Natural Bridge / Lexington KOA: Natural Bridge, VA

On the way home from the DockDogs World Championship, we did an over night stay at Natural Bridge / Lexington KOA in Natural Bridge, VA.

Our Campsite:

Margarita taking a stroll around the campground – she was fascinated by the free-roaming chickens!

We had a very nice stay at this campground.  If you have never seen the Natural Bridge, this is definitely a trip to add to your travel wish list!

Wytheville KOA: Wytheville, Virginia

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 Arcade:

The Batting Cages:

 

The Bowling Alley:

Margarita got excited to see a few other “doggies” she could play with!  HaHa!

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Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA: East Stroudsburg, PA

We had a “dock diving free” weekend last August , so we had the rare opportunity to camp with family.  We chose the Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA .

Our campsite was awesome, but there were power lines running right through the campground.  It turned out not being a big deal, but definitely was something we were not used to seeing at a campground.

Margarita enjoyed walking around the campground with her cousin James.  We bought James  his own little “Rita leash” that we attach along with the leash I am holding so that he can  feel like he is walking her.

We enjoyed the relaxing weekend with family.  It was nice not to have to get up early, or have any set plans for the weekend!

Overall, despite the first impression we had with the power lines running through the campground, we had a great time playing miniature golf, taking a hay ride, exploring around the campground, and just relaxing!

Brian captured one of my most favorite shots of Margarita and me sitting at the campfire on our campsite:

You can purchase the above “Never Camp Alone” t-shirt from Dog is Good!

South Bend / Elkhart North Koa: Granger, IN

Our second stop-over on the way to the 2016 DockDogs World Championship was at South Bend / Elkhart North Koa in Granger, IN.

Our Campsite:

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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!

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Lancaster/New Holland KOA: First Trip With Our New Camper

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!

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Our first trip in the new camper was to Lancaster / New Holland KOA !

What a gorgeous view from the campground:

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 Our campsite (Site X-16) … we LOVED our site!

 

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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!

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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!

Washington DC / Capitol KOA, Millersville, MD

DSC00298We 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!

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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:

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We would definitely stay here again!

 

Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA, Staunton, VA

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.

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Around the campground… 

We are the third camper in from the left.

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The campground had a fenced-in dog run, so of course we broke out the “Chuck-It,” and let Cello run like the wind!

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The sunsets we saw from our campsite were amazing!

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We got to see and do some really incredible in and around Staunton, which you will see in upcoming posts!

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