We haven’t done the RV camping thing for years, since selling our fifth wheel right after leaving Montana. So when we got a new travel trailer we knew we needed to a couple of short “test” trips before setting off a big multi-day adventure.
We wanted somewhere semi-close, but with things to do. We also wanted to go to a campground that would be accepting of our dogs and have fun stuff for the kids.
We settled on the Jellystone Park Campground near Sturgeon Bay, WI.
We’ve stayed at a lot of Jellystone campgrounds over the years, mainly in the camping cabins, and had really good experiences. My kids love the game rooms, pools, pancake breakfasts and other kid-oriented amenities. So when I saw one in Door County, I went with it.
Overall it was a good experience. The campground was clean and our site was spacious and shaded. However, I hadn’t realized how few full hookup sites the campground has – like eight – and was surprised when we got only water and electric. Then there was the never-ending joy of getting the trailer into the site.
They assigned us a back-in site. Okay, the DH has to learn… But there were no signs on the campground roads telling you which way to go and the direction the girl at the office told us to go did not for an easy back-in make.
On the plus side, my kids got to see early on one of the major joys of camping… yelling, fussing and much carrying on.
And after some coming and going (on my part) to the office, we got moved to a pull-thru and all was well. Well, accept for that no sewer thing.
Adjustments were made – mainly of the “use the campground bathroom whenever you can” variety and skipping a shower on the day we left.
Aside from those couple of bumps though, things were great. As I said our site was shaded – actually in the trees – and people were friendly. It was our dogs’ first ever trip so we were worried about how they would do, but the sailed through. Well… the husky did think he would just wait to “go” until he got home. But after 24 hours he broke down and watered the grass. A half a day later he finished the job. I honestly didn’t know a dog could hold at least the first part that long.
The game room was a disappointment, but the girl and I still got to play a really embarrassing game of pool that I (for the record) won and the swimming pools (though small) were nice and clean and enjoyable to sit by. And BONUS another couple brought their pet parrot. So dinoboy got some exotic wildlife viewing in.
In the end, our first trip in our trailer was deemed a success by all, even considering the trip back dodging road construction – but that is an entirely different tale.