Spring Break Camping Reservations?

Spring break is right around the corner and if you're like most people (most people that actually get a spring break), you are really, REALLY looking forward to it. Camping is a popular spring break activity and campsites often fill up well in advance.  So what should you do if you're thinking of planning a trip, and haven’t made a reservation yet?


Get off the beaten path.

The most well-known, "must-see" places will almost assuredly fill up before people have even turned the calendar to the new year.  If you have your heart set on seeing a particular park or landmark, the busy season might not be the best time to enjoy it anyway. Save those trips for the off season and avoid the crowds.  

Consider a site that does not require advance reservations.

Now for some the thought of showing up somewhere in hopes that you will find accommodations makes your heart beat much faster than is probably healthy. However, there are many cool sites around Texas that are first come, first serve. To maximize your chances of success, have a few different locations in mind, call the evening before your arrival to ask how many spots the park anticipates being available and plan to arrive at the park early in order to get the best pick of available sites.  If possible, send one or two people from your group “advance party” to hold sites for the rest of your group.

Be flexible with your dates.

If you're not working around anyone’s school schedule or vacation dates, try bumping your trip up or back a week.  Fewer people will be traveling the weeks before or after spring break and your chances of getting a great site are much higher. 

Think local.

National and state parks are wonderful resources, but people often forget that many city and county parks welcome campers too.  Check out your local city and county websites for park info.  It may take a little digging, but with a little perseverance, you may stumble upon a hidden gem.  Privately owned campsites are also a great alternative and they often also offer additional amenities that you may not find at government parks. 

If all all else fails, pitch your tent in the backyard, roast those marshmallows and make some memories.  Explore nearby trails, lakes and rivers and enjoy the hot showers and flushing toilets!

~The LIN Crew

Getting Started

"Starting" seems to be an appropriate enough topic, as we ease into this blogging thing.  While some of us seem right at home in the wilderness, getting outside can be intimidating for many.  The backcountry remoteness that the seasoned hiker longs for is the ultimate nightmare for the nature novice.  So, in the spirit of getting started, I offer our nature novices three tips to assist their entry into the wild.

1.       Start small.  Don’t take on the Appalachian trail during your first outing.  There is much fun to be had by just throwing up a tent in the backyard and consuming s'mores until your stomach hurts.  Backyard camps are a great dress rehearsal for the real deal where you can test your equipment and outdoor tolerance in a forgiving environment.  Trust me, the backyard is the best place to discover that your toddler won't sleep in the tent.

2.       Bring a friend.  Ask a more experienced friend to show you the ropes.  An experienced buddy will quiet your anxiety about being eaten by a bear in the middle of the night.  And, your friend will likely enjoy sharing her love of the outdoors with you.  Maybe, just maybe, your BFF will carry all of the heavy stuff. 

3.        Just go.  If you find yourself with the opportunity to get outside, do it.  Don't worry about the weather or having the right gear, although we can help with that, and just go. 

--The LIN Crew