I think I am still recovering from our first trip to Pymatuming State Park in Ohio with the Airstream…and it is now August We’ve taken two other trips since then, and things have gone much smoother!
Our first trip could have really been much worse. First of all it was a rainy Thursday afternoon, and the plan was to leave as soon as I got home from work – 4:30ish. My husband was supposed to leave work at noon and it was his job to get the camper ready. The campground calls me at 2pm to say that we should fill up on fresh water before coming to the campground. And that they “hoped” to have the water and sewer ready for us by Friday. Strike one so far.
So I call my husband after I talk to the state park, fully expecting him to be at home packing up the camper…not so much. At 2:30 he was still at work…grrrr! This was our first “official” camping trip and I wanted to be sure we had everything we needed. So his suggestion, “maybe we should just leave tomorrow morning?” Well if anyone knows my husband, his famous motto is “Stick to the Original Plan.” Because as soon as you deviate from the original plans, things get screwed up…trust me. So I convince him that it will be raining even harder tomorrow, so let’s just get this done tonight.
We leave around 6pm. Not bad. It’s only an hour drive. It took us a while to get set up and settled in. Our second mistake, bring something easy and quick to cook on your first night. I brought stuffed peppers wrapped with bacon, and although they were good, a true pain in the but to cook in the dark.
Friday late morning the skies were starting to clear up…hooray!! Oh and I forgot to mention the mud pit that was in front of our door. There was no way around it….our brand new shiny airstream was going to get mud inside!!! I was freaking out! So I had a bucket of water for our dog’s paws, and we made sure to take off our shoes before entering the airstream. And I’m talking mud pit. I forgot how mushy things are in the spring.
We get up Friday morning, and continue to play around with the water heater wondering why it’s not heating up the water. We were lucky enough to have a super neighbor – Norman, that helped NOT to burn up the water heater. As Norm made his inspection, he found that we did not have water in the tank of the water heater…YIKES!!! On our first trip, we could have burned up the water heater 😦 Okay, lesson #1 learned…the hard way.
We go about out day, do a little hiking and really just relaxing. Friends and family came out to see us since we were so close to home. At night it was a little rainy, cold and damp, so we watched a movie inside with some snacks! So cozy!!
So it’s now day 2. Saturday morning. I take our dog Dozer for a morning walk while my husband
takes charge of making breakfast. Now mind you, that we have a “convection” oven in our Airstream. Neither one of us have ever operated anything other than a plain ol microwave oven. But I guess you can cook a turkey in an hour. It has a lot of different settings – grill – roast – etc. So not wanting to go outside and grill the bacon, my husband decides that he will “grill” the bacon in the microwave/convection oven. So in his defense, what is the first thing everyone does when you put bacon in the microwave?? Put it on a plate and cover it with a paper towel so it doesn’t splatter. Right? Well….not on “grill” setting you don’t 😥 I come back to the camper and I am just about to open the door and my husband says thru the screen (with the most serious look I have seen in a while) “You can’t come in here. I had a fire.” What??!?!?! I said “what do you mean a ‘fire’?!?” So he tells me about how he put the bacon on a plate, covered it with paper towel and put it on the grill setting. Turned around and the bacon and paper towel were on fire!! I almost had to grab the fire extinguisher, but luckily did not need it. Everything but the plate was reduced to a pile of ash.
We got it cleaned up and figured out how to use the microwave on the normal setting. Lesson #3 learn to use the convection oven before operating.
So that was our trip to Pymatuming State Park. Anything but uneventful. We did learn a lot, and how are you going to learn if you don’t make mistakes. Lucky for us we did not burn up the water heater or burn down the camper.
We’ve gone camping to 2 other places since – Hocking Hills, Ohio and Cook Forest, PA. I’ll write about those “adventures” in another post, we did learn from those experiences as well, they just weren’t as dramatic as our first trip.
Let me know what kind of stories you have of your first camping trip!
Xo my fellow campers!
Kim, Ron & Dozer