This weekend we took the camper out for a trial test run. It's not glamped-out yet, but we wanted to make sure that, you know, the car could actually pull it and stuff. We decided it was best not to stray too far from home. Our good friends (who are full-time campers!) are here for the month of June and staying at a campground about 20 minutes from our house, so we decided that that was a good spot for our first trial camping trip.
The weather was frustratingly rainy--- I say 'frustratingly' because the weather couldn't decide if it was going to rain or shine. If it had just poured the whole time we would have been fine; I'd stocked the camper with plenty of rain-activitities. Or, if it had been sunny with some sprinkles that would have also been fine because we can handle some sprinkles. But instead it would downpour for 10 minutes, then clear up and be beautifully sunny so you'd be lured out of the camper, then it would downpour again. GOTCHA!
The park was OK, but it was an RV park and I was surprised to see rows of campers parked side-by-side. I grew up in Upstate New York and as a kid we camped at campgrounds in the Adirondacks so I guess I have a bit of a spoiled view when it comes to camping.... where we camped (Nick's Lake, Old Forge, and Delta Lake) the campsites were separated by small stands of trees. Sure, you could see/hear the campers next door but you didn't feel like you were parked beside them. Our plan is to book several weekend trips at several different nearby campgrounds (none more than 80 miles or so away from our house) while we get the hang of this camping thing, and learn what Michigan camping has to offer.
Some additional things I discovered about myself / my family / camping this weekend:
- I am addicted to showers.
- Bangs are not a camping-friendly hairstyle.
- Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
- THAT'S what flip flops are for. (both girls need flip flops before our next trip!)
- Showers, man. Showers are amazing! The first thing I did when we got home was to take ALL the showers!!!!
All-in-all, it was a fun, if haphazard trip. A raccoon broke into our dry food bin which was full of chips and crackers and nuts.... he stole ONLY the S'moreos (S'more favored Oreo cookies) and the leftover marshmallows. I guess camper-raccoons have singular taste?
I did learn a lot about our camper that will help me in making decisions about how to reconfigure it and stock it to best fit our family's camping style--- which we're still figuring out, of course.
More updates to come! If you have any recommendations of campgrounds in Michigan, please do share them in the comments below! We have about 6 available weekends this summer and I'm looking for places to book!