When my wife and I get to retire from work, we are going to pack up the camper and hit the road. I have quite a few places on my bucket list to visit. I most definitely want to check out Yellowstone National Park! And Alaska in the summer months too! We both share a passion for exploring the great outdoors and living life to the fullest.
Ever since I was a young lad I enjoyed spending the weekend at my Grandparents camp. They used to own thirty acres of woods out in Robert, Louisiana. My friends and I would ride three wheelers, fish, and swim in the river. The camp was right next to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campgrounds and we would go there too and get ice cream. We had camp fires and shot guns. It was the best!
In this post I just want to share with you some memorable trips that i have had and will definitely never forget. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below or share some stories of your own.
The Great Smoky Mountains
In 2000 I had the experience of a lifetime! My Grandparents took the whole family to The Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN. If you have never been to the Smoky Mountains before, you definitely have to check it out. That was my first time just seeing a mountain and I was blown away. It was October and almost every leaf was bright orange or bright red or bright yellow. I know you have probably seen pictures or heard about how the trees change colors around that time of year. But it’s definitely something to see in person.
My wife and I spent our honeymoon there in October of last year. This time I was older and I just appreciated it so much more than I did in 2000. We stayed in a nice cabin, high up on a mountain. We hiked a good way up Mount Le Conte to this beautiful water fall. But we started to run out of day light so we headed back down the mountain. But I was told that you can book a night up at the top of that mountain in cabin. They cook breakfast for you in the morning, then you hike back down. They said it’s so dark and quiet up there at night. That’s another adventure on my bucket list.
The Grand Canyon
In 2010 my dad, brother and I took a road trip to The Grand Canyon. There we did a 5-day rafting trip down The Colorado River through The Grand Canyon! It was amazing! The funny thing about that river is that it stays about 42 degrees F year round. It is icy cold even in July! And you get wet on that raft. Especially in the rapids.
We rafted that river all day and did a lot of hiking too. In the evening we made camp, ate dinner, and got a good night sleep under the stars. I didn’t even sleep in a tent. I just slept on my sleeping bag on top of a mat, on the ground. Now that is roughing it! Lol
A couple years before The Grand Canyon trip I flew to Butte, Montana! We stayed in a log cabin high up in the mountain tops. We didn’t do much camping but we did a lot of ATV riding and hiking. We were so high above sea level that the mountain tops had snow caps, and it was August! Just reflecting on this trip makes me want to go see Yellowstone even more!
Today my wife and I just spend the weekends at the fishing camp or staying a couple nights at local camping grounds. There are some beautiful campgrounds in Mississippi. Little Black Creek is my personal favorite. I caught a couple nice size catfish last time we were there. There’s a convenient store / bait shop on the grounds. They have some nice cabins too.
Another awesome campground is Paul B. Johnson Camping in Hattiesburg, MS. You talk about gorgeous! I launched my boat last time we were there and I spent almost the whole time fishing and enjoying the beautiful lake. I think there’s even a zip line there that I didn’t do, but my mother-in-law did.
Life is short so get out there and live it up! And now that it’s finally starting to cool down a bit, we will be planning a camping adventure in the near future. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Leave a comment if you wish. I’ll be happy to answer any questions. And i would love some ideas about other places to visit.