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New addition to This Old Campsite family

Brad Jane and baby DylanOn March 30, 2009 our youngest daughter gave birth to her 4th child, which gives my wife and I a total of 11 grandchildren. We are very fortunate to have 9 of the grandchildren living close to us. The other two live in Maryland, so we don’t have the opportunity to see them as much as we would like to.

Dylan weighed in at 9 lbs 3 oz and was 19 3/4 inches long. He is already starting to out grow some of the baby clothes that were bought for him so he should be able to help me with the camper in a few months. Well, maybe not that soon! I’m sure that he will enjoy camping with us as much as all of the other grandchildren. This will be the seventh year that we have owned our camper and I can say that we have really had a good time with all of the kids in the camper.

I have said before and will say again, that I wish we had taken our children camping when they were young. When we went on vacations, we stayed in hotels or motels as the case may be. We only took one vacation per year and maybe another short trip during the year and of course trips to see the parents. If you have a camper, it is easy to take a number of short trips to campgrounds not too far away during the year. Camping really promotes family interaction and close relationships.

A number of years ago we started taking camping trips to the Frio River in Concan, Texas. The family has grown over the years but we keep going back and they keep loving it. When we go to the Frio River we always stay at Parkview Riverside RV Park which is on the river and immediately across from Garner State Park. The kids absolutely love being there. My wife and daughter had discussed the possibilty of not going to the Frio this year and maybe going to the beach in Florida. When the grandkids heard about the plans, they revolted! They love the Frio and that is the only place that they want to go. Even if the river isn’t running well enough for tubing, they still love the water and the nightly dances at Garner State Park. The campground where we stay and Garner State Park are extremely family oriented. It is just a great place to take the whole family. Besides, you have the opportunity to take a hayride (mattress ride) from Neal’s Lodges in Concan. My wife loves the ride and is devistated if she can’t get some of the kids to go. The older kids have gotten to where they aren’t interested in going on the hayride with Nanny (that is her grandmother name).

Hayride in Concan

Do your family a favor and go camping.

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