My Favorite Backyards – So Far

One of the things I love to say to people while they are trying to process what my life must be like living in a Travel Trailer is, “Life is still life with all it’s ups and downs, my backyard just changes on a weekly basis.”  Here is my list of backyards to revisit:

7.   Jacob’s Lake Campground –  This is a very basic full hookup campground with a 10-20 minute drive to that little visited North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  You could almost call it primitive as the toilets aren’t flushing ones, sinks are outside, and the laundry room is basic.  I’ll be honest, most of the time it’s not really the amenities or the layout that make a place it’s the location and this one was great.  If you come to this one at the end of the campground’s season you just might get snowed on.  We did in early October.

The view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

6.  Garryowen, Montana  – There is so much beauty here.  Our RV park was perched on the side of a rolling hill and to color of the fields around us was phenomenally beautiful.  Our door faced the sunset every night and they were spectacular.    There is peace, history and a presence here.

5.  DeSmet, South Dakota –  What can I say?  It’s like stepping back into Laura’ World.  Laura Ingalls Wilder that is.  There are just four partial RV spots at the Ingalls Homestead.  We arrived on July 4th and from our RV spot you could see the fireworks from in town.  After they closed the homestead down for the night, we could walk around the property with the dogs (just make sure to clean up) and enjoy the prairie as Laura would have.  During the day, it is a Living Museum that allow you to experience life as Laura knew it.

Laura’s Prairie

4.  Fort Wilderness Resort –  I have a Walt Disney World & Fort addiction and I am OK with that.  The Fort is about so much more than the Mouse too.  It’s just a happy place.

3.  Anywhere on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is a good stop.  The rich greens and blues of the landscape please the eyes and relax the mind.  This area is a jumping off point for visiting Canada as well as Seattle.  There is also this –

Hurricane Ridge In Olympic National Park

2. Pennsylvania Grand Canyon –  What is this you ask?  You hike down this thing called the Turkey Path.  Fair warning it’s a 1.5 mile trip down and what feels like 3.5 miles back up however the trip is more than worth the effort.  On your way down, keep a lookout for the waterfall or waterfalls.  Once down there you can sit on a big rock and contemplate life, play in the Crik (creek to us southerns), or build your own rock plinth.

1.  Mustang Island, TX –  This is a beautiful little island in the Coastal Bend of Texas.  It still holds a lot of the small town charm.  It is a great place to stop during the winter.  The beach is just a short walk, bike ride, or car ride from just about anything on the island.  We enjoyed a night time campfire with hot dogs and our new Minnesota friends.

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