Category Archives: Paid Camping

Camping at Ferdinands Homestay

Camping in Germany can feel a bit like a peculiar affair to an outsider.  For us while we lived in the US, it involved no more planning than throwing our camping gear, kayaks, and dog into the truck and heading up into any number of mountain ranges – the Cascades, Siskiyous, Olympics, or Wallowas.  For a change of Continue reading Camping at Ferdinands Homestay

Baltic Sea Camping at Ostsee-Camp Kliff

What’s it like camping in Germany, you ask?  After an inordinate amount of effort on our part, we can now answer that.  We finally camped in Germany in a bona fide, straight-up legit campground (unlike our trip to Spreewald).  Was it everything we’d hoped for?  Yes and no.  We’ve long since realized that camping is very different Continue reading Baltic Sea Camping at Ostsee-Camp Kliff

Driving, Parking & Camping in Prague

This year we spent the long Easter weekend exploring Prague, the Czech Republic’s bustling capital city.  Famous for its well-preserved historic buildings, fascinating architecture, and rich history, the city has definitely earned its place on any traveler’s bucket list.  But typical of big cities everywhere, dealing with transportation and Continue reading Driving, Parking & Camping in Prague

Inside France’s Mer de Glace Glacier

Have you ever seen a glacier up close?  Hiked along one, touched it, or possibly hazarded a crossing?  If so, you’ll know they’re powerful forces of nature, hulking masses of snow and ice, creeping downhill so imperceptibly they could easily be mistaken for sleeping giants. Continue reading Inside France’s Mer de Glace Glacier

Why We Loved Slovakia’s Spis Castle

On a continent that has as many castles as America has drive-thru coffee stands, one crumbling old fortress can almost start to look the same as the next.  With that in mind, it would be almost forgivable to assume that Slovakia’s Spišský hrad – or Spis Castle, as it’s know in English – were just like any other European castle.  Continue reading Why We Loved Slovakia’s Spis Castle

The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta

He who laughs last, laughs loudest.


Clearly the dead can’t laugh.  Or can they?  To the Dacians of ancient Romania, death was merely the next step in a long journey, one that didn’t necessarily end with the extinction of one’s earthly body.  To them, death was less something to fear than a spark of hope for the living.  Perhaps it’s not surprising then that in 1935, a local in the Continue reading The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta

Camping In Bucegi: Gypsies, Gunfire, And An Evil Toilet

Travis and I realized some years back that our rather unorthodox style of roughin’ it when we travel is not everybody’s cup of tea.  Though I don’t think we’ve actually completely destroyed any friendships because of trips with friends, we have had some who’ve never repeated the mistake of traveling with us.  We certainly don’t Continue reading Camping In Bucegi: Gypsies, Gunfire, And An Evil Toilet

Driving the Transfagarasan, Romania’s Raddest Road

The charming village of Cârțișoara where we spent our first night in Romania lies virtually on the doorstep of Europe’s rugged Carpathian Mountains.  Though the Carpathians themselves stretch for nearly 1000 miles across seven European countries, over half of this giant swathe of craggy pinnacles, mountain lakes, and virgin Continue reading Driving the Transfagarasan, Romania’s Raddest Road

Camping at Lake Lucerne

Finding a place to camp after spending the big 3-7 in Lucerne proved to be a frustrating experience.  We visited three separate campgrounds before finally finding a place to stay.  The first was right in town along the lake, but after driving through the small RV- city lit with brightly colored Christmas lights, we scrammed outta Continue reading Camping at Lake Lucerne

Trümmelbach Falls: Subterranean, Glacial, Unforgettable


As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.  I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.  I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.

John Muir


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