Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Favorite Campground

I've been lucky enough to stay in lots of great campgrounds over the years, but without a doubt, my favorite is a little one about an hour away called Mountain Stream RV Park.  It's located about 5 miles south of Momma Sharon's favorite road in the whole world...the Blue Ridge Parkway.

There are a whole, whole bunch of reasons that I  like Mountain Stream so much....
  • there are only about 40 sites and they are nice and spacious so all those big boys aren't sitting on top of me!
  • Buck Creek flows right behind my favorite site and puts me to sleep each night!
  • the bathhouse is really clean and convenient and close by and my mom likes that!
  • there's a big open-air pavilion where people can gather for meals and music and I'm close enough to hear all the fun!
  • plus it's pretty there!

Back in the fall of 2007, Momma Sharon towed me to this great campground and I got to hang out with Aunt Becky and Murphy the Camper Dog.  And I got to meet a cousin of mine from Pittsboro, NC whose name is T@Bouli.  She's a clamshell and her mom and dad are Susan and Bob.  We all had great time visiting with each other.

Momma Sharon bought the neatest thing for me that summer.  It's called a BAL and it slides under one of my tires.  When she ratchets it up, it raises my tire off the ground and makes me sit perfectly level.  Of all the things she's ever bought me, I would rank this up at the top of the list!

Because we had perfect weather for our weekend of camping, I told Momma Sharon that she didn't need to put up my awning.  I really don't mind having that attached to me, but it makes me really happy when I have a great view of my campsite, my neighbors, and the creek behind me.

Did you know that food cooked outdoors always seems to taste better than food cooked at home?  Well, take my word for it, it does!  And something gets into Momma Sharon when she takes me camping...she loves to cook outside.  On this trip, she made Shish-Camp-Bobs and then a pineapple-upside-down cake in an empty tuna can.  Yep, I'm telling you the truth!  

Do you know the phrase "happy camper"?  Well, let me show you a picture what happy campers truly look like!  Oh....that's my buddy T@Bouli in the next site.

Well I'm glad you decided to stop by today to see if I had another story to tell.  And I hope you enjoyed me telling you about my favorite campground.  If you want your camper mom and dad to take you there, tell them it's about 15 miles off of I-40 in Marion, NC.  I know you'll like it too if you get to go there one day.  See ya later camper-gator!!

SplashT@B #2487
"Peace, Love & Camping"

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My First Rally

Hey everyone...Happy New Year!

Thanks for checking back in to see if I have another story to tell.  I do!  It's the story of my very first T@B rally way back in May of 2007.  It was call the "Jamestown 1607 Rally" and it was held in Williamsburg, VA at the American Heritage Campground.

Momma Sharon loves Williamsburg, so it didn't surprise me that she was considering pulling me all the way to Virginia!  I gotta tell you that she was pretty nervous, but she did fine.  She felt comfortable pulling me about 60 mph on the interstate and that was a safe speed for us.  Aunt Becky also got in on the driving and she did a good job too!

It was my first rally and it was fun to meet some of my T@B brothers and sisters from the East coast.  Momma Sharon and Aunt Becky had fun meeting people that they had chatted with on some Forum on the computer.  I think all they talk about on that 'puter is us!  And that's how she found out about this rally.

She had a hard time backing me up into my site, but with the help of her friend Sandra, she got me all squared away.  I was decked out in my new awning and party lights and she even put out blue chairs that matched me perfectly.  I think I was the coolest looking T@B there!

The first night everyone gathered around us for a wine and cheese party and Momma Sharon heard the word "modifications" for the first time.  People were showing off the changes and improvements they had made to us and she was taking notes like crazy!

On Saturday morning, all our humans walked around from trailer to trailer, peeping inside to see how we were decorated and they talked about those modifications that I told you about.  Momma Sharon got really excited about two of them....hinges to hold my cabinet doors open so she didn't have to prop them open with her head (LOL!) and another big hinge on the storage lid under the cushion.  I'll tell you a little secret....she didn't get around to actually making them for me for another year or two.

A lady named Cindy Davidson organized this rally for us and here's a picture of her T@B.  It doesn't look like me at all!  It's got red trim and red fire bolts everywhere.  That's her up there in the blue jacket beside Sandra.

On Saturday night, all our owners left us for a bit and took food to a potluck supper.  I found out that this is pretty traditional at a rally and seems to be held on the last night of a rally.  Momma Sharon said there are some pretty good cooks and the food was plentiful.  

Everyone left on Sunday, but I got to stick around until Tuesday....remember I told you that my Camper-Mom loves Williamsburg?!  I forgot to tell you that Murphy the Camper Dog got to come along too.  She likes to camp, but I think she's a Barky Von Schnauzer myself.

I really, really, really enjoyed my first rally and it was the beginning of some great camping trips in the years to come.  But those are stories that I'll wait and tell you later.  Thanks for stopping by to hear about my very first rally...see ya later!

SplashT@B #2487
"Peace, Love & Camping"