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Highlight of the Month – October 2010

logoSo we bought our first Travel Trailer; as my husband is half British, we refer to it as the “Caravan.”  Caravanning is a very new experience to us; both my husband an myself grew up in the woods where you camped in a tent (if you were lucky) and woke up soaking wet because you rolled against the side of the tent as you were sleeping.  You cooked over a wood fire unless one of your buddies brought a fueled camp stove and you bathed in the freezing cold river – that was what we understood as the correct definition of camping.  To succumb to the idea of camping in a trailer felt to be a real turning point in our lives.  We really had to get over some guilt issues, but after many lengthy discussions and a couple of therapy sessions we realized we had paid our dues and it was ok for us to camp in comfort.

We did not buy the 30’ pop-top toy hauler with the wraparound couch and drop down 47″ flat-screen TV, (but may in a few years because it was really cool); we found a beautiful 21’ bank repo with an outdoor shower and enough sleeping for all of us plus a friend or two.  As one of our first outings with the caravan, we wanted to take our boys to a fun campsite for children.  I researched different sites to learn what was offered for children and was amazed to find that while camping you can do things such as hook up to cable TV, play ping-pong and play at arcades.  I looked for the best option within 2 hours of Lake County and ended up staying right here on Cobb Mountain at Jellystone RV Park and Camp Resort.

This was perfect! We did not have to drive a long distance which was great because one of the boys had a soccer game that morning.  Jellystone offered Full Hookups (for those not familiar with caravanning, that means you don’t have to worry about how much water, electricity or sewer you use –TMI huh?)  There is a beautiful creek running alongside the campground with tent campsites available right next to the creek.  The water was clear and cold, like I remember creeks being in the Pacific Northwest.  There was water deep enough for the dog to swim in.  And since we were there in September, I guess that means it is a year-round creek.

camping catWe pulled up with three boys, mother-in-law, dog and cat.  Yep, we brought our cat.  It was his first trip and he just loved it.  We figured since we were close to home, we could bring him back to the house if he really did not like the experience.  We walked over to the well-stocked general store and were able to buy passes for the boys which allowed them to play unlimited miniature golf, ride paddle-boats and kayaks and gave them unlimited access to some really cool bike-looking things.  Other amenities offered for free were; ping-pong, a swimming pool and an arcade (I’m sure you had to pay for games).  The kids also received a t-shirt; some of the t-shirts could be colored by the children – I thought that would be fun for the younger kids.  There was a movie played on an outdoor big-screen after it got dark and there was a hayride with Yogi Bear.

The campground was very well kept and was very clean.  I am not one to let my children out of my site (and they are 12 and 14) but I felt fine letting the boys have their freedom at the campground – this was really a first for me and it was quite wonderful to not have to entertain the children the whole time.

We have friends who frequently caravan at Jellystone, but it always seemed like camping so close to home was “cheating” – kind of like caravanning instead of using a tent.  I must say, it was so refreshing to be away from the house with the family, and being able to let the boys go have fun on their own while I had a Guinness was heavenly.  I was amazed at the activities available to the kids.   I would recommend this experience to everyone, and if you don’t have a tent or caravan there are absolutely adorable cabins for rent at Jellystone.  It is also a great place to have a group gathering, and if people plan on drinking, they can stay the night!  Please do check it out  Jellystone RV Park and Camp Resort – and don’t be put-off because it is near home, really Jellystone had more to offer than any other campground that I researched.

written by – Lynnette Bertelli

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Linda Dwillis October 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I agree Jellystone RV Park and camp ground is great. We have our family reunion there every year now because it is such a great camp ground. So many activities and wonderful people that manage it. I definately refer anyone I know to go there for a nice camping trip…..Glad you had such a great time at my favorite camp ground…..


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Lydia Pogue October 9, 2010 at 9:25 am

Wow! What a great experience and a great story. That you for letting us know about one of the exciting pleasures we have right here in our own back yard in Lake County.

Lydia Pogue


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Valerie Bertelli October 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Well, as the “Mother in Law” who was invited along, I endorse all that Lynnette had to say. Having the cat and dog along was one of the best parts! Yes I’m the Englishwoman who calls it a caravan…..I suppose if I were an Arab, we’d have had camels too !!
I had a super time with my family and my son cooked my very first “smore” over an open fire beside the caravan that evening.
It was a wonderful family time, and I hope I get invited along again soon.
Thanks Guys…..Love Nana.

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