Below are links to some of our favorite campgrounds and an ongoing blog of our camping adventures.
|Favorite Camping Spots|
|This is a fabulous campground just five miles from Gillette Stadium. The amenities are outstanding and the staff is great. I just wish they had a shuttle to and from the stadium, but taxis are available.
All the photos of our motor home under the Exterior Pictures section were taken at Normandy Farms.
|Crown Point Campground
|This campground is local to us, but we love going there for a quick weekend getaway. The campground is family owned and well maintained by the owners who live onsite. They have a well-stocked camp store and a nice heated pool and private pond for fishing (no license required).|
|Villages at Turning Stone
|We stumbled upon this RV resort on our way home from picking up our motor home in Ohio. This is a full service RV resort. All sites have paved pads. It's very clean and the bath houses are practically luxurious. This is certainly not rustic camping, but it was a very nice place to stay. We would visit again if in the area. The campground is part of the Turning Stone Casino complex but it is separate from the rest of the complex. Shuttles to the casino are available.|
|2010 Camping Season|
|June/July 2010||In June, we left for the Wally Byam Birthday Bash at Baker's Acres in New York.
Rob and Zoe, along with their co-hosts, put on a fantastic event.
There were 80 rigs there, including five classic motorhomes. The open house on Saturday was a real blast.
I didn't get to see as many trailers as I wanted because I was entertaining guests in our own coach.
This was a dry camping event so we had to live off the water we had and live within the waste tank capacities we had.
Thankfully, we have really large tanks (80 gal. fresh, 45 gal. gray, 45 gal. black).
With four of us showering daily, we did run out of water in the middle of the rally.
Thankfully, there were huge water tanks on site for refills.
Others who ran out were scavenging hoses and trying to syphon water hundreds of feet to their trailers.
I, on the other hand, took a different approach. I started up the motorhome and drove to the water.
I filled up, and backed down the hill to our parking spot. Done.
Each morning, there was a tasty breakfast, albeit a little earlier than I would have hoped for, and each evening there was a happy hour and a campfire. We had a great time and I hope to do it again in 2011.
After leaving the Birthday Bash, we continued west to Michigan to visit friends and family. We camped in driveways a couple nights at a time to not wear out our welcome. (Unlike Randy Quaid in Christmas Vacation, we did not dump our tanks in the storm sewer in fornt of of anyone's house.)
After leaving Michigan, we headed back to New York for four nights of camping with friends at Lake George RV Park. This was our first visit to Lake George RV Park and we will definitely return.
Even though we were gone for two-and-a-half weeks on this trip, I didn't take any pictures of the motorhome to post here. Sorry!
One week before Memorial Day Weekend (the ceremonial start of Summer), we headed a couple hours north to camp along the scenic Kancamagus Highway (Rt. 112), 13 miles west of Conway, NH.
We stayed at Jigger Johnson campground which is a National Forest campground. It has 76 sites and is first-come, first-served.
Sites are $20, paid via the "iron ranger" at the gate.
Unlike most National Forest Campgrounds along the Kancamagus, Jigger Johnson has flush toilets and coin operated showers.
We didn't need either, but it's nice to know they are available. The sites are large with lots of wooded space between sites.
Every site is equipped with a handicap-accessible picnic table and a fire pit with integrated grill for cooking.
The campground wasn't even a quarter full while we were there. After looking at all the sites, we settled on site 67. It was a very large site and it was perfectly level. I didn't even bother to drop the hydraulic levelers.
The weather was absolutely perfect for our stay. The campground backs up to the Swift River, so the girls even went for a quick dip. If you check out this area, be sure to head to North Conway for a nice hike to "Diana's Baths", a beautiful, multi-level water fall.
||Jigger Johnson Campground
||Rocky Gorge Parking Area on the Kancamagus Highway
Two weeks after returning from D.C., headed a little bit north to Meredith, NH for a weekend stay at Meredith Woods RV Park.
We picked this park because they offer an indoor pool, which is a huge amenity for kids this early in the New Hampshire camping season.
We were pleasantly surprised by the very spacious sites with lots of wooded space between campsites.
It did not feel like a typical private campground at all. It was very quiet at night, too.
They have a basic playground, game room and store, but did I mention the indoor pool?!
All in all, I think this a great place for early and late season camping.
It was very relaxing and a nice change from the rowdier campgrounds we will likely visit at the height of the summer season.
||Front Curbside at Meredith Woods
||Rear Curbside at Meredith Woods
We started the 2010 camping season off with a trip to Washington D.C. on April 8th for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Our original intention was to attend the Cherry Blossom Rally hosted by the Washington D.C. Unit of the WBCCI (Airstream Club), but the rally was cancelled due to flooding at the rally location.
Thankfully, several rally attendees made reservations at Cherry Hill Park, just north of the city.
Cherry Hill is a very full featured RV Resort type campground. The sites are a bit crowded, but the amenities are great.
Although we didn't use them due to the cool weather, the park offers two outdoor swimming pools.
One of the great features of the park is a city bus "depot" on the property.
City buses stop every hour and can take visitors to the local Metro rail station.
From there, it's just over twenty minutes to the main tourist areas of the city.
We had a really great time at this park even though we didn't spend much time there.
We ran out of propane the first night we were there and they came out the next day and filled us up at our site.