RV ADVENTURES IN SOUTHERN INDIANA

 

Not wanting to stray too far from family because of my grandpa’s illness, we decided we would explore southern Indiana. Head south in Indiana and it won’t be long until the flat, open fields give way to rolling hills and lush green forests. It was in one of these forests we found a campground, Paynetown State Recreation Area, along the shores of Lake Monroe. We settled into a large shaded site and set out to explore the campground.

 

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WE HAVE THE KIDS AND THE RV, NOW WHAT?

Remember that moment? The moment when you bought your RV. You could almost smell the campfire and taste those s’mores. Chances are you visited websites collecting camping recipes or check out pictures inspiring you to fix up your RV home to make it your own. But now, it’s go time. Everyone is ready to turn those ideas into reality.

 

Campfire at First Beach

 

My number one tip for family RVing is planning. I don’t mean you have to arrange for every detail of your trip, but having your options mapped out or thought through is a good way to avoid hearing the exasperated, “I’m BORED.”

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FAMILY, FUN, AND EMBRACING THE SMALL MOMENTS IN INDIANA

 

Nearly a year has passed since we put down our jacks in the Midwest where I grew up. Here in Indiana, the smell of fresh cut grass reminded me that winter was soon to be a distant memory and summer was just around the corner.

 

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THE FREEDOM OF RVING

For adults it’s easy to see the freedom RVing offers. We are liberated, if only for a short time, from the discipline of everyday life. No grass waving in the breeze waiting to be cut, no honey-do list on the refrigerator, no office commute.

It’s the kind of freedom that begins in your shoulders, releasing the tension you didn’t realize you were holding, allowing your neck to relax perfectly against the pillow of your reclining camp chair, and ends with waving off the kids to explore and have their own adventure.

 

 

Maybe it’s my extended level of relaxation. Or maybe it’s that the campground is filled with like-minded people. No matter the reason, my kids have more freedom when we’re on an RV adventure than they do when we are at home – or on any other type of trip we take.

 

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A TRUE HIDDEN GEM

 

About 90 miles from Portland, along Oregon’s beautiful coastline is where we found Jetty Fishery.  Talk about a hidden gem! We had spent the last couple of hours of driving being rather picky about which campground looked right for a stay. Sure, there were many very nice campgrounds that we stopped to check out, but somehow I had it in my head that there would be an even better one just down the road. I envisioned a waterfront site with access to the beach and a stellar view to boot. Not too much to ask for I thought (especially here along the Oregon coast), but as we drove on, that realization slowly started to slip from my mind and a panicky feeling came over me. “We better find a place to camp otherwise we’ll be driving in the dark,” I told hubby and he agreed. Just as I spoke those words we turned the bend and saw a sign that read, “Jetty Fishery, Marina & RV Park” and a sense of relief came over us.

 

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