Nathan @ Wand'rly

Geneva State Park Geneva, OH
40 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"If an RV park and a national forest had a baby..."

Site 1 - 37, being run by Lieutenant General Wide Open Spaces, were less preferable than the second loop, where Private Woods E. Spots was apparently in charge. Our second state park in Ohio, we knew what to expect and were therefore... Read more

40 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Not all sites being equal..."

Spot 1 A was a privacy advocate for sure, save being close to the entrance (though somewhat “before” the rest of the campground.) Other spots were more naughty by nature, happy to reveal what many a camper would prefer to be their private... Read more

45 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Welcome to Ohio!"

The appeal to others is not lost on me. We arrived here after a long day driving down the palm of Michigan’s mitten, arriving at a decent state park, only to find it full, and thus this was the next closest option. Dread soaked the hearts of... Read more

46 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Budweiser empties graveyard"

It’s a dump. A trash field. Toilet paper strewn all about the place, because people pooped in the woods with bathrooms right there? I don’t know. Budweiser boxes and bottle caps and cans scattered through half of the open sites. And though... Read more

Kneff Lake Campground Grayling, MI
46 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Friendliest campground host in Michigan..."

Aside from the hosts, we had this entire campground to ourselves on a Friday, the week after Labor Day. While situated on a lake, like nearly all public camping in Northern Michigan and the UP, it didn’t have the same feel as only one or two sites... Read more

48 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Peculiar for National forest"

Don’t let the following dissuade you, this is a more than pleasant couple of loops situated—as most national forest campgrounds in the UP are—along a beautiful lake. What first put me off on the place, aside from my continuing disdain for the... Read more

Bay Furnace Campground Munising, MI
51 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"All waterfront sites are reservable, not necessarily occupied..."

Completely agreed, the proximity to the always slightly more enchanting than the last time Munising and Pictured Rocks, and the tall red pines swaying some 45° in the wind rushing over Lake Superior, just a kicked pinecone away from many sites,... Read more

54 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Perfection nearly attained, but not exactly “dispersed”..."

So really only two downsides here. 1. “Dispersed camping.” Not really. If you’re used to the term out west, which can be defined as “places you can camp that are outside of a designated campground, typically free and scattered throughout a... Read more

55 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Don’t let the lake fool you, it’s all about the Maywood!"

It’s hit or miss and the difference is about a quarter mile’s worth of how big your spot, and slotted privacy, might be. Sites 28 and 29, along with a couple in the low 20s which were even better, took first place in the Most Likely to Be Bigger... Read more

Burned Dam Campground Watersmeet, MI
59 days ago

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Nathan @ Wand'rly 348 reviews

"Tiny, bug-laden loop along a speedway of a river"

Sufficient little campground next to a raging river. Four out of six of the spots were wide open and decorated in fruit loops and Bud Light trash, a milk bottle and some insulation that boasted about its capacity to deplete the ozone on the... Read more
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Geneva State Park
Geneva, OH
"If an RV park and a national forest had a baby..."
"Not all sites being equal..."
"Welcome to Ohio!"
"Budweiser empties graveyard"
Kneff Lake Campground
Grayling, MI
"Friendliest campground host in Michigan..."
"Peculiar for National forest"
Bay Furnace Campground
Munising, MI
"All waterfront sites are reservable, not necessarily occupied..."
"Perfection nearly attained, but not exactly “dispersed”..."
"Don’t let the lake fool you, it’s all about the Maywood!"
Burned Dam Campground
Watersmeet, MI
"Tiny, bug-laden loop along a speedway of a river"
Marion Lake Campground
Watersmeet, MI
"Water can splash your tires from some sites if you’d like it to..."
"Old-growth white pine forest along a lake teeming with trout!"
Amnicon Falls State Park
South Range, WI
"What did Aladdin say to the Genie? "
"Nice sandy beach, plenty of trees but still sunshine galore"
Woodenfrog Campground
Kabetogama, MN
"Thick and woody, darkly skies and oh the red squirrels!"
Lofgren Memorial Park
International Falls, MN
"Cute “county” park near a river, walking distance to town"
Big Falls City
Big Falls, MN
"Tight spots on a beautiful, shallow river..."
"Nice to be back in the hardwoods..."
Buffalo Gap Campground
Sentinel Butte, ND
"Rating is relative to the area in the 101° heat of August"
"Unusual daytime flock of nighthawks wows camping family. "
"The songbirds were plentiful."
" Ear giant stone faces, clean bathrooms."
Echo Park Campground
Dinosaur, CO
"Epic!"
Wheatland Reservoir #1
Wheatland, WY
"Sasquatch fish breaching like cray!"
 
"Natural AC when the wind kicks up, and it double jump karate kicks up frequently..."
Miracle Rock
Glade Park, CO
"Hotter than a burnt tamale but..."
Pike Ridge
Fruita, CO
"Old-growth Doug-firs at the top of the world"
"Easy creekside camping, shady spots and clean long drops"
"Once upon a time it was free..."
"Best free camping I’ve found near Santa Fe"
Riverside Park RV
Brownwood, TX
"Elbow room on a streetside RV Park..."
"Reminds me of Old Mexico..."
San Angelo KOA
San Angelo, TX
"A-o-KOA"
Water Valley County Park
Water Valley, TX
"The bathrooms are eating themselves..."
Hewitt Canyon Dispersed
Queen Valley, AZ
"Or a shotgun, bang, what’s up with that thang?"
Cottonwood
Reserve, NM
"My name is mud..."
Castle Dome
Yuma, AZ
"Peaceful sound of explosions in the distance"
Mora Campground
Forks, WA
"Better than Bruce Springsteen on Broadway..."
Sol Duc Campground
Port Angeles, WA
"Free installation with all moss carpeting purchases"
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Chinati Hot Springs, Ruidosa Texas

There’s a little slice of heaven, available at discount Mexican rates, just north and east of the line in the sand they call the Texas / Mexico border. Advertisement Texas has the...

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Fondest Greetings from Washington’s Old-Growth on Wand'rly

How the mix of shredding cotton ball cirrus clouds fell in to absorb a long gone jet’s lingering chemtrail mixed with wildfire smoke puffing out of a nearby mountain shap...

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How to Make a Tarp City

I can sleep anywhere. A friend’s couch. A friend’s couch covered in cat urine. A park bench (though I prefer the grass). A tent. Or no tent, but still in the woods. The f...

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Judging Immaculate vs. Perfection on Wand'rly

I woke up in a land almost indescribably beautiful. Two glacier-dimpled mountains surrounded by vast colorful autumn alpine scrub. I drove my family and I to and through...

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Young Bones in Bear Creek Campground, Winthrop, WA

I wish the hunters wouldn’t leave so much for the gatherers. And by hunters I mean just that; campground attendees who come to take a deer and so often leave a pile of...

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Outrunning the Twisp Wild Fires in Eastern Washington August 2015

“They’re evacuating Twisp,” Renée told me. She and the kids were in the town of Winthrop, I back in with our Airstream at a boondocking site by the name of Bear Creek....

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Old-Growth National Forest Campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest on Wand'rly

A naturalist was standing just outside of the fence surrounding the Big Tree, an ancient, massive Ponderosa Pine near La Pine Oregon, when a tourist approached him. “Th...

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Old-Growth National Forest Campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest on Wand'rly

A naturalist was standing just outside of the fence surrounding the Big Tree, an ancient, massive Ponderosa Pine near La Pine Oregon, when a tourist approached him. “Th...

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Old-Growth National Forest Campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest on Wand'rly

A naturalist was standing just outside of the fence surrounding the Big Tree, an ancient, massive Ponderosa Pine near La Pine Oregon, when a tourist approached him. “Th...

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Old-Growth National Forest Campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest on Wand'rly

A naturalist was standing just outside of the fence surrounding the Big Tree, an ancient, massive Ponderosa Pine near La Pine Oregon, when a tourist approached him. “Th...

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Old-Growth National Forest Campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest on Wand'rly

A naturalist was standing just outside of the fence surrounding the Big Tree, an ancient, massive Ponderosa Pine near La Pine Oregon, when a tourist approached him. “Th...

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Old-Growth National Forest Campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest on Wand'rly

A naturalist was standing just outside of the fence surrounding the Big Tree, an ancient, massive Ponderosa Pine near La Pine Oregon, when a tourist approached him. “Th...

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Old-Growth National Forest Campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest on Wand'rly

A naturalist was standing just outside of the fence surrounding the Big Tree, an ancient, massive Ponderosa Pine near La Pine Oregon, when a tourist approached him. “Th...

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Greetings from Tioga Pass in Sunny Yosemite! on Wand'rly

Snow still stripes the Eastern Sierras as foreign eyes from lands as far as Germany, Japan, or as nearby as Pennsylvania and Michigan state up the mountains. Aspen groves...

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Hike to the Cross at Bisbee

A trail leads to a shrine at the 5900′ summit of the mountain which makes up the northeastern slope of Bisbee, Arizona. We had taken the trail before though, walking pa...

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Greetings from Durango on Wand'rly

Construction workers toil away fixing potholes in the divided highway that bypasses old downtown Durango, Colorado. A few miles of strip greet newcomers, heavy traffic sl...

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Short Stories on Nederland, Colorado

In the dissipation of the last night’s fog over Boulder Creek a man sits on, not at, a picnic table, looking down over the small gully that divides his current home–the...

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4/20 Easter Greetings from Capitol Reef Country on Wand'rly

4/20 Easter Greetings from Capitol Reef Country Men load up the bed of their pickup trucks with coolers full of sandwiches and Coors Light. Loc...

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Greetings from Moab, Utah on Wand'rly

Greetings from Moab, Utah It was with disillusionment that we first met Moab, nearly two weeks ago. A town full of adventure seekers who’d come...

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Greetings from Glen Canyon! on Wand'rly

The women who set us up with a spot on our first night in the area are Indians. Navajo, most likely. We’ve got a spot at Wahweap Resort. A dam just downstream from us ha...

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The Legend People and the Coyote of Bryce Canyon's Hoodoos

Bryce Canyon is not, technically, a canyon. The details are best left to scientific explanations about the means behind erosion, the flow of water, and other wonderfull...

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Greetings from the Sequoias on Wand'rly

Long before the sun completely sets, trees the size of many whales cast their shadows dark over smaller pines and the occasional oak. They feel like particle board, a hor...

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Greetings from the Redwoods on Wand'rly

Greetings from the Redwoods Several years ago a man, his Lady, and their VW Bus spent nights sleeping beneath the bows of the mighty Redwoods o...

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Stories, Videos & Facts: Coastal Redwoods & Jedediah Smith State Park

The mist is more than thick, it is downright cuttable. On the advice of a ranger, my party and I skipped the standard entrance to Jedediah Smith State Park–one of seve...

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Airstream Caravan in Joshua Tree National Park

The wind is heavy, more like a wall of sound and dust than invisible moving air. Tonight our caravan of three families in Airstreams and a woman in a tent will not build...

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Greetings from Picacho State Park! on Wand'rly

Greetings from Picacho State Park! It’s amazing the amount of traffic that a freeway can hold at any given ungodly hour of the night. From a s...

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Greetings from Guadalupe Mountains National Park! on Wand'rly

The moon came up slow. Many and cumulus were the clouds covering the horizon, and from about a half hour below the tops of them it shone up through like the opposite of h...

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Greetings from Catalina State Park, just North of Tucson! on Wand'rly

“Why is this place full when Gilbert Hill is a ghost town?” she asks. No one seems to know. The park rangers are young and look like they’re having more than your averag...

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Greetings from Fort Davis and the Davis Mountains National Park! on Wand'rly

These mountains don’t stand particularly tall, but boy do they look good doing it. At 4000′ on average, even the flat parts of West Texas are higher than most everything...

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Greetings from Sunny Bend, Oregon! on Wand'rly

Greetings from Sunny Bend, Oregon! An old friend is jumping a few feet into the air to land, a bit topsy turvy, on a slackline strung b...

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Traveler's Guide to Astoria, Oregon

Search Explore Issue #200 A Day in the Life of Astoria, Oregon We walk you up and down the streets of Astoria...

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Elk in Nehalem Bay State Park

The sand dunes lounging between the evergreens and neon yellow Scotch Broom lining the peninsula stretching south from Manzanita to hug Nehalem Bay like a raindrop desperate to cling to a leaf are ever...

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Nights are Cold on the Oregon Coast

When your beers are kicked and a morning bike ride is calling, what could be more enjoyable than a good piss to put your fire out. All of the RVers have shown their respective piles of hey what a good...

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Bike America 2006 | ClickNathan – Handmade Websites

This is the personal blog of Nathan Swartz, a web designer, traveler and family man. It started way back in May of 2004, making it one of the older blogs on the web and one of a relative few which have...

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Greetings from the Everglades! on Wand'rly

Greetings from the Everglades! Two osprey perch stalwart in the dead standing snag that was once a fig tree. It’s well after dark, and...

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Greetings from Big Cypress National Preserve! on Wand'rly

Greetings from Big Cypress National Preserve! Driving along US 41 through Florida, the Tamiami Trail as it’s known, a show rarely seen...

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Greetings from the Florida Keys! on Wand'rly

Greetings from the Florida Keys! Keyhopping: the back and forthing via bridges and an automobile from one small island to another. I...

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A Feral Freedom to be Wild on Wand'rly

A Feral Freedom to be Wild 10/4/14 10:33 pmI’ve been lead to believe that once an animal has ever been tamed, neither it nor its descendants can ever be considered truly wild again. They are...

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Greetings from Deer Trail Park Campground on Wand'rly

Greetings from Deer Trail Park Campground It’s the evening before Memorial Day and for every spoke on every spinning bike tire whizzing...

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Greetings from Rifrafters Campground on Wand'rly

Greetings from Rifrafters Campground Nanny holds Wylder, our youngest at 8 months, as he sleeps on her shoulder at a picnic table an un...

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