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lisaross
05-21-2008, 05:13 PM
I have not been camping in probably about 15 years! My son who is 8 went 2x already w/my husband and this will be my 6 year olds 1st time. We are going upstate NY - to Jellystone park!

Any tips?

lisa

dogluva
05-21-2008, 05:16 PM
We camp all the time, at least ten times a season (May to Oct). We are going to Laconia, NH. I plan on taking the kids to Squam Lake, Fun Spot, and Weirs Drive-In. We went to Plymouth, MA two weekends ago. I love camping. I am planning my meals right now. Can't forget the marshmallows!

Sorsha
05-21-2008, 05:43 PM
We were going to go camping with the in-laws, but our weather forecast is SO cruddy that I think we are going to bag it. Highs in the 50's, lows in the low 40's, and an 80% chance of rain... yeah, sounds like sleeping-bag and tent weather to me! NOT! :sad2:

I am not very sad about this, as I HATE camping with a passion... I would rather have surgery with no anesthesia, thanks. For me, "roughing it" entails a motel with no internet access. :snooty: Some people hear the "call of the wild", I hear the "call of the flush toilet".

However, I was going to suck it up and take one for the team since DH and the kids love it so much, but now I don't have to. YAY for crappy Montana spring weather! :cheer2:

C.Ann
05-21-2008, 06:54 PM
I have not been camping in probably about 15 years! My son who is 8 went 2x already w/my husband and this will be my 6 year olds 1st time. We are going upstate NY - to Jellystone park!

Any tips?

lisa
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LOTS of bug spray! The black gnats are out in full force.. Nights are still getting pretty chilly - hopefully the weekend won't be quite as bad.. Get your gas and whatever other essentials you need before you reach "vacation areas" or you're really going to be suffering from sticker shock.. Bring indoor activities for the kids in case the bugs are too bad to stay outside or a stray shower comes through..

Hope you have fun! :thumbsup2

Tigger2252
05-21-2008, 07:07 PM
The weather is supposed to dry out and be nice for the weekend.:cool1: I agree with everything the previous poster said. Be prepared for the cold, the flies and bring snacks, etc. with you to save $$.

lisaross
05-21-2008, 07:07 PM
Wow, thats alot! I feel like there is so so much stuff you need to bring - should be fun though.

lisa

We camp all the time, at least ten times a season (May to Oct). We are going to Laconia, NH. I plan on taking the kids to Squam Lake, Fun Spot, and Weirs Drive-In. We went to Plymouth, MA two weekends ago. I love camping. I am planning my meals right now. Can't forget the marshmallows!

ImaFunMom
05-21-2008, 07:08 PM
We love to camp, but can only go from Oct. thru April due to the heat. Have fun! Something really cool for your kids is a cap/hat clip light - very neat and hands free.

Tigger2252
05-21-2008, 07:09 PM
We love to camp too. We go nearly every weekend and at least for one full week during the summer. Our RV is parked so it makes it so much easier. We gave up pulling it around 3 years ago and I have never regretted it. It's like a home away from home.

lisaross
05-21-2008, 07:12 PM
Yes, having an RV must be so much easier. we will be sleeping in tents - which i don't mind - its just you need to pack cloths, food, snacks ,
towels etc etc etc..................


We love to camp too. We go nearly every weekend and at least for one full week during the summer. Our RV is parked so it makes it so much easier. We gave up pulling it around 3 years ago and I have never regretted it. It's like a home away from home.

MontanaZoo
05-21-2008, 07:40 PM
We were going to go camping with the in-laws, but our weather forecast is SO cruddy that I think we are going to bag it. Highs in the 50's, lows in the low 40's, and an 80% chance of rain... yeah, sounds like sleeping-bag and tent weather to me! NOT! :sad2:

I am not very sad about this, as I HATE camping with a passion... I would rather have surgery with no anesthesia, thanks. For me, "roughing it" entails a motel with no internet access. :snooty: Some people hear the "call of the wild", I hear the "call of the flush toilet".

However, I was going to suck it up and take one for the team since DH and the kids love it so much, but now I don't have to. YAY for crappy Montana spring weather! :cheer2:

I feel your pain! Dang cold weather system! We'll be in the 60's with 40's for lows too if we go around the Big Timber area. We can handle 60's, we've been through worse, but we might end up going east to the less pretty areas just to get out but still be warmer.

Tips for what we bring - board games, books for bad weather (or a nice rest in the sun), we try to be green at home but when we're out it's all paper plates, disposable silverware, aluminum foil, the last thing I want to do out camping is dishes. Since a lot of the areas we go don't have water to drink or water you wouldn't want to drink, we bring water bottles and then the crystal light drink mixes etc.

lovetomow
05-21-2008, 07:43 PM
We're heading to pigeon forge, tn around lunch tomorrow and hanging out until Monday. Gotta put those Dollywood season passes to work.

StephMK
05-21-2008, 07:49 PM
We were going to go camping with the in-laws, but our weather forecast is SO cruddy that I think we are going to bag it. Highs in the 50's, lows in the low 40's, and an 80% chance of rain... yeah, sounds like sleeping-bag and tent weather to me! NOT! :sad2:

I am not very sad about this, as I HATE camping with a passion... I would rather have surgery with no anesthesia, thanks. For me, "roughing it" entails a motel with no internet access. :snooty: Some people hear the "call of the wild", I hear the "call of the flush toilet".

However, I was going to suck it up and take one for the team since DH and the kids love it so much, but now I don't have to. YAY for crappy Montana spring weather! :cheer2:

LOL!! :lmao: I'm not a fan either but wouldn't quite trade it for surgery. I'm going to attempt to learn to like it as DS is sooo excited about becoming a cub scout. I'm taking him on DD8's camping trip the following weekend. I just don't like packing up everything we'd normally use just to go do it outside w/the bugs. But maybe their joy will change my mind.

Have a great trip! I'd say pack a lot of snacks & drinks and do a tick check when you get back. Let us know how you liked it and what you did!

julezdisney
05-21-2008, 08:27 PM
It is so stinkin' cold here. Highs in the mid 60's and lows in the mid 30's. Geez. It's like winter's never left. So no, we're not camping. Have fun at Jellystone! They have 'em everywhere and they're a lot of fun! My two kids loved it when we went to one by us 2 years ago. We keep meaning to go back- maybe this summer.

Have fun! :cool1:

DMRick
05-22-2008, 09:44 AM
I have not been camping in probably about 15 years! My son who is 8 went 2x already w/my husband and this will be my 6 year olds 1st time. We are going upstate NY - to Jellystone park!

Any tips?

lisa
If you are going to the Jellystone near Newburgh, we consider that downstate LOL! It's a great park with lots and lots to do.

We're camping in the Albany area this weekend, and then moving on Tuesday to a campground in Bainbridge, with an on-line group we have been camping with since 2000.

Looks like you're going to have a beautiful weekend if that's the Jellystone you are going to. Lots of sun with temps in the low 80's on Sunday.

I prepare as much food in advance as I can, so I can enjoy the camping too. Have a great time!

kymommie
05-22-2008, 11:11 AM
We leave tomorrow! :banana: We are camping at Cherokee lake in Morristown, TN. I can't wait!
We have a travel trailer. Every now and then for short overnight trips, we tent camp. It does tend to get cool at night in a tent. Take plenty of covers!:thumbsup2

There are several of us going and we have planned our menus ahead of time. I went to the grocery store yesterday and want to have as much as I can made before I leave tomorrow.
Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!
Miranda

tiggeraholic
05-22-2008, 11:23 AM
We leave tomorrow to go camping in New Braunfels and I can't wait! :banana:

lisaross
05-22-2008, 11:50 AM
We are going to the one in Woodbridge? In the Catskills.

Everyone enjoy your trips as well - i did not "prepare" food - just went shopping and bought stuff to barbeque - we are bringing cereal, coldcuts, burgers, dogs, chicken - hoping to catch fish - lots of snacks - pasta, sauce and again more junk - drinks etc and all the topings of course!

lisa

If you are going to the Jellystone near Newburgh, we consider that downstate LOL! It's a great park with lots and lots to do.

We're camping in the Albany area this weekend, and then moving on Tuesday to a campground in Bainbridge, with an on-line group we have been camping with since 2000.

Looks like you're going to have a beautiful weekend if that's the Jellystone you are going to. Lots of sun with temps in the low 80's on Sunday.

I prepare as much food in advance as I can, so I can enjoy the camping too. Have a great time!

misricsmith
05-22-2008, 11:53 AM
We Are Setting The 5th Wheel Tonight And Staying Friday Thru Monday!
Treasure Lake, Pa

Along4theRide
05-22-2008, 12:00 PM
Us too. Going camping that is. We're leaving tomorrow evening after DH gets off work. We're going down to Disney, OK...from Kansas City area. This confused the kids the first time we went, they were so dissapointed when we got to a grassy field and said "we're here" and they both had a very confused look on their face and asked "this is Disney!!?" We made a point to tell them exactly where and what we were doing this time!!

Floridagal23
05-22-2008, 12:21 PM
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LOTS of bug spray! The black gnats are out in full force.. Nights are still getting pretty chilly - hopefully the weekend won't be quite as bad.. Get your gas and whatever other essentials you need before you reach "vacation areas" or you're really going to be suffering from sticker shock.. Bring indoor activities for the kids in case the bugs are too bad to stay outside or a stray shower comes through..

Hope you have fun! :thumbsup2

Depending on where you are going in Upstate NY,bring sweatshirts, jackets and umbrellas - it has been miserably cold and rainy all week in Syracuse and snowing a little bit away from here.

Sorsha
05-22-2008, 03:02 PM
I feel your pain! Dang cold weather system! We'll be in the 60's with 40's for lows too if we go around the Big Timber area. We can handle 60's, we've been through worse, but we might end up going east to the less pretty areas just to get out but still be warmer.


Not to hijack the camping thread, but MontanaZoo, whereabouts in MT are you from? So very rarely do I see a fellow Montanan on the boards, I just have to ask! :wave:

Mickey1974
05-22-2008, 05:03 PM
We love to camp! We are leaving tomorrow to go to a state park about an hour away from home. It's very primitive but it is the most gorgeous, relaxing place to go...I can't wait! We only camp from May to September...o/w it's too cold in a pop-up camper. So I have been patiently waiting to get out there.

OP, you asked for some tips....here are some of mine:
*I always buy glow jewelry for the kids. They have a blast with them at night.
*If the weather turns to rain...card and board games are a fun way to spend the afternoon. My family really likes Sorry and Yahtzee.
*A quick breakfast or snack...toasted bagels and cream cheese. Put the bagel on the end of your hot dog roaster and toast over the fire...they are so good!
*Don't forget the s'mores fixings!

minniebeth
05-22-2008, 05:05 PM
....wanted to, but every campsite that we wanted to try was booked, and then I was told the one we really wanted books a year in advance!
Oh, well!

gabriellyn
05-22-2008, 05:17 PM
We leave tomorrow to go camping in New Braunfels and I can't wait! :banana:

Have fun - we're going to Bastop tomorrow! :goodvibes

....wanted to, but every campsite that we wanted to try was booked, and then I was told the one we really wanted books a year in advance!
Oh, well!

I feel your pain - I had to book our ressies in December last year! If we had wanted a cabin I would have had to book almost a year in advance. Guess you can book it next week for next year! :)

HappyDznyCamper
05-22-2008, 05:24 PM
We lucked into a campsite at the KOA in Townsend, TN for the weekend. My DS thinks he wants to go tubing, I think the water will be way to cold for me.

jdes88
05-22-2008, 05:25 PM
I have not been camping in probably about 15 years! My son who is 8 went 2x already w/my husband and this will be my 6 year olds 1st time. We are going upstate NY - to Jellystone park!

Any tips?

lisa

Where's a jellystone in upstate NY? I'm in the fingerlakes area.... I'm going to the Adirondacks---Old Forge area...my favorite place!:cutie:

PA Princess
05-22-2008, 05:56 PM
We are going camping for Memorial day week...well as close to camping as I am getting anymore ;) We are renting a cabin in the Pocono mountains in the Arrowhead Lakes resort. We will sleep in beds (not great ones) and have indoor showers and all, but it will be a camping type trip with hiking, fishing, camp fires, etc. Hey, no dishwasher with 4 kids - now that is roughing it :rotfl2:

I have to say that I am a beach person, but dh is a mountain guy. So we compromise and do a beach house every other year and a mountain cabin in between. Course, we try to never miss a year at Disney, as well.

Hope the weather is as nice as they are predicting this weekend - sunny and 80! Has been a cold, wet May so far!

mjkacmom
05-22-2008, 06:42 PM
Elmer, NJ Jellystone - we go every year with the same group of about 20 adults and 10 children - it's great! We get a couple of cabins, one family has an RV, and the rest tent (we have a cabin, but dd11 and ds10 are going to tent). I'm packing (or not...) right now!

mjkacmom
05-22-2008, 06:48 PM
We leave tomorrow! :banana: We are camping at Cherokee lake in Morristown, TN. I can't wait!
We have a travel trailer. Every now and then for short overnight trips, we tent camp. It does tend to get cool at night in a tent. Take plenty of covers!:thumbsup2

There are several of us going and we have planned our menus ahead of time. I went to the grocery store yesterday and want to have as much as I can made before I leave tomorrow.
Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!
Miranda

My gf used to buy everything for our 30+ camping trip (# of campers), but couldn't this year, so she assigned families to be in charge of certain meals, including clean-up (in the past, we'd pick our jobs from a hat). We have breakfast, so I bought disposable pans, and I'm making 4 breakfast casseroles, plus bagels. I already fried up the sausage, and grated the cheese. I'll have a cabin, with a kitchen, so it should be pretty easy, but I like getting it done ahead of time. This year, I don't need to dread picking the dinner clean-up paper!

vegasnative
05-23-2008, 12:18 AM
Not for Memorial Day, but hooking the travel trailer up a few other times this summer. Going to Silverwood (amusement park & water park in No. Idaho) next month, the day the kids get out of school. Heading to Portland in July and Glacier NP in August! I love to go camping!!
There is nothing better than eating pancakes in the woods!

Sorsha
05-23-2008, 07:58 AM
Not for Memorial Day, but hooking the travel trailer up a few other times this summer. Going to Silverwood (amusement park & water park in No. Idaho) next month, the day the kids get out of school. Heading to Portland in July and Glacier NP in August! I love to go camping!!
There is nothing better than eating pancakes in the woods!

August is the best time to come to Glacier (unless the wildfires are nasty)! All the snow is finally melted off! :rotfl: Let me know if I can help with any of your plans!

chefkellyb
05-23-2008, 08:42 AM
Yup, we're camping out... well, sorta. Two other families and us will be heading to the one families house and camping out in their backyard Saturday night. They live about 10 miles from us. It's just a great way to have a relaxing, safe time with friends and their kids too. This will be our first time camping (or sleeping in a tent) with our DD6 and DS4. They are going to be sooo excited! We haven't told them yet.