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Friday, May 19, 2017

An Adventure inwards Single-Mom Travel

By Megan M. Seckman

Mandy Thompson, 40, captains the send of her 4th degree classroom alongside confidence as well as grace. She tin lavatory engage the most severe ADHD, assuage the angry alongside a hypnotic lesson on mindfulness, de-escalate dispute, as well as assistance the most withdrawn 9-year-old bloom similar a H2O lily. But when it came to locomote afterward becoming a unmarried mother, she was perplexed. How tin lavatory a unmarried mom afford to accept a vacation?

Traveling is expensive, but Mandy flora the perfect formula alongside camping. “I’ve ever been a nature daughter as well as grew upwards at campsites inward my parents’ pop-up camper,” she says. “As shortly equally I knew my son, Henry, was former plenty to military camp as well as that nosotros could produce this on our own, — everything opened up. It was liberating to know that I tin lavatory afford to travel.”

“With camping,” Mandy says, “I tin lavatory afford to accept a 10-day trip every summertime to ii destinations for around $500 — that’s nigh what I’d pay for ii or iii nights at a resort.”

Henry spends some fourth dimension at the swimming hole on the Nolichucky River inward Erwin, Tennessee. 
To Mandy, camping ground is the exclusively agency to survive genuinely immersed inward nature. Her favorite campgrounds permit her as well as Henry to literally military camp on the water’s border surrounded yesteryear wildlife. They wake upwards to birds chirping as well as become to bed to the tune of crickets as well as the low-cal from fireflies as well as falling stars.

Mandy’s favorite camping ground trip begins on the Nolichucky River inward Johnson City, Tennessee. The Nolichucky Gorge Campground offers opened upwards campsites for merely $11.50 per adult (children vi as well as nether are free, 7-12 are $5) equally good equally cabins for those who desire a trivial to a greater extent than luxury inward their experience. The campsites are along the river downstream from a local swimming hole, thus yous tin lavatory hike upwards to swim as well as thus underground your agency dorsum to your tent. At a trivial to a greater extent than than 5 hours from Louisville, Mandy says this house is her particular spot. The camaraderie at the campground, the weekly potluck, as well as the access to whitewater rafting as well as the Appalachian Trail brand this her go-to choice for camping.

A stance of the campground inward Hunting Island State Park. 

She ends her trip inward Hunting Island, South Carolina, where she camps on the beach for several days inward a non-developed province common for $35 a night. “You wake upwards correct on the ocean, as well as no i else is around. I quaff my java from my trivial press pot as well as brand delicious dinners on my stove alongside the beautiful driftwood beach correct inward forepart of me.

Driftwood Beach located inward Hunting Island, South Carolina, is i of Mandy's meridian camping ground spots. 

“The matter nigh motorcar camping ground is that yous tin lavatory survive equally crafty as well as luxurious equally yous desire to be. I convey a stove, a prissy tablecloth, candles, a hammock, bikes, folding chairs, as well as playing cards, equally good equally a handbasket alongside all my cookware as well as dishes inward it, ready to go. I convey plenty of blankets to brand the tent cozy, as well as I don’t overpack because at that topographic point is ever a shop nearby,” Mandy explains. Henry tin lavatory play all 24-hour interval inward the H2O as well as brand friends alongside other campers nearby. She says camping ground is convenient, easy, adventurous as well as affordable — the perfect scenario for this unmarried mom.

Mandy’s Favorite Sites
  • Nolichucky Gorge Campground (car camping ground for $11.50 per someone a nighttime or cabin rentals around $140 per night) inward Johnson City, Tennessee.
  • Hunting Island State Park (tent sites, RV sites, as well as cabin rentals) on a pristine, undeveloped beach off the coast of South Carolina.
  • Mammoth Cave’s Overnight Canoe Trip on the Green River: Mandy loves this site for a quick two-day military camp trip. She says at that topographic point are many swimming spots, first-class back-country camping, as well as local attractions (not to lift the cave system).
What to Bring
  • Mandy warns non to over-pack.
  • Tent as well as a tarp (for rain).
  • Basket of all necessary kitchenware as well as cookware.
  • Bug spray as well as citronella candles.
  • Blanket or mat for exterior the tent to proceed out sand as well as dirt.
  • Small stove as well as frying pan.
  • Coffee press as well as mug.
  • Pillows, blankets, an air mattress, or backpacking pads for comfort.
  • Water as well as a cooler of food.
  • Folding chairs.
Tips for Camping Success
  • “You know bugs alive inward nature, too, thus merely survive prepared. Once nosotros were bombarded alongside sand fleas, but yous merely direct maintain to become alongside the flow. Be prepared to merchandise comfort for danger as well as leave of absence of your box — survive adventurous!”
  • Train the kids to proceed the tent unopen as well as to accept their shoes off earlier entering.
  • Bring a handbasket of fine art supplies, cards, books, as well as puzzles for the picnic table.
  • A hammock is smashing for napping or equally an additional seat.
  • Keep the nutrient locked inward the motorcar (racoons as well as other wild animals are crafty).
  • Bikes also proceed kids occupied.
  • Hang a tarp over the picnic tabular array for pelting or Sun coverage.
  • Know the swimming holes.
  • Get to know your campsite neighbors — it’s a civilisation (and yous may larn invited to a potluck).
  • Make your reservations early. Mandy starts inward December.
  • Inquire nigh a campsite’s daily activities for kids.


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