For spring break this year, we took our first big trip in with the camper! We traveled to five different states and made it all the way to the gulf and back.
We started in Mined Lands Conservation Area in Kansas. Our extended family are avid trout fishermen and the former strip mines are stocked with rainbow trout. The conservation area has two cabins, which were right on the water and included beds, kitchens, and bathrooms. You bring your own linens and everything else you might need. My brother brought his boat, and in all, the group caught over 30 trout over the weekend.
We kept the camper at Big Brutus, the largest coal shovel in the U.S. and almost comical roadside attraction of southeastern Kansas. The Big Brutus campgrounds consists of one part of their gravel parking lot having 10 outlets and water spigots, but for $15 / night, it served its purpose.
The following morning, we drove diagonally through Arkansas, stopping at a favorite outdoor store – Pack Rat Outdoor Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. From there, we zig-zagged across the state and made it to the southeastern corner of Arkansas, to Lake Chicot State Park. The state park campground was a soggy, mosquito-filled mess with the recent rain. The restrooms and showers weren’t kept up much, being off season. The lake itself looked beautiful, but we didn’t have much time to explore, as we headed out after one night for another day of driving.