If you’ve followed us on social media, you know that Haley has been an avid camper for many years now, but this past year was a busy one for her! She has traveled to many places and had some awesome experiences! Here’s her recap on the year!
We went camping quite a bit in 2020. Tyler State Park, Caddo Lake, Lake Ray Roberts, and our most recent trip was to Alto, New Mexico, and White Sands National Park.
Most of our camping destinations are weekend trips. There are a lot of beautiful parks that are only a couple hours away so, it’s easy to plan these miniature vacations.
I turned the big 3-0 a few weeks ago and my favorite place to celebrate anything is Caddo Lake State Park in Karnack, Texas. We got there in the afternoon. We drove around a bit and took some photos and got to kayak on the lake.
That evening we had the most amazing meal at Marilynn’s Place in Shreveport. The next day we went over to the park, went hiking, and walked around under the amazing cypress trees and Spanish moss.
Our most recent trip was to New Mexico for Christmas. This took a little longer but, it’s absolutely gorgeous and well worth the drive. I don’t know if people have favorite types of dirt but, I love seeing terracotta and there’s more than plenty in west Texas.
Especially in Brownfield. It’s mostly farmland so, the contrast between the orange dirt and green crops against the big blue sky is breathtaking. My boyfriend had never experienced Roswell so, it was fun to see his reaction to the martian shaped streetlamps, dental and law offices with pictures of UFOs on their signs, and a family reunion group wearing matching outer space t-shirts.
We spent a few days with my family in Alto where we hiked, had picnics, and came face to face with some elk. On the last day, we headed for White Sands National Park. I had wanted to go there since I was a kid and it was everything I could have hoped for. We immediately began making plans to go back and tent camp. After an entire roll of film, we started to head home.
We were pretty far south so, we took a different route. This took us through the mountains and an apple orchard town called Cloudcroft. A place that can only be described as adorable. We drove through a mountainside tunnel and all of the Lincoln National Forrest. New Mexico is called The Land of Enchantment and it certainly doesn’t fall short.
We have already booked our next camping trip. We’re going to Mineral Wells State Park in February. We have also been planning a trip to Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans for September. I’m already really looking forward to these trips and everything in between.
Choosing between a campsite and a hotel is truly a no brainer for me. I’m thankful to have a partner who shares this opinion and a job that celebrates it and encourages me to go out and find new beautiful places to explore. I’m one happy camper!