I forgot to write up our first campout after we were home from Alaska, so I will post it with our second campout!
Now that the great Alaska Adventure is over, it was time to . . . go camping! I have decided that there is a definite difference in traveling (vacationing) and just camping. I was ready for some of the “just camping,” and with this in mind we headed to Grand Lake St. Mary’s for the August 17-20 weekend. Last minute plans added Alan and Carrie and Steve and Cindy to the mix, and we were all set up for a leisurely weekend.
My goal for the weekend was to not let my fitbit log over 2,000 steps on any given day – get the picture? As wonderful as vacation was, and as much as I loved the traveling that went with it, I was ready to sit in a lawn chair in a campsite and do absolutely nothing! That was the tone for the whole weekend!
I did make it over to the new splash pad to check out a sign Tom had told me about. I had to see it in person! What misguided Ohio State Park employee thought this sign would be appropriate?
The weekend was all I had anticipated; the only time I left the campground was for an ice-cream run. Otherwise it was wonderful weather, great company, good food, and a very, very relaxing weekend!
After getting home, I still wasn’t a ball of fire, and I didn’t get to the business of working on my blog. Thus, the St. Mary’s weekend blended into the next weekend (August 25-27) at Morgan’s Riverside Campground and Canoe Livery in Cincinnati. Months ago, when we had all agreed on this weekend, we were wondering if the weather might be HOT in August. It turned out just perfect – highs in the mid 70’s and beautiful sunny days. This time around (our second time at Morgan’s this season) the campground owner had installed 110v electric in the first three campsites. . . we like to think he did this to accommodate our little Airstream camping group!
We had a final total of 5 couples on 3 large campsites and the headquarters for the weekend was quickly established. Here are some head-shots of our group as we gathered around a campfire circle off and on the whole weekend.
During the course of the weekend we had a great out-to-eat dinner at a local BBQ place, an epic pitch-in breakfast cooked by everyone, and an amazing open grill dinner (the hit was Steve's jalapeño poppers filled with cornbread!) I guess you could say the weekend revolved around food!
Between the eating, there was time for a trip down the Little Miami River -- after all, we were camped at Morgan's Canoe Livery! We walked from our campsites to the campsite office, rented the canoes/kayaks, boarded the bus, drove 4 miles up-river to the drop-off spot . . . and paddled (mostly floated!) back to our campsites . . . 3 miles and about 1 hour! Carrie and John were up for more, and they went back for round #2 -- 9 more miles.
Morgan's is fast becoming a favorite gathering place, and while we were there we made it known that we would be back in early April to help open the campground in the Spring!
Meanwhile, Tom and I are home for 3 days, Micah is joining us on Tuesday, and on Wednesday we are heading for take 2 at Watkin's Glen!.
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