Our Last Trip Almost Broke Us

I wanted to post this update sooner but life is busy….and painful. I am not going to draw this out with fluff so I’ll get right it. Our last trip almost broke us because our towing hitch was stolen that weekend. We did not realize it was gone until we were packing up to go home Sunday morning. Imagine that feeling when you realize a complete stranger took your expensive property. We have no idea if it happened at the fair or at the campground, River Forest Campground.

Your body responds negatively and panic settles into your gut. Your angry, frustrated, and your mind goes through all the reasons this could have been avoided. But the deed was done and we were hitchless. The one RV store open does not have anyone knowledgeable in parts in that could understand what we were looking for. The poor sales guy was clueless and we were frustrated.

The campground was very accommodating and permitted us to keep the RV onsite until we could find a way to get it home. We drove the 90 minutes home and immediately went to the RV store down the road. Long story short….they said we’d have to buy a new towing system and expect to spend $400+ for it.

I went home and scoured the internet. Our towing system was old and I could not find anyone selling that model. But I was determined to keep looking. I went to Craiglist and after hours of scrolling I found a guy 20 minutes away who was selling the exact hitch we needed! YES!! I responded to that ad and by Monday evening we were on our way home with the hitch for only $100. Can you imagine how good it felt to have everything line up in your favor?!?!

On Tuesday, the hubbins and one of our sons went to pick up the RV and brought it home for me to get it ready for winter. I was happy but the sting of someone taking your property was still fresh. In all of our years of camping, we’ve never had anything stolen or heard anyone ever say they had their property stolen.

Is there a lesson here? Hell yea! We are buying a lock for the hitch!!  And, if we are going to be in a public area where people are coming and going, store the darn hitch in the camper. Unfortunately, this event pushed everything I wanted to share about the campground our of my memory. This event has painted this campground with a sad memory. It may always be “the campground where we experienced the evils of humanity”.

We plan to go to the State Fair again next year. I don’t know if we’ll stay there again. But here are pictures of the one main issue I had with this campground. The not-so-nice bathroom.

So, the fried chicken and onion rings from the restaurant was meh, there wasn’t a general store for the kids to spend our money, and the bathrooms were….mmmm…let’s go with grimy.

Our camping season is over but to those out there grinding it out…HAPPY CAMPING!!

It’s Been A Long Time…

It’s been a long time, we shouldn’t of left you without a dope beat to step to! That is one of my favorite lines from the Aaliyah/ Timbaland song, Try Again.  I don’t have a dope beat to give you but I do feel like I shouldn’t of left my blog for so long.

We have been camping consistently. I’m simply a bit too lazy to update my blog like I should. I hope to do better but I can’t make any promises. Trust me, I am that lazy!

This weekend we are in Weedsport New York at River Forest campground. We are attending the New York state fair for the very first time.

The campground is very large and clean. There is an on-site restaurant but the hours or 4 p.m. until 4 the bar in 5 p.m. through 9 p.m. for the restaurant. The other night, I ordered wings. Unfortunately I felt the wings were not that good. They looked as if they were boiled in water and then covered in barbecue sauce. I actually had to start up the oven in the RV and continue to bake them until I got some sort of a crispy skin. But I can tell you that the people here are very friendly. I haven’t looked up the cost for a seasonal campsite, but this could be a potential home.

View from our campsite.
View from the check-in shack.

It is late as I’m writing this blog but I do plan on updating this post (with photos) very soon.

 

 

Father’s Day Weekend at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

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Spray Park at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, RV Campgrounds

The first camping trip for 2016 was a success. We spent the weekend at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in North Java, NY. We’ve camped at this resort several years and would like to go there more often is it weren’t so expensive. The campground is very large and we always rent a golf course which adds to the expenses.

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The weather was perfect and the campground was packed. The kids loved the spray park, swimming in the pool, swimming in the lake, and playing in the sand. Unlike my sons, the girls were not hesitant to ride the paddle boats, kayak, and row boat….alone. This trip was also MY first time on a kayak. It takes a lot of energy and once you get the paddling together, you can move around pretty good.

Jellystone is the only campground (I know of) that has a rather large and diverse staff. This was the first time we’ve seen a diverse campground staff AND diverse campers. We were shocked that we were not the only black family camping. That was great to see. Now about the large diverse staff. The staff was diverse in sex, race, and age. And, when there is a large number of staff, you will run into some mess. And we did. All I will say is that some people should not work at places where they are required to be around a lot of families. I have very little tolerance for old grumpy men. I am all about respecting my elders but I will let you know who I am with the quickness. This is not the 60s homie.

Back to the positive. Jellystone has a great general store. They serve all the regular stuff but have a kitchen that delivers. Will had an emergency run home and I am not a grill master like him so I ordered pizza.

Overall, I highly recommend Jellystone; especially for beginners. They have a large amount of cabins, lots of space for ten campers, laundry facilities, clean bathrooms, and plenty of activities to you busy all day.