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Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park ranks high on my favorite places list. We were last here for our first wedding anniversary and the area is just as beautiful, albeit a bit more civilized. Let’s just say it has the nicest Walmart I’ve ever set foot in.

We stayed at the KOA nearby, who made us stay a minimum of 3 nights in order to get full hookups, which was a first—crazy. The park was excellent though, so it wasn’t a hardship.

We did hit some undesirable weather on the first day, so we sat home and started school for the year. The kids were thrilled! Ok, not really. The next day was perfect though, so we set out to explore!

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Prince William National Forest

Moving slightly further north in Virginia we found a place to stay near my relatives in Springfield. This is the beginning of the Memorial Weekend, which for the north signifies the start of camping season, made for a little difficulty securing a reservation. But we were able to get the last full hookup site in Prince William Forest for a lot less money than the Cherry Hill Park in Maryland.

We’ve been dealing with some minor annoyances with our toad lately that hopefully a tune up will fix. It has been impossible to find a reputable mechanic that could check her out on short notice without keeping her over the weekend. But we were able to get an appointment for first thing Friday morning with my cousin’s mechanic in Springfield so hopefully everything will be taken care of.

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Longboards and Mother’s Day

Mr. T has been saving up for various “wants” and decided to move “longboard” to the top of the list. I took him out to 2 different places, one in Durham and the other in Raleigh. He had a pretty good idea of what he was looking for, but the salesman in Durham was about as helpful as a sea cucumber. The second place, Vertical Urge, was super helpful and Mr. T decided to take the plunge and buy the board.

He’s really excited and has been practicing a bit where he can on the park road. There are some serious speed bumps so he can’t go too far.

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Fort Clinch State Park

Fort Clinch is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country, and is one of the first State Parks to be opened to the public. That’s all I’ve got, but it was a great place to visit!

We spent 3 days at the Amelia Beach campground, which is about a 5 minute bike ride from the fort itself, and about a 30 second walk to the beach – double awesome.

As a quick side note: when we first arrived, we were asked, for the first time ever, to exit our vehicle and enter the office to fill out our papers. It seemed very formal for a state park, when you have a reservation, and I had no idea what “papers” they were referring to.

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Anastasia State Park

My faith in the FL state park system has been restored. Anastasia State Park is gorgeous and wooded with squirrels and spanish moss hanging from the trees. And that’s just the campground. There’s a beach…a glorious, sugary, amazing stretch of semi-private wonderfulness with shells and sand dunes.

This is, hands down, the best beach we’ve been to so far.

Oh, and no bugs :)