American Nomad Blog
About this blog
American Nomad covers the best of U.S. travel—from vacation deals to festivals, weekend getaways, travel tips, and more. A seasoned traveler and Moon author, Laura is the perfect guide to help discover new gems when traveling domestically.
- A Southern Girl's Wintertime Adventure in Yellowstone
- One Novelist's Odyssey Across America
- Gearing up for a Family Camping Trip
- Mint Juleps and More at Oak Alley Plantation
- Avoiding Identity Theft While on Vacation
- Money-Saving Travel Tips from Nomadic Matt
- Fashion, Fun, and Convenience for the Modern Traveler
- In Search of Irish Museums Across America
- The Inspiring Journey of a Solo Kayaker
- Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 2
- Getting Fit for Treks in Yosemite and Elsewhere, Part 1
- Experiencing Yosemite with YExplore
- Two Travel Contests Worth Mentioning
- A Word About the TSA's No-No List
- A Reader's Advice About Airport Security
The Flora and Fauna of RV Parks
As I mentioned in my very first “American Nomad” post, my husband and I once lived a truly nomadic lifestyle, calling a 24-foot-long travel trailer home for well over a year. Besides relishing the open road – and the intriguing people and places that we encountered along the way – we were fascinated by RV parks in general. Through our screen door, the scene was ever-changing – from the rugged terrain of a campground beside the Grand Canyon to the wooded, summer camp-like setting of one near Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park to the bright, desert-like landscape of a resort in Phoenix.
Our cat – who has sadly since passed away – seemed to appreciate the ever-changing scenery, too. Every time we arrived in a new place, we'd set up the RV – which, essentially, meant struggling to get it parked (often requiring a lot of shouting), hooking up the hoses and electrical cord (unless it was a primitive campground), unfurling the awning (in non-windy locales, of course), and making sure that nothing had broken during transit (which was usually a guarantee) – then we'd watch the kitty as she took in her new surroundings. She could sit beside the screen door for hours, watching our new neighbors and the other critters that went by.
Just yesterday, I was looking at some old photographs of our days as full-time RVers, and I remembered another wonderful facet of RV parks in the United States – something that our cat certainly valued. No matter where we ended up – or how long we stayed – we noticed that every RV park had its own unique flora and fauna – a fact that made many of these temporary locales more curious than the attractions we'd come to see. There were the cacti and lizards of New Mexico, the wildflowers and fish in southern Arkansas, the swaying palm trees and jackrabbits on South Padre Island, and much, much more.
While some campgrounds, such as Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, encourage people (kids especially) to treasure the natural world with outdoor activities like pond fishing and duck feeding, such diversions aren't necessary for travelers to cultivate an appreciation for the different places they encounter. So, remember that the next time you venture out on your own RV vacation. Even a primitive campground can offer a wealth of natural sights – and even better, most of them are free!
As always, I’m open to ideas for future posts. If you have any suggestions, burning questions, or destinations that you’d like me to explore in greater detail, please comment below or contact me at laura [at] wanderingsoles [dot] com.