Fall Trip 2011

When we purchased our first RV in 2005, we started a tradition of taking a Fall trip  in October.  Usually it’s a smaller trip to the mountains or somewhere else we are interested in exploring.  This year, however, we decided to take a larger road trip to explore three different types of amusement parks.  That would also give us the opportunity to enjoy the fall beauty of the Appalachians in the Eastern United States.

Our trip was a rather daunting one to complete in just four days.  We would be traveling through seven states for a distance of over 1300 miles.

Fall Trip 2011Our journey began on a crisp, Fall morning.  The trees in the mountains of Virginia were just starting to get their fall colors. Fall Trip 2011I always love this view.  The peak of the mountain range up ahead is the West Virginia state line and in this view it’s interesting to see how the Interstate disappears.  That’s because you will soon be traveling through a tunnel and you emerge from it in West Virginia.

Fall Trip 2011After about six hours of traveling, we arrived at our first destination, the Huntington/Fire Fox KOA.  I’m glad we made reservations because it was filled to capacity.  Little did we know, the  WestVirginia Pumpkin Festival was in full swing for the weekend.

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Fall Trip 2011

The campground was well maintained and well decorated for the holidays.

Fall Trip 2011

The staff was very friendly and extra helpful.  They were happily able to help us print out discount coupons to our final destination for the night, Camden Park.

For information about our trip to Camden Park, please check out our report and video located here.

After a great night at Camden Park, we left before sunrise to make the three hour trek to our next destination, Kings Island, outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.  For more information about our fantastic trip to Kings Island, please check out our report and video located here.

We kept our Motor home in the RV parking at Kings Island all day and headed out of there around 11:00 PM.  Since we only needed some sleep overnight, we drove for about an hour and then stayed at a truck stop for the night.

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We awoke  just before sunrise  and headed west towards Santa Claus, Indiana.

Fall Trip 2011

Sunrise around Louisville, Kentucky was remarkable.  These pictures don’t do it justice.

Fall Trip 2011

Fall Trip 2011

As we headed into Indiana, we enjoyed great views of the fall colors.  While the colors don’t appear as brilliant as they are some years, they were great, nonetheless.

Fall Trip 2011Finally, we were getting close to our final stop of the weekend, Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana.

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Fall Trip 2011We were staying at Lake Rudolph Campground, a campground adjacent to Holiday world.  The campground is reasonably priced and well maintained.

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Even the stop signs had Rudolph’s friendly smile (and red nose).

 We setup camp and enjoyed a great day at Holiday World.  For more information on that trip, see our report here.

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Since it was the last day of the season for Holiday World, they closed early at 5:30 leaving time for us to drive around the small town of Santa Claus.  Here’s a view of the Town Hall.

Fall Trip 2011A place you will want to stop is the Christmas Store.  It’s open year round and has all kinds of decorations and Christmas items.  It’s owned by the people who own Lake Rudolph Campground.

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Even the Post Office is ready for Santa year round.  (Do you sense a recurring theme?)

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After a good night’s sleep, it was time to start the journey back home.

Fall Trip 2011

Once again the sunrise was amazing.  I recommend that everybody do a trip similar to this.  While we love staying at campgrounds, there is something to be said about experiencing life on the open road.

Fall Trip 2011Soon, we were back in Louisville.  It is a great looking city.

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It looks like it took a lot of work to build the Interstate through here.

Fall Trip 2011We kept seeing signs for Acres of Land Winery.  It never said how many, so I’m guessing two…

Fall Trip 2011I never thought about it, but I guess it makes sense that KFC was born in Kentucky.  It’s not often that you hear of a birthplace for a business, though.

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As we continued Southeast, we saw a lot of great views.

Fall Trip 2011

Fall Trip 2011

Driving through Eastern Tennessee is always a delight with the views of the mountains in all directions.

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Even the clouds were looking interesting.

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Looking off into the distance, we could tell we were getting close to North Carolina.

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Yeah!  We’re back in our home state.  While we love traveling and visiting other places, it’s always nice to come back home.

Fall Trip 2011

Fall Trip 2011

The mountains of western North Carolina were starting to get their fall colors.

Fall Trip 2011We had a few tunnels to go through.  My son loves tunnels although I’m sure he’d get bored with it if our entire trip were through a tunnel.

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Even out of the mountains the trees were showing off their fall splendor.

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This trip is almost in the books and all behind us now.

Fall Trip 2011Finally we were back in Charlotte, NC.  Despite the traffic, it’s great to be home!  Thank you for taking the trip with us!

Happy Camping!

Fall Trip 2011 was last modified on 06/13/2015 by Rick
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