Wednesday, July 24, 2013
…hard across the windy lake? Now I know why the lyrics to that classic say "gently down the stream."
We awoke this fine morning to temperatures in the mid-50's. When the sun warmed us up to the 70's, I decided it was time to fulfill my promise to rent a rowboat and take the kids out onto the lake. Having never captained a rowboat before, it took some getting used to. Nevertheless, we managed to make our way around our end of the lake even with a contrary wind pattern that seemed to constantly be blowing against us.
While I rowed, Jonah sat at the bow pretending the submerged plants were squid arms and kept a sharp lookout for the Loch Ness Monster. When a detached rhizomatous stem from an aquatic plant floated by we counted it a success - it certainly resembled the decayed remains of some such creature.
We had a good time and mommy got a good workout to boot. More memories in the making…
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
|Elisabeth collecting bugs at our campsite|
North Carolina State Parks typically keep a handful of "walk-in only" sights available for those short-sighted or free spirited enough to not make a reservation. I mistakenly thought Virginia State Parks operated similarly and went for the free spirited approach. Lesson to self and all other campers out there - when in question or if at all possible make a reservation! We intended to stay there until Sunday, but they were all booked up for the weekend. So we were there just two nights and had to relocated today (I'll share details on that later.)
Nevertheless, we enjoyed our brief stay. The campsites have the right amount of shade and sun. There is a playground, laundry facility, camp store and of course shower facilities. Virginia is consistently voted one the best state park systems (a fact which they will remind you of on every pamphlet they give you) and not without reason. In addition to the swim area, there is a nature center, heritage center, lake, and miles and miles of trails. We have yet to stay there long enough to take advantage of all it has to offer. But it's on my list for future, longer stays. Next time I will make a reservation!
|The kids could even go down the slides in the background|
|Elisabeth and Jonah enjoying the elaborate sprayground|
- Richmond: Americamps and Civil War History (shannamama.blogspot.com)
Thursday, July 18, 2013
out in the evenings. Fortunately, I remembered that my parents once stayed in town (Raleigh, NC) at the fairgrounds. So, that is where we spent our last week in North Carolina.
It turns out that a new camping area with about 50 sites opened last year behind the Horse Complex. It is surrounded by trees so campers don't feel quite so exposed to urban elements.
You can't beat the value: $25/night includes water, electric and sewer. There isn't a bathhouse or laundry, but with the sewer hookup the bathhouse isn't needed and there is a decent laundry mat within a mile or so at the intersection of Hillsborough and Jones Franklin. The location in general is exceptional with easy access to anywhere in town.
The only real con to this campground is the lack of shade. It was hot and humid during our stay and a little shade would have been a plus. In a few years, there will be a bit more shade once the planted tees mature and fill out a bit.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
This has been a challenging, yet liberating experience for all of us. Having a much smaller "house" will force us into a simpler lifestyle for a while which I welcome. One challenge will be keeping the kids' stuff (mostly toys) to a manageable level as we have limited living and storage space in the RV. The kids love to spend a weekly allowance on toys and mommy is guilty of grabbing that great deal off the Target clearance rack.
Therefore we will all be focusing on investing in experiences and not stuff during this season.
Today, we walked to the horse complex (a perk of camping at the fairgrounds) to check out the 4-H horse show. Instead of buying a stuffed horse from the vendor (per Elisabeth's desire), we got a funnel cake and fresh squeezed lemonade to share while we watched the exhibition.
- For Everything There is a Season (shannafern.com)
- RV Life: The New Playroom (shannafern.com)
- RV's on the Fort Fisher to Southport Ferry? Yes, but.... (shannamama.blogspot.com)