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Old 08-12-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Campsite or Sight Seeing?

Whenever you are on a trip with your camper do you spend most of your time at your campground, and how important to you is it, or is your destination the reason of the trip so you spend most of the day taking in the sights where you are?

We just got back from a great ten day trip up the west coast of Michigan. We stayed at Michigan State Parks on the whole trip. At the last two, Traverse City SP and Wildnerness SP by Mackinac City, especially Wilderness where our full hook up site was 100 feet or so from a quiet beautiful beach on Lake Michigan. We found it hard to leave the campgrounds each morning to take in the many things to see and do by at each location. Traverse City has Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore, about 30 miles away and a host of great New England type towns up the coast. Not to forget Traverse City itself! But the campgrounds were so nice and peaceful and rustic we wanted to spend more time enjoying the quiet and our camper. We made it work of course but I get the urge to find our next destination to be someplace that we will spend most of our time camping!

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Old 08-12-2016, 10:44 AM   #2
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:49 AM   #3
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We rarely spend time in camp. TT is base camp/hotel for going out and seeing what's out there. Most CG's (even in many national/state parks) are often "too many sites too close together" to make it very enjoyable to stay in camp, IMHO.
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:56 AM   #5
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Well, we have been tent camping for 20+ years before we purchased our Rockwood 2703WS this year. Tent camping and so far with the camper we tend to use the camp as a base and do/see things in the area. Although, there are places and times when simply staying in camp with some good friends, adult beverages, and great camp food is the perfect remedy. More often though it is as a base camp.

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Old 08-12-2016, 10:59 AM   #6
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For us it is a 50/50. Short stays at local parks around the lake typically is us just sitting around with our camping group eating good food, watching the kids play and just RELAXING (we do take boats, bikes or balls depending on what the campground offers). However we also use our camper as just a place to stay sometimes, we would rather take the camper than stay in a hotel.
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:06 AM   #7
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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
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ID:	117005We can't sight see in most campgrounds. Some ,we can .
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But also depends on everything that has been mentioned.........Sometimes its nice just to get away and sit with your favoiite drink on the beach and relax.


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We tend to hang around the campsite. Most places we go to a pretty secluded.

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