"We like camping better!" --Raymond Alexander Kukkee

view of the north shore Critter Pond, KOA Canandaigua NY [c] 2009 jcb

Humorous camping adventures: The Pastor and the Bear

by Lenora Moore guest author

[Editor's note - Lenora is a teacher, mom, pet owner, and writer at Helium.com]

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Pastor Larry loved to camp.  For a needed rest, he and five other men from the small town church drove to the campsite in his pickup truck with a cab over camper.  They all loved to sleep out of doors, so they set up tents and used the camper for dry food storage and refrigeration.  The campfire was the cook stove.  They were all experienced campers and hunters, but this trip was the town joke for many years.

Pastor Larry was an easy going outdoorsman with a good sense of humor.  He had one character flaw the campers could not understand; he could not tolerate dogs.  One of the five men brought along Duke, his big black Labrador retriever.  Generally they always brought along one dog for safety in the back country, but this dog especially aggravated Pastor Larry.  For some unknown reason, Duke had taken a shining to the old preacher.

When it was time to go fishing, you would think Duke would follow his master. No, he raced ahead of Pastor Larry to the fishing hole and jumped in to take a swim!  Well that fishing hole was spoiled for the day.  Pastor Larry shook his head and looked for another deep hole.  Duke happily trotted along with him, pausing only long enough to shake water all over his companion.  When the breakfast trout were caught, Pastor Larry joined the others around the campfire to fry up the morning's catch.  The smell of food, the crackling, cheerful fire, and the men’s good natured kidding lightened the atmosphere.  So Pastor Larry decided to forget about Duke’s early morning swim.  One dog would not spoil this trip! 

Read the rest of Lenora's true camping story... 

Reprinted by permission from Lenora Moore, copyright 2010. Read Lenora's profile at Helium.com
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What's YOUR first sign of spring? For us, it's the arrival of summer!

[Back on March 1st, I heralded the arrival of spring with a post about the Camping World 300. At the time, we had just finished suffering our last blizzard of 2010. Since then, we've had a snow-free March (first ever) and broken two decades-old high-temp records with new highs near 90 degrees. ]

With the early arrival of summer in Upstate NY, what signs did we have that spring was here?

Before spring began, right after our big snow, I asked my Facebook friends what they saw as "first signs of spring." Julie Sawyer Helms offered, "crocus!" and Becca Badgett added "...Helleborus budding and daffodils pushing through the soil!"

Suzanne Ormond mentioned the ever-popular robin. Doreen Martel saw some blue jays. Carroll Jean Yorgey went out for a walk and didn't want to come back. Glory Lennon and Janet Collinge lent observations and discussion. Tracy McKay brought in her cat, shedding hair all over the place. Donna Carroll Batton claims that "Dairy Queen opening" brings spring for her. Teresa Depoy agreed that the sound of baby birds was a sure sign of spring.

As I'd noted earlier, the arrival of NASCAR's Nationwide and Sprint Cup races puts me in the springtime mood. Even better, however, is the end of the snow and the beginning of truly warm days. Some years, I've watched the Masters Tournament (PGA), feeling wildly jealous of the brilliant shades of green and the blossoming flowers. This year we've already had days correctly described as HOT; and everything here is blooming early.

Certainly, spring has arrived disguised as summer, here in western NY. Much earlier than usual, we've attacked both front and back gardens. The daffodils and tulips are surging skyward, already in bloom. It's time to mow the lawn. Last week we came this close to seeing our first couple of Perfect Camping Nights -- two degrees warmer overnight, and we'd have marked them down.

What's my one and only, "it's really spring now" sign of spring? The arrival of RV's on the road! I'm not sure where they're going, since the campgrounds aren't open yet, but for me that does it. Seeing a big old Class A motorhome rolling down the highway gets my camping blood pumping. The campers are OUT! That's when I know it's really spring.


Is there one sure sign of the season, unique to your world? Robins or campers? NASCAR? Warm days? What works for you?

Caledonia RV Center holds spring open house

by Jim Bessey

Press release from Caledonia RV Center, south of Rochester NY

Attention all RV owners!  This Friday and Saturday (4/9 & 4/10) is Caledonia RV Center's Annual Spring Open House!  Get 20% off in-store merchandise and 10% off special orders--plus FREE information seminars to help you get your RV ready for Spring....all for FREE!!!  If you need customized work done on your RV, Brandon and the "RV Pros" can give you an on-the-spot FREE estimate!  Caledonia RV Service, Parts, and Accessories Center--Giving you the freedom to just go!  

Caledonia RV, about 35 miles south of Rochester, is worth the drive. It's a big-town RV center with a small-town feel. They offer complete service for everything from pop-up campers to Class A motorhomes. In addition, you'll find a complete selection of parts, supplies and accessories. Of course, if you're looking for a new or used RV of any sort, they can help you with that, too.  ****Recommended