9 Free Dog-Friendly Walks In and Near Branson, MO

It turns out that Branson, a popular entertainment mecca for families and retired folks, is chock-full of outdoor free adventures that are dog-friendly, some right in town. And if you want to take a little drive, Table Rock State Park is only 9 miles away. First of all, if you’re staying in Branson for anyContinue reading “9 Free Dog-Friendly Walks In and Near Branson, MO”

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, Ozark National Forest, near Deer, AR

“An easy hike with great scenery in the Ozark National Forest. Less than 70 miles from Branson, MO” On Monday morning we made the 67 mile drive to Alum Cove Natural Bridges from Hollister, MO. Although I have an annual National Parks Pass, there is no entrance fee in the Ozark National Forest. From Jasper,Continue reading “Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, Ozark National Forest, near Deer, AR”

Dog Parks in Branson, MO

I’ve only been here for 5 days but plan on staying all summer so we’ve already checked out some of the dog-friendly entertainment. I’m staying in Hollister, just across the river from Branson and a quick 3 minute drive. Branson does tend to get crowded, traffic-wise, especially on weekends in the summer so I wantedContinue reading “Dog Parks in Branson, MO”

Oklahoma City East/Choctaw KOA, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City East/Choctaw KOA (Kampgrounds of America) is just 16 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City on I40. The website states that it’s an award-winning KOA in a shaded country setting. I spent two months in South Oklahoma City at a campground that was in the city and I was ready for a change beforeContinue reading “Oklahoma City East/Choctaw KOA, Oklahoma”

Great Plains State Park, Mountain Home, OK

I was able to book one week here with a full hook up site after getting a recommendation from a camper in New Mexico.  This state park is on the border near Texas and is quite close to Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.  The biggest attraction is probably the huge lake, Tom Sneed Reservoir, which isContinue reading “Great Plains State Park, Mountain Home, OK”

The Bark Rangers at Petrified Forest National Park

We toured Petrified Forest National Park in early April by motorhome. Our first stop was the Painted Desert Visitor Center. There are several buildings here with a gift shop, restaurant and a bookstore/ranger station. I went in to the ranger station to get a map and to get my two Bark Rangers registered. Although whileContinue reading “The Bark Rangers at Petrified Forest National Park”

Calico Ghost Town, Yermo, CA

Sometimes you want to relieve old memories and it doesn’t live up to expectations and sometimes it does. I hadn’t been here in 20 years and didn’t remember much from that visit as I was mostly just photographing but my expectations were high though because I used to love Knott’s Berry Farm in the 60sContinue reading “Calico Ghost Town, Yermo, CA”

12 States in 5 Months — A Wrap-up of My 2018 Travels

Here are the highlights of my 2018 travels in chronological order. Every place I stayed also has a Pet-Friendly-Report . I said good-bye to family and friends in Sacramento, CA on June 23 and headed south. I followed route I-40 and Route 66 to visit my son in OKC. Then continued on to tour theContinue reading “12 States in 5 Months — A Wrap-up of My 2018 Travels”

Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan, GA

We originally had reservations for 4 nights but the day we were scheduled to leave was the day Hurricane Florence was predicted to make landfall and we would have been traveling further east so I cancelled those reservations and added 7 days here. So we were here for 11 days. Best thing about Chattahoochee BendContinue reading “Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan, GA”

Georgia on my Mind

We’ve been in Georgia now since Sunday.  I’ll be staying at the Chattahoochee Bend State Park until next Thursday, a total of 11 days.  Thought I would make an additional post before the Pet Friendly Report is due. I am starting to really fall in love with the state parks we’ve been staying at. ThisContinue reading “Georgia on my Mind”