Universal Orlando Review (and tips!)

For our winter vacation this year we decided to try out Universal Studios and Island of Adventure in Florida. Our daughter had read all the Harry Potter books (and we had all seen all the movies) so we were most excited for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This was our first trip to UniversalContinue reading “Universal Orlando Review (and tips!)”

Orlando/ Kissimmee KOA Holiday review

This was our second visit to Orlando/Kissimmee KOA. Both visits we have used the campground more as a place to sleep to see other things in the area. It’s about a 20 minute drive to the Disney or Universal Parks, as well as Disney Springs and City Walk. The campground is small in size andContinue reading “Orlando/ Kissimmee KOA Holiday review”

Our 2021 Colorado/Utah Adventure

Day 1- Maryland- West Virginia Our first day of driving, we drove from home to Flatwoods KOA in West Virginia (Drive time- 5 hours) On the way we stopped at Coopers Rock State Forest in West Virginia to visit the overlook. There was amazing views of Cheat River canyon! Day 2/3- West Virginia- Kentucky- Illinois-Indiana-Continue reading “Our 2021 Colorado/Utah Adventure”

Capitol Reef National Park

On our drive from Escalante to Moab, our route had us going right through Capitol Reef National Park. We were only there for a few hours but it was a great stop on the way! Panorama Point Our first stop in Capitol Reef, after getting our photo with the entrance sign of course, was PanoramaContinue reading “Capitol Reef National Park”

Chimney Rock National Monument

We came upon Chimney Rocks National Monument by chance as we drove from Great Sand Dunes National Park to Mesa Verde. The kids were getting antsy, we saw that sign, so we decided to stop. The cost to visit is $12 adult/$6 kid (my 4th grader was free with a 4th grade pass but inContinue reading “Chimney Rock National Monument”

Colorado Springs

Our last stop before we began our journey home was Colorado Springs. We had two full days to explore the area. There is so much to do here and we really only scratched the surface! Lone Duck Campground We stayed at Lone Duck Campground for 3 nights. This was a great location near the baseContinue reading “Colorado Springs”

Moab, Utah (Arches and Canyonlands)

Our last stop in Utah was in Moab to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Park. As we came through town the kids were so excited to see civilizations with tons of choices in shops and restaurants. We really liked Moab Brewery for food and beer! Moab KOA Holiday We stayed at Moab KOA Holiday forContinue reading “Moab, Utah (Arches and Canyonlands)”


My favorite stop of the entire trip was Escalante. There is really not much going on in the sleepy town, but the side trips were amazing. We had two great meals while we were there, the Circle D Eatery was the first. It doesn’t look like much but the margaritas and burgers are amazing. TheContinue reading “Escalante”

Bryce Canyon (and surrounding area)

Bryce Canyon was my favorite National Park visited on this trip! The hoodoos and landscape was so different then anything we had seen before. Cannonville/Bryce Valley KOA Holiday We stayed at the nearby Cannonville/Bryce Valley KOA about 20 minutes outside the main entrance of the park. We were in the back of the campground, upContinue reading “Bryce Canyon (and surrounding area)”

Zion Part 2- Kolob Canyon (+ Kanarra Falls)

Since we had to leave our campground on Zion due to the flash floods, we moved to Hurricane/St George KOA. This allowed us to explore the Red Cliffs Recreation Area, as well as Kannara Falls, the Kolob Canyon part of Zion, St George and even visit the indoor pool/water park at Washington City Community Center.Continue reading “Zion Part 2- Kolob Canyon (+ Kanarra Falls)”