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Old 08-12-2016, 12:00 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by JD and Beastlet View Post
There are a lot of variables that dictate whether we hang around or venture out.

Have we been here before? If the area is new to us we'll likely do more touring.
Are there non-camping friends in the area? We'll spend more time away visiting.
Are we camping with a group? If so we're more likely to hang around our site (or someone else's).
Are there attractions within the park (biking / paddling / swimming / fishing / hiking...)? If so we may be away from the site but still within the park.
Does the site have decent size and privacy? Meh, I'll nap anywhere. :P

There are one or two campgrounds we've been to several times and will continue to return to so we will mostly stay within the campground there, but we always venture outside the campgrounds at least one day. I just love to go for a drive. More often that not though, we camp for 5 to 7 days in a location we haven't been to before and we go sightseeing 2 or 3 days.

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Old 08-12-2016, 12:02 PM   #12
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We sight-see.

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Old 08-12-2016, 12:08 PM   #13
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Sight Seeing is the reason for our trips. Very rare that we stay local and camp although that may change now that we bought a boat to tube and water ski behind.

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Old 08-12-2016, 12:14 PM   #14
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We have not been able to camp as much in our TT as we would like, but when we did tent camping there were a lot of times we just stayed there. When we were younger we would hike. Now I may do a short elevation gain hikes and then just hang out while hubby and dog (if allowed on trails) do the big hikes. We are not adverse to sight seeing either though.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:14 PM   #15
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If we just want to get away from home for a weekend a visit a park close by we will be at the TT for the stay except for the usual short bike rides and walks. But earlier this year we did a swing through the NW including stops in Yellowstone and the Oregon coast... did not spend much time at the campground on that trip.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:19 PM   #16
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We tend to do both and we travel differently for each. When sightseeing, we tend to eat at restaurants more or since we're in Michigan: a different microbrewery every night. When we are on a sightseeing adventure we are always looking for that next perfect spot to return to and do our other favorite type of camping: boondocking.

When sightseeing we don't bring the solar panel, never put up the awning or hammock and generally only stay two days in any given place.

Now that we have visited almost every square mile of Michigan we know lots of places to return to. The only place left is the thumb!
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:21 PM   #17
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Yep! BOTH!

Depends on the trip.
We take some that are simply get-aways to relax and do nothing.
Then, we take trips that are sight seeing/educational.
With an R/V you have the best of both worlds!
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:28 PM   #18
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camp or site see.

To Sherman12 next time you are in that area stop at Interlochen SP which is close to Traverse City. Especialy if you like a good concert, comedy show or musical. Just got back from trip to Interlochen SP which is across the street from Interlochen Center for the Arts. Had the privilage to see the World Youth Orchestra on Sunday and a Pat Benatar Concert on Tuesday.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:37 PM   #19
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We just planned our 1st trip of the season. 45 years ago we started to show our daughters the country. We made friends at some campgrounds and spent time there as well. Now retired there are still things we want to see. We park the camper when school is out and it rarely moves until school starts again. We generally search for the nicest CG in the area but only use it as a base to explore from. We live at the beach in SE NC so the beach is not a draw. Heading to the mountains on the GA/TN border, then to SC, then back to northern TN mountains. There will be one more before our snowbird trip to FL.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:40 PM   #20
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DW says if we stay in the camper then we may as well be home, we go but sometimes we stay. We see some pretty places

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