Entering the Everglades

The Everglades were our first National Park visit while fulltiming in our RV. I had heard horror stories about trying to get reservations at National Parks. People were waking up at 4am only to have to try again and again at 4am for several straight days to get a reservation. With Alan working a regular full time job, our adaptability in schedule was a big issue. I could move our dates around a bit, but with reservations in Key West and Ft.Myers also needing to be done six months in advance, I wasn’t going to be able to alter them too much. I got online to “practice” the reservation process to ensure I knew how to do it when it became time. Next thing I know, I had a reservation! It was such an easy process online and I had no problem getting a spot. Maybe the issue lies in the larger more popular National Parks?

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A Stormy 1st Night

We are “mostly” out of the house. However, every time I open a closet or a drawer I am continuously finding new things to pack or trash. Last night we slept in the RV to start figuring out what we actually need and don’t need. We are currently victims of previous Sam’s Club runs, as our toilet paper and ketchup are giving my organizational skills a run for their money. It’s definitely a work and progress, and will be for a few months I imagine. We begin moving furniture and cleaning this weekend and will have the house prepped for check-out by next Thursday. So it’s definitely crunch time!

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Jump, jump off the boat!!

#tbt to our first camping trip!

We were out on the canoe when the largest spider ever decided to climb onto my 5 yr old’s shoulder. My husband tried to be sneaky and get it off without either of us noticing. He failed. Miserably. I saw it and continued to search the boat continuously as if we were taking on water. And back to that whole “my husband failed” thing. Yep, I see the rat spider scampering across the boat and so does the kid.

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S’mores in the Hood

I hope everybody enjoyed the weekend as much as we did! We were busy catching up on things around the house, since life is always crazy starting around Halloween and just doesn’t let up until mid-January! There were some long overdue chores that have been finding their way on our to-do list. We got most of them done and even had a hot second to enjoy some last minute s’mores with our neighbors one night!

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As RV’ers, we keep s’mores fixings around constantly for any upcoming camping trips. They’re a staple in our house now. We also had some York peppermint patties on hand, and I remember seeing some pinterest s’mores ideas, so I threw those into the mix. The verdict from campfire night was “stick with traditional”. We’ll see how they feel next time when I throw in some Reese’s!! I fully intend to use each of my Pinterest S’more Recipe links to make our Hood S’more nights more interesting!

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Asheville Adventure

Once we wrapped up our Tennessee fall trip, we hit the road and headed straight for Asheville. We have a weak spot for the gorgeous Biltmore Estate and couldn’t wait to show our son all around! They absolutely need to have a campground on the Estate, I would love to stay on the property in the RV! We toured the Estate, walked the gardens, and even fit in the wine tasting I had previously missed out on in Gatlinburg! {Winning!} It was an awesome day and we definitely could’ve used another day there! On a side note: I highly recommend hitting up the Candlelit Tour during the Christmas holiday, it’s amazing!

 

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For this trip we stayed at Taps RV Park about 15 minutes from the Biltmore. Here’s the campground review for that park.

Tennessee Trip

It’s been a while since we’ve seen fall in the mountains…make that a long while. Our fall foliage trip this year consisted of a few nights in Pigeon Forge, followed by 2 nights in Asheville, NC. We stayed at Bear Cove Village, which is down the street from Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. You can check out our Bear Cove Village reviews if you’re interested in visiting this great campground! We thoroughly enjoyed driving around in the mountains and seeing all the beautiful colors!

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