A Forgettable Fourth

This year’s Fourth of July, our 14th celebration together, was an experience we’d rather forget. Although it began with much promise, it ended with more of a whimper than a bang. We thought the stars had aligned when we were able to get a campsite at Loyd Park, despite being told, early in the week,…

Hard Day’s Night

After an intense, albeit shortened, work week, we began our three-day weekend at Loyd Park with a quick set-up, a first walk and a refreshing cocktail. We fired up the BGE and were soon enjoying grilled salmon, cob corn and shishito peppers, complemented by caprese salad and cabernet wine. That’s roughing it, Garinn-style. An after-dinner…

Homeward Bound!

Day 7 of our Yellowstone Adventure found us headed for Pueblo, Colorado, as we continued to make our way back home. We had been advised to skirt Denver via the E-470 tollway rather than stay on I-25 through the city. The combination of construction work and rush-hour traffic seemed to make the $50 in tolls…

Calm Before the Storm

It’s hard to believe that just yesterday we were headed home from our weekend at Joe Pool Lake, where we enjoyed mild temperatures and serene sunsets. Today’s “Icemageddon” lived up to the weather hype, with more than an inch of sleet encrusting everything in ice. Throughout the area, folks stayed off the roads and phoned…

It’s Not the Ocean

The view of Joe Pool Lake from our weekend perch was enhanced by the sound of waves lapping against the shore. Earlier in the weekend, winds of up to 30 miles per hour contributed to the formation of white caps, proving that even an otherwise placid body of water can be churned into a frenzy.…

We’re On–and In–Cloud 9

Longtime readers of this travel blog know that our new Flying Cloud 25FB is our third travel trailer and our second Airstream. Our relatively brief travel experience¬†has taught us many things about life on the road, among which are the importance of having a fully functional kitchen and a spacious bathroom, as well as¬†a bed…

Smarter Than the Average Bear

The first weekend in December found the Garinns camping at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort near Burleson, Texas. The park “caters to family fun offering numerous activities and amenities on-site.” Our experience: screaming children, sputtering golf carts, nearby construction work and overly commercialized characters at every turn. Finally, around mid-day on Saturday, the winds calmed, the campers…