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Mari Lou Parsons

“You meet the nicest people in
our national parks”

Those words are repeated often by Marilou Parsons, especially while referring to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dozens of trips hold stories of hikes, bikes, ranger walks, volunteer days, and…camping. For years, her husband happily obliged the request “don’t ever surprise me with a camper,” but in 2012, an auction block travel trailer proudly joined a few other family members at the campground. 

Read More About Mari Lou

While searching for RV advice in 2015, the longtime podcast addict found newly launched episodes of RVFTA and Girl Camper. Since then, her camping style has never been quite the same.
After thirty-two years of teaching Health and Physical Education at the secondary level, her days are now packed with family, travel, photography, and maintaining her longtime love of lifetime fitness. She’s a fan of (slow) half marathons, and working on a new blog at definingageless.com

Mari Lou’s Latest Articles

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The Gatlinburg Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Gatlinburg Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

I’m often asked what keeps drawing me back to The Smokies. It’s a fair question. ...

Historic Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Historic Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you’re ever in The Smokies and find yourself looking for something easy to top off

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