The Camera Couple is back out on the road for a little weekend warrior trip! We were headed to Hamilton Lake in South Carolina for a couple days to enjoy some good lake time. The only problem was, we picked one of the hottest weekends of the year...
We were in site 76, which ended up being awesome because you had a little private beach to yourself and could launch the paddle boards right from the site! After the ride down, we enjoyed dipping our feet in with a cold beverage in hand for a little bit.
The next morning we got up with full intentions to enjoy some coffee and our books by the lake. It wasn't long before I was interrupted by a slight work debacle that ended up taking up a good chunk of our morning peace and quiet. By the time it was sorted out, it was already scorching out so we packed up the cooler and headed out on the lake for the rest of the afternoon!
The paddle boards have been such a great investment, especially in the summer months were we can paddle, float, and then hop right in the water easily to cool off! We spent the afternoon enjoying the water with some music and cold ones, while getting some good sun burns!
We decided to head back to land and rest in the shade for a little bit. Cameron graced us with some tunes on his little dulcimer (another great investment!). The heat of the day was upon us, so we had to keep using the outdoor shower to hose down whenever we started to over heat. We also had to check on Luna frequently and keep reflective shades in the windows to try and keep the trailer cool. The only problem with our site was there was no trees to block our camper in the prime heat of the day.
After a little rest, we went back to catch the live band and happy hour at the bar. Unfortunately, the band was taking FOREVER to set up so we didn't even get to see them play. Cameron was really intrigued though, they had an upright bass, a guitar, and a saxophone....quite the combo, right? We enjoyed some cold drinks regardless.
After a nice lake day, there's nothing better than going back and relaxing in the cool air. We hung out for the evening and enjoyed a nice sunset walk with Luna before calling it a night.
The next morning we took our time packing up and enjoyed a walk around the entire campground. It was looking like another beautiful, albeit, hot day. We sweated our way through cleanup and headed back to the Concord homestead, but definitely enjoyed our new found lake spot...Next time we just might book it in a different month!
The summer saga continues as we packed up to head out on the road once again! While we love visiting up north, we hadn't hit any new states in a long time. I am still working on my 50 before 30 bucket list, so it was time to tackle a few newbies. This time Michigan and Wisconsin were our new states, bringing the score to 36/50 complete. The route consisted of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio then home all in two weeks.
It's been a while since you've heard from us! The Camera Couple has been BUSY this summer as we tackle our new remote life on the road. In all of the job changes and trip planning chaos we haven't had much time to catch everyone up on all our fun adventures. So here we go!
Happy 4th of July to all our awesome Camera Couple readers! This is one of our favorite holidays of the year! Why? Because we met on the 4th of July back in 2015. I'll bore you with our love story some other time though.
This year we headed out for some camping in West Virginia to Camp Creek State Park.
Since our first work trip up north turned out so well, we decided to give it another shot after a whopping one week recovery period. That's right, the weekend after we got back from our three week trip to Maryland and Massachusetts, we headed down to South Carolina for another weeklong trip to three more state parks.
So, the big news we've been eluding to is that Rose finally got her remote job! We can officially run around like the nomads we want to be without worrying about making it back to the office on Monday morning. What better way to celebrate than a big ol' trip up the coast!?
Living in North Carolina with relatives in Maryland and Massachusetts, Virginia has always seemed like a "drive through" state for our travels. But this weekend, we decided to give the Old Dominion its due and head up to Goose Point Recreation Area.
Who needs electric and water hookups!? This weekend, we're putting the new trailer to the off-grid test at Lake Norman State Park in North Carolina.
Another holiday camping adventure had arrived! This time, we were headed back to Hamilton Branch!
In the fall, we took a weekend visit to the park and absolutely loved the campground (if you missed that blog, you can read it here!). So, when the SC state park system did their 25% off deal, I snatched up our amazing waterfront site again for Easter weekend. We were heading down Thursday night and didn't have to leave until Monday! And the weather looked PERFECT for camping.
It might have been only 2,306ft, but we were determined to get to the tippy top of Stone Mountain.
The greatest feeling in the world might be heading back to work on a Tuesday knowing that you only have to make it until Friday again to go camping. It was a quick turn around for us. After a great trip to Georgia, we were headed back to the lake, but this time to Sadlers Creek State Park.
We're back! After a few restful weeks and celebrating Cameron's 30th birthday with family we were headed back to our home away from home. Every year since we got our little Coleman (R.I.P.) we have headed down to Georgia to Elijah Clark State Park around Cameron's birthday.
After we "accidentally" bought the new trailer, time was of the essence. We scheduled a trip months in advance for the very next weekend! How were we to know we'd end up buying a trailer!?
That week, we got a quick rundown of how the trailer works, we brought it home on Wednesday, loaded up all our stuff on Thursday, and set off for our next camping adventure on Friday. It was an action-packed week, but we got it done.
Next stop: Croft State Park in good ol' South Carolina.
So, we had a plan. Obviously, we like camping, so we've been talking about upgrading our little trailer for some time. The deal was to spend the year doing tons of research, looking at dozens of trailers, and making heavy payments on our trailer and MAYBE upgrade in the fall of 2021. Well... things change.
Sadly, it was time for the final campground stop of the trip (insert crying face). It was such a fabulous journey thus far, and we were excited for our final stop at Lake Hartwell Sate Park.
After enjoying the coast, it was time for us to head back to more familiar terrain. Lakes and mountains
Hotdogs roasting on an open fire.
Jack frost nipping through your tent.
Yule tide carols being sung by the shore.
And folks dressed in shorts and flops.
This year, we decided to do Christmas on the coast in lovely Edisto Beach State Park, South Carolina!
It's here!! Our biggest trip of the year! Christmas was a little hard to plan family visits due to COVID (still), so we decided to keep it simple and safe by roaming to some new state parks for two weeks! If you're one of our 3 readers, you probably remember that last year we went across the country and hit Texas. We had so much fun camping for the holiday season, it only made sense to do it again.
Free weekend?! You all know what that means. It's time to book another camping trip! Thanksgiving festivities had wrapped up, and after a great week of food, drinks, and fun with Randy and Keith, it was time to hit the woods and have more food, drinks, and fun!
It's really called Kings Mountain State Park, but I thought "Mountain of Kings" sounded more dramatic.
Heading to Maryland for a quick weekend? Why not make it a camping adventure!? But this time, lets save some gas and make it a tent weekend. I'm sure we remember how to do it...
In many of our previous South Carolina camping adventures, we passed this massive rock formation and wondered what it was. Well, thanks to the power of Google and its all-knowingness, we discovered it was called Table Rock and that it was a state park complete with camping! Naturally, we had to check it out.
We look forward to this time every year. It's time for our annual Maine vacation!
Happy 4th of July, everyone! For the holiday weekend, we headed to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex, North Carolina.
He likes pizza.