We got a rude awakening our first year on the road as fulltime RVers. We were on the Washington coast and discovered that if one doesn’t make reservations well in advance of summer holidays, especially in tourist areas, the chances of finding an available RV site are pretty slim. We called around and got the same answer over and over – “Sorry, we’re booked solid.” Finally, we found a campground that took pity on two greenhorns and found room for us to park in the back forty at the last minute, and they only charged us about three times their normal rate!
After that experience, we learned to be off the road well before the holiday arrived, and to sit tight until the working folk packed up their kids, dogs, and bicycles, put out their smoky campfires, and went back to their world.
That was before we knew about all of the free campgrounds, fairgrounds with RV parking, Elks and Moose lodges, and other places available to RVers. But we still try to be off the road before a holiday arrives.
Over the years, we’ve watched 4th of July fireworks in such varied places as a fairgrounds RV park in Wyoming, a campground near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and in a cousin’s driveway in Traverse City, Michigan, where we were treated to a free air show as the Navy’s Blue Angles flew overhead all day long on the 3rd, practicing for a performance over Grand Traverse Bay the next day. Perhaps our most memorable Independence Day was at a campground in the shadow of the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan, where we were treated to fireworks from Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and Saint Ignace, across the Straits of Mackinac, with the fireworks reflected on the water. What a remarkable experience!
This year we are spending the Independence Day holiday at Elkhart Campground in Indiana, one of our usual hangouts. The city has canceled their fireworks display this year, due to budgetary shortages, but for the last week we’ve heard firecrackers going off in the neighborhood around the campground. That’s okay, we’ve seen a lot of skyrockets in our time. We don’t have any special plans for the holiday. We’ll just hang out here at the motorhome, and maybe fire up the grill and burn up some hotdogs. And we’ll take a few minutes to think about how fortunate we are to live in the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
So what about you? Where are you spending the Independence Day holiday? Are you in a comfortable RV park? Or maybe in a membership campground? Or are you parked in somebody’s driveway enjoying the company of friends and family?
Post a comment and tell us where you’re at and share your holidays plans.
Thought For The Day – Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.