July is National Recreation and Parks Month, which makes this a great month to hit the road and see the country.
Oh, I can't afford it, you might say? Well, try the Web site freecampsites.net. That's right. FREE campsites.
This Web site lists campsites that are either free or for $15 or less. The ones marked on the map in red are paid campsites while those in green are free.
Here are some examples:
n Cedar Bend Campground, Waverly. This campground features drinking water, a dump station, fire rings and picnic tables.
n Plow in the oak park, Exira. This campground has drinking water, dump station and restrooms.
n Beaver Meadows Park, Parkersburg.
n Clear Lake Park, Gibbon, Minn. This campground has fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, a playground and it's near water and has boating and fishing and swimming.
n Memorial Park, Olivia, Minn. This park has drinking water, a dump station and restrooms.
n Lagoon Park, Montevideo, Minn. This park has drinking water, restrooms, showers, it's near water and there's fishing.
n Thorsness Park, Lake Preston, S.D. This park has drinking water, fire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, a playground, showers and it's near water.
Most of these are city or county parks. The reason they're free is that just about all are located in small towns that figure offering free campgrounds is a good way to get people into town to spend some money - pretty smart, huh?
Anyway, the point is that a vacation doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.
So why not hit the road.