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How do you choose your destination(s)?
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How we choose varies...
Longer trips require actual planning and perhaps even research LOL
In the old days, before computers and internet, I use to go to the library and look thought books for interesting places to go visit.
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Our reasons for choosing a particular place are as different as the places we end up:
One May we went to Death Valley because we all had this chest congestion thing that wouldn't go away, and I wanted to go somewhere that it could no longer exist. (That trip turned into a disaster but that's a different story!)
Once we got invited to camp on private property, where an extended family- invited friends group were having their yearly big shebang. We really didn't know anybody except the one person who'd invited us, and we arrived before he & his wife did. We accidentally set up camp right alongside of one of the original family member's established spot (wondered why such a great space was still available, lol), and when they discovered us in their "back yard" they wouldn't let us move but instead made us come and eat with them, got their kids (bigger) to play with ours(littler), insisted we use some of their gear to make us more comfortable, etc. (we were just camping out of the back of our truck, I'd planned cold food etc.)
We went to Big Basin State Park with my sons' class, one of the girl's dad had been the head ranger there so we got the group campsite free, plus our own ranger/guide/teacher all weekend.
Our family visited a CA State Park at Lake Tahoe, which is where that same family is currently.
We've camped in several of the most local spots, just because it's easy to stay close. We're surrounded by local spots, as you can imagine.
We also airplane camp. (We flew to Death Valley.) My DH is a pilot and we have a charter (air-taxi) service. Most small airports don't care if you camp under your wing and some even encourage it. Often they have "loaner" cars so you're not just stuck at the airport. Or if the airport authority doesn't, sometimes another pilot who is based there will loan you a car. They want you to sign a guestbook and tell where you're from, or what you did while you were out in their community, or something like that, and they want you to admire their collection of places and names. It's like their "badge", I guess, just part of what the General Aviation Community doesto make it work and make it fun. One Thanksgiving we took a loaner from an airport near Yosemite into the park, and stayed in the winterized cabins. The trouble with airplane camping is that you can't take much stuff, so it's always the most primitive kind of camping: small (if any) tent, hard ground, crackers and cheese for meals, etc. Also, unless you DO take a loaner car to somewhere better, most airports are not the most exciting places to camp (especially with kids!). There are a few great places though, like Columbia State Historical Park, where there's a "living" Gold Rush town just a 15 minute walk from the airport, thru the Sierra foothills grassland. These places are easy to find once you start asking around. There are websites where GA people share info like that. (And then, there's unplanned airplane camping. Choosing a destination is even easier when there's a thunderstorm blocking your path you just can't dodge it. Closest airport–LAND!)
This year we are choosing something within about 2 hours of where we live. Gas prices are so whacky and there are some nice county parks as well as state parks in that radius. We have a couple county parks in mind that we stopped by last year on the way home from Omaha.
I think our first trip will be late July for 4 days/3 nights.
Good old fashioned research???
If I lived in a semi-rural area, I don't know how much desire I'd have to go elsewhere :)
(Your airplane camping sounds very cool, BTW!)
Yeah, flush toilets and showers are rather nice, aren't they?