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I've been waiting a lot of years to be able to finally do a trip report for you guys. While this wasn't much of a grand adventure it is still nice to be able to contribute. This was our first family outing with a camper. We are complete novices when it comes to camping with a truck camper and have never even stayed in a camp ground before. We decided to keep our maiden voyage close to home.

We went to the Starve Hollow State Rec Area which is only about 20 minutes from home. They had great lake front electric only sites. They also have full service sites but that loop is away from the lake.

We got the camper packed up with supplies and loaded up the 2 and 4 year olds along with our watch dog Duke and headed out friday evening.

Here is the camp site we chose.
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I initially set up the camper on a bit too much of a grade and the rear of the camper was very high off the ground while the truck was still not quite level. I eventually moved the rig about 5 feet farther foreward and it was a little better there but he rear was still too high off the ground to make for an easy entry and exit. Lesson learned, get a level of a site as possible right off the bat.
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I got busy building a fire while Susan fired up the oven and stove for dinner. Evan was facinated by the smoke until the wind changed a bit and he got a face full of it. This was his first campfire experience.
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Our first family meal in the camper was a resounding success.
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Duke was jealous of our good vittles.
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After dinner we all sat around the fire while watching some geese land on the lake nearby.
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Eventually we decided to get settled in for our first night in the camper. Ross was excited to sleep on the top bunk. He has slept on the dinette bunk several times in our driveway but had not been up top yet. This was Evan's first night ever in the camper and we were concerned that he might not sleep very well but he slept soundly through the night.
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The next morning we went for a little walk and then broke came because we had an appointment with a friend who lives nearby. Ross was excited to find out that he would get to ride a horse for the very first time today.
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Evan was a bit scared of the horses and eventually petted one of them but refused to get on the saddle. He was more than happy to run around wearing a riding helmet though.
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All in all it was a great first trip even though it was way too short. A few lessons were learned and we look forward to our next weekend get away in May. That one is scheduled to be two nights in a row at a State Park up in northern Indiana for a Geocaching event. Hope you enjoyed my first attempt at a trip report. I have enjoyed reading everyones TRs through the past few years.

Bart


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Posted: 04/23/14 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Aw Man, your first trip report is a beaut, as is your family. What a good time! Congrats on your first TC experience and report, you scored twice there...

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Good report. Thanks.


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That was a fantastic trip report. Truck camper backed up to the lake, children on their first truck camping trip, horses, guard dog on duty, a fire...doesn't get much better than that for a first time. You have many good times in front of you with your family and that rig. Thank you for posting...

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Thanks for the report. Looks like everyone had a great time. Your kids are at a great age to start camping.
We camped there about 15 years ago. I forgot there were sites on the water. When you get a chance try camping at Spring Mill State park. They have interesting pioneer village to tour. They also have water and electric at their sites.


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A great TR and a great start to your own adventures. Building memories for your kids is important. These campouts with mom and dad are something they'll never forget.


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Posted: 04/23/14 08:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice report!

Looks like you had the place all to yourselves, too !

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Great first trip report Bart. Well worth the wait. You have a lovely family and the rig ain't too bad either. Hope you guys have many more. Is Duke one of those ferocious Malteeses? Cute little bugger.


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This was a great report! The kids will have memories of these kind of trips forever. These are some of the best times that can be enjoyed as a family. Thanks for getting me ready to hit the road, as it takes so much to get me interested, kidding, kidding......


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Great memories!! Great that kids will learn the simple things in life are the most precious. Enjoy!!

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