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Old 03-16-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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New campground or repeat?

My wife and I just got back from our 21st night at our 6th different campground in our 4th different state. We have been camping for less than a year, and like to explore new places.

My question to all of you is do you tend to frequent the same parks over and over, or pick out new places to go most of the time?
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:13 PM   #2
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IF I go to the same CG it will be local and because we liked it there and it is a short stay.
On a trip I have NO intention of staying in the same place because there is just way to much to see in this country.
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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YES

If the park is what we would consider being an exceptional park we enjoy going back. Sometimes it's just nice to know what to expect.

That being said if a park has been nice but nothing over the top special we like to try to discover new places to park.

Some of the nicest parks we have stayed in have been your basic no frills or even a swimming pool park. We enjoy peace, quite and good people over glitz and glamor.
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Both. We have a few places with an 1.5 hour drive that we frequent, plus we stretch out a few times a year to new places further away.
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Both. If there was a place we really liked for a reason, let's say they had a special weekend with activities we enjoyed, we'd go back. Whenever we went to Wisconsin Dells, a very popular summer vacation spot, we'd always stay at Mirror Lake State Park because we enjoyed the quietness it provided vs a private campground in the area. But it's always nice to explore new places too. The only way to find nice campgrounds is to try different ones.
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We are with you, jonrjen. We don't need all the extras. As long as it has some hiking trails we are good to go. Once we put our 3 year old to bed, there is nothing the wife and I like better than sitting by a quiet campfire, drink in hand, reading our books.
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my kids are 15 and 17 and still enjoy camping with us, so we still frequent the family parks. I'm sure in several years when its just the two of us, less will be more. Just hiking, biking and kayaking, followed by relaxing
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We do both. But since we still attend the weekly nose to the grindstone activity called work and limited vacation time, a lot of our camping stays within a couple of hours of home as I do not want to set up in the dark. So we have our favorites we go to and we try out some new ones here and there. I imagine once we retire, that may change.
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I like going to new cg or parks without aa trailer to check out first. Have not done this before and had trouble getting to spots with a 34' 5er. And also had trees rubbing all over a new camper.
Now with an even larger 5th wheel comming, I will try to know exactly where I can get into before heading that way. I have cg spots that worked before but were tight, or tail almost dragged getting into them. These spots wont work now for us.

For the most part we stay in the same cg, but will venture out to new ones IF we know we can get into them.
Thats what we do off season, is look at other spots for the summer.

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We have our regulars that we like to hit for certain times; Seneca Shadows in WV for the time around July 4th, Raystown Lake, PA for the time around Labor Day, Blue Knob SP for Memorial weekend - those are pretty much our regulars. We like to try one or two new CG's sometime during the summer for a couple of days. But like GalsofEscape, we also have limited time since DW and I are both working full time.
We have 9 trips planned this year. Some with only 3 nights of camping, some with 4 nights and 1 or 2 with 5 or more nights. Starting the 2nd weekend in May, we have something planned almost every-other weekend.

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