I’ve had this post sitting in draft for a while; I think it was mainly because I needed to add pictures — which are still on my regular camera and not uploaded to my Google Drive… but considering this trip was now almost a year ago, I’m just going to post it (with some minor tweaks giving the timing of the post now)…
As I was writing my 2017 goals post, I commented about doing our annual camping trip and realized I never posted about it. 2016 marked our 5th annual camping trip! My cousin and I were excited that we kept this going and have truly made a new tradition for our families.
This year, we were able to get the “party” site, which can accommodate multiple tents and has its own little parking area. We were so excited. We were going to have 3 tents for the 3 families. We were 7 adults, 1 teenager, and 4 kids under the age of 4. We knew it was going to be so much fun!
<cue thunder crashing>Then the weather happened. It rained a bit, off and on, on the drive up to New Hampshire. But it was fine when we pulled up to the campground. 2 of the 3 families arrived around the same time. As we started unloading the cars, the sky opened up and was pouring buckets down on us. We set up 2 of our pop-up canopies to cover the stuff that we had already taken out of the cars, as well as the kids (though my niece, 3 years old at the time, was LOVING splashing around in the quickly forming puddles). I sat under the canopy with the kids while some of the other adults tried to put up tarps over where we wanted to set up our tents. Unfortunately, that just wasn’t meant to be because the water was heavy so they couldn’t pull the tarps up high enough. And the ground was getting super muddy and filling with puddles. So even if we could have gotten the overhead tarps up, we would have still been putting the ground tarps and tents over muddy puddles. There was no way we would have been able to successfully set up our tents in this weather. We realized even if we did get a break in the weather to set up, and then if it kicked back up again in the middle of the night, it would be a complete nightmare to try to pack up the kids and the cars in the dark. We decided to start driving around to see what places might have some vacancies (not yet cancelling our reservation at the campground, just in case).
Meanwhile, the third family was en route. Have I ever mentioned the campground is in a dead zone and we need to drive about 15-20 minutes away to a nearby town to get cell service? Anyway, when we did get back into a reception zone, we were able to connect with the other family and explain what was going on. They said they’d look around where they were for anything available (they weren’t too far away at that point). We stopped at Attitash (one of the nearby mountain resorts) and, just for the hell of it, decided to see if they had any availability to accommodate our group. Turns out, they had 2 different mountainside houses available! We toured each and picked one. It was a full-on house, so we had a full-size kitchen, enough bedrooms for all of us, a living room, dining area, etc. We were able to store all our foodstuff in the kitchen, and didn’t need to deal with ice, and bears (I’m sure I posted about bears on a past trip?), and all that other stuff. We had beds to sleep in, we had AC, and after the kids went to bed the adults were all able to sit around the dining table and play cards, games, chat, or watch some of the Olympics. It turned out to be a great time! The weather was still pretty rainy all weekend, so we entertained ourselves with some of the amenities at Attitash (and after the first night we checked out at the campground).
All in all, we had a lot of fun. And we’re seriously considering doing two trips each year: one “real” camping trip and one in a house!