Friday, April 13, 2012

Maiden Voyage

We picked up our trailer on February 23.  We spent a month making stuff fit.  After having tons of cabinets and outside storage in the motorhome, we had to re-assess what we actually needed and cull what was not. It was a surprise when we did not fill every nook and cranny inside. 

Some of the items from the motorhome’s outside storage we decided not to use.  Remaining items were packed into storage containers that go in the back of the truck and larger items go in as is.

So with all that taken care of, we set a date for an overnighter. Of course we waited until the weather was back to the usual March cold after a stretch of above normal temps. We loaded our food and overnight bag the night before, Tom filled the water tank and we were set. 

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It was a bright, beautiful day.  We just were going to Kettle Moraine State Forest South, Ottawa Lake Campground about 40 miles away. We hitched up the trailer, put the boys in their car seats and were off.  What a nice, quiet ride.  (In the motorhome we sat next to the motor and had the constant rattle behind us from blinds, pots, pans, dishes and stove.)  Now any noise was contained in the trailer.  The hour-long ride got us there about 10:30 a.m. No reservations are needed for the end of March, so we picked out an area we wanted to be in via Google Earth the day before.  Most sites there were level and there were only 3 campers there when we arrived. We were set-up in short order, although we did need to tweak our initial leveling job. 

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The campground area is compact, but is part of the 22,000 acre State Forest which features a 3,500 acre wet prairie considered the largest native wet prairie east of the Mississippi.  54-miles of hiking trails ranging from level to hilly topography.  Campground amenities include a playground, picnic areas, volleyball courts and Ottawa Lake with a beach and handicap accessible fishing pier.  The water was crystal clear. Tom bought a fishing license and brought his pole and gear but it was too cold to be outside for long. 

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The furnace got a good test and we were toasty warm inside.  The dogs and I took a nap in bed in the sun. We played cards, made supper and watched some TV.  The only glitch we had was we forgot our planned supper.  We had a thunderstorm during the early morning hours but we were fine.  We got a break in the rain to break camp around 9 and were home by 10 a.m.

I would like to go back when the weather is better.

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