This is our first year as extended stay (otherwise known as seasonal) campers.
It has been a big adjustment for us and we haven’t even really started the camping season yet.
One adjustment we have had to make is to wrap our minds around the fact that this is like a second property.
Yesterday I made my first Etsy purchase and, of course, it was a camping related one.
I wanted to find a personalized campsite sign to hang somewhere within our campsite. My husband and I settled on this design by Uniquely Crafted Signs.
Made by Uniquely Crafted Signs
What child doesn’t love a good birthday party?
Who doesn’t love a good birthday party at the campsite?
When given the choice between renting out a party facility (pool, gymnastics, or activity centre), my kids prefer to celebrate their birthday parties at the campsite – hands down each time!
Each year we try to do something a bit different. I would like to share with you how we celebrated Chloe’s 4th Birthday Party at the campsite. It was a Drive-In theme!
A recipe for a fantastic birthday party:
- three close friends celebrating a birthday on the same weekend,
- six campsites and one cabin rental to accommodate the partygoers, and
- one cute and delicious birthday cake.
Our family consists of myself, my husband, our two beautiful girls, a dog and a cat. The cat is our newest addition to the family and he has not made his maiden voyage to the campsite yet. The dog, on the other hand, is an experienced camper….now!
I absolutely hate booking a campsite without knowing what the site looks like. Yes, most online reservation systems have pictures associated to each site within the campground and they also typically have campsite dimensions listed on them. I do appreciate what reservation systems have to offer, but you don’t typically know what your site truly looks like until you get there.
So the next thing that we needed to figure out was a storage solution for items that we would be leaving at the campsite.
- It needed to be durable, so that it would last multiple seasons.
- It had to be portable, as we are extended stay campers who need to take everything off of their sites at the end of the season.
- It also had to be big enough to fit a push mower, two adult bikes and two kid bikes inside of it.
- Finally, we need to be able to lock it, as we wouldn’t be at the campsite every night and we wanted peace of mind while we were away.
Now that we are becoming extended stay campers, we feel that our style of camping is changing.
We always looked at seasonal campers and their sites and wondered why they had so much “stuff” at their campsite – full sized BBQ, bright lights, patio sets, bug zappers, sheds, decks, etc. Now that we know that we will be staying at one site for the entire season, the wheels in our heads are turning. I now understand why people had all that “stuff” on their sites.
January 22nd 2014 – D-day for the 2014 extended stay camping season.
It has arrived, after countless months of debating and four months of waiting, today is the day that we find out if we will be extended stay campers.
It has taken a lot of thought, consideration and planning to get us to this point. So here we go – fingers and toes are still crossed!