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Friday, July 5, 2013

First ever RV

Maybe I received the camping gene from my Great Aunt Alberta. At age 102, she can still recall her first camping adventures in a 1919 auto that she and her 4 sisters used on a trip from Iowa to Yellowstone.  Leaving the farming to hired hands in the summer, her parents set out for adventure, taking their 5 girls, a cousin, and her family, traveling caravan-style. They used a farm tarp and pitched that over the vehicle to create a makeshift tent, cooking over an open fire. Alberta recently gave my brother the tin cooking utinsels and metal coffee pot that were used.  The photo above was taken at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana. 

There were more than 50 donated rigs on display, many of which you could walk through. Upstairs there was a library with a collection of manufacturer's catalogs, and photos of the first rally of the Tin Can Tourist in 1917. 
Yesterday, we went to our "summer home" aka "Nina" for a 4th of July picnic dinner. Well, actually part of a picnic. We forgot the hamburger, Ron ran over the grill with his truck, and I put the potato salad in the freezer instead of the refrigerator! We couldn't find the pole to pull down the awning, so, three nearby campers formed a human ladder and pulled the strap until the awning unfurled.  We had a light drizzle going, but, sat out on the picnic table anyway. At least the toilet was working. After a "camp call" from Barnes RV on Tuesday, we were back in business, so to speak.
There were lots of rigs, and campers, too,  of various sizes and types at the campground and plenty of activites for the kids. Fishing derby, scavanger hunt, bingo, to name a few.  We'll be back today and most of the weekend, so, stop by if you are in the area!