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Lessons In Exploring Your Own Back Yard

So many of us aspire to travel … but what always amazes me is how little we know about the areas right around our homes. For example, Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort invited us to stay at their RV park last week. They’re located about 20 minutes from where my dad worked when I was growing up … and I had no idea this fabulous campground was even there!

Neshonoc Lakeside Camping Resort - West Salem, WI Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI

That seems to be a regular theme – we thoroughly investigate and explore the places we visit during our two-week vacations, and know more about them than we do about the areas we live. Spending a little time exploring my old stomping grounds reminded me that we should all do a little more digging in our own back yards.

Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort

When I was a kid, camping was the way my family traveled. Usually we planned one longer trip, and then spent several extended weekends at a campground about 30 miles from home. For us, “vacation” meant packing up the pull-behind camper, loading everyone in the van, and getting away for a few day. Neshonoc Lakeside would have been the perfect place for us to spend time together – if only we’d known about it!

Part of the Encore / Thousand Trails family, the campground offers activities that would have kept my whole family happy – a huge playground, sports fields, two heated swimming pools, and a kiddie pool for my sisters and me, and a beach and hot tub for Mom to relax, all on the shore of a 600 acre lake where Dad could have fished and we all could have water skied, tubed, kayaked!

Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI

Even though we missed this spot when I was a youngster, it was certainly fun experiencing it with Ty and Buster! The RV sites give a pup plenty of space to stretch out, and some even overlook the lake.

Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI

And there are plenty of places for a pooch to lounge around and enjoy the views.

Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI

Of course, the boys’ favorite spot was the Sugar Shack ice cream stand! Ty and Buster also suggest that any dogs camping here send their people down the street to sniff around Linda’s Bakery – she makes some droolicious homemade dog treats!

Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI

We’re already looking forward to our next trip back to Wisconsin, and I hope that our revelation encourages you to “play tourist” right where you are!

Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort - West Salem, WI

Have you made a fantastic discovery close to home? Tell us about it in the comments!

Disclosure: We were invited to stay at Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort for free. The opinions expressed here are my honest assessment of the resort based on our experience. We were not paid for this post.

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