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GirlDad Glamping

The story of our family's Glamping adventures camping and RVing in the great outdoors. Each episode has tips and tricks to make your trips more memorable.

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Episode 18 – Glamping in your own state Part III – Glamping Festival Fun

This week we continue our Glamping in your own State Series with Part III; Glamping and Festivals! Our home state has lots of festivals, over 400 a year, and visiting them can be a lot of fun. One of our tricks and tips for making festivals more fun is to bring your camper along and make it a Glamping Trick.One place we did just that was at Grand Bayou Resort in Coushatta, LA. We used that amazing campground as a jumping off point to explore the area and enjoy the Natchitoches Light Festival. We recommend both as well as the amazing Festival section of the Louisiana Travel Website. See our show notes below for more links:Grand Bayou ResortLouisiana Travel Festival SectionNatchitoches Light FestivalAmazing and Unique Festivals in LouisianaLasyone’s Meat Pieshttp://lasyones.com


6 Jun 2021

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Episode 17 – Glamping in your own State – Part II – Private Campgrounds to Beat the Heat

This week we’ll continue our Tourist in your own State series with private campgrounds to help you beat the summer heat! It’s easy to overlook these “hidden gems” that might not have a slick website or an association with the major national franchises. However we’ve found that these often have great amenities, especially to help you beat the summer temps!One campground is the Cypress Lake RV Resort in Berwick, LA. It had a great pool, fun outdoor water activities on its lake, numerous other local attractions, and a GirlDad Mom Approved laundry facility! Check out the episode for more info and the links below:Show Links:Cypress Lakes RV ResortMorgan City Visitor CenterHouma Visitor CenterThe Atchafalaya Golf Course at IdlewildThe Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill MuseumGirlDad’s Favorite Fan – MaxxAir High VelocityGirlDad Girls Favorite – O2Cool


2 Jun 2021

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Episode 16 – Glamping in your own State – Part I

Poverty Point NPSEpisode 16Sometimes we get caught up in exploring as Glampers and we can overlook some of the jewels near our own home. We’ll be starting a series on Glamping in your own State this week with some of these hidden jewels we’ve found in our home state of Louisiana! This week we’ll talk about Poverty Point. Poverty Point was a great place for us to extend our Glamping into a normal weekend. We enjoyed the park as well as some of the nearby amenities. Along the way we learned quite a bit about this ancient site in our own state that we’d never been to. Links: Poverty Point – www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/poverty-point-reservoir-state-parkAudubon Golf Trail – https://www.louisianatravel.com/audubon-golf-trailLouisiana Travel – https://www.louisianatravel.com


23 May 2021

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Episode 15 – Glamping Uh-Ohs!

Episode 15We’re back with our first episode for 2021! Part of the delay has been from some unexpected issues that came up with our Glamper. Anyone who’s been camping for a while knows that that’s just part of the adventure of camping. This week, we’ll share some of the tips and tricks we’ve learned that keep us on the level and keep us having adventures despite minor setbacks. Camping in Ouray (So Long Rug!)Links: Progressive Industries Surge ProtectorsLonestar Jellystone in Waller, TxGood Sam RoadsideCENLA RV


15 May 2021

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Episode 14 – Thanksgiving Glamping

Episode 142020 has been a trying year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have so much to be thankful for. As we enter Thanksgiving week one thing our family is thankful for is the chance to enjoy this holiday together, glamping! In this episode we’ll tell you how our family keeps some of our traditions alive even when we’re out in the campground! Links: Hot Springs National ParkGarvan Woodland GardensCatherine’s Landing by RVC


22 Nov 2020

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Episode 13 – National Park Glamping

We’re back after a long hiatus (pandemic, hurricanes, 2020 has is all!) with an episode full of tips and tricks to make your trip to a National Park a Glamping Adventure! You’ll find tips on visiting national parks below as well as links to other handy resources that we frequently use. Enjoy your adventure!Helpful Links:NPS HomeGirlDad Glamping Tips for National ParksEvery Kid in a ParkLeave no TraceWest Glacier KOAGyPSy Guides


18 Oct 2020

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GirlDad Glamping Update: Hurricane Laura Edition

Hi fellow Glampers. We’ve been gone for most of the last month as we prepared for, endured, and began recovering from Hurricane Laura. As many of you may know, Hurricane Laura was the strongest storm to make landfall in Louisiana in over 150 years and the 10th strongest storm to hit the US of all time. While it may have faded from the news it’s impact on the Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) area is certainly still affecting lives of many of our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members. John Guidroz at the Lake Charles American Press captures the immediate aftermath well in his article from August 28th (LINK).GirlDad HQ is okay after the storm, probably better than most homes in our area. The GirlDad crew evacuated safely and has been home for a few weeks and we are grateful to be home. They worked long hours picking up limbs, debris, and making school work with difficult circumstances. All four ladies have been amazing with their attitude and dedication. Meanwhile, GirlDad has been hard at work making sure his co-workers and workplace get back on its feet. For all those reasons we just haven’t been able to pull a regular podcast together for you. We’ll be back soon with tips and tricks for you but this week we’re asking you to consider doing something to help SWLA residents put their lives back together. In our episode we touch on them but you can find the full list of needed items as well as places to donate in our blog post “After Hurricane Luara“Take care of yourselves,Charities accepting Monetary Donations for SWLA:http://www.reachoutamerica.org/donatehttps://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricanes-2020-donations.html/https://give.helpsalvationarmy.org/give/166081/#!/donation/checkouthttps://unitedwayswla.org/DisasterFund

27 Sep 2020

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Glamping Update: Coronavirus Edition

Just a quick update on where we’ve been this August

17 Aug 2020

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Episode 12 – Weekend Getaways Part 4 – City Getaways

Sometimes a weekend makes a great time to visit a nearby city. This is Glamping without the natural scenery of the great outdoors. Instead of scenic vistas, you’ll be able to enjoy city-style amenities and attractions. This week we’ll share some of the things we like about camping in a city and some of our tips for making your weekend city trip a Glamping Adventure.Show Links:KOA Baton Rouge / Denham SpringsMinor Critiques – Food Reviews Downy Wrinkle ReleaseAudubon Zoo – New OrleansMiddendorfs Restaurant

26 Jul 2020

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Episode 11 – Weekend Getaways Part 3 – Minor Holidays

This week, we continue our series on Weekend Getaways with more tips on how you can pack more fun into short duration trips. As we discuss on the podcast, we like to use those long weekends tied to minor holidays to get out and enjoy Glamping when campsites aren’t so busy. We also talk about our experience doing just that at the Lake Livingston / Onalaska KOA Holiday.Links:Lake Livingston / Onalaska KOAKOA WebsiteKOA App (Apple App Store)

19 Jul 2020

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