Fireworks on the Frontier

7/24/2012 | Activities

A town of about seventy people on the edge of South Dakota’s Badlands showed us how to celebrate America’s two hundred and thirty-sixth birthday. What my husband and I discovered there — after our 1,700-mile road trip from NYC — was a sense of community as American as apple pie and as refreshing as the […]

KOA as a Hop, Skip and a Jump

7/9/2012 | Activities

The mail pickup for the day included a gentle reminder from KOA that it was time, once again, to renew my Value Kard membership. I jumped online and a few quick clicks later it was done. This reminder was just the excuse I needed for a “KOA Quick Trip.” A KOA Quick Trip is when […]

The Perfect Fuel for a Motorcycle Adventure

7/9/2012 | Activities

Non-campers often have the misperception that camping is complicated and time consuming. But I’ve found on my motorcycle adventures that it takes less time to simply pull your bike up to your KOA site and unpack than to lug your suitcases into a hotel. Today’s tents are lightweight and go up in a jiffy — […]

Hey Kids, Beat Road Trip Boredom

6/26/2012 | Activities

Miles and miles to go until the next stop? Already gasped your way through the 99th verse of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall?” Here are some road-friendly games to keep the mental wheels turning. Print out these travel-themed games and puzzles for your trip book before you leave. License Plate Bingo – A […]


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A Reminder Wrapped in a Campground

6/12/2012 | Activities

Prior to my husband and I embarking on his Run Across the West last June, it had been at least thirty years since I had set foot in a KOA campground. But during the course of our three-month journey, from the time we launched from the beach at Newport, Oregon, to the day we settled for […]

Chris Epting Shares the Secrets of Yosemite

5/11/2012 | Activities

I’m always curious what it will look like — the entrance to our next KOA. No two are alike, they all have their own personality and physical presence, and so I look forward to seeing how that big, familiar yellow sign will pop out and catch our eye. I think I look forward to it […]