Glamp on friends...
We did a little something new for us with our RV this past weekend. I don't want to mislead you, we still went "glamping", but with a very diferent purpose...to visit our oldest son. The "hotel on wheels" came in handy! I believe we have mentioned once or twice that our family is transforming. Our kids are growing up and some are starting to move on in their lives. Our oldest has moved out of the area for the summer for an amazing employment opportunity in his field of study. He will be graduating in December this year and this could lead to a terrific job in a leadership program for a very prestigious company. We are so excited for him- he's an incredible young man who is really going to go places in his life. How is possible to feel so proud and sad at the same time??! We have to put our feelings aside- after all, we want our kids to successfully launch the pad, go off in their lives, find success, and then come back and buy us a really nice RV! That's why we have kids, isn't it??! LOL!! It really was a miracle that the weekend worked out as we pulled it together last minute (3 days), and on Memorial Day weekend to boot!! We googled "great RV resorts in Owego, NY" and only a few places came up for us to investigate. The highest rated park was a simple one that the Town of Owego owns, called Hickories Park. Find it here: http://www.townofowego.com/parksdepartment.html. It has full hook ups, 30 and 50 amp spots, and set in an absolutely beautiful location. Truly breathtaking and on the Susquehanna River. The park worked for us as it was a "first come, first serve" RV park. In other words, those who get there first get a spot-actually perfect for a holiday weekend. Most RV parks are booked up months ahead of time for the long weekend. Ian was able to go a few days early and pay upfront (cash or check only) to reserve our spot. We really didn't want to drive from home in the RV not knowing if we would definately get a site upon arrival, so we did not mind paying for a few extra days for a piece of mind. The price was only $30 per day for a 50 amp/full hook up site. Great price! The site we had was a large, grassy area that was actually quite level. Make sure to bring an extra long water hose as three RV's shared a water source so you really need a few extra feet of hose to reach your RV. I thought our water pressure would be compromised, but it surprisingly wasn't and in fact was some of the best water pressure we have had in a while! Another point to note is that there is no garbage service- they have a "bring your own trash out" policy. Once set up at our site, we spent the next few days exploring the area. Ian took us around Binghamton, tried a few restaurants ( actually loved a pizza place called Nirchi's!) and took in a movie. We also went into Owego and browsed around a great antique mall called 'The Early Owego Antique Center' on Lake St. in the town. It was very impressive and neat to explore some history with the family. The remainder of the time we simply hung out at Hickories Park, exploring the park, playing some games, having cook outs and just spending time together. After staying for four days at Hickories Park, we would highly recommend anyone stopping to stay there awhile, while passing through town. Lovely park. A+
Glamp on friends...
Why wait? What are you waiting for? Why wait to RV when you can start now??! Before 2008 we had a dream of someday owning an RV, but thought we would hold off until we retired to jump into such an endeavor. How could we afford it? Could we use it enough? Was it a good way to travel for our family? Upon further research, the answer was always a resounding....YES! Prioritites needed to change in our life, we wanted to travel more while the kids were still young. We wanted to fill up our memory vault every year with new adventures together! Unfortunately the kids grow up despite your efforts, so we had to act fast! We jumped head first into RVing, with little to no experience and we haven't looked back. Not once. It has been the best thing we've ever done...seriously, without a doubt. We love it now, when we are all hanging out, sitting back and reminiscing about past trips we've been on together. So much laughter and fun times! Trips when something broke down and we had an obstacle to face-we always ovecame it together as a family. We always learned so much on each trip, about each other and Rving. You can't replace that nor can you put a pricetag on it. Rving has taught our family how to be flexible and how to deal with situations with a sense of humor. What a great way to learn some life lessons. Together. Our RV adventures have continued as two of our kids are now in college, our oldest son will even graduate soon. Never did we dream that they would want to continue travelling with us as they have, when their schedules allow. Every extra trip we get to spend with them now is a bonus. We are so lucky. It is a testiment to our decision in 2008 when we hear the kids talk about someday owning their own RVs and taking their future families on vacation. Wow. You can't ask for better than that...
So ask yourself again...Why wait??
Kathy and Neal
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