Starting Summer a Little Early


On Friday, we picked up the RV from storage, loaded it up with all sorts of fun foods to eat and essentials for glamping, pulled the kids out of school early (I know it was naughty of us) and headed out past Greeley to Jackson Lake State Park. We never pull the kids out of school for things like this but we needed to decompress and get away and….well use our RV! Plus the kids only had 4 and a half more days of school anyway. 

As I was heading into the school to sign the kids out, I ran into JJ’s teacher. It was field day, so they were outside playing games, and when I went to sign the kids out, Braidy rounds the corner from the hallway crying. I grab him and ask him why he’s upset. His tooth was lose and hurting from biting into a granola bar during snack time. He went back to see the nurse as I signed them out of school. He comes back with his tooth in a little chest and a big grin on his face. The nurse just had to give it a little twist. 

I put the tooth in my pocket, but had forgotten all about it, our entire RV trip and apparently so did Braidy. He didn’t mention it until Monday night at dinner! I guess a dollar under the pillow for kids these days isn’t too exciting. 

The kids dropped their backpacks off, hopped in the truck and we headed right out of town to a serene peaceful lake where we could “glamp” over Mother’s day weekend. 

This was our second time taking the RV out. The first time (back in March) we did not de-winterize it. We used water in a 5-gallon container and used the toilets at the campground because it was back in March. In March Colorado still gets hard freezes. So it’s not wise to fill your water tanks, as they might freeze, crack and leak when frozen. It could end up costing you a lot of money. This time, we were able to fill our 30-gallon water tank and enjoy electric hook-ups. 

We noticed that Friday it was a little dreary and cold when we were setting up camp, but when we looked the weather up for Saturday, it was supposed to be sunny and much warmer. The weather was a bit off from what was predicted. AccuWeather did not predict wind! Especially upwards of 40mph. The wind made it really difficult to be outside. So we were stuck inside for half the day wishing we could put poles in the water or ride our bikes. 

Inside the RV with the TV mounted on the wall.

Thankfully Scott installed a TV in the RV and we were able to pick up some local channels. However, we were unable to watch movies because we forgot an HDMI chord. It’s not that we plan to go out in our RV to stay inside and watch movies, but when the winds are 40 plus miles per hour with a chill to it, you might as well have some backup entertainment. It was even way too windy Friday night for a campfire so we had to entertain ourselves inside the camper the best that we could. 

Waffle Cone smores made inside with a toaster oven since it was too windy for a campfire.

We had some other mishaps that night. We had a water leak under the bottom bunk. That was concerning until Scott figured out why it was happening and fixed it. He’s really good at getting to the bottom of things and fixing things quickly. Our table also broke. It just ripped right off the wall. We had our devices and a few drinks sitting on top of it, so when it fell, it made quite the mess, but it could have been worse if there were open containers. 

The wind started back up again in the morning and continued on for most of the day on Saturday. But we were able to sneak in some fishing and a campfire later that evening. 

Drinking hot cocoa
Scott had to jump in the lake to fetch a bobber that got lose off his pole.

Sunday morning, (Mother’s day) Braidy wanted to go on a bike ride with me, so we took the bikes down some of the woodsy trails nearby and it was beautiful with little to no wind. I was happy to have a little bit of warmth and something to do outside of the trailer, especially on Mother’s day.  I wish I would have taken a picture of some of those awesome trails, but I had left my phone back at the RV.

Enjoying his bike!

We have learned something though from our second camping trip in the RV!

You need to keep a running list of everything you need to pack, everything you need to do to prepare the RV from picking it up from the storage place to filling it with propane and water, to dumping tanks, to leveling and stabilizing the RV to hitching up properly…I mean you have to keep a list of things to do and do them in the right order so you don’t accidentally mess something up.  We use Trello to keep track of everything and our RV trip checklist has 226 items to check off for each trip we prepare for! We have lists down to menu items for meals, to pulling the steps up on the RV before pulling away from home. It might be a bit much, but we’ve gone too many times up a creek without a paddle when we’ve forgotten something big or were distracted. The first time we left to put the RV in storage, we forgot to put the steps up until I noticed it in the rearview mirror. So I recommend always making a checklist for everything from packing for a flight, to day trips, to even going to the grocery store. I’m a list maker, can’t you tell? 😉 

What did you do for Mother’s Day?

I leave you with this sunset we took Saturday night as we were enjoying our campfire. 

About Heather Jones

I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

Heartfully Heather


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20 thoughts on “Starting Summer a Little Early

  1. That looks like so much fun. I really want to get a camper or RV and head on an adventure with the family. Looks super cool

  2. Looks like a blast! I remember how hard it was for my parents to get everything together each time we went camping when I was a kid. But it was so worth it! I am hoping to take my kiddos out a few times this year as well.

  3. It looks like you had a great time. RV travel provides a more comfortable experience than tent camping. You’ll be sleeping in a bed indoors that is off the ground and (theoretically) similar to the comforts of home or a hotel room.

  4. It’s really great that you’re able to spend lots of time outdoors while enjoying some of the comforts of home. Having the RV as backup for when the weather wasn’t ideal must have been nice.

  5. At least you had the TV to watch and was able to enjoy fishing the next day! My sister lives in Colorado and she sent me photos of the big snow storm yesterday. I could not believe it was snowing in May.

  6. What a great time! My daughter loves to be outdoors so she’d be all about this. The rest of us like being indoors, but sometimes we branch out and go on adventures with her.

  7. This looks like such a fun trip. I would love to do something similar with my family. I’m sure you guys created wonderful memories.

  8. That looks like so much fun. My neighbors have a great camper and they go out all the time. They have great adventures like you.

  9. It’s really cool that you were able to install a TV in the RV – definitely something I would consider doing if we ever got an RV. Safe travels and have fun!

  10. I’m glad you had a great time camping with your family! We used to camp a lot with my grandparents and it was always so much fun!

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