The joys and challenges of camp life


We’ve been back at Camp Westwood for about a month now and it’s been nice spending so much time outside again. We’ve enjoyed sunny days at the lake – the water is just barely near swimmable temperature… for us old folks, anyway. The kids have been swimming for weeks now.


The mice continue to be a challenge this year, although thankfully they are confining their visits to the storage areas and underbelly of the camper now. But that still presents a problem because mice are known to cause major damage to campers, so we have multiple traps below and they are proving to be quite effective.


We’ve also been under a boil water order from the RI Department of Health since just after Memorial Day weekend due to possible E. coli found in a water sample. Hoping that is lifted once the latest test results are provided later today. I don’t normally drink/cook with the water straight from the faucet at any campground, but Dave does. He might have changed his mind about that now, but I wouldn’t guarantee it. We know some people here are still drinking and cooking with the tap water and they haven’t gotten sick.


We are enjoying the convenience of camper and apartment within 20 minutes of each other. We go home to do laundry and fill bags with regular size ice cubes from the ice maker in the freezer once or twice a week. Also refilling jugs with filtered water from the fridge.


Gemma has been a fun addition to camp life this year also. Emma enjoys sitting in the back to be our mirror, letting us know if there is a car behind us. We won’t tell her about the rear view mirror we’ve ordered. 😉


Campfires! Whether with friends or just us two, we love to sit around a campfire at night. S’mores of different varieties are on the menu, of course! And if just us two, we might be listening to a baseball game on the radio.

As usual, our challenges are outnumbered by the joy of life. Hope yours are too!

Published by kccan2

Dave and I have been living full time in our Grand Design Reflection 27RL since December 3, 2017. We share our space with our cat, Audrey, and grand dog, Samson. UPDATE: So much has changed in our lives during Autumn 2020! Samson is very happy to be back living with Paul, Audrey crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and we moved into an apartment. We plan to use the camper as a summer getaway going forward. . . no more traveling (with the camper, anyway!) As always, looking forward to new adventures!

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