Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Fremont, IN
Marc didn't blog on this trip, so I decided to write something up after the fact. I always like looking back and remembering our trips, so here we go...
We finally pulled out the motorhome for the first time this year! I gave it a good cleaning and packed everything we needed into it for a four night camping trip. It takes a lot of organizing to fit everything in neatly that our family of seven needs. We had the motorhome parked outside our house for several days before the trip and the kids played in it for hours whenever we would let them. We should have been testing all the systems out during this time.
We plugged the motorhome into the house power the night before our trip to start the refrigerator and load the groceries. The refrigerator and freezer would not cool off. Bummer. The next morning, the refrigerator was still warm and the freezer actually felt hot I guess from it trying to work. We loaded coolers with the perishable food and stopped for ice on our way.
The kids were all excited to get our trip started. Zach especially appreciated being in a carseat where he could see what was going on. It was quite a change for him since he's usually still in a rear facing carseat.
I made calls to RV dealers in Elkhart, IN where we would be around lunchtime and also to a RV dealer adjacent to our campground in Fremont IN to see if they could check it out for us. No luck.
It wasn't too long before we were entering Indiana and then surprisingly we found ourselves on an unexpected detour in Michigan (wrong turn.) The kids were getting bored with the games they picked and I turned on the generator so they could watch a DVD. Miraculously, the refrigerator and freezer started to cool off with the power from the generator. I still have no idea why, but am grateful it started working and we were able to use it for the remainder of our trip.
Things were really looking up now. We found our way back to Indiana. We all enjoyed lunch at a Dairy Queen in Elkhart where the kids were given window markers and invited to draw on their windows. Their meal deals are very reasonable for kids and adult meals and all included some kind of ice cream too. Happy now, we loaded back into the RV for the short trip over to the RV Hall of Fame.
In case you aren't aware, Elkhart IN is known as the RV Capitol of the World. Many, if not most RVs are manufactured here. The museum was small but interesting. The biggest and best part of it is the area with old (and I mean old) RVs on display. Here are a few pictures of this area...
The kids can never resist sticking their faces in the cut outs!
It didn't take too long to go through the whole thing and it was interesting to see once. Marc and the kids have been into geocaching lately, and found out there was one to look for near the RV Hall of Fame. We all looked around for a few minutes, found the hidden canister, signed it, and hit the road again.
The "Baby Zs" don't make anything easy on us!
Our next stop was Shipshewana. That's Amish country and there is a big flea market held there every Tuesday and Wednesday. We weren't sure if we would arrive in time, but did manage to catch the last half hour of it. We picked up some delicious blueberries. Wish we would have bought more, we ate the pint we bought before we even got back in the motorhome. Upon tasting them, even Marc said, "How do they make the ones in the store taste so bad?" We also bought a few peaches and some sweet corn.
We went in a few stores and a meat and cheese market where I wish we had bought all of our groceries for the trip. Everything looked so good! Everything closed at 5:30 and with our hour time change the day had sped by. We wanted to eat at an Amish restaurant for dinner. We had really enjoyed the family style dining at Amish restaurants when we were in Lancaster County PA. We went to the biggest one in this area which meant a little back tracking. It was a buffet. I'm not a big fan, but I think everyone else liked it. While Marc was paying the bill, I bought the kids outside where Jacob carelessly misread a sign and asked if he could go sit in the "Quiet Garden." Sure, sounds good to me. They all sat quietly on the bench while I snickered inside. We really need a Quiet Garden at home.
This was the Park of the Year last year and that's what prompted us to camp here. There are over 500 campsites and cabins .
Zach will go for a game of Pat-a-cake anytime, anywhere.
Also, we found out that our shower and kitchen sink faucet were leaky. I dealt with the sink, but the shower was not usable. (Should have checked everything before the trip, but unlikely we could have fixed it anyway.) Luckily a "Comfort Station" with showers was very close to our site.
See holes in a sign? Must stick our faces in it until you take our picture.
Zoe loved the jumping pillows, once she was brave enough to give them a try.
Jacob loved playing Dodge Ball
Everyone loved whatever 'smores variation we made after dinner. These are campfire cones with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, strawberries, and bananas. Another night we made classic 'smores and another night 'smores with white chocolate instead of milk chocolate or Oreos instead of graham crackers.
She could not have been happier with her shirt!
|Zach loves to wave and is pretty irresitable when he does. He lures me right in.|
|I get too close though, and he ends up in my arms again.|
All in all, it was an enjoyable trip. It sprinkled rain on us a couple of nights, we had a teething baby and little sleep, but it's always nice to spend time hanging out with our kids and seeing new places. My favorite Jellystone Park for the record is still the one in Warrens, WI.