45 Day 'Round the US Camping Trip w/ Grands

Will you be anywhere near Reelfoot Lake in NW Tennessee? This always interested me, the lake was created by earthquakes, severe enough to cause the Mississippi to run backwards.
Reelfoot Lake state park

This is from an Overlanding Forum, a bit more off road type destinations, but quite the idea farm. This one is a 2 week trip, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado.
NM, Utah, CO trip

This one looks interesting too.
4400 mile, 12 state adventure
 
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If I do Reelfoot Lake, then I would have to cut out the Mississippi to Florida panhandle section of the trip and reroute thru Tennessee.

Right off the bat, I would think the kids would rather spend a day or 2 on the beach than to see a lake. I would find it extremely interesting, but I don't know if it would hold their interest for long.

I sure appreciate the input. Now, If I could talk Meeno into a trip cross country, I would love it, but a site without running water and a flush toilet just ain't her style
 

Milkman

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If I do Reelfoot Lake, then I would have to cut out the Mississippi to Florida panhandle section of the trip and reroute thru Tennessee.

Right off the bat, I would think the kids would rather spend a day or 2 on the beach than to see a lake. I would find it extremely interesting, but I don't know if it would hold their interest for long.

I sure appreciate the input. Now, If I could talk Meeno into a trip cross country, I would love it, but a site without running water and a flush toilet just ain't her style
Leave the camper at home.
 
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Leave the camper at home.
That ain't gonna work. If we take the kids, that means at least 2 rooms a night. At an average of 140 per room per night, that would be over 12 grand just in rooms. We can camp for an average of $50 a night, or $2300. I can buy a lot of gas for 10 grand, not to mention money saved on fixing our own meals instead of eating out 3 times a day
 

Milkman

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My oldest grandson and I are planning a 2-3 week road trip next spring when I retire and he gets out of school for the summer. We are planning to stay in motels and may take a tent just in case.

We are going up through Missouri westward at least as far as Yellowstone and down to Colorado. I have seen much of the stuff we will see but never in a long road trip from home and never with him.
 
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My oldest grandson and I are planning a 2-3 week road trip next spring when I retire and he gets out of school for the summer. We are planning to stay in motels and may take a tent just in case.

We are going up through Missouri westward at least as far as Yellowstone and down to Colorado. I have seen much of the stuff we will see but never in a long road trip from home and never with him.
I hope you two enjoy your time together travelling. If you are hitting Yellowstone before July 4th, you better have some warm clothes with you. Just in case. I have heard that it can snow out there in June.
 

Milkman

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I hope you two enjoy your time together travelling. If you are hitting Yellowstone before July 4th, you better have some warm clothes with you. Just in case. I have heard that it can snow out there in June.
You are correct about the temperature

The preliminary plan is leave in late May assuming his baseball is finished.
It gets cold in the high elevations out there. We did a float trip in Teton in August one year. 32 degrees.
 

cjones

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anyone ever been to Mammoth Cave Park? I was wondering if it is worth a 2 hour one way detour? It will cost us 4 hours of driving time to get there and back on the route
Sorry.. Missed this post earlier...

Our church youth group went to Mammoth Caves about 20 years ago. Honestly, I don't remember much about it other than hanging out at the swimming pool at the hotel afterwards. It was a cave that you could take a tour through which was interesting, but apparently it wasn't "awe inspiring" for me. ha. Depends on how your grandkids take to stuff like that.
 
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