user-avatarAlice Joined: 03-31-2022
Nature lover, full-time writer, mother of four.
user-avatarAlice/05-01-2023

Although national parks like Yellowstone , Yosemite , and Grand Canyon in the western United States tend to draw the public spotlight, several national parks back East deserve just as much attention. It may be surprising to some that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, draws more than 10 million visitors each year, making it the most visited national park in the country (Sorry, Yellowstone).  With over 800 miles of hiking trai...

user-avatarAlice/03-31-2023

In the old days, when Grandma and Grandpa had to hike barefoot uphill both ways to their favorite camping spot, campers relied heavily on word-of-mouth recommendations and campground guidebooks to find the best places. Those days are long gone, and the internet reigns supreme when it comes to camping guides.  Finding the best campsites in Virginia state parks largely depends on your camping style. If you’re hauling a travel trailer across the country, your camping needs will be a far cry di...

user-avatarAlice/03-01-2023

Boondocking is free camping on public land in locations without amenities like electrical hookups, water, or modern restrooms. Basically, you dock your RV out in the “boonies.” If you want to take a break from crowded campgrounds and RV parks and you really want to get away from it all, wild camping is the best way to do it.  The main drawback to boondocking (also known as dry docking) is that you have to haul in your water, manage your power, and deal with your sewage. While boondocking ca...

user-avatarAlice/01-30-2023

Feeding kids can be tricky, even with all the comforts of civilization. However, when you can’t just run to the corner fast food joint to pick up their favorite chicken nuggets on a family camping trip, keeping them happy and satisfied gets even more complicated.  It can be tempting just to let hot dogs be the star of every meal on the camping menu. But hot dogs can lose their appeal pretty quickly for adult campers, plus they aren’t exactly packed with adventure-fueling nutrition.  Yo...

user-avatarAlice/12-31-2022

Approximately 83 percent of Americans drink coffee . Those numbers prove coffee, whether enjoyed steaming hot or iced cold, is an important morning ritual for most of us. It’s easy to brew a cup at home or make a quick stop at a popular coffee shop on your way to work. However, getting a decent cup of coffee when you’re camping is a whole other story.  We give up a lot of daily pleasures when we head into the great outdoors. While most campers are willing to sacrifice hot showers, air condi...

user-avatarAlice/11-20-2022

Solo camping is one way to escape the bustle of everyday life, connect with nature, and enjoy deep introspection. While camping is statistically safer than going to the grocery store, many women feel anxious about going alone.  There are universal concerns every solo camper must face, but there are some dangers unique to women adventurers. However, with some planning, preparation, and a proper mindset, there’s no reason female solo campers can’t experience refreshing solitude in nature.&nbs...

user-avatarAlice/10-16-2022

If you are a pet parent, your dog is more than a canine companion; he’s a full-fledged member of the family. It only makes sense that you would want to bring him along on your outdoor adventures.  Dogs make excellent camping buddies. They love being outside, are super loyal, and are always ready to go. However, whether you’re planning to let Fido tag along deep into the backcountry or on a casual stay at a local campground, getting ready for that first trip can feel overwhelming.  We’r...

user-avatarAlice/09-02-2022

The Tar Heel State is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfall views east of the Mississippi. Many of them are so accessible that you don’t even need to get out of the car. Others require some get-away-from-it-all hiking.  With nearly 250 waterfalls, North Carolina is one of the best waterfall destinations in the US. Squeezing them all in on a single North Carolina vacation probably isn’t practical, so here are the falls we think should be at the top of your bucket list.  Whitew...

user-avatarAlice/07-31-2022

Pitching a tent right on the beach allows you to fall asleep listening to crashing surf and wake up to a stunning sunrise over the ocean. Wide open spaces, salty ocean breezes, and sand under bare feet allow us to relax and recharge. Many people consider camping on the coast to be the ultimate beach getaway. However, beach camping presents a unique set of challenges. Thankfully, a little knowledge and preparation can help keep your beach camping trip from turning into a sandy nightmare. &nb...

user-avatarAlice/06-29-2022

When summer hits, everyone and their brother seems to head for the beach. If you love the sun, surf, and sand, but aren’t a fan of beach crowds, Cape Lookout National Seashore could provide the breathing space you’ve been searching for.  The northern portions of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, including Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head have blossomed into touristy destinations over the past few decades. If you want a wilder, natural, more private beach adventure, you’ll want to hea...

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