Camping Frustrations

I liked to be prepared…. having a plan B or more makes me feel secure. This camping possibility in the West right now is stressing me out.  For a one person, car or tent, it seems like it SHOULD be something as simple as book a piece of concrete slab for the evening or week and let me be, right?  Well, I had no idea what the cutthroat life of a full time camper actually was until I dug into my research this week…I wasn’t prepared.

Now, having OWNED my own Campground with my family growing up, I know how things work. People love a certain site or cabin, book it a year in advance, and so on. We would be fully booked on the big holiday weeks, but for the most part, we always had room for someone who didn’t need hook-ups. Now I am camping in my car, and probably a tent because I don’t know how my back would handle sleeping like that in my back seat every night, and yet I am having THE hardest time trying to book a spot.

My theory? This summer people are more than covid fatigued and want to get the heck out of Dodge. The staycation is over, and they need to get out on the open road, so like I have said before, I see this summer BOOMING in the Tourism sector.  Maybe just within States, but once borders open, it will be massive.

I just had no idea that the entire booking empire of the National Parks and Campgrounds were so sought after and so hard to find. I read camping forums I could find, the information on the National Park websites, yet there is still no one out there that really HELPS you determine what kind of site would be suitable for you.  If you have ANY suggestions for me on how I can find sites easier, please let me know. Yes, there are apps out there, but when you don’t know the areas being suggested, it makes it that much harder.  Of course research must be done on my part, but there is SO MUCH out there that I just get frustrated and stop cold.

Maybe I will just book a hotel or sleep in my car anyways. Any help would be great! I am trying to find something in Yosemite in August. Even if I can just get a couple of nights so I can see a bunch of stuff and then head out. Thanks for any help!

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis


One of my bucket lists, and I have many going, is to visit each National Park in the great U.S.A. I have been blessed to have been to many already, so I am well on my way to checking them off.  I am always intimidated by the “big city” on driving in, around, and especially the anxiety around parking.  You’d think that living in Florida I would be used to bumper to bumper traffic and being constantly on my guard when changing lanes or using my GPS, but alas, I was still intimidated here. Thankfully I was there on a Saturday morning, around 9 a.m., and the first parking lot I saw I took!  $10, pre-paid CC only lot, I didn’t care because it was nice and close to the Park and it was also close to the highway to get out- a VERY important detail!rsz_img_0198rsz_img_0199rsz_img_0200

I was there around 9 a.m. so lucky me, I had pretty much the place to myself.  The sun was shining, and the walk TO the Park was pretty neat!  I walked underneath their train system, then up a large hill lined with trees and clean sidewalks.  It was the kind of Park that you see picnics in, joggers running by, and kids holding parents hands.  As you get to the cusp of the hill, like a movie being revealed behind the red velvet curtains, the great Mississippi in all it’s majesty presents herself. It was so beautiful, it almost takes the attention away from the Arch that sits quietly above your head. Riverboat cruises and helicopter tours are provided down on the river, a large paved staircase located next to the one side of the Arch.rsz_img_0203rsz_img_0205rsz_img_0207

Constructed in the early 1960s, and costing $13 million, the land they needed to build the arch would need 40 blocks of the downtown St. Louis area, and demolish it they would along with 290 Businesses.  Ouch! The legs were built seperately, so if they were even off by a HAIR, they would not reconnect at the top correctly! Can you imagine them getting to that point and being like “well crap, it’s a do over!” LOL.  Kind of a cool fact, it is as high as it is wide. 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide! Now, the Tram wasn’t operating, due to Covid at the time, but my Mom had ridden it and said it’s a spectacular view but a terrifying experience- especially if you don’t like heights.  Part elevator and part ferris wheel, it takes you to the top where you can see out of windows, and then back down again. rsz_img_0208rsz_img_0188rsz_img_0213

Personally, I was just happy to touch it. I was so happy standing underneath it, taking pictures, and enjoying the view of the Mississippi. They had food trucks near the Main Entrance of the Park, and then souvenirs being sold out of another truck.  It’s a great location to walk from to enjoy the River or the Downtown area, which I then walked to get to the City Museum. Check out that post HERE.  It was a great experience, everyone had masks on, and you can easily social distance in this spacious area. Enjoy!

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Who are the People in your Neighborhood? A Look at Abe’s Home and Community!

They say you are, who you are, by the company that you keep. Abraham Lincoln knew this as he surrounded himself with amazing neighbors who would help his family as much as he helped them, in a little suburb in Springfield, Illinois. Let’s walk it, shall we?LincolnHome2This is on the National Park Registry, so for all of you adventurers out there looking to complete the list, this is a must stop! Parking is free right off of 8th Street, at a lot in front of the Visitors Center OR you can park on the Street and pay the meter.  I went on a Saturday, July 25th, 2020. The Visitors Center and Abe’s home are NOT OPEN during Covid, but the neighborhood is open and free to walk around in. It is a “blocked off” area meaning you can walk the gravel streets without any cars, leaving plenty of room between you and others for social distancing. I wore a mask around others, alone is when I gave myself a breather.IMG_8081LincolnHome8LincolnHome6IMG_8073IMG_8074Lincoln lived here with his family from 1844 to 1861, right before becoming our 16th President. Signage is provided everywhere on who’s home is what, and how they were impacted by Lincoln in their lives. Imagine if each of our neighborhoods did that now, maybe we would treat each other better for the legacy we would like to leave.IMG_7870IMG_8078 LincolnHome1Lincoln’s home is a simple house, but it’s the picture posted kiddie corner across the street that brings you right into his time. Its of him and his boys on the porch with Mary on the sidewalk, and to stand there and see where he once stood with his family, where he called home…it gave me goosebumps.  I have a ghost app on my phone that supposedly you can hear them say words through, and once and awhile I’ll play it in hopes I might get something. As I was standing there, it said “Particularly strange.” I laughed and said “Sounds like something Lincoln would say” and I got back “Precisely.” It has been reported numerous times that Abe has been seen many times in this area, walking around like the good old days. Not to be confused with the reenactors who frequent this area, along with Abe, but due to Covid, are on a break for awhile.LincolnHome5LincolnHome3I enjoyed this area because it was quiet, off the beaten path, no one was around, and it was in the shade of some beautiful trees, so it was just a nice place to visit and be.  I highly recommend it! More Lincoln? Yes please! Check it out HERE and enjoy!


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Going from “What If? to “Why Not” is my life motto and I work hard at living that every day. I share everything from moving to Florida to live near Disney World to road trips across the States. I love the cool, quirky, and crazy stuff that I can find on my Adventures, and every dollar you donate helps support my efforts and hard work. Thank you to ALL who support me!