My 15 year old son and I are planning a cross country trip this summer. We have a popup, but I don't trust my tow vehicle for a trip like this (98 Suburban with a junkyard motor after my stepson blew it up last year). So, we'll be taking my small car which is much better on gas. We will be alternating between motel rooms and campgrounds during the trip both to save money and to really experience some of the areas where we'll be staying.
Any helpful hints for this kind of trip? I know if we're just staying overnight we'll only unpack the bare minimum of stuff. I have a decent tent that I expect would make the trip fine. It's not state of the art, but has good ventilation, is big enough for the two of us, and is easy enough to set up and take down.
I'll be checking out some free/cheap campgrounds, but if anyone has any suggestions, shoot them our way. We'll be leaving Virginia, heading the southerly route towards the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, then up the coast of California to see Yosemite. Hopefully we'll hit Yellowstone on the way back and take a more northernly route home. Still mapping things out. I hope to visit some friends and relatives along the way.
I was laid off in January when the facility where I was teaching closed. I now work two jobs and still qualify for a little bit of unemployment because what I earn at both jobs is less than the amount of my unemployment. Working my life away for no pay is not my idea of a good way to spend my time.
I love what I do, but wish there was enough money in it to keep me out of poverty.
Roy, I know you've decided to stay elsewhere, but wanted to post an update in case anyone else is interested.
I drove by Riverside tonight and it's not only closed, but there's an auction sign up. I'm guessing they won't be opening this year.
Last time I drove past, they were still closed for the season. That was about two weeks ago. Maybe they opened Memorial Day weekend...I'm not sure. I've never stayed there, but do have some land in the area, so I drive by the campground frequently. If you'd like me to check it out, send me a pm and I'll be happy to.