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Campervan Trip Tips for New Zealand

Mount Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand

(March 5 to 26, 2024) How big is New Zealand? It is about two thirds size of the State of California, 71% size of Japan, or 2.7 times bigger than South Korea.

New Zealand is well organized and convenient for camping in tents or motor homes. The mountainous or steep hills, volcanic peaks, and fjords are easy to access. Camping in New Zealand is safe. There are no bears, snakes, scorpions or anything poisonous or dangerous. Its people are nature lovers.

I know three groups of friends who previously visited New Zealand.

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Pictures from Gainesville Area in Florida

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA (*There are Buffalos here.)

Campground in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, near Gainesville, Florida, USA

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Display of Shells, Florida Museum, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Korean Art Room, Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Micanopy Museum, near Gainesville, Florida, USA (Micanopy is known for being the filming location of the 1991 romantic comedy, Doc Hollywood.)

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Driving and Sightseeing Places in Texas, Oklahoma to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas

Free Round Trip Limousine Ride from KOA Campground to “The Big Texan Steak Restaurant”, Amarillo, Texas, USA

(July 10
– 15, 2019) After Leaving the National Parks in Colorado, I drove about 7 to 8
hours daily going east. Each night, I found a KOA campground for a shower and
slept in my own tent. 

In Amarillo (Texas) KOA campground, I met a
history teacher from Philadelphia travelling with his motorcycle. I have
learned that talking to history major people is fun. He just started camping
going west, eventually visiting his friend’s house in Long Beach California.

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Hiking Dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Picture at Top of the Dunes, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA

(July 9 – 10, 2019) The Great Sand Dunes National park which is surrounded by mountains and streams were not what I expected or could even imagine. Experiencing crossing the Medano Creek and hiking the dunes were well worth visiting this park. It was not easy hiking up the dunes (Elevation Gain: about 700 feet = 213 meters). The sun was brutal during midday. I didn’t bring enough water. I stopped and thought about quitting many times. Eventually reaching to the top of the dunes, I patted myself on the back.

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Staying at Friend’s Property in Keystone Colorado – Perfect Weather in July

People Enjoying a Music Performance at Keystone Overlook Summit (11,640 feet above sea level=3,548 meters), Colorado, USA

(July 1 – 9, 2019) There are two seasons in Colorado: 4th of July and winter, someone told me. “If you visit Colorado in summer, you stay and in winter, you ski.”

After leaving the Rocky Mountains, I drove to Keystone where my friend owns a rental vacation property. When my friend knew I was in the Rocky Mountains, she offered me her place to stay for free. As I am fond of a small town parade on the 4th of July Independence Day,

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Camping at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado – Feeling Bigger and Stronger

Mushroom Rocks, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA

Rocky Mountain High!

“…Now he walks in quiet solitude
The forests and the streams
Seeking grace in every step he takes
His sight has turned inside
Himself to try and understand
The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake…”

–by John Denver and Mike Taylor

(June 24 to July 1, 2019) Rocky Mountain National Park is my 17th National Park stop during this trip which started in March. In the park, driving on the “Trail Ridge Road” (the highest continuous paved highway in North America),

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Camping at Two National Parks in South Dakota – Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park

My Campsite (#1) at Cedar Pass Campground, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

(June 20 – 24, 2019) Why it called “Badlands”? It says “French Trappers in the mid-1700s, frustrated by the land’s sharp peaks and crumbling rock, regarded the area as ‘les mauvaises terres’ (bad lands). The Lakota (a Native American Tribe) also began calling this place Mako sica (land bad).” 

Sometimes, timing is the most important thing in life. It seems I visited South Dakota during the best time. It was just beautiful. Badlands National Park was a lot more than I expected. Driving a loop road,

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Visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park – Camping at Town of Medora Campground

“I have always said I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Bison near a Parking Lot in Painted Canyon Overlook, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, USA

(June 19 – 20, 2019) Driving from the state of Montana to North Dakota was relaxing. I was often the sole driver on the highway. It is summer: long sunny days in the Northern States. Beautiful green land with lots of cows all over. Human population in the State of North Dakota is less than 800,000 but cattle population is about 1.8 million.

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Camping at Glacier National Park in Montana – “Crown of the Continent”

At Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

(June 11 – 16, 2019) After leaving the Yellowstone North Entrance, I immediately arrived in the State of Montana. No sales taxes, wide straight roads, and flat agricultural prairies! There are about 1 million people living in Montana. Summer is beautiful. Winter might be brutal. Montana welcomed me with a warm and cozy embrace.

National Park is called “The Crown of the Continent”. It is a name well
deserved. There are beautiful lakes, flowers, waterfalls and glaciers in the
park. I visited both East and West Glacier National Park.

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Camping at Yellowstone National Park – Becoming a Hard-Core Camper

Early Morning after Getting Snow at Night, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Idado/Montana, USA

(June 4 –
10, 2019) Humans and animals share equal status in Yellowstone National Park.
Bisons (Buffaloes) don’t mind walking in the campgrounds. Elks often walk by
the road. Some people say they have seen bears on the roads and wolves in the

When the geysers shoot hot water into the air it feels great as it is still pretty chilly. It felt good to get a bit of natural earthly warmth when it was cold. At a green meadow by the rivers, I sat quietly just watched and listened.

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