Different Types of Campers – People NOT Trailers

People camp in all different types of tents and trailers.  While I prefer a trailer these days (with air conditioning), one of my fondest memories was my very first camping trip and we slept in the back of the Toyota 4-Runner!  There are all different types of people that camp and you could find a variety of reasons why they do it also.  This info-graphic is so true and a cute way to describe the different types of folks that choose to camp!

7 Types of Campers

What is it about the outdoors that keeps us coming back for more each summer? Is it the crisp clean air of the Alpine mountains? Or, is it Papa Todd’s famous crock-pot dinners? For me, I am still trying to figure out exactly why I “choose” to go camping. My experience usually involves crying kids, mosquito bites, the frustration regarding the lack of toilet paper and anything else that would have been convenient to pack.

Everyone has a different experience when camping in the great outdoors. Take a look at the 7 Types of Campers and see where you fall. Are you “The Underprepared Camper”,”The Reluctant Camper”, or do you find yourself in my group, the so called “Daycare Campers”?

The “Roughin’ It” Camper

You know who they are. The ones flooding CBS with applications to be on the show Survivor. Those who tape every episode of Survivor Man and Man Vs. Wild. Why, I bet every scout master in the world could fit into this category. Why must I get up at the butt crack of dawn Mr. Paul Bunion, why?

The Overprepared Camper

While Bear Grylls packs only a buck knife and his never ending knowledge of the wild outdoors, the Overprepared Campers find a way to pack everything including the kitchen sink. Bug spray? I got it! In 5 different strengths and scents. Oh, you have a sensitive skin type? No problem… make that 6 different types of bug spray.

The Underprepared Camper

For those of us not as fortunate as those camping with mother Karen and her mini-mart of supplies, we get to look forward to West Nile Virus, the luxury of using pine cones instead of Charmin, and a clear view of the stars over the comforts of any type of shelter. Who would’ve thought flip flops aren’t meant to be worn in the woods? Not these campers.

The Reluctant Camper

The Reluctant Camper doesn’t know what to pack and isn’t interested in packing it in the first place. Reluctant Campers would much prefer to connect with nature by”Googling it”. A 4G connection and a spare battery is the first thing they pack.

The Daycare Campers

When has it ever been a good idea to give kids fire sticks, knifes, and the freedom to roam in the wild? How about letting them stay up 4 hours past their bedtime all the while giving them 20 juice boxes right before bed? Sure, sounds like a recipe for “fun” to me. Right?

The Party Camper

We all know who they are. We either camp alongside em’ or we pick fights with em’. It’s hard enough for the Daycare Campers to get their kids to bed without their drunken nature calls and laughter. But who can blame them? You are in fact sitting in the woods around a camp fire doing pretty much nothing. Why not spice it up a bit?

The Retiree Camper

For breakfast, biscuits and gravy, sausage, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Brunch is soda crackers and cheese. Lunch, grilled chicken and green tossed salad. Dinner, cock pot roast with baked potatoes and asparagus. Nobody knows camping luxury like the RV crew. If you see them parking there MTV crib next to your 4 man dome, it’s probably cause they need a cheap laugh at your expense.

So, if nature is calling you back into the wild, make sure you grab your sticks and obsidian. Let’s make our pioneer ancestors proud and reclaim our heritage that once dwelt in a tent. Nature has nothing on us. Now, where’s my phone? I better get online and order a new air mattress.

Thanks airbeds4less.com

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Are You Prepared?

I think I am colder now 6 days after the official start of Spring than I have been all winter! I am so ready for my friend Spring to come and see me. I am ready to play outside and just bask in the radiant beams of the sun. I need to get outside of this house and work in the yard and work in the camper. Alot of work has to be done if it is going to be ready for play time this summer.

I went to visit my son Kellan and his girlfriend this evening. He got a tent for Christmas and he has been working on his list of things and he is gathering his gear for his first camping outing on his own. Because they have been young college students and usually have to work on weekends, we have not been able to share this part of our lives with them. This summer things are different and they say they are coming with us. I am so excited!!!

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Kelland and Chelsea at Christmas

So what kind of things do you have on your list to get ready for all the summer excitement? I will be going through and restocking soap, deodorant, new toothbrushes, paper products, etc. We camp alot and having all the basic essentials in the camper for the summer to make it easier for us. We can be ready to leave the house usually within 30 minutes if we wait to go to the grocery store when we arrive at our destination.

Kellan’s birthday was this month and I decided to get him some camping gear for his birthday. I was quickly overwhelmed not knowing exactly what he would need. So I decided to get him all the basics. Charcoal, lighter fluid, a GOOD knife, large tarp, marshmallow sticks, lighter, bug spray, paper plates, forks, etc. Get the picture?  You thought I forget the marshmallows didn’t you! There was a pack of my favorites included – Campfire marshmallows.

Spring is coming and with that it usually brings a variety of weather.  One of the things you will need is a weather radio.  Severe weather can strike at any time and I take the weather radio along with us when the weather is questionable.  Weather radios are very reasonably priced.  I think I paid $30.00 for the radio.  Mine has many features.  It runs off batteries or ac/dc and it has a flashlight.  I can’t stress how important it is to own a weather radio and it is really important to have one available while staying in your camper trailer.  It literally could save your life.  Where we park our camper for the summer there is no TV signal.  That took some getting used to!  We depend on the weather radio while we are staying in the camper.

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There are also several good apps that are free or available for purchase to help you monitor the weather. Our local TV station is KFVS-12 out of Cape Girardeau, MO.  They have a weather app that allows us to see a radar and keeps us informed via the app and Facebook on where the most dangerous weather is. My husband is a big fan of Accuweather. It is also free. The Weather Channel has an app also.

Several radio stations and daily newspapers in the area send out text messages on the current watches/warnings as a service to those who sign up to receive them.  While I do receive these, I don’t rely too heavily on it.  I have noticed that the notifications don’t come in a timely fashion after the alert was issued.  These are great to receive but a weather radio is always going to give you the most update accurate information.  Don’t forget the batteries!

Scout the GPS App

We are looking for a car for one of our daughters and my husband and I headed over to Murphysboro, IL to check out a few cars that we saw online.  It had been awhile since I had been in that part of Illinois.  While I was putting in the address into our GPS, my husband says hey try this new app called Scout by Telenav that I got yesterday.  Truth be known – I already had the address in the GPS!  He really wanted me to try it so I pulled up the app and put in the directions.  Now I am not really of fan of most GPS apps.  I just don’t like the look of most of them.  I have been using the Maps app on my phone some.

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It was very easy to operate and get the directions started and it has a route planning FEATURE!  Loved loved loved this Scout app!  It let me choose which route that I wanted to take with all the information I needed on one screen (miles to destination, time it would take me there, and a map showing each highlighted route).  It is a battery killer so beware if you leave it running in the background it will run your battery down!  But it is well worth the purchase price of FREE in the Itunes store.  If you are looking to give it a try then head on over to the Itunes store and look for Scout by Telenav.

Five Things I Want NOW!

I have spring fever….BAD!  When March hits I start thinking about these 5 things.  These things are Awesome!  These things I usually only get when it is warm outside.

1.  Fried Potatoes!  Not just any fried potatoes but fried potatoes that are cooked outside on the griddle.  They are YUMMY!!  They are also made by the hubby.  It is his speciality.

2.  Ice Cream.  Ok I have had ice cream several times recently and it wasn’t warm outside but there is ALWAYS room for ice cream when it is warm and because I am so cold natured it usually comes to mind a little more when it is warm.

3.  Camping!  I love love love camping!  For me it is a break to not think about anything except for what is right in front of me and that is usually my sweet husband, crazy kids, friends and family.

4.  Showering Outside!  Hmmm, I bet I got your attention on that one.  We have a bathroom/shower house on wheels, 4 walls with no roof.  It is literally the best shower I have ever taken.  EVER!

5.  Just Being Outside!  There are so many beautiful things that spring and summer have to offer.  The sounds, the experiences, nature and all its beauty.  I am so looking forward to hanging outside, getting the garden ready, visiting with my neighbors, swimming, hiking, and really just experiencing all that God has given us!  Hurry up spring!  This girl is ready!

Job 28:10 – He cuts out rivers among the rocks; and his eye sees every precious thing.

To Use or Not To Use

Grandma's Tablecloth

Grandma’s Tablecloth

So when my aunts cleaned out my Grandmother’s house in Michigan several years ago, this is one of the items that was sent to Missouri.  Mom, my daughter Kara, and me sat down and divided everything up.  We enjoyed looking through all the stuff.  We had no memories attached to this stuff.  This grandmother was my mother’s birth mother and we didn’t come to know her until many years later.  It offered a glimpse into a past we didn’t know.  There were several tableclothes and this is one I saw and took.  I put it away for several years and when we moved in 2008, I ran across it again.  I saw an opportunity to use it on the picnic table when we go camping.

That summer several people remarked how beautiful the tablecloth was and they didn’t seem too sure I should be using it.  Now I have never been a tablecloth loving queen and I do get annoyed when I put it on the picnic table and less than 12 hours later it is so dirty it needs to come off to be washed.  As you can tell in the picture it has been used and stained alot!

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Such pretty detail!

I was recently thinking about my husband’s mother and how much we miss her.  I think about family reunions that she and her sisters would always arrive first to get everything ready.  They would lay tableclothes of many colors out on the picnic tables.  Since she is gone who is going to do that?  Will my generation get there before everyone else and lay out those tableclothes?

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I have a new of eyes when it comes to the many colors of this old tablecloth and to the many shades of stains that have appeared.  The colors of this tablecloth are valued not for it’s age or beauty but for the old and new memories that are made sitting around that picnic table!

So it is a nice warm spring day and yes I am packing that old tablecloth so it can be put out for a family meal, a game of cards, or a nice conversation with friends.  Yes it will get dirty and it will be removed and washed and then used again!

Places to go! Greenville Recreational Area in Missouri

Spring is almost here. Time to plan for spring camping!  Yes it is above 50 and I can dream.

So are you looking for a relaxing weekend?  Hook up the RV and head to Greenville Recreation Area located on the northern end of Wappapello Lake.  This campground is perfect for the young and old!  My favorite time to visit this campground is in the spring and fall!

Photo Courtesy of Recreation.gov

Photo Courtesy of Recreation.gov

Nice flat, spacious paved sites with electric.  Fill up your water tank as you pull in the campground and utilize the dump station on the way out.  Shower house is very nice and CLEAN!

Enjoy the day playing volleyball, at the horseshoe pit, or hiking on the sidewalks of the old Greenville township exploring the history of the town before it was moved in 1941.  The town was relocated two miles up the road because this low lying piece of land continued to experience flooding from the St. Francois river.

There is also a boat ramp in the recreational area if you would like to access Lake Wappapello for a day of fishing.

Important to know if you would like to visit:

Can sites be reserved prior to arrival?  Yes there are sites that can be reserved by phone 1-877-444-6777 or online and some that are first come first serve.  Visit recreation.gov  My experience is if you are going on a holiday weekend.  Book early!  We usually try and reserve online when we know we are going.  It is quick and easy.

Do sites have water, electric, sewer?  Electric – yes, Fresh water is available at the dump station to fill up tanks on the camperon the way in.  There are some water hookups located in various places in the campground.  There is a dump station that is super easy to get in and out to dump or obtain water.

How much room will I have at my campsite? Sites are very, VERY spacious!  Lots of green space for pets and kids to play! 

Where can the kids play?  There are a couple of playgrounds, an amphitheater, horseshoe pits, trails, and volleyball pit.  Did I mention the green space?!  Several fields available for kids to play tag, football, or baseball.  Three loops to this campground.  Nice and flat.  Bring your bikes because you are going to want to take the kids on a bike ride through the campground!

What about noise?  Very quiet and at night perfect for listening to nature and enjoying star gazing!

Where can I get a bag of ice?  Town is 2 miles up the road.  Easy ride up for ice, groceries, or firewood.  We like to eat at the Fishin Hole.  Smoke-free and the fish is good. 

What about swimming?  There is no beach for swimming but we always head up the rode where the locals swim.  Head into town and just ask for directions.  It is off of Highway 34 on the way to Piedmont.

Can I bring firewood?  There are some restrictions on firewood due to insect infestations in the wood.  Check the website to know these restrictions. 

Do they have special events? Yes check the website for special events.  The rangers sometimes do programs at the amphitheater.  There are quite a few special dates for special events on-site or nearby including their Black Powder Rendevous in April and Old Greenville Days in September.  Reserve a camping spot early if you would like to attend one of these two weekends.  These are very popular events!

GPS Coordinates?  Directions are available on the website and GPS Coordinates are available there as well.

Our dog Nick enjoying Spring.  It won't come soon enough for him.

Our dog Nick enjoying Spring. It won’t come soon enough for him.

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!

A deliberate Christmas season

So this year our church did a huge production called “Another Christmas Vacation”. This was a parody on the movie starring Chevy Chase set in the 2012 with 18,000 lights, drama, and amazing music. Unbelievable! It was funny. It was beautiful. It was beautifully directed. It was PERFECT! I saw all four productions – my husband was an actor in the drama and my daughter sang in the choir. What an opportunity to reflect on what the real meaning of Christmas is all about. The birth of our Savior – Jesus Christ! This has been a difficult Christmas season and one that has caused me to reflect on how thankful that I am. A teammate of my son’s wrestling team died in an accident. He was 10. This coupled with all of the sadness on television from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings has caused me to shed many tears this holiday season but I have a new set of eyes focused on the ones that I love. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to continue to do just that – focus more on others and simply love. I choose joy this holiday season and will continue to do so in 2013.

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Madelyn holding the birthday cake we made for Jesus.


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They are loving their gifts. They love going to Grandma’s house.


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My son and his pretty girlfriend.


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My daughter and granddaughter. What an awesome first Christmas.


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These two are two peas in a pod. Madelyn loves her grandma Tinker.

Christmas in July

My son was so excited as he gave this to me this Christmas. This was a under $5.00 trashy gift he received in a Dirty Santa game.

He immediately set his plan in motion as he hid it under his shirt so I wouldn’t see it when I picked him up that day. He was smiling ear to ear as he quickly wrapped it and placed it proudly under the tree with my name on it

Two can play this game. I am thinking a little Christmas in July at the campsite. Won’t it look beautiful on a hot summer day as we are preparing BBQ for supper?

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