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by Ron
 Summer Holiday Camping 
Before getting behind the wheel of the motorhome, I used to like knowing where I was going to end up at the end of the day. It was sort of a security blanket to know that a nice wide site with hookups would await us.  It took a quite a few years of being on the road to convince myself that it really didn't matter. After all we are self contained and could really park anywhere for the night. Isn't that why we paid big bucks for those large capacity tanks and generator?  No more reservations for us or elaborate plans and besides there is always a Wal-Mart parking lot. 

In spite of that philosophy, I still get nervous around summer holiday times even though my partner remains calm and assures me that we always have our house with us. There is no doubt that the attractive state parks in the northern states start filling early preceding a long summer holiday weekend. That's especially true near large population centers and in states where they allow a good portion of the parks to be reserved in advance (Michigan allows up to 80%). 

It does take a little planning, but we do have the advantage of arriving early in the week and staying through the holiday. But securing a site is only part of the holiday scenario that may impact our normally tranquil life. In a typical state park multiply the number of sites by 2.5 kids, 2.5 bikes, 1 dog, 2 pair of roller blades, and 1 smoky campfire. This will contribute to an interesting weekend. Did I mention crying babies? 

Now don't get me wrong. I wouldn't have it any other way and I am glad that families still can play together and get away from the TV. Camping is a wonderful experience for the kids and will give them tender memories. And of course a campfire is part of the experience. I just wish that some Dads would learn how to build a fire. 

A holiday weekend is part of the full-timers summer camping experience. But we can wave goodbye on Sunday afternoon as they head back to work and it won't be long before the "back to school" sales will begin.  Labor Day is our favorite summer holiday.

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