It’s been 5 months since our 2016-end-of-the-year trip to Tennessee in November. A whole winter of wishing, waiting, planning and anticipating the true beginning of spring . . . where a 2-day stretch of high temps and nice weather didn’t transform into another cold stint of winter. Undeniably, this winter has not been as dreadful as it was predicted to be . . . but the groundhog saw his shadow in February and declared 6 more weeks of winter!
The driving force for this weekend was epic for Alan and Carie – Alan’s niece plays basketball for Notre Dame who was in the NCAA Women’s tournament – sweet 16! Kentucky Horse Park campground was less than 20 minutes from the Friday night game, and if they won – Sunday afternoon’s game.
Tom and I had appointments and errands that kept us tied in Van Wert until 3:00 on Thursday, but even with that slow start we were eating ribs with Micah in Cincinnati by 6:00! Afterwards we rendezvoused with Alan at East Fork State Park in the Cincinnati area for our first night of spring camping.
Friday morning Alan commuted for a short work-day, and Tom and I made a trip to Jungle Jim’s smorgasbord grocery store, where we found $5 lobster tails (more about that later) and loaded up on a case of our favorite La Rosa’s pizza sauce. By 11:00 we met Alan for lunch and returned to East Fork to hook up the Airstreams for the 65 mile trip to Kentucky Horse Park -- Tom in the lead, and Alan following!
By 2:00 Friday we were all set up in the KHP campground and the weather had bloomed sunny and 74 degrees . . . with predictions for more of the same for Saturday. We had nothing to do for the evening but to enjoy the weather, the fact that we were camping, and cooking and eating outside! At this point Carie was not with us – she left work directly for the basketball game and didn’t meet up with us until that was over later that night.
For supper we had barbeque beef brisket, corn on the cob, a spring green salad, and a very funky-looking orangey piece of fruit from Jungle Jim’s, followed by a campfire.
During supper we noticed a family nearby with a hanging tepee camper. I went over to investigate and get pictures. When all three kids were inside, the bottom dropped perilously close to the ground.
The Notre Dame girls won Friday night, guaranteeing another game Sunday afternoon in downtown Lexington. Carie, Alan, Tom and I had all day Saturday to enjoy a shopping trip into old-town Lexington, a run over to the Horse Park gift shop, a campfire and snooze back at the campground, and another wonderful campfire dinner.
At the entrance to the Horse Park there was a mechanical horse in motion!
Dinner included steak on the grill and the $5 lobster tails from Jungle Jim's. . . not bad! The rest of the evening was spent taking down the Paha Que canopy and preparing for a quick take-off on Sunday morning. The good news is that we have plenty of camping trips planned in the upcoming weeks, and a whole summer of adventures ahead!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown