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Old 11-01-2013, 03:24 PM   #11
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Wow! Memories of family camping! Yes there are weekends the wife and I still climb over suitcases, slide past a port-a-crib, and step over bouncy chairs or take a number for the bathroom! Would my wife and I trade any of those memories not at all!
Do we enjoy our quiet weekends when it is just the two of us.
YES!
Children and even grandchildren grow up way too fast so enjoy your time with them!
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:43 PM   #12
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We are right on that border now with our DD. She is 14, and will be 15 in Feb. For most regular 2 night weekend trips she usually goes with her friends and stays there. That has been SOP for a while now. It definitely does change the 'agenda' so to speak when it is just DW and I. Sometimes we so enjoy it being just us, then others we miss her like crazy.

Our extended family vacations are just still mandatory for DD, and we do look forward to them without question. With that being said the new fifth wheel gives us the ability to stretch out and give each other a little space also. Best of both worlds I guess.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:14 PM   #13
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Our family camping has come back to pay dividends. Our youngest is 25 and the oldest is now 30.
A few months ago as we were informing our neighbor as to our latest trip he asked my wife and I how we did it, with puzzled looks we ask what? He went on to say that our children would drive hours to come and spent time the weekend with us and his children live within 15 minutes of him and he can not get them to come over for dinner.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:40 AM   #14
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Our family vacations aren't with just out own kids, we usually end up with a couple extras to the point I have to arrange alternate transportation for everyone to get where we are going. I have a waiting list for Ft wilderness for spring break. At this point I may have to fly a couple of them down.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:09 AM   #15
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While we are now going on our 4th year of "adult camping", (except for occasional visits) we find we are missing the youngsters more so than not. (ages 6-40) Life we have found out, is is getting to be just a little too short. We have made plans for 4 of the 6 grand daughters to have an extended stay with us. Besides, we can always send them back to the dangers of civilization when ever we want.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:18 AM   #16
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I am always happy to see the families camping with their children and having such a great experience together. Our 3 children are all grown, we started camping when they were just toddlers in a borrowed tent, then bought our own, finally upgrading to a small popup in teen years. Our first trip in it was to the Outer Banks in NC. They had a ball, first time to the ocean for them, what a experience. Now they are pushing 50 and often talk about those fond memories. Now when we snowbird, our daughter always fly's down to spend a week in our motorhome and 1 or more meets up with us. We have taken children and grandchildren that was priceless and now just my DH and our kid dog which is also priceless. The family that camps together stays together. Hope all of you have fun camping with your kids.
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:38 AM   #17
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Excellent thread!!! You all are right on with how you describe the camping life, some of you are so eloquent in you descriptions that you should write a book, seriously! My wife an i camped alone more the last two years, love it, but always good when the kids and others come for the weekend or just the night. Our oldest son just got married in September, so grand kids could be coming any time. The middle son just graduated college in may, and works for John Deere over 6 hours south of us, so we go south and he and the girl friend come north when they can. Our youngest daughter, now that's a whole nother story! But i digress. Bottom line Camping is Great, cant wait till next spring!!!
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:53 AM   #18
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It's Sunday morning and the last day of adult camping for us. Just a short trip to Normandy Farms for the weekend. Spent the day Christmas Shopping at Bass Pro Shops then got a surprise visit from all of our kids, all in their 20's. Well, after breakfast, time to relax a little then pull the levers, drain the water lines and winterize the camper.
Spring will be here soon.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:07 AM   #19
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I can remember when my dad bought his first trailer .He order it from a Spigails Catalog and it was deliver by UPS to are house back in the late sixties.All it was a box with two beds that sled out.He had to make a couple of tables for it and the rest is history.They came a long way since then.He went through about seven trailers since then and I am on my third.We went to Virgina a couple of times then Uniontown Mountains a lot I still go to the mountains a lot. Im planning to go up there for the 3 holidays this yr to.It brings back memories.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #20
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Some of us have camping in our bones, some (young and old) have just recently discovered the joys of camping and travelling. Others, have spent years seasonal camping. Some of of us even have friends that can't understand why we go camping or old friends that camped a few times, then gave it up. We even have friends that go camping but we don't go with them because we don't want to spend time with them. Then, we have friends that we have camped with, camped with their friends and made more friends and even became better friends with some of our friends friends that we went camping with.

It's funny how some things work out. When I was growingup, we went camping every summer on Cape Cod. Out of three boys, I am the only one that still goes camping. We have taken our neices and nephews on numerous camping trips and hve only been able to get my brothers to go once in the past 20 years. They must not have the bug. Their kids do though. My parents are 77 and 79 and they will go with us on a moments notice, but just for a weekend and usually just once a season. Thats ok.

When you go adult camping, you can just go for the weekend, you can pack your stuff and go for however long you want and wherever you want. But, it is still adult camping and it can be spur of the moment or a trp that is planned out in every detail for months. Here are a few things I like about adult camping:

You don't leave on Friday afternoon after school gets out. You either leave Thursday night or first thing friday morning, (if it's a weekend trip).
It is way easier to organize a full blown caravan of RV's heading for your destination of choice.
Nobody tells us when to go to bed and we get to be the last ones at the fire.
Now we can get a site with full hook ups and the cable TV actually works.
You can pay $39.95 per month for a dich network tailgater package and spend every weekend on the phone with tech support.
When we cook 10 pounds of lobster and steamers, we can drink and not worry about one of the kids getting too close to the boiling water.
If we are driving down the highway, in an RV caravan and one of us gets a flat tire that complety anialates the undercarraige of the camper while the tire sheds to peices, the wives don't have to scramble to get all of the kids out of the tow vehicles and get them away from the side of the road while the guys figure out what to do.
Some of the campgrounds we go to have pretty good breakfast. When the guys wake up, we put a pair of shoes on the bottom step to signal to the other husbands that we are in for a breakfast run. Around 7:00 am, we wander down to the kitchen for breakfast and eat as much bacon, eggs and crap that we can handle. If the campground does't serve breakfast, then we venture out to a breakfast place nearby And whoever is sober enough to drive doesn't have to pay.
None of our friends say, "can you really tow that camper with your truck?" They just stay in front of the caravan.
At the end of camping season, we have plenty of tricuits, cheese, cereal, beans, canned fruit, paper plates, napkins, paper towels, cookies, peanuts, firewood, and other stuff to take tailgating to the next few Patriots Games in late November through January.
When someone needs a "shot", it's not a tetanus shot. A whole new meaning to the results of a "rusty nail"
When we were kids camping, we used to walk around looking for girls, now we walk around looking for our next RV.
If we have planned a weekend trip, we still pack for four days
If we plan a week long trip, we pack like it's the end of the world.
If we go driveway camping, we don't have to pack anything, it's already there
We now ejoy the beauty of express check-in because we actually have money
We bring enough firewood and buy two bundles from the campground just to support them, but don't burn what we buy.
We camp until Sunday, but don't even bother to dump the tanks since we will be camping again in two more days and we can do it then.
When we check in we say " Yes, 2 adults, but...........our kids and their friends may show up for the day on Saturday, so here's fifty bucks for them.
When we check out, we say, see you tomorrow
When it rains, we can always find something to do and nobody cries.

Somebody please find me another subject to write about

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