch and were not disappointed! Golden is a great town and Clear Creek is the perfect location to explore it. Warning– they have a pretty intense cancellation policy. If you book a site, be sure you have triple checked your dates!! 

Primus Fieldchef Pocket Knife: 

As a ranger for the Dyrt, I occasionally get to try new products. I was super excited to try the Primus Fieldchef Pocket Knife. It is such a pain trying to 1) remember to pack a knife when we camp and 2) pack it in a way that won’t puncture our bag/cooler. This knife is great!! We tested it out at Clear Creek RV Park and are super excited to be able to take it with us when we have picnics or backcountry/kayak camp. It’s small so it packs easy but is super sharp and the only knife we will need with us when camping. In fact, we have already used it for a picnic since our stay at Clear Creek and it was again awesome!! It folds up really small and comes with a sleeve for it too. See the picture for size reference, it was smaller than anticipated but since we will be using it when we are on the go it’s perfect!!! The performance was still awesome despite the smaller than anticipated size!!! We love this knife!

Ranger Review: Outdoor Element Firebiner at Salida North BLM

Campground Review:

We are loving all of the free camping on BLM land in Colorado.  Salida North was no exception!  We easily found a place to park and had plenty of cell service (and Verizon hotspot signal) to work while we were there.  There are pretty mountain views from the sites as well.  We felt really safe here – a ranger even drove through every day checking on things.  We easily found a spot for our 30’ RV and there were really awesome tent sites there as well.  This was a perfect free spot for us to set up for a few nights while enjoying the super cute town of Salida (be sure to check out Elevation Brewery)!

Product Review:

As a Dyrt Ranger, I get to test products from time to time.  I was fortunate to be able to test the Outdoor Element Firebiner.  I am so happy to have this product!  It is super lightweight (only 1 ounce) so carrying it on every hike is a no brainer.  It has all kinds of useful tools – a bottle opener, a safety blade and a screwdriver to name a few.  However, my favorite feature is the fire starter.  I currently carry a flint and steel in my pack, but I definitely struggle to get a spark with that.  I have no trouble getting the Firebiner to spark!  I feel way more confident having the Firebiner with me than I ever did the flint and steel.  It also has 100 pound capacity as a carbineer too.  This product’s price point is great, and the functionality is even better.  I have my Firebiner clipped to my pack and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Ranger Review: Éclipse UPF Neck Gaiter at Sacred White Shell Mountain

Campground Review:

We chose this BLM campground because it is right outside of Great Sand Dunes National Park.  There are several sites along Lake Como Road.  The type of vehicle you have determines how far up the road/secluded you can get.  We were there over Memorial Day Weekend and it was packed.  However, there are tons of sites and plenty of space for all!  We camp in a RV and there were plenty of accessible sites for us to choose from us well.  The road in is really bumpy so we parked in the first parking area on the left as you come in and were happy with it.  This is a popular area for off-roading so be prepared for some traffic heading up Lake Como Road to hit the trails if you are there on a weekend.  The only downside to this area was the CRAZY winds that blew through.  There were gusts of 67 mph one day!  The views are amazing in this spot.  And, even better – our Verizon hotspot was strong enough for us to both work all week.  When the weather was clear it seemed no matter where we looked, we had mountain views.  Not to mention the spectacular view of Blanca Peak.  It’s also amazing being so close to the National Park.  We were really happy with the location and thoroughly enjoyed our time in the park.  We were really happy with this free spot!

Product Review:

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I occasionally get to test products.  During this stay, I tested Éclipse Sun Protective Clothing’s neck gaiter.  I knew the sun would be strong when we were hiking the dunes, so we wanted to protect ourselves.  We also expected the wind to blow the sand around so we figured this would be the perfect product to protect us from both.  Boy, were we right!  The gaiters were perfect.  They come with an info sheet showing you the different ways you can wear your neck gaiter.  I assumed I would just wear it around my neck as planned.  However, prior to hiking the dunes we hiked a Zapata Falls and I was a little chilly.  I pulled the neck gaiter out and wore it like a headband and LOVED it.  It was super easy to get comfortable and in a good spot and it was nice knowing my hairline was protected from damaging UPF rays.  Once we started hiking the dunes, I assumed I would pull it back down around my neck.  However, I loved it so much as a headband I didn’t want to move it.  It did a great job of keeping the sand out of my ears which I am so thankful for.  My husband wore his around his neck and he too was really happy with it.  This is versatile product has earned a permanent spot in our day packs.  Way to go Éclipse!