Three Ways an Overnight Camping Trip Relieves Stress


Life gets so busy with all that fills your schedule. Appointments, conference calls and social activities compete for spots on your calendar. Even the little time you have left seems to fill with chores and errands. Overnight Camping | Southeastern Expeditions


You need a break.


But sometimes going away for the weekend isn’t enough. An overnight camping trip will provide you with the tools you need to truly relax by relieving stress in the following ways three ways.

Truly Unplugging


Nothing can encourage you to truly unplug from your everyday life quite like a camping trip. It removes you from the TV, the computer, and all the other day-to-day devices that require electricity.


The only thing left to distract you is your phone. Although cell phone coverage continues to expand, you won’t be tempted to check Instagram when the beautiful outdoors are surrounding you. Believe it or not, the world will go on even when you turn your phone off. It may take a few hours or so to adjust, but once you do, your mind and body will be in such a refreshed state that you will be better able approach life in a healthy, appreciative way once your trip is over.

Relieving Stress Through Perspective


Sometimes life is hard to make sense of when you are right in the middle of it. Camping allows you to take a hike away from life’s intricacies to the top of a mountain or deep in the woods so you can examine life’s big picture. That big picture will remind you that the things that once seemed so massive and stressful are in fact a manageable size.


Additionally, calming sounds like crickets chirping and the nearby river splashing will replace the obnoxious noises of car horns honking that you’re used to. Hills towering over you against a blue sky and trees spreading their arms to shade your campsite will provide visual stress relief from the texts and notifications of your wild workweek.


Enjoying Your Friends and Family


Camping allows you the time to get away with those you care about the most. Pitching a tent together builds a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Sitting around a campfire will generate deep conversations and laughter that will be remembered for a lifetime. This shared feeling that comes from watching a stunning sunset or hiking along a trail by a lake will draw you closer together. When you do end up back at your desk on Monday you will have peace knowing that you did what matters most in life, spending time with those you care about.


No matter who you are, you can benefit from an overnight camping trip and the stress relief it will bring you. Life is too short to not enjoy the outdoors. If you’re interested in planning your stress relieving adventure today, contact Southeastern Expeditions!



Five Lessons Kids Can Learn from an Overnight Camping Trip with Their Pals

There’s Something Different Outside

Kids love to explore.  

And kids love to go exploring outside, most of the time. But if they never get a chance to, if you never take them out, they’ll miss some of the most important lessons they can grab in their youth.   Children Camping | Southeastern Expeditions

Things like knot tying, rappelling, river rafting and learning how to build a fire.  

But to get all those skills, you’ve got to…  

Get Out of the City!

There’s more to life than pavement.   

But when the only outlet your children have for exploration is their own city block, or their iPad, they’re not getting these wonderful lessons from the outdoors.  

Here are some ideas for an overnight camping trip where you have a little more time than usual to get acquainted with the outdoors.    


Make a Compass Course 

On an overnight trip, bring along a map and a compass.  

Create a course that teaches your kids how to navigate outside, and have fun! 

Making a compass course is simple.  

Just set the compass to one point and walk in that direction a certain number of feet – you can make it easier by choosing an object to stop at – like a rock or a tent. Write down where you started and the correct number of degrees. You can also pinpoint these spots on the map you’ve brought.   

Do this for three, five or ten different points – just as many as you’d like the course to last. Then give the information to your campers. 

Easier: Provide them with degrees, number of steps and the destination marker (rock, tree etc.) 

Harder: Provide them with degrees and number of steps only.   


Create Happy Children On the River

If you decide to take a river trip, the best way to enjoy it is going overnight. The river is an exciting place, and you can encourage rafting, swimming and water safety skills all on one trip. From how to hold a paddle, to how to ride a wave and navigate the river, scout ahead or avoid rocks.  

There are so many character building lessons when kids get to go out on a river trip. They’ll come back bigger.


Building Skills in and Enjoyment of Nature 

The best way to help children build the life skills they need to survive and thrive is by bringing them out into nature.  

Have you ever tried sitting by a tree for a whole day?  

Ignite the tracker in your kids by going out before sunrise and finding a spot that’s perfect to sit underneath a tree. Bring a pad and pen or pencil to sketch and record your thoughts. But don’t be so quick to use it.  

Just take in nature and you will be surprised at what you experience.  

Some people have tried this and become so one with the forest, by being so still, that they have close contact with deer and small animals, birds and can hear sounds and see life that they’ve never experienced before. Those things come early and late in the day. But they also come with stillness and quiet.   

Training your kids to get the skill of just being quiet and at home under a tree is an amazing gift.  


Campfire Skills  

Getting to build a fire is one of the most magical parts of camping outside.  

It’s also one of the practical ones. Collecting firewood, selecting the best sticks for starter, tinder and kindling, plus learning the important parts of fire safety all lead a young person to gain new appreciation for the most basic of all elements, and pride in being able to learn a camp skill that is so useful – allowing for warmth, cooking, camaraderie and entertainment 


Camping Skills 

Nothing is like camping out – either in a tent or under the stars. Once a child has slept outside then there will be no holding him back from experiencing whatever the natural world has in store.  

What to Expect When Rafting on the Chattooga River



Wondering what to expect when rafting on the Chattooga River?


What To Expect When Rafting on the Chattooga River | Southeastern Expeditions

Well, You Asked for It…

Only to get pummeled by rocks, struck by whitewater waves – countless gallons of them, to lose your razor sharp paddle if you’re not careful!  IF you fall out… to face oncoming boulders with your feet downstream so you can bump away using your heels like Neil Armstrong bouncing off a moon rock; the alternative means bumping away using your face or head.


Jackets and Sunscreen

Other than that, we expect you’ll be comfortable as long as you wear a spray jacket in the winter (we provide) and sunscreen in the summer. But you may still need a jacket in the summer, if only just to tie it around your waist or to some apparatus in the raft, because the river spray likes to gets down into your bones once you’ve been out in it for an hour, two, three, four – or all dripping day.

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What Does Being a Wild and Scenic River Mean for the Chattooga River?


What does being a wild and scenic river mean for the Chattooga River? Let’s try to understand the answers.

Our Nation’s River Classes

Wild and Scenic Chattooga River | Southeastern Expeditions

First, you must know about the way the United States government classifies rivers: as recreational, scenic or wild.

If a river can easily be gotten to by road or rail, abuts shoreline development and has been diverted or stopped by humans, this is a Recreational River Area. It can also be the section of a longer river with multiple classifications.

If a river is not impounded and mostly undeveloped, though accessible in part by roads, this is a Scenic River Area.

If a river is only accessed by trail and also free of built-up, impounding features, this is a river or section of which that is classed Wild River Area.

Despite these designations, it’s important to know that only 0.33 percent of our nation’s rivers are actually protected by the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system.

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Reasons Why You Should Enjoy a Chattooga Adventure This Fall

Reasons To Enjoy a Chattooga Adventure During Fall | Southeastern Expeditions

A collection of rafts pull over to the shore, and guests and guides begin hiking up to Long Creek Falls, one of the many stops along their trip down Section IV of the Chattooga River. It’s a misty day with a monochrome sky. But a slight breeze cuts through the river corridor, showering everyone in a dazzling array of color. Leaves of yellow, orange, and red dance about then descend into the water.


Fall is a great time of year to visit the Chattooga Watershed. The temperatures are mild and the scenery is spectacular. Waterfalls are abundant in the area, with access trails ranging from the 1/4-mile stroll to all day adventures. If you prefer overlooks, take a moderate ramble around Whiteside Mountain, forming the headwaters of the Chattooga River, between Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina. Or for the more ambitious hiker, walk the two-mile trail up to the lookout platform on Rabun Bald, the second highest peak in Georgia, for a 360-degree view of four states.

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Check Out Some of the Top Outdoor Activities in North Georgia!

Top Outdoor Activities in North Georgia | Southeastern Expeditions White Water Rafting

This is one of the great reasons to come to Georgia. A Chattooga expedition is your gateway to a romping wet good time. And with different levels of intensity, is often perfect for the whole family.  

Robert G. Hunter Memorial Park

This park covers 83 acres. You can find it in Douglasville on 8830 Gurley Road, which is off of Highway 5. Here you can use the track, pool, play tennis, and take your kids to the playground, or even a fishing lake. There’s a mini train and activity center.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

Let the cartoon come to life at this family fun theme park and campground. There’s really nothing else like it…you can camp in an RV, tent or rent one of 6 cabins, but instead of just a recreation room, you’ll have access to a mini Disneyland. Just with Yogi Bear instead of Mickey.

You’ll find a swimming pool, mini-pool mini-golf, mini-train, gemstone mine and a movie house. Ride tortoises and much more. Many seasonal activities happen as well. It’s two miles from I-20, by exit 9.    Continue reading…

Overnight Camping Spots Closer to Home on the East Coast


Overnight Camping Spots Closer to Home on the East Coast|Southeastern ExpeditionsMany people on the East Coast look to faraway places to experience an outdoor adventure. Some travel as far away as Utah, California or the Pacific Northwest for an overnight camping spot.   


 However, a great escape doesn’t have to be a trek to a remote area of the U.S. or some distant land.    


Southeastern Expeditions offers exciting overnight camping just a stone’s throw away from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.


 If you’re looking for overnight camping spots closer to home on the East Coast, you don’t want to miss out on all the attractions offered by Southeastern Expeditions.


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Activities for Girl Scouts on the Chattooga River to Earn Wild in Georgia Badge


Activities for Girl Scouts on the Chattooga River to Earn Wild in Georgia Badge | Southeastern Expedition

We have so much to offer at the river, and even more for Girl Scouts. Who says that Boy Scouts get all the breaks? The Wild in Georgia badge has as much punch and nature observation as many comparable Boy Scout merit badges. 


And here by the river, you’ll get to sample not just an amazing trip, but learn in depth about the natural history of our incredible state.

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Top Outdoor Activities around the Chattooga River

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Rivers are earth’s oldest roller coaster.

When you take a trip to the Chattooga river, you’re going on a truly unique adventure. The river itself is an oasis – a very long one – and it places you in the cradle of nature and in the center of adventure and whitewater excitement. It’s not an experience that you can mimic at 6 Flags – unless you like crowds of strange people and lines and reminders of urban sprawl.


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