Holiday Weekend in the Popup Camper

Staycation -Elmore County Alabama Camp Driveway with MsJayne

What do we do on a long holiday weekend and want to save some money? We camp at home!  Plus who wants to go camping when all the campgrounds are overflowing with campers wishing to get one last trip in before summer is over.  We stayed home and I’m planning an even better trip when the temps get cooler and the campgrounds empty out some.

So what are the positive things about camp driveway?  Here are mine:  1) If you don’t want to use the potty or shower in the popup you can always go use the facilities the camp host provides. 2) If you forget to bring snacks you know the locations of all the local stores.  3) Dominos delivers.  4) If the AC goes out in the camper you can sleep in your own bed and not get in a fight with your spouse because everyone is hot and miserable.  5)  The camp host doesn’t complain because your dog is barking.  6)  The camp host doesn’t complain that your water line is leaking.

Here are some of the cons for camp driveway:  1) There is no guarantee that a neighbor won’t start a lawnmower, weed eater, leaf blower, chainsaw or tractor at 7am on a Saturday.  2)  Realizing its not so quiet outside your home at 2am.  Who are these people out at 2am on a Sunday?  Do their mothers know they are out late?  3)  You may wake up on Saturday with an urge to start mowing the lawn because the neighbor is mowing theirs.  You can’t sleep anyways, so why not?

2003 Coleman Niagara Grand Tour Elite

Over all the long weekend was great.  I got to do a lot of cleaning inside the Popup so that she’s ready for our next campground trip.  Only one night was noisy and our neighbor waited until 8am to start mowing.  Plus the camp host has an awesome entertainment room and didn’t mind us watching television anytime we wanted!  Ready for our next campground trip!

More fun next time!

Cold Weather Camping and SEC Football

A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving the weather was so nice we planned a long weekend camping trip.  How bad could it be?  The daytime temps were in the upper 60s to mid 70s and the nights weren’t too cold either.  So I logged onto Reserve America and searched for camp grounds that still had vacancies for Thanksgiving.  Gunter Hill came up in the search and it was one of the few that had a site open.  Plus it’s close enough to home we can head to the house if the weather gets too rough.  Also, who knew that camping on holidays was so popular!  I booked us a site for the day before Thanksgiving and all the way through Sunday.

Gunter Hill Campground – Montgomery, Alabama

We’re going to make this camping trip count even if I have to figure out the best way to cook a turkey on a campfire!  Each day forward I watched the weather and realized we may have to do a little adjusting…our sunny warm weather was slowly turning into rain, freezing rain and coldest temps of the year.  Due to the heavy rain we delayed going camping but did show up on a sunny Thanksgiving morning to set up camp.  Yes, we were the only people at the campground in a tent!  This was also Ironbowl weekend and all the campsites were decorated up as either Auburn or Alabama.

Most nights were a little cool (ok FREEZING) and in the 20s to 30s for most nights.  Saturday night was much warmer in the low 40s.   We prepared well and took a lot of clothing layers.  Our old Coleman sleeping bags were left at home and we used our Mountainsmith sleeping bags which were rated down to 20 degrees.  We stayed snug and toasty and the bags lived up to their reputation.

A little secret…our tent had a television.  Yes, I had to bring my little 13″  television, but with a digital converter and antennal we  were able to pick up about 20 channels.  Most importantly we could watch the Ironbowl for the comfort of our tent.  Needless to say if the television didn’t work out there were enough big screen tv’s in the campground to make Best Buy jealous.  Side note… satellite broadcasts vs over the air broadcasts = a 15 second delay for the folks watching via satellite.  It was like yelling out spoilers once the game started since we could ‘see the future’!  🙂

Overall the trip was great and it was good to get away for awhile.  It was just the two of us since the kids have their own things to do for the holidays.  Click here to see more of my Gunter Hill Campground photos.

Here are a few observations for Gunter Hill Campground:

  • Showers were heated and there was plenty of hot water.  Note: Use the old shower house since the new shower house shower’s on a push button system.  Also the new shower house has automatic fans that come on when you enter and within a few seconds all the warm air is sucked out of the room and cold air is pulled in.  Great for summer, but not for winter.
  • Catoma Loop reopened this year and has been fully refurbished
  • Sites are cleaned after each camper leaves.  Leaves are blown from the site and ash from the fire pits are removed.
  • Sites have concrete parking pads and a gravel area large enough for even our tent
  • Sites have picnic tables, lamp hanging post with small table and a grill
  • Road through the park is newly paved
  • Sites have electric, water and sewer
  • Plenty of room to ride bikes and playgrounds for the kids
  • Pet Friendly
  • Did I mention clean?  Very clean campground.

Libby loved camping!

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