The long awaited day has finally arrived! Thursday night was a late night finishing packing and preparing the camper – since we just started that day. We have the weekend trips down pretty well and when you are only gone for two or three days, you can make do if needed. But sixteen days, well, that’s a bit of a different story. Or is it?
As I mentioned in a earlier post we really have no set plans except for the campsite reservations and one other reservation we had to make in advance (more to come later this week on that particular detail). Literally nothing else was planned prior to leaving our driveway, including the menu. So we left our house with a camper fridge looking more like a college dorm fridge than a family of four heading camping for over two weeks. The good news is that we had plenty of windshield time today for me to settle on a menu and prepare a grocery list then stop off at a Walmart somewhere along the way to stock up on our goodies.
Queue modern technology…Walmart pickup! I’m not really sure why this didn’t cross my mind before we hit the road since we’ve used this service many times but thankfully we were reminded of it before it was too late. The plan for the evening of Day 1 was to boondock somewhere around 2/3 of the way to our destination. We’ve done this before and love how it saves us from paying a nights fee, but really it helps speed up the travel because we don’t have to unhook and re-hook in the morning. When I called a Walmart near where I thought we would stop the prompts said “push 3 for pickup”. OH, YES!!! Walmart pickup…perfect! So somewhere between the KY/WV border and Charleston, WV I had finished our menu, list and ordered our food for the first week. So now instead of spending tomorrow morning grocery shopping, we plan to enjoy a hearty breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I call that a win!
Good snacks are a must for any road trip. Unfortunately, we didn’t have those at our house. So the boys raided Grandma and Grandpa’s cabinet before we left. And Chef Nick cooked up a batch of Southern Indiana’s delicacy (deer jerky). It was so yummy we weren’t even tempted to stop off at the “Beef Jerky Outlet” we passed.
Sandstone Mountain in West Virginia was quite the experience pulling a camper. 7% grade for 7 miles downhill. We truly were in the “hills of West Virginia.” And what goes down must go up…wait, it’s not supposed to work that way. A few minutes later, we were headed up the other side. The view was pretty. I tried to capture a picture but it really doesn’t do it justice. I bet this would be gorgeous in the fall.
A full day of driving can be pretty exciting…just look at how much the kids love it!
Ok maybe these photos were staged. At one point, there was a bit more frustration going on…
But truly the boys were troopers today. In total we covered 568 miles in about 10 hours, including stops. Tomorrow we have about half a day of driving before arriving at our first destination.