Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lessons Learned During Our First Four Days on the Road

This is my first opportunity to access wifi.  We're currently at the Wisconsin Dells--a beautiful, but overly commercialized area along the Wisconsin River.

It's been quite a few years since Doug and I did much camping, so traveling with our Sylvansport Go has been an experience.  We now have our set-up time down to about a 1/2 hour.  Take-down and pack-up is longer, especially if you're doing it in the rain!  These two photos were taken in Ohio and Illinois before the rain started.

Here are a few things we've learned as we've travelled through Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin:

  1. Every state runs its state park system differently.  
  2. Don’t count on showers or running water—or even drinkable water!  
  3. Don’t count on flush toilets.  
  4. Find out if the campground is close to a highway with all-night traffic noise and/or a railroad with freight trains coming through at all hours!
  5. There's nothing quite as dismal as camping in the rain and having to pack up when everything is wet and soggy.
  6. There's nothing quite as lovely as waking up to a clear, crisp morning and listening to the birdsong while cooking breakfast!
  7. Raccoons and skunks prowl campsites throughout the night no matter how well you hide your food, and thin screen does not offer much of a barrier.  Fortunately, we've seen and heard nothing larger, thus far.  (Bears could be in our future.)
  8. The hooting of owls is a great sound to put you to sleep.
One of the most interesting sights so far has been the "forest" of windmills in Indiana. Hundreds of them, scattered across farmlands!  They seemed strangely sinister—these 3-pronged, one-eyed white monsters, all facing the same direction.  The farms appeared to be growing corn, soybeans, and wind.

Signing off until the next time...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ready, Set, Off We Go...

...on our 2-month cross country adventure in our SylvanSport Go (tent on wheels).  First night's campground is Buck Creek State Park near Springfield Ohio.  We won't have access to the internet each night, but I'll post whenever I have the chance.