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Thankful Thursday – Mini Vaca’s

Thankful Thursday – Mini Vaca’s

A couple of weeks ago we decided to disconnect and take a Fall Break trip to Tallulah Gorge. It was just what this family of 5 needed to reconnect with each other and take in all the gorgeousness of Fall. Even though our “fun funds” are lower now that we are a one income family, we still believe it is important to take mini vaca’s. In order for us take this trip as cheaply as possible and not deplete all of our funds, we decided to tent camp at Tallulah Gorge. This Georgia state park is beautiful and I highly recommend it, no matter your camping style. We were able to score a site right beside the playground and a stone’s throw away from the bath houses. Nice! All of the hiking trails are accessible from the campground and there is shopping only 15 minutes away!


At the bottom of the gorge!

Its fall

Simply beautiful!


We love FALL!

We only went for 3 days, and only were an hour from home but it made a world of difference. The kids had such a great time as evidenced by these pics:

hayden Collage

Hayden played ZERO video games all weekend – We say that is success!


This is only 1/3 of the pics we took of Lydia. She was quite the camera hog!

Ty Collage

Ty really showed his fun personality this weekend!

Chris and I got in on the goofy action, too!


We even captured Hayden taking an accidental slide down a rock. It was one of those “hey, watch this” moments!


He said that it would have been more fun if the water was not ice cold. 🙂

On Saturday and Sunday, Tallulah Gorge had a water release and kayakers came from all over to kayak in the Gorge. It was such a site to see – some very  adventurous folks!

kaykers Collage

Kayakers at Tallulah Gorge

We were even able to snag some geocaches while we were camping.


If you can handle the steep stairs to the bottom of the gorge, we highly recommend it. We conquered them! The kids wanted to do it again on Saturday but we needed an easier walk. 🙂 Those are some tough stairs but so worth it!

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Don’t let life get away from you and miss out on experiencing new or new-old places. We have driven past Tallulah Gorge so many times but never stopped. We are so thankful that we did it for the first time with our little family during a mini-vaca. Get-aways can be done, even with one income! It only cost us $36 to camp for the weekend and all of our adventures were FREE! It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and miss out on what’s most important – each other. You don’t have to spend a lot to invest in your family! Thankfully, we love to camp and the best part it’s super cheap.

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A short vacation was all we needed to recharge ourselves and remind us to make those memories. Here are some more snap-shots into our mini-vaca. Don’t forget even with low funds, trips can be done! If you need help planning an inexpensive trip with your family, just message us! We are the master at taking cheap vacations! 🙂

boys chrisandmelissa foggylake kids7 kidsanddad lake melissalydia turkey tylydia1


About CaMpHoTeL

We are a family of 5 that loves saving money, loves each other and loves adventures. We are all about making lasting memories, all the while saving the moo-lah!

2 responses »

  1. I just had a chance to check out your blog and all the photos.. What a great adventure! Looks like lots of good memories were made.. So glad that you take the time to invest in the lives of the children… it’s all amount spending quality time together.. They won’t remember the toy or gadget they received when they were 10… but they will always remember the good times you had together.. So proud of you all!

  2. Hi family of five, reading your message about whats really important in life just had me in tears. Thank you for sharing your pictures and your story. My husband and i just recently filed for a divorce because of money issues on his part, and other problems. I used to tell him all the time that it does not take a lot of money to go on vacations and enjoy life. I told him i enjoy being around him despite his issues and cultural differences that created a problem for us.The only thing i can say at this point is that God knows best. Continue to enjoy your family, and make the best out what money you all have because life is short, and material things can be replace, but family can’t.


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