One of the coolest parts about camping and traveling is meeting and spending time with so many awesome people from all different walks of life. We got to thinking about how neat it would be to profile some of the people we meet up with on our camping adventures. So earlier this year we kicked off a new feature that we’ve dubbed “Faces of the Campground.” It is our hope that you will be inspired as we take a peek into the lives of people just like you who love to go camping–in all its many forms!
We were super stoked this summer to have the chance to rendezvous with the RV Circus crew during our visit to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. We’ve really enjoyed following their adventures over on YouTube, so it was great to meet them in person–and let me tell you, they are as fun and cool in person as they are online! And our kiddos are still talking about how much fun they had hanging out with their four kids.
During our little campout, Mark and Sandie were kind enough to let us
corner them profile them for the latest edition of Faces of the Campground.
(One member of the party was a bit camera shy. 🙂 )
How long have you been camping? We tent camped some when we were younger, but we finally started camping with the kids in 2014.
What type of camper do you camp in? We camp in a rehabbed 2001 KZ Sportsmen 2505 travel trailer.
What does a typical camping trip look like for you? We typically sight-see during the day and relax at the campground at night. We use camping as a way to see new places with the family and have the flexibility to change plans on a whim. We have an aversion to planning, so we also like being able to pack up and move on if we decide we’d like to see something different.
Why do you look forward to camping? We love to get out and experience new things with the family. There’s nothing quite like seeing the kids explore, learn, play, and most of this happens together as a group.
Share one or two of your favorite camping memories:
- Monticello: How awesome is this place! If you haven’t been there pack your bags and go now. Our 5-year-old kept asking about Thomas Jefferson’s house for a long time.
- Gettysburg with The Touring Camper: We enjoyed Gettysburg, but what made the trip was having some great company. Meeting great people and making new friends can make any trip great! (Aw! Thanks guys–we agree!)
Do you have a story that you could share about a camping mishap? Booking a site, forgetting that there was no water or sewer until after setting up in the dark, and arriving with an empty water tank and full grey/black tanks. Did I mention we’re not planners?
What was your favorite place you ever camped? Why? Knoebels. It wasn’t the greatest campground, but camping at the base of a roller coaster was interesting.
If you could give a new camper one piece of advice what would it be? Relax! It’s easy to get caught up in all the gadgets, gizmos, lists, and procedures. I like to be prepared, but don’t stress out over it. Just get out there, go camping, and deal with all of the forgotten items and mistakes along the way.
Thanks so much Mark and Sandie for sharing with us! Be sure to check out the RV Circus YouTube page for some great travel ideas and RV remodeling tips. They are in the middle of a new camper rehab job and we can’t wait to see what they do!