I think we’d all agree that 2020 isn’t a year we are going to forget anytime soon. In fact, it feels flippant to write a lighthearted post about our favorite camping destinations when so much of our world is struggling. Yet, I also feel like it is important to acknowledge that among the chaos and … Continue reading Best of 2020
Apparently, people in my family tend to be very fertile in March and April because between the second week of November and January 1st our family celebrates nine birthdays. In fact, both my son’s birthdays fall the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, which has led us to adopt the term Birthmas to describe … Continue reading Birthmas at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Daddy Joe’s in Tabor City, North Carolina
This year has been mentally exhausting. The shift to remote work meant the lines between my home life and my work life blurred beyond recognition. My brain is constantly abuzz. Which is why I treasure our camping trips. Yes, the packing and planning adds to the chaos temporarily, but once we are settled into our … Continue reading Rest and Relaxation: Table Rock State Park
I gripped the steering wheel with white knuckles, heart racing, wondering what I’d gotten myself into this time. A few hours earlier, I had received a text from Steven saying he wanted me to haul the camper to the campground for the weekend while he finished up at work. I’d been saying I wanted to … Continue reading Trial by Fire: River Bottom Farms Family Campground (Swansea, SC)
Anyone who has been camping for a while knows that campgrounds are booking up quicker than ever. In fact, getting a prized site at a popular campground often requires booking a year in advance. So, we would do a few “camping 101” posts to help all the newer campers learn the ropes. So, you bought … Continue reading Camping 101: Where to camp?
Since we’re based in central South Carolina, we’re always looking for new and interesting places to visit in the Palmetto State. After some crowd sourcing, I created a bucket list of 25 “must dos” in South Carolina. (All photos were taken by us on our travels.) Drive Horse Pasture Road to Jumping Off Rock Overlook … Continue reading South Carolina Bucket List
I’m almost embarrassed to confess that we live 30 miles from a national park, but had never visited as a family. So, when we found ourselves with a free Saturday, we decided to remedy this oversight. Both boys must have sensed the impending adventure because they woke up earlier than usual (or maybe they were … Continue reading Find Your Park: Congaree National Park
When we decided to start a blog and an Instagram account to record our adventures, we chose the name EASYRunner Overland. “EASY” was an acronym of our names: Everett, Alyssa, and Steven Yancey. “Runner” referred to our Toyota 4Runner that kick started our love of exploring as a family. And, “overland” referenced our love of … Continue reading EASYRunner Overland is now Seek The Scenic!
The beauty of living in the middle of South Carolina is that we’re never more than a few hours from the mountains or the beach. For Labor Day weekend we decided to head north for a few days of relaxation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I booked our trip to Mountain Stream RV Park almost … Continue reading Change of Altitude: Mountain Stream RV Park (Marion, N.C.)
If you follow our Instagram account (@easyrunner_overland), then you may have seen the post about my solo trip to Dreher Island State Park a few weeks ago. I decided to write a post about the trip and how great it was to have a few days to myself for the Columbia Mom Blog. Click here … Continue reading Mama Gone Wild
Skip to the bottom for a review of Crooked River State Park in St. Marys, Georgia When Steven first started talking about buying a camper a few years ago, I wasn’t sold on the idea. I was pregnant with our youngest at the time, and I was already anxious about how we’d adjust to being … Continue reading Unintended Consequences: Crooked River State Park (Georgia)
(Super belated. Sorry!) I have a confession. I hate fireworks. Okay, let me clarify that a bit. I don’t hate all fireworks. I just hate when my neighbors shoot off commercial grade fireworks in my subdivision for days before and after any “fireworks holiday.” I know that may make me sound a bit like a … Continue reading The Great Escape: Lake Greenwood State Park (Take II)
Note: I’m behind. I was planning to write a post about our trip to Lake Greenwood State Park, but… life. So, I decided to go ahead and write about our more recent trip while it was still fresh in my mind. During our Fourth of July trip to Lake Greenwood State Park, which was beautiful, … Continue reading Exploring the Upstate: Lake Hartwell State Park
Did you miss us? Just kidding, we know you did! 😉 A lot has changed in our family and around the world since our last blog three and half months ago. Just days after we returned from our idyllic trip to Hunting Island State Park in March, COVID-19 arrived in South Carolina. By mid-March, I … Continue reading We’re Back!
A grinning toddler teeters toward me with an outstretched hand. I offer my palm and he places a small seashell into my hand. Pleased with himself, he sets off to find more treasures. Meanwhile his brother, shovel and bucket in hand, is on a quest to find the best place to dig for dinosaur bones. … Continue reading A weekend in paradise: Hunting Island State Park
So, I’m a little hesitant to write this post because I’m worried if I tell everyone how magical James Island County Park Campground is during their Festival of Lights it’s going to be even more difficult to find a spot for next year! I don’t remember where I first heard about the Festival of Lights, … Continue reading Christmas Camping Magic: James Island County Park Campground
(Written by Steven Yancey) So we meet again fellow travelers! I hope this entry finds you all well, healthy and many miles of good travels under your wheels. Where do we find the Yancey family in this entry of adventure you might ask? Well that’s a loaded question, as travelling with kids isn’t always pretty … Continue reading The good, the bad, and the ugly: Lake Greenwood State Park
When we bought our camper, I made one rule: we will use it at least once a month (barring any unforeseen circumstances). Initially, I had booked a trip to Hunting Island State Park as our October trip, but then we decided to take our sans-kids anniversary trip. Since our venture to North Carolina had required … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Hamilton Branch State Park
Instead of waiting God knows how long for me (Alyssa) to write a post about our most recent adventure, Steven decided to take things into his own hands this time. Below is his first blog post, and I must say, he did a great job! I’m excited for us to share the writing duties going … Continue reading A North Carolina (and Tennessee) adventure to remember
Last spring I started seeing chatter on Facebook about a new Yogi Bear Jellystone Park opening in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The pictures looked amazing! But as a family that typically stays at state or federal parks, the nightly rates of $79 to $99 during “shoulder season” (the span between Labor Day … Continue reading Review: Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Golden Valley, NC
Summer in the South has a way of sneaking up on you. Around late July you start thinking “we’ve made it through the worst of it. Fall will be here soon.” Maybe it’s all the Back to School activities, the excitement of football season looming, or just a defense mechanism we’ve developed to survive in … Continue reading Summer in the South: Edisto Beach State Park
Epic. That’s the only way to describe our recent weekend trip to Lake Strom Thurmond. On a whim we decided to book a site at Modoc Campground, a Army Corp of Engineers campground in Modoc, South Carolina. I booked site 9 based solely on the picture I found online. Look at that view! I almost … Continue reading Take me to the lake: Modoc COE Campground at Lake Strom Thurmond
The sound of waves breaking along the shore. The slight saltiness of the sea air. The cool silkiness of the water. There’s something about the beach that can wash away the stress of everyday life, even if just for a few moments. As much as I am awestruck by mountains, canyons, and deserts; the beach … Continue reading Life is Better at the Beach
When we lived in Texas, we took several trips to Broken Bow, Oklahoma. On one of those trips, we decided to go canoeing. I was a little nervous because coordination isn’t exactly my thing. (I even did a magnet program in high school so I could get an exemption from the PE requirement.) On … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Adventure
Our unwritten camping rule (so far) has been to avoid camping two weekends in a row. This allows us time to get things done at home and recoup between trips. So, since we had our Gatlinburg trip last week, this was an “off” weekend. But even when we aren’t camping we still like to get … Continue reading Landsford Canal State Park: Blood, Sweat, Tears and FUN!
After our excursion to Cook’s Mountain a few weeks ago, we were ready to spend some time in the actual mountains. Luckily, we already had a long weekend planned in the Smokies. It was a pretty big adventure since we’d never even taken our camper on the interstate yet, let alone into the mountains. We … Continue reading Rocky Top: Our Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains
There’s a mountain… in the Midlands! Last fall we started a quest to visit all of the state parks in South Carolina. So, on days we don’t have a particular destination in mind we let the toddler pick a dot on the map of the parks and point the 4Runner that direction. This past Sunday … Continue reading Mountain in the Midlands
TripSavvy describes overlanding as a style of travel that involves “covering long distances in a motorized – usually off-road – vehicle, with the emphasis placed less on the destination and more on the journey.” About a year ago, we found ourselves driving from the Outer Banks of North Carolina in our 2009 Dodge Ram 2500. … Continue reading The Accidental Overlanders
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