We left Starve Hollow two days earlier than planned. While having to run back and forth between Vallonia and Ellettsville tending to family matters, we came across another campground we hadn’t noticed before. On one of our return trips back to Starve Hollow, we stopped in to see if it was a viable option for us to park when in the area. We were rather hesitant at first because being a Jellystone Park campground we knew that meant lots and lots of children. Read that as lots of noise and activity. Secondly, the nightly rate is way more than we budget for. However we decided to keep our minds open.
The park is relatively new. I believe the girl at the front desk said it had only been in business for 2 or 3 years. Other than in the primitive tent camping section, all sites were 30/50 amp full hookups. That rated high on our list. We know that in the majority of parks, the nightly rate gets lower the longer you stay but we were pleasantly surprised at just how affordable this park would be if we stayed for a month. Another plus, we’d be put in the seasonal camper section in the back. Hmm, away from the hub of activity and in a section that should be quiet from Monday until Friday afternoon. And, we had to admit, the park’s activities for children would be of interest to at least our two younger grandchildren that live here and the teenagers would enjoy the pool.
When we weighed the pros and cons to those of camping at the local state parks, Jellystone won us over. We’ve been here 6 days thus far and it has worked out just fine.
We didn’t tell our daughters about our change in plans. We had intended to surprise the girls with our early move but this being a small town, we literally ran into our oldest daughter, son-in-law, and two of their four children inside the local Walmart. I do mean literally too. Our cart was moving vertically down the aisle while theirs was moving horizontally and SMACK, everyone was surprised. She said they were headed directly to my mother’s from there with cake, ice cream and presents for ma’s birthday and why don’t we join them. And so we did, then it was my mother’s turn to be surprised.
We spent much of the day running errands. Don needed the neck of his new guitar adjusted. The only reputable guitar center in the area is back in our old neighborhood so we made the 60 mile run up to Greenwood to get that taken care of. We took advantaged of being in familiar surroundings to take care of a few other needs too. Don purchased a new pair of sneakers then dropped off his old ones to be cleaned and repaired at a repair shop we’ve used for years. Next stop was Camping World to pick up both water and sewer hose replacements. They were due. Lord knows we wouldn’t want the sewer hose to split while in use. We also picked up new white tire covers to replace our old black ones as we’d recently learned that the black ones hold in more heat that can contribute to the degradation of RV tires whereas the white ones would deflect the suns damaging rays better. Having good tires and maintaining them is vitally important to the full time RVer.
With errands out of the way we returned back to the Suite Pea to find that the horses from the corral across from the campground had escaped and were running through Jellystone with the handlers following in hot pursuit. What a sight! Don remarked it sounded like the cavalry had arrived.
We took the opportunity to purge. We got rid of items we’d packed when we first ventured out on the road and had never used. Don added several articles of his clothing to the pile. (If you’ve been a blog follower of ours for a while, you know that I have been (accused of) shrinking Don’s clothes. His clothes getting tighter has absolutely nothing to do with his eating habits.) A trip to the local Goodwill then back to camp to receive our 6 year old granddaughter Gabby and 4 year old grandson Ian. They’ve come to spend two nights with us.
The Suite Pea has been a hive of activity. We finger painted using chocolate syrup. We’ve played in the mountain of sand in the sandbox. We’ve done putt-putt golf, bounced on a jumping pillow, ate ice cream with Cindy Bear, played in the childrens pool, had a campfire where we gorged on S’mores and best of all, spent most of the day in Jellystone’s wonderful, fun filled Splash Park. These two little boogers are notorious for fighting to stay up late and for waking up in the wee hours of the morning bursting with energy. Not on our watch, they were (willingly) sound asleep both nights by 10 o’clock and stayed asleep until 7-7:30 the following mornings. Today before returning the little urchins to mom and dad, we spent the morning at the pool and splash park then loaded them into the truck for the 15 mile drive home. They were both sawing zzz’s by the time we arrived. I’d say their visit was a success.
Today is Tucker’s 8th birthday! To celebrate we treated our Golden boy to ice cream. Tucker loves ice cream but since changing his diet to a prescription hypoallergenic diet we have not deviated from it all. He has been doing exceptionally well on this routine but we felt this was a special occasion so we’ll let him splurge a little.
We spent the day at my mother’s. She had a Honey Do list for Don and he was happy to comply. So while he was busy washing the vinyl siding on her house, fixing the downspouts and replacing a window in her storage shed, ma and I went to the Bloomington Farmers Market. Bloomington’s Market is by far the best I have ever shopped. It is large and offers something for everyone. The market is open every Saturday from April thru November, from 9 am until 1 pm. Not only is there fresh, organic, locally grown produce and flowers, but eggs, Indiana maple syrup, honey, jams and wine, Buffalo meat, mushrooms, fresh popped Kettle corn, fresh bakery goods, quality crafts, coffees, food vendors, entertainers, organic meats and much, much more. Depending on the month, there are seasonal offerings as well. I love shopping here.
I hope all of our blog readers will bare with us while we are in Bloomington. Our posts will be infrequent as we will be busy with family gatherings, outings with friends and appointments with our dentist, family doctor, optometrist and vet. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Here’s lookin’ at you kid………………..