The campground was decorated for Halloween.
What a great view and a huge area to walk the dogs!
This may have been the most fun we’ve ever had at a campground!
On the way out to Knoxville, TN for the DockDogs World Championship, we stopped for an overnight stay at Wytheville KOA.
Not only was this campground super dog friendly, it had a snack bar, an arcade, batting cages, AND a bowling alley!
The Batting Cages:
The Bowling Alley:
Margarita got excited to see a few other “doggies” she could play with! HaHa!
This was a great over-night spot right on the Shenandoah River!
This campground has lots to offer!
The amenities here are endless! I wish we had more time to enjoy some of the many options!
Settling in for the night…
We were able to do a campfire before settling in!
Taking a walk around the campground before we headed back on the road to Tennessee:
Each time we stopped to spend the night on our way to Knoxville, we changed the “miles to go” sign on our camper!
Getting ready to get back on the road… but not before a selfie with HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!
Happy Thanksgiving 2016 from the Liver Killers!
We camped this Thanksgiving at American Heritage RV Park in Williamsburg, VA.
View from our campsite:
The weather was nice enough that we were able to get outside a lot with the pups. We went on several hikes:
…and at night, our pack of GLAMpers relaxed in the camper bed …
We liked this campground a lot and had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends. We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving as well!
This was a great stop-over with an easy pull-through site. The owners were very nice also!
Our site (#41):
Morning walk before we hit the road to our final destination…home!
After a long road trip from New Jersey to the 2016 DockDogs World Championship, we arrived in Dubuque, IA!
Even though we stayed at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Dubuqe with all the other competitors, we had driven our motor home out to Iowa, and needed a place to park it for the week. Swiss Valley Campground was the perfect place! Once we saw this beautiful 62 acre park, we wish we had camped for the week instead of staying in the hotel!
Our campsite (site #4):
Immediately after arriving, we had to pack up all of our dock diving gear, and head over to the hotel in our rental car!
The two “Princess and the Pea” gals “helped” us pack:
We said goodbye to the camper for the week – but got to stay the night here at beautiful Swiss Valley Campground on our last night in Dubuque, IA, before heading back home to New Jersey.
We stayed here for the week during the 2019 DockDogs World Championship.
Our Campsite (site #4):
Limoncello and Margarita walking on the nature path:
Porter, Lager, Whiskey, and Limoncello playing in the creek:
Hooch taking a walk through the campground:
Our second stop-over on the way to the 2016 DockDogs World Championship was at South Bend / Elkhart North Koa in Granger, IN.
Morning walks and some relaxing time before we hit the road on our last leg of our road trip to Dubuque, Iowa:
Updating our “Miles-To-Iowa” sign!
On our long trip out to Iowa for the 2016 DockDogs World Championship, our first stop-over was at Shawnee State Park in Schellsburg, PA. Shawnee State Park is a 3,983-acre Pennsylvania state park in Juniata and Napier Townships, Bedford County, Pennsylvania ans is absolutely gorgeous!
Our site (#69):
View from our site:
Morning walks before continuing on our way to Iowa:
At each stop, we changed our “Miles-To-Iowa” sign!
Although we were only here for a short one-night stop-over, what we saw of the park was absolutely gorgeous! I hope we get to come back to this state park for a weekend camping trip sometime soon!
All of our camping trips revolve around the pups’ dock diving competitions, except the holiday camping trips we take on Easter and Thanksgiving. We very rarely catch a free weekend – let alone one that matches up with another camping buddy. However, this particular weekend in October we were able to make it happen!
This was only our second trip in the new RV. I decided to ride on the couch with the pups for a little bit to help get them settled.
All settled in and ready to roll!
It was a very chilly weekend, but we enjoyed every minute at Pomona RV Park and Campground!
You would never know this campground was just 10 minutes away from Atlantic City Casinos, boardwalk, and beaches, as it was very quiet and peaceful!
We stayed on site C3:
Lager just loves his new GLAMping window!
We spent quite a bit of time indoors getting a break from the cold, and enjoying getting to know our new camper. We could relax for sure knowing Lager and Limoncello were on patrol!
Hooch and Rita decided to let Cello and Lager do all the patrolling while they soaked up the GLAMping life!
We did get some warmer temps where we were able to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air – Rita seems to be more of a cold-weather kind of gal, as she enjoyed every minute sitting outside!
It was a wonderful weekend (not too far) away! We appreciated time with friends, we were delighted to spend some time figuring out all the buttons and controls on the new RV, and enjoyed the campfires each night!
Those of you who have been following our adventures from the start, know that we started out tent camping, moved on to a travel trailer, and then a 5th Wheel. Even though we enjoyed all of our camping methods, once we adopted Margarita, we discovered that we needed to travel in a way where all of us could be a little bit more comfortable while on the road. We decided to trade our 5th Wheel in for a Class-A RV!
Our first trip in the new camper was to Lancaster / New Holland KOA !
What a gorgeous view from the campground:
Our campsite (Site X-16) … we LOVED our site!
We enjoyed this campground very much – one of the days was very rainy, which gave us some time to get acclimated to our new RV!
Once the weather broke, we were able to enjoy the outdoors at our great site!
Friends of ours live nearby the campground, and were nice enough to come by with some Lancaster favorites that we have never had before!
We had a fun (and most importantly – SAFE) first trip in our new camper – during one of the very, VERY few camping trips where dock diving was not involved!
We had never been to New Hampshire before, so we were super excited to cross the border!
We camped at Autumn Hills Campground in Weare, NH when we attended The Hopkinton State Fair dock diving competition.
Our campsite at Autumn Hills: Site T17
Rita and Lager officially touching ground in New York to stay the night! Now we can officially add New York to their States Visited Map! Click HERE to see Lager’s Map… and click HERE to see Margarita’s Map!
The food we ordered from the restaurant was great too! … A perfect stop-over !
Fort Monroe served as a key defensive site of the Chesapeake Bay from Native American’s use before the settling of Jamestown, to its most recent mission as the US Army’s Headquarters for Training and Doctrine Command until 2011.
Rita is finding Glamping to be fun, and is exploring all over the camper! Here she is in the shower:
Around the campground and fort:
The campground was very peaceful, and the pups were able to rest well in the camper after each day of the event!
This year’s Easter camping trip was at Old Mill Stream Campground in Lancaster, PA. We had a great view, and a wonderful weekend with friends!
Our campsite (Site 125):
View from our campsite:
This campground is located at Dutch Wonderland and offers discounted tickets for the amusement park. The amusement park was closed during our Easter visit.
Old Mill Stream is also very close to many area attractions and shopping in Lancaster, PA. For those who would rather stay-put in the campground, there are lots of amenities such as:
Unfortunately, Rita had to stay with a friend for this trip since she had just gone into heat, and Hooch is still intact. However, we still made sure the Easter Bunny took care of Rita in our absence!
The Easter Bunny always leaves great treats for the pups in the camper:
Every Easter camping trip, we let the pups have an Easter egg hunt in the camper:
The Pups finding their Easter Baskets:
The pups on Easter Morning:
(Hooch, Limoncello, Lager)
Happy Easter 2016!
Our first non-dock diving camping trip of the year all by ourselves! This was our annual Anniversary Camping Trip. This year, we decided to camp at Black Bear Campground, located in the Village of Florida, New York.
We stayed on site 55:
Black Bear Campground is located in Orange County, about one hour Northwest of New York City.
Amenities here include:
This Campground is also close to many attractions – lots to do in the surrounding area! Here are just some of the things to do/see (click on the attraction to read more):
We camped at Cherrystone Family Camping Resort for Cello and Hooch’s dock diving event in Cape Charles, VA.
You can see by the campground map, this place was pretty big! It was also right on the water, and although we weren’t able to secure a waterfront site, we had a water view from our campsite:
With just a short walk to the water’s edge, we had a wonderful time walking the pups!
This campground offers cabins, cottages, on site rental trailers, and campsites. Cherrystone also offers many great amenities:
Little Neck Cafe
Bait and Tackle Shop
Rental Golf Carts
We wish we had more time to explore this great campground. We hope to be able to take advantage of some of the great amenities mentioned above at our next stay!
Our campsite (site A1) was very private and wooded.
Here are some pictures from around the campground:
This campground was very unique. The list of amenities goes on forever!
We could not have been happier with our site (Site 77)
Our site had a level, concrete pad, and nice landscaping. The site also had a fire pit, and two wooden benches at the fire pit.
We even had our own “nest” style chair, , patio set, and grill!
The concrete slab had imprints of different plants – pretty cool!
This campground had lots to offer:
We very much enjoyed our stay here!
Our campsite (site A-18):
This park was HUGE! It has recreational sports fields, a skate park, and a water park!
Marina and Fishing Pier:
The Water Mine water park:
How cool is this park?!?! We would definitely like to visit here again some day.
(*some pictures taken from Lake Fairfax website)
We were invited by friends to camp at Eagles Peak Campground in Robesonia, PA. What a GREAT weekend we had!
We had a very large, pull-through site (site 238).
This campground had lots of cool features for kids!
The “Fun Zone” had a variety of inflatable slides and obstacle courses.
The Eagles Peak Grand Prix is a race course for remote control cars:
Miniature Golf Course:
We enjoyed walking around the campground, sitting around the campfire, and cooking up an incredible feast of crabs, clams, shrimp, filet mignon,
corn, potatoes, onions, broccoli, and asparagus with our group of friends! YUM!
Just a short drive brought us to a beautiful hike in Nolde Forest.
It was a fun weekend filled with good friends, fun conversation, interesting adventures, and delicious food!
This Easter we camped with friends at one of our favorite campgrounds – Frontier Town Campground, in Berlin, MD.
We first discovered Frontier Town Campground when we attended a dock diving competition held right in the campground! We camped here for the dock diving competition as well.
Here is the view from our site:
This was Hooch’s first-ever Easter! It was exciting to make his basket for the first time!
Cello’s Easter basket:
Easter morning – the Easter Bunny has arrived to the 5th Wheel with toys and treats!
Cello and Hooch had a great time opening their Easter baskets with the help of their Pop!
Hooch enjoyed all his Easter treats and toys – and, of course, stole Cello’s bunny toy!
Overall, we had a great trip, and Hooch enjoyed his first-ever Easter!
This Thanksgiving, we camped at Island Resort Campground in Newark, Maryland.
We didn’t deep fry a turkey like we did last year, but we had just as good of a time, if not better!
Our campsite #82
View from our campsite:
view the campground map HERE
Cello and Hooch were VERY interested in all the ducks and geese on the lake!
We had an awesome sunset each night as well!
This campground was super-clean, and the campground staff couldn’t have been nicer!
We decided to take a break from dock diving, and visit Annapolis since we had never been there. We decided to stay at the Washington DC/Capitol KOA.
This campground was well taken care of, the bath house was super-clean, AND they had a great doggie play area with agility equipment!
The campground staff could not have been nicer – and every employee that rode by on a golf cart stopped to say hello to the dogs, and give them a treat! The friendliness towards dogs here is unbelievable! The drive to Annapolis was about 15-20 minutes.
We stayed on site 11:
We would definitely stay here again!
Although we were at the dock diving event all day and didn’t spend much time at the campground, we did observe that this campground was clean, and that the staff were very helpful and nice.
Holiday Travl-L-Park is situated very conveniently near many historical attractions, and outdoor activities.
May 2015: site 322 (stayed here for Shipps Corner’s Back to the Splash Sock Diving Event)
June 2015: Site 268 (Stayed here for Mid Atlantic Regional Dock Diving Event ant Shipps Corner)
May 2016 Stayed on site 321 for The Empire Splashes Back event at Shipps Corner with Lager and Rita!
I can’t wait to go back!!
This campground boats a theme park, water park, crabbing docks, arcade, restaurant (with excellent food!!), saloon, miniature golf, horse back riding, water park, and a “High Ropes” obstacle course suspended in the air in the trees!
We stayed on site “Red 14” (Z 16) – and it was AWESOME! The only other site we saw that was slightly better view than ours was Z 16.
Our site, Z 14:
Around the campground…
This is the view just a few steps away from our site:
This campground was fun, beautiful, and just minutes away from SO many great places like Ocean City, Assateague, and the quaint town of Berlin, MD!
Both Lager and Rita camped here as well the following year!
Our campsite (#107) in 2013:
Same campsite (#107) in 2014:
…This time with Hooch!
Margarita is learning to “adapt” to the GLAMping life:
Whiskey stayed here in 2018 for the first time!
We stayed at the Saugerties/Woodstock KOA, located in Saugerties, NY for Cello’s dock diving event at the Dutchess County Fair.
The hosts could not have been nicer at this KOA! They met us at the gate (even though we arrived after hours) and led us to our campsite.
We stayed on site #32:
This campground also had a lot of amenities:
We would definitely stay here again!
For Cello’s Codorus Blast Dock Diving Event, we camped at Codorus State Park in Hanover, PA. Located in York County, this park boasts a gorgeous 1,275 acre lake, where many come to fish and picnic. Codorus State Park also offers many other recreational activities such as horseback riding, swimming, scuba diving, boating, hunting, and disc golf.
This park was big, clean, gorgeous, and the staff was more than friendly. The sites were level and spacious, and included a fire ring. The facilities were very clean, and within walking distance to our site.
This campground has paved sites, restrooms, shower houses, laundry facilities, a playground, and a pool. There is even a Giant chess/checkers game in the campground!
If you look at the map, we stayed on site F14
The bathrooms were extremely clean, and the staff was more than friendly. If you stay at this campground, be sure to ask about fire rings – some sites have them, and others do not.
Cello was involved in a dock diving event at the Dover Days Festival in Dover Delaware this past weekend, so we hunkered down at Killens Pond State Park, about 25 minutes from the dock diving event.
We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Killens Pond. The campsites were arranged in small loops. We stayed on campsite D5 (loop D, campsite 5), and had a nice sized private space with a view of the pond from our living space, and a wooded scene out our rear bay window.
View from our living space:
The campground was clean, and have several campground hosts located throughout the campground. We had an issue with our electric during our stay, and the campground host on our loop couldn’t have been more helpful.
This campground only has full hook-ups on the campground host sites, however our site had electric and water. There is a well-leveled and easily accessible dump station located on your way out of the campground.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Killens Pond, and very much enjoyed the “tent-camping” feel we got from the rustic, wooded setting of our site. We would definitely return to this campground if Cello is involved in the same dock diving event in Dover, De this time next year.
Brian, Cello, and I spent Easter weekend camping in Staunton, Virginia.
On Easter morning, Cello woke up to her basket and huge bunny left for her from the Easter Bunny!
Cello’s Easter Basket:
Cello’s Easter gifts waiting for her on Easter morning in our camper:
Cello was happy to see that the Easter Bunny did not pass her by in her camper
Cello even had her own egg hunt! Each egg was filled with treats!
Lamb Chop was even hiding an egg!
After the Easter festivities in our camper, we took a ride onto Skyline Drive. Even though we had been on Skyline Drive before, we had never been this far south on it, and we can’t ever get tired of seeing these views!
We had a great Easter Day, and a wonderful Easter weekend trip to Virginia! Hope you all enjoyed your Holiday!
Looking at the AAA magazine one evening, an article caught my eye about a small town in Virginia ranked one of the top 20 small towns in the United States…Staunton, VA. After doing some research, and having never stayed at a KOA before, we decided to give Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA a try for our annual Easter camping trip. Not only was Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA in close proximity to the town of Staunton, it is also located between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges on the site of a former walnut plantation…pretty awesome!
Our campsite was right on the lake, and was spacious and clean.
Around the campground…
We are the third camper in from the left.
The campground had a fenced-in dog run, so of course we broke out the “Chuck-It,” and let Cello run like the wind!
The sunsets we saw from our campsite were amazing!
We got to see and do some really incredible in and around Staunton, which you will see in upcoming posts!
…Lake in Wood Resort…Probably the coolest campground we’ve been to yet! Also one of thee prettiest, and well-kept campgrounds! This campground also had wood carvings and totem poles everywhere! In addition, the “cabins” you could rent were not cabins at all – – they were a double-decker bus, tee-pee, caboose, etc! Cello rates this one 5 paws!
We had lots of company on this trip! Friends Brandi, Stan, their daughter, Payton, and dog, Guinness (they just bought a travel trailer and this was their very first trip with it!!) , Aunt Joyce and Uncle Johnny, and friends Chris and Cindy with their dog, and Cello’s boyfriend, Memphis!
Some of the totem poles and wood carvings around the campground
Cello and Memphis inn the fenced-in dog run!
Making our way back home we stayed a few nights at Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins. While here, we visited the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Cello was allowed on the ferries, and on public buses on each island!
Next stop in Maine was Mt. Desert Narrows. While here, we visited Stephen King’s house in Bangor ME, Bar Harbor, Bass Harbor Head Light, and Acadia National Park.
View from our campsite
First destination spot in Maine was Megunitcook Campground by the Sea. We went to Lobster Festival in Rockland, and visited the town Camden, Maine, as well as Camden Hills .
Cello is all set with her Maine- themed trailer buddy!
Cello is ready for some lobster!
On our way to our longest trip ever! Aunt Joyce and Uncle Johnny joined us on this great adventure to Maine, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket! First stop: Boston Minuteman Campground for some sleep to recharge ourselves for the rest of the drive to our first destination in Maine!
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Johnny went with us to Conewago Isle. Allthough when we pulled in, we were not impressed with what we saw, our site was right on the Conewago Creek, and we wound up having one of the funnest camping weekends!
Our Campsites (Us on the left, Joyce and Johnny on the right)
View from our campsite
Cello likes to watch Uncle Johnny set up his trailer from the window!
We were invited by friends Jerry and Russ and their dog Dixie to got to The Depot Travel Park for Memorial Day weekend. We had a blast visiting local wineries (all dog friendly!) and sitting around the campfire at night.
Cello met another (bigger!) female GSP at the campground.
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Johnny, and friends Chris and Cindy and their dog, Memphis (one of Cello’s boyfriends) joined us on this trip. I had a great birthday – we hiked, then had a little birthday party around the campfire with cake and cupcakes!
View from our campsite
Happy Birthday to me! …camping style!
On our way home from Myrtle Beach, we decided to try another stop-over location. We stayed the night at South Forty Camp Resort. It was a quick visit, just to get some sleep before continuing on our travels home. I forgot to take a picture of our campsite at this campground – but here were our views from the campsite…
This is our first time camping for Thanksgiving…we went to Elk Neck State Park with friends Jerry, Russ, and their dog, Dixie. Russ deep fried a turkey (our first time having deep fried turkey…YUM!!!) We visited Turkey Point Lighthouse and the town of Northeast, and went on a nice hike to see the white clay cliffs.
Cello gearing up for the chilly weather
Happy Thanksgiving 2012!
Aunt Joyce and Uncle Johnny joined us on this trip to Gettysburg Family Campground. We visited a dog friendly Irish pup/restaurant, O’Rourke’s, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Brian and Johnny played a round of mini-golf before we left (Johnny won!)
Our first trip with our new travel trailer was to Holiday Park Campground. Aunt Joyce and Uncle Johnny bought a travel trailer as well, and they came with us on this trip. The campground was nice, and we took a day trip to St. Michaels. This campground was not full hookup, so it was also our first experience with a dump station… (Gross!…Definitely Brian’s job!)
View from our campsite
Our anniversary trip to Big Meadows Campground was such a memorable one! Deer had no fear and would walk right up to the campsite, drives on Skyline Drive, great hikes, bear sightings, and anniversary dinner, camp style!
Our 5th Anniversary, Camp-style!