At the end of October the weather can sometimes be cold and wet, but this year the leaves were bright, the sun was out, the temperatures were mild, and the weekend was a perfect setting for our last camping gathering.
Findley State Park was "sold out" of electric sites, and was ready to welcome us with Halloween decorations. This also was the weekend of their annual venison chili cook-off which creates a lot of interest . . . . and entries! The State Park gives 1 pound of venison to each registered participant and after the judging chili tasting is open to everyone in the park.
Thursday morning the rally started for serious as Loren,Mike, Lou and Larry arrived with their Airstream and Argosy, followed by the set-up of the "big tent" and base camp . All day long the Airstreams rolled in, set up camp, and filled in the campsites up and down the row.
Last year I underwrote a craft project for the rally -- making pillow cases. This year, I created sewing kits with everything included to make either a National Parks or an Ohio State Parks wall hanging. The finished project calls for buttons to be sewn on as a record of parks visited. To help things along I pre-cut many of the pieces, and I pre-ironed the maps onto the fabric. All that was required was straight-line sewing and some pressing. We sewed in the comfort of the heated and lighted big tent and were done in 3 hours! I showed up with 7 Ohio State Park maps and 5 National Parks maps -- and went home with 1 map left over!
Since Tom and I joined up again on Sunday afternoon, the camper has been emptied, winterized, and backed into its permanent parking spot behind the garage. I suppose it is ready to rest there for the winter -- unless we come up with any last-minute plans to pull it out of hibernation!
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