For our last camping trip of the year, we headed back down to North Carolina to go sailing since we were not able to sail when we were down there in the spring. We left Thursday afternoon and traveled a few hours before stopping overnight at a Walmart in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
Our favorite campground was closed due to damage from Hurricane Florence and the New Bern KOA was closed to the public as it was providing shelter for locals due to hurricane damage. We wanted to be in New Bern so we didn’t have a long commute to the sailboat each day and ended up finding a site at Moonlight Lake RV Park and Cottages. I have zero pictures of our setup because it was not pretty, but luckily Chris had some photographic evidence. They have cottages that look pretty nice but the RV spots were less than ideal. Fortunately, we were not planning to spend a lot of time at the campground!
Mike and Eric came over shortly after we arrived on Friday night. We grilled some pizza, got cozy, and watched Ferdinand in the camper. Fun fact: This was the first and only time we’ve used the TV in this camper. The boys didn’t like the movie (they think every movie is scary!) and ended up going to bed early but the adults finished watching it!
The next morning, we packed some lunches and headed over to Northwest Creek Marina for some sailing. The boys each got a turn to drive the boat and did really well!
If you missed North Carolina, Part 1, you can catch up here.
On Friday morning, we played around the campsite and ate an early lunch. After lunch, we headed to Mike & Eric’s friends’ goat farm in Rougemont, North Carolina. Elodie Farms is a 1910s tobacco farm turned into a goat dairy farm by Ted and Sandra. They have around 40 mix breed goats (and a donkey!) on 17+ acres of pasture and make fresh goat cheese and crackers among other things!
We arrived at Rolling View Campground in Falls River State Recreation Area around 4:30 pm. We set up the camper, the boys rode their bikes around the loop, and we headed over to check out the playground. Hooray for campgrounds with playgrounds!
If you missed Part 1, you can catch up on our first day and half in Shenandoah here!
After we finished our lunch, we headed to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. There are almost 70 overlooks on the 105 mile stretch of Skyline Drive with stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley.
We entered Skyline Drive at the Thornton Gap entrance station in Luray at milepost 31.5. Jackson fell asleep on the drive over so he missed out on our first view point, hence his absence from our family picture below. Our first stop on Skyline Drive was Hazel Mountain Overlook at milepost 33:
In October, Chris and I did something we hadn’t done in seven years — took a vacation just the two of us! After running in the LLBean 4th of July 10K, we decided it would be fun to run a race in another state and make a camping trip out of it. Chris suggested the Shenandoah area and we discovered the Shenandoah Leaf Peeper 10K in Front Royal, Virginia.
We looked into camping at Shenandoah National Park, however there were no hookups and it was a further drive to Front Royal on Sunday for our race. We choose to camp at Shenandoah River State Park as it had water and electric hookups and was a fifteen minute drive to Front Royal.
The one place we’ve been to every year since we started camping is Lake George. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stays at Adirondack Camping Village (here and here), however they close for the season after Labor Day and our trip was planned for late September. So we were forced to pick another campground in the Lake George area. I figured if we couldn’t stay at our favorite spot outside of the village, I wanted to stay somewhere closer to the village . We weren’t sure we would fit at Lake George Battleground Campground so we settled on King Phillips Campground.
In late August, we packed up the camper and headed north to Niagara Falls. We left on Friday evening and stayed at Arrowhead Marina and RV Park in Schenectady, New York. It broke up the trip — which is helpful with kids — and let us get to our final destination a little earlier the next day. We got there around 6 P.M., set up, ate dinner, and checked out the campground a little bit. Our site was not ideal but it was fine for our short stay. Our fire pit was on the opposite side of where it should be. You can see how close the RVs are to each other in the background of some of the pictures. Our neighbor’s electric hookup is right next to our picnic table.
On Tuesday, we packed up the camper to check out of Seawall Campground and head to Bar Harbor KOA for the night. It was a last minute decision to extend our trip for one more night and we were so excited to have an ocean front campsite… Except we never made it there.