First 2020 Camp Adventure

Our first camping trip in the 2016 Airstream Interstate Grand Tour EXT Twin starts the last Sunday afternoon in June. We head northwest on I-96 to Lansing, south on Lansing Rd, then west on Vermontville Hwy. We continue to Hastings, then follow directions to Yankee Springs State Recreation Area.

Our camping site is 143, fairly close to Gun Lake. It has 30A electrical service and a picnic table. Our outdoor furniture is our two REI camp chairs and GCI folding table.

The weather is warm, so we are inside part of the time with air conditioning running. We take walks to the lake front and beach and around the camping area.

Our camper is out of fresh water Monday morning. I pack up the camper, which is quickly folding and stowing the table and chairs and stowing the electrical cable. I fill the fresh water tank, we check out some of the places around the park and return for lunch.

Tuesday, our grey waste tank registers full, so we are again careful with water. After lunch I empty the waste tanks, refill the fresh water tank, and drive all the way around Gun Lake and further. I suspect the water had been inadvertently left running in the kitchen sink while the cover was closed. I had heard gurgling while we ate outside. And after that, we were out of the fresh water. We will be more careful with our water supply and will continue carrying an extra water container.

The campers next to us on the lake side move out Tuesday, so we enjoy even better lake views and many hours outdoors. The next day, Wednesday, is our last day at the campground.

I break camp after lunch. It is a relative breeze with this camper. I like our newer camper so far. We sleep well in it. It is much easier to drive. It is cozy, yet we can have most items we like to carry. Important for 2020 is traveling with a self-contained unit with our own eating, sleeping, and restroom facilities.

I choose to travel a different route home. We explore parts of Grand Ledge on the way, electing to stay in our vehicle due to the very hot afternoon. We are both refreshed and relaxed by our trip, while fulfilling our goal of using our camper for a few nights to learn how to best use it.

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