Making Friends and Memories
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a trip to Orlando, Fla. in an RV with my daughter, Kristin and her husband, Brian. Making the trip with us were Kristin and Brian’s two little boys, Carson and Garrett (seen in the photo) and Brian’s parents who own the RV. As this was my first time, I was a little nervous, but once the trip began everything was good.
Since my final destination was different than my daughter’s, I only spent one night in the RV, but that gave me enough time to wonder about the experiences others have had. Posting a question on Facebook, I was excited to see the responses and thought you might enjoy reading them, too.
Sue Richardson: We’ve met so many wonderful friends in our travels. There’s nothing like going all over the US in your motel on wheels. Wouldn’t stay in a motel/hotel ever again. I have everything I need to live easily the rest of my life. We belong to a small club and each person has so much respect and love for the other. We have been to so many places together, shared so many meals, seen so many places we wouldn’t have thought about without the club. We have been to St. Louis together and went up on the arch which scared me to death – I don’t like enclosed places-but got talked into it anyway. There were 5 of us in one small elevator with seats and I’m moaning all the way up and the others are reassuring me that all would be well. We made it!!! and it was spectacular and then we had to come down!!! I closed my eyes and prayed all the way down. Won’t try it again, but glad I did it that one time. We’re scheduled to go to Pigeon Forge this fall for the National Quartet Convention and of course we have someone setting up the activities that we will be going to. Then, spring of next year we’re going to Paducka Kentucky.
Peg Roberchek: I’ve never RVd, but spent a year living in a Ford Econoline van traveling all over the U.S.
Linda Morgan Bost: I could write a book on my experiences in my camper. I love sleeping on MY bed, putting my clothes directly into MY closet, and using MY dishes. I love being able to take my dog with me on vacation. I have experienced a hurricane, a flood, numerous lightning storms, and many other experiences. During a hurricane we had to move our camper six or seven times. After the flood waters passed all the campers came together to put the campground back into shape for the owners. The owners took us all out to eat at a nice restaurant. I cannot imagine how scary it was for the victims of Cherrystone Camping Resort during the tornado where three people were killed. We have stayed in that campground three times. I would love to go back. Can you imagine 725 sites in the middle of the summer when it was probably packed and a tornado comes through? The best memories of my life have happened while camping, with families coming together, eating a lot of food, biking, hiking, kayaking, shopping, celebrating holidays, birthdays, swimming and best of all the time spent with my husband. I LOVE CAMPING!!!
Stasea Morris: My fondest memory of riding in an RV was when I was about 7 years of age in1981. That is when my parents drove us from Oregon to Idaho. The best seat in the house was above the driver’s seat on the top bunk. We would pretend to be floating angels flying above our parents and would guide them by what obstacles we could see ahead! (Because they needed our help … right?)
Cyndi Allison: I’d rather have a root canal than camp. I do like everything except sleeping outside in a camper or tent.
Evelyn Looney: On our very first camping trip to Dan Nicholas Park, we were in an old green pop-up camper. There were 6 of us and it was a bit crowded. Matthew was maybe 7 years old. His sleeping bag was slick and he wedged into the side next to the canvas. We had locked the door and thought we were snug for the night. In the wee hours of morning, I heard a small voice pleading with me to let him in! I felt around in the dark and counted bodies twice. Each time one little boy was missing. How could it be??? Matthew had slid out the side while sleeping and the elastic closed back up after dropping him out. Nice that no bears were roaming around.
Sue White: Camping is a great family time. Our two children grew up with us camping for family vacation or just getting away for a few days. It is a way to stay connected and enjoy the small/big things in God’s world. Now that our children have children, we enjoy just getting together, meeting new friends. We are not ones to go on long trips. NC has a lot of wonderful and beautiful places to see. Being grandparents and watching our grandchildren enjoy camping makes it that much more enjoyable as a family.
Sue Richardson said after reading the other stories, it reminded her of more adventures, so that’s why she’s included twice …
Sue Richardson: Our first RV was a pop-up camper. We went to Myrtle Beach, SC and it rained the first 3 days we were there, we were scheduled for 7 days. We packed up to head home, by the time we got to Conway, SC the sun came out, so we turned around and went back to the campground. When we got there we found out that a new RV had been drenched inside with water and our little pop-up had not let one drop in. Boy we felt superior!!!! We kept that pop-up for years and then graduated to a tag-a-long and now have a motor home. Nothing like camping and getting away from home and seeing the sights in your own hotel on wheels.
I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I did and maybe they will inspire you to take a trip soon. Thanks everyone for sharing beautiful memories.
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