Camping Plans for New Season

(c)2016 Douglas W Davis
@DWDavis (15615)
Pikeville, North Carolina
January 29, 2017 10:11am CST
One of the goals my missus and I set for this weekend was to solidify some of our camping plans for this coming season. As of now, except for Spring Break in April, we have our itinerary set through the end of May. In February we will be working a shift at the RV show at the State Fairgrounds. In March we have two camping weekends planned, one with our club and one on our own. In April we are co-hosting another club even at a campground near the Outer Banks. We're still trying to decide where to go on Spring Break.. In May, we have the statewide club event which our local club is hosting early in the month. We have a personal camping trip planned for the end of May. We are looking forward to spending many fun days and nights camping this year. Have you begun planning your vacations and weekends for the coming months?
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@Happy2BeMe (75441)
• Canada
29 Jan 17
Sounds like a lot of fun. We love camping but we are tenters so we have to wait until much later to begin our camping trips. We are hoping to be out by the end of May and then we will camp every weekend until mid September. We visit various parks. We like to try out new places too and if we find ones that we really like we will go back again. We also take a full week in August to go camping in my hometown where we can visit with family and friends. Camping season can't come soon enough for us.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
My wife and I, and then with our boys, tent camped for many years. I was an avid tent camper for years before I met my wife. Our boys were both Boy Scouts and during those years we spent many weekends and summer weeks camping. Now the boys are grown, and we're older, we decided to be a bit more comfortable on our outings.
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@Happy2BeMe (75441)
• Canada
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis we will tent as long as we are able but I do understand wanting to be comfortable on your outings. My dream someday is to have an RV when I retire and just hit the road.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
@Happy2BeMe My wife is already planning what she wants in our next RV. Living as permanent campers, at least for the first few years of our retirement, is our plan also.
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@GardenGerty (105192)
• United States
29 Jan 17
Oh, that sounds like lots of fun. Enjoy yourself.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
The only part I don't like about camping is having to pack up and come back to the real world.
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@ramapo17 (26034)
• Melbourne, Florida
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis I know what you mean. We got all excited making the plans to go to the campgrounds or race tracks or football games but it got kind of depressing when we knew we were going home. How long have you had an RV or trailer?
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
@ramapo17 This will be our 4th season with a trailer. After 25 years of tent camping together we finally bought a used popup three years ago. After two seasons with it we were ready for the next step. We're planning in a few years to either get a slightly bigger travel trailer or a 5th wheel. Ultimately, we plan to have get a Class C or a small Class A when we retire. We're going to travel the country for a few years as permanent campers.
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@Gillygirl (17623)
• Sutton, England
29 Jan 17
The camper van looks awesome, no plans yet but will probably visit places in the UK this year. Have fun!
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
We would love to visit the UK and camp our way from London to Yorkshire and on into Scotland. Maybe some day.
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@Gillygirl (17623)
• Sutton, England
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis I'm sure you would enjoy it as there are so many beautiful places between London and Scotland. Yorkshire is lovely, I have been many times.
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@miesse2 (227)
• Canada
29 Jan 17
I can't wait to go camping and for the camping season to start! I haven't made exact plans yet as I am waiting for my time off work to be confirmed and then it will be into the actual planning stages. I love camping and anything associated with summer!
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
Here in NC the best times for camping are Spring and Fall. We go in the summer, too, but try to head up to the mountains where it's not quite so hot.
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@ramapo17 (26034)
• Melbourne, Florida
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis We went from Pennsylvania in the Pocono Mountains to Charlotte for a Nascar race a few times and also to Bristol, Tenn. They were nice long rides with great scenery. We took it to all the Nascar races at Pocono and we use to do volunteer work there for years. We had so much fun. There were hundreds of RV's, trailers and tents all in the infield and we didn't get much sleep the whole time we were there. I miss those days.
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@Kandae11 (40340)
29 Jan 17
I have never gone camping.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
I hope you get the chance to try it sometime. There is nothing quite like the quiet of waking up in camp just as the sun comes up and enjoying a fresh cup of coffee while watching the day come to life.
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@ria1606roy (2844)
• Kolkata, India
29 Jan 17
Looks like your itinerary is full enjoy the coming months! Have a lot of fun. I was planning with friends to go on a vacation in February but unfortunately that didn't pan out. Who knows what will happen?
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
I hope you are able to make new plans and get away for some fun and relaxation.
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@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 17
Is the photo of your own campervan? If so, camping is no hardship!
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
The photo is our camper. It is literally a home-away-from-home. After 25 years of tent camping, a few years ago we promoted ourselves to Recreation Vehicle camping. We had a popup tent trailer for two years and bought this one last spring.
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@jaboUK (55158)
• United Kingdom
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis A home-from-home indeed!
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@ramapo17 (26034)
• Melbourne, Florida
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis Good for you. We got rid of ours a few years ago as my husband had so many surgeries and heart attacks that we were afraid to go any where as I could not drive the big ones.
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@DianneN (90948)
• United States
30 Jan 17
Oh, those sound wonderful! Right now, we are working on our son's honeymoon. What you do for one son, you must do for the other. Hopefully, a trip to India in October after the wedding. We have lots of ideas, but won't book until we return home.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
India would be an exotic and exciting place to spend a honeymoon.
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@DianneN (90948)
• United States
30 Jan 17
@DWDavis Sorry, India for us. My son and his fiancée are divers and are making plans for unusual places to visit and dive.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
@DianneN LOL! If they can swing it, I have read the Seychelle Islands are a fantastic place to dive.
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@RasmaSandra (21043)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
29 Jan 17
Sounds like you are really going to enjoy yourself. Unfortunately on this end we don't have the means to go on any vacations. This year I am planning on taking more time to just relax in my garden. It seems that the season comes and I think OK at least one day of the week I will go out and sit in the garden. Then the season comes and goes and I haven't done that. I will this year.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
We've learned to schedule our time early, or the whole season passes us by and we've missed more opportunities than we've taken. Our goal this year is to camp at least 37 nights.
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@ramapo17 (26034)
• Melbourne, Florida
29 Jan 17
@DWDavis Wow, that is a lot of camping. Have fun. Part of the fun is the people we met along the way.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
@ramapo17 You meet some of the nicest people when you're camping.
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@Ronrybs (8061)
• London, England
29 Jan 17
Must be the time of year! I've been planning some cycle touring trips for later this year
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
29 Jan 17
While winter hasn't been severe, as yet, I think we all start thinking Spring along about now, those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Where are you planning on cycling this year?
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@Ronrybs (8061)
• London, England
30 Jan 17
@DWDavis At the moment I am working on the Lon Las route from Holyhead to Cardiff and if I've still got energy I can pedal home from there. Should be able to get in a trip along the South Downs as well
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
@Ronrybs That would be a nice ride from the north end of Wales to the south. I hope it works out for you.
@moffittjc (47278)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jan 17
My son and I have planned out several camping trips for February and March, including a week-long backpacking trip over spring break, This is such a great time of year in the south to be outdoors!
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
I love spring camping, when the days are warm but not hot, and the nights are chilly but not too cold. Waking up on a crisp, chilly morning, brewing a cup of coffee, and watching the world wake up, it doesn't get much better than that.
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@moffittjc (47278)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jan 17
@DWDavis I couldn't have said it better myself! You hit the nail on the head!
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@JudyEv (140636)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Jan 17
We are still waiting to work out the lights on our new combination of car and caravan. Once that is sorted we'll be on our way. :)
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
I hope you can sort it quickly as I know you're anxious to hit the road.
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@JudyEv (140636)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Jan 17
@DWDavis We're waiting on a 'harness' for the car which just might sort out the whole mess. It might be in the post today.
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@BelleStarr (40234)
• United States
30 Jan 17
Not at all and it is very unlike me to be so relaxed about this but right now I am not planning anything.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
If I were alone, I'd have nothing planned. My wife is the planner in this house. On my own, I'd just up and head out when the feeling struck me, and hope a site was available when I got there.
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@rina110383 (24066)
30 Jan 17
Not for the coming month, but on April. I'll be taking a 2-week vacation at my parents' place.
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
A two week vacation sounds great. I get summers off, but my wife isn't able to take two weeks at a time.
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• Lenox, Georgia
29 Jan 17
We don't have any vacations or special weekends coming up. I hope y'all enjoy your camping trips though! =) We haven't been camping in a LONG time, I miss it!
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
My wife and I have always camped together. For the first years of our marriage all our vacations were camping vacations.
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29 Jan 17
Enjoy and have fun.
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• United States
30 Jan 17
Sounds exciting! I'm still trying to get my plans sorted out. The store where I work will be shutting down for 5 weeks starting in March and I need to figure out how I will continue to make money. It's been stressful...
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
Is the store undergoing a major renovation? Will you be eligible for unemployment while it's closed?
• United States
30 Jan 17
@DWDavis Yeah, we are going through a major remodel. They are giving us the option of working at the stores in other cities but the closest ones I can get to are about an hour away and I'm worried about how bad the weather may be during that time.
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@PatZAnthony (13234)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
Sounds like you might be one of the few already set to go!
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@DWDavis (15615)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
We still have several weekends to plan, and our annual vacation, but are very excited about our plans.
@suziecat7 (3389)
• Asheville, North Carolina
30 Jan 17
It does sound like fun. I haven't been camping in a very long time but used to enjoy it very much.
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@LeaPea2417 (23053)
• Toccoa, Georgia
30 Jan 17
Not yet. I would love someday to camp in a trailer like the one you show in the photo above.
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