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Investigating Aliens in Roswell, NM

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We had heard mixed reviews about Roswell, NM. Some families said emphatically “Don’t miss it” while others suggested we could totally skip it without regretting it.

When we realized it was on our route to the rally in Colorado, we decided we’d take the opportunity to finally cross it off our list.

While I can now completely understand the ambivilance to this tourist trap of a city, I am immensely happy we went. Not so much for Roswell itself, but rather for the hidden gem of a campground we found at Bottomless Lakes State Park, a mere 11 miles west of downtown Roswell.

Coming from the south, we drove for what seemed an eternity down a dirt road. All the while, Chris asking me, “are you sure we’re going the right way”. My response… “Yes!” Eye roll, didn’t give away even a hint of my own uncertainty.

Nothing but dusty desert stretched out for miles before us, and then, a single left turn revealed the pristine oasis that is Bottomless Lake.

If you stood on the cliff overlooking the water at Crater Lake, wishing you could dive into that unimaginable crystal blue water, then you would love this campground.

Full hook up set us back a wooping $18 a night.

The night sky revealed a myriad of stars and rolling out of the rv every morning to this stunning swimming hole was a dream come true!

Sometimes we rented paddle boats, sometimes we used our floats and all the time we enjoyed the laid back family atmosphere of his wonderous place.

Of course, we did roll into town and do the “alien thing”.

 

We skipped the international UFO museum, and opted instead for a $6 (for the whole family) admission to the Alien Zone.

A converted store front, with limited air conditioning, it’s a veritable treasure trove for those seeking photo ops of the other worldy variety.

 

Am I glad we stopped at Roswell? Yes. Not so much for the town itself, but rather for the opportunity to recharge and reconnect in a bottomless lake.

 

 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Fremont, IN

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As the #thisisRVing tour headed north through Indiana, on a bright and sunny Friday, we pulled into Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Barton Lake in Fremont, IN.

Our first impression, “Holy cow! this looks just like the entrance to a National Park!”.  The Ranger Station was awesome!

IMG_5848We parked in our roomy pull through in the overflow section.  We actually preferred this spot as the rest of the very large 1200 site campground was hopping with campers registering, golf carts being rented left and right and kids on bikes as far as the eye could see. We found out the campground was completely sold out for the Tropical Paradise Weekend.

We opened our slides and headed to the main amenity area.  Watch our video below, where Dominick gives you a tour of this campground wonderland and a first person perspective of the parks 10 story water slides!

If you’ve been following our tour, then you know our family loves the Jellystone Jump Pillows!  But there was so much more of this park to explore.  Bike rentals, an arcade, a tiki bar, paddle boats, and we had only scratched the surface.  We took a break from exploring to participate in the campground’s hula hooping contest.

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After 6 years on the road, our kids are hula hooping ringers (it’s our back up plan if roadschooling doesn’t work out) and DJ and Tonia both took home the 1st place prizes in their division.

Feeling pretty confident, we headed over to the Sand Castle competition at the park’s beach.  Our construction skills were seriously lacking in this area, but we enjoyed watching the other families bring their sand sculptures to life.

After some lunch, we were ready for a swim, but what water feature should we chose? This Jellystone has tons of wet and wild fun.  From the splash park with the dumping bucket, to the wading pool, the little kids water area, the indoor pool, or even the lake front beach, there’s a soaking place for every day of your stay!

IMG_5878One of the highlights of our weekend, was when Chris and I met Roger Barry.  Roger has owned the park for over 30 years!  He told us not to miss the Sunday Service and we’re certainly glad we didn’t.

We made so many happy family memories at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Lake Barton and met so many wonderful people!  We can’t wait to come back to this great park!

 

 

 

 

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY

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IMG_5717Our first Kentucky stop on the #thisisRVing tour was at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY.

Cave City is home to Mammoth Cave, the country’s 2nd oldest tourist attraction and the combination of amenities, activities and central location, make this Jellystone Park the perfect camp home for exploring this area full of natural wonders and history.

We pulled in on a Sunday night during the Princesses Rule and Pirates Drool Weekend.  Our first adventure was a tour of the park amenities which include a large jumping pillow, a water zone splash pad, large swimming pool, mini-golf, large sites and charming cabins.

We watched the Hayride tour the campground, donned our bathing suits, grabbed a towel and explored the main guest areas of this large park.

We bounced a bit to work up an appetite and then headed to Yogi’s Pic-a-Nik Basket to order some dinner.  After dinner, we hit one of the park’s main attractions, the hillside water slide!

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The slide was tons of fun and my kids rode it again and again.  For a 1st person water slide ride, click on the video below!

When we were fully waterlogged, we went back to the bounce pad and waited for the outdoor movie to start in the pavilion.

As the sun set, a game a nighttime hide and go seek kicked off and the kids had a blast finding each other on the dark playground!

There was so much to do at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Cave City, KY, we really only scratched the surface, but it was time for the #thisisRVing tour to move north.  We’re looking forward to spending more time at this campground in the future.

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, TN

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IMG_5644Our first Tennesee stop on the #thisisRVing tour was the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in downtown Nashville.

We had visited this park in the fall and knew the great things to expect.  The Nashville Jellystone is a friendly and rustic oasis  tucked in the center of Music City.  It’s shady spots and family friendly amenities make it a great jumping off spot to explore all the treasures of Nashville,  but you may find so much to do at the park that you never actually leave.

We pulled in on a Friday night during the Hawaii Themed Weekend.  Our first adventure was a tour around the park atop a vintage fire truck.  Sirens and lights in full effect, all ages enjoyed the ride.

 

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After that, it was time to get some of our pent-up roadtrip energy out on the bounce pad.  The Nashville Jellystone Park has a huge assortment of inflatables that both parents and kids can bounce on together.  Nestled in the corner of the park is also a playground our kiddos enjoyed.

While at the park, we watched Boo Boo bring down the flag and Cindy joined us on the “hey” ride.  There were lots of opportunities to meet and mingle with the Jellystone Bears!

IMG_5613On Saturday, we started the day with a crazy fun game of laser tag.  This was my family’s favorite activity, hands down (and guns up).   The laser tag guns this park has are some serious weaponry.  You can change modes, set games, time limits, and restock ammo, all through the gun’s software and blue tooth technology.

After the laser tag game, we headed to the mini golf to perfect our swings and got up to our elbows in sparkles at the craft barn.

Chris and Blaise rented some awesome bikes and tooled around the park and then it was time to get ready for the Laua.  We donned our grass skirts and participated in the hula hoop and limbo contests.  Andy, the park owner, together with his fine staff of managers and cheerful rangers, have created a friendly atmosphere. Their theme weekends are packed with activities that appeal to every age group and the amenities at the park are great for every activity level.  From lounging at the pool to bouncing on the inflatables, edible playdough, arts and crafts and games of all types, there really is something for everyone to do at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, GA.

For more information or to book your vacation, visit www.campjellystone.com

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, Georgia

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1220a_jellystoneOn our third stop of the #thisisRVing tour, we headed due west of the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, to the sleepy rural town of Bremen, GA, and found a true vacation treasure at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, GA.

Pulling up to the Ranger Station, we immediately recognized that this Jellystone Park has a lot of custom, one of a kind features.

The park is immaculate!  Rich red mulch against a carpet of lush green grass highlights the beauty of the park’s extensive and stunning landscaping.

After pulling into our level and long pull through site, we headed out to explore the grounds and were amazed to find a menagerie of exotic animals.  From giant tortoises, to dancing birds, to a snake named Lucy this park has it all from fins to feathers.IMG_5553

There are several playgrounds and we spent quite a lot of time at the one with the rope swing.  My kids loved the “tree house” feel of this play space and getting them to leave was quite a challenge.  Through dusk we played a couple of rounds of teetherball and then headed back to the RV for a good night’s sleep so we’d be well rested for the day ahead.

The next day, the kids made a variety of arts and crafts in the well organized craft room, and then we went on a train ride around the park. We also went bouncing on the bounce pillow and got a few quick dips in the pool before the thunder rolled in.

The park was designed by owner Phil Asztalos, who explained to us that he used his previous knowledge in the automotive industry to create a layout that would allow all the guests to easily access the centrally located amenities.

After chatting with Phil, we hit the mini golf and scored several holes in one, or at least, that’s how we’re counting them.

We had several opportunities to talk with the staff at this park and all of them were friendly, warm and welcoming.  It was obvious that they loved being a part of this park and serving their campground customers.

IMG_1265Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Bremen, GA is a first rate campground with accommodations for RVs (overnight to long term), tent campers and cabin rentals. The park also offers a variety of structured family friendly activities including games and crafts.

We stayed for 2 days but could easily have spent an entire vacation here.  We hitched up and headed out to the next stop on our tour, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Nashville, TN.

 

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison Florida

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Almost there!

At the cross roads of I-10 and 75 you’ll find Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison, Florida.

As you pull into the park, you are immediately immersed in the rustic, north Florida, family-friendly atmosphere.  Right outside the registration office you’ll find a family game room area.

As soon as you enter the gates of the park, the amenities urge you to park as fast as possible and don your swim suit… or at least that’s what happened to us.

 

No sooner had we opened our slides on our 60+ foot pull through site (this very large park also has cabin rentals and tent sites), than we were toting our towels to the Tornado Slide and park’s sandy beach area…. Wait, what… a sandy beach in north Florida?  That’s right, we were able to put our toes in the water and … well you get the picture.

Large Level Pull Through

Large Level Pull Through

We picked out our beach chairs and headed up the seven story staircase with bright yellow magic carpets water slide mats and proceeded to slip, slide and splash our way into one of the main water features at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison.

Unfortunately, I needed a little water slide orientation, which Dominick was happy to provide, because my 1st time down the Tornado my body pulled a 180 and I went down the entire slide backwards!  The 2nd time I got it right!

 

 

Ride the slide in our video

Ride the slide in our video

After the excitement of the 60′ Water Slide, we could all use a relaxing float in the Lazy River. We took our tubes and went around several times to gear up more strength to explore more of the park.

We headed across the way to the pool area and partook in a couple of rounds of the Down Pour Derby!  This was a fun hand pedal mechanism in which you and your opponent compete to soak each other with buckets full of water that hang precariously over head.

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Gettin Our Pool On!

Fully water logged, it was time to check out just how bouncy the jump pillow was and the park’s bounce houses.  We found them to be super springy and helped us to work up an appetite so we headed back to our camper and made some dinner.

After dinner, Chris and the kids went to the Ranger Station for dessert and tired and tuckered out, we hit the hay!

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Enjoying a treat from the Ranger Station

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone at Madison, Florida is a very large campground with additional amenities such as kayak / boat rentals, Gaga Ball, fishing, ATV trails and much more.    The park also offers a variety of structured family friendly activities including games and crafts.

We would have loved to stay longer, but we had to pull out the following day to meet with Horizon RV Sales and Service and explore Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bremen, GA.


ThisIsRVing-Sharables-1This review is part of the #thisisRVing tour, a 1,000 mile journey from sunny Florida to Elkhart, IN, the RV Mecca.  For more information about the tour visit: www.facebook.com/thisisrving

 

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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park of Bloomington

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IMG_5755As the #thisisRVing tour pulled into Indiana, it was time to stop  at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Bloomington, IN.

Located south west of Indianapolis, Bloomington IN is known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana” and the Jellystone this town boasts is certainly scenic.

We pulled in to our large and spacious pull-through site on Monday afternoon and headed straight to the… laundry room!  After a few days on the road, it was time to clean the clothes. Centrally located and spotless, I was able to get many loads done while the kids explored the park’s highlight, the giant splash pool!

With multiple slides, tons of features and a ginormous bucket that dumps on regular intervals, this wet and wild play place was a huge hit with our family.

After we were fully waterlogged, we headed to the bounce pillow for some “Jump and Jam”.  I immediately noticed how engaged the Jellystone Rangers were with the kids.  They bounced right along with the music, initiated games like duck, duck, goose and tag and really added to the kid’s enjoyment of this fun feature.

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We headed home for a late dinner and an early bedtime because we had a ton of fun on the schedule for the next day.

Bright and early, we headed back to the Ranger Station for a quick park wide scavenger hunt.  With our appetite wet for treasure, we purchased two bags of  gem mining dirt (one containing gems and one containing fossils) and headed to the gem mining flume.  This was a great highlight – check out the video to see the kid’s reactions to their unearthed treasures!

Next on the schedule was some mask making and marble painting.   The littles and I created masterpieces while the big boys and Chris went back to the splash pool.

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We met up with Yogi and got some ice cream at the Ranger Station. We heard rumors of a short hike to a waterfall within the park but we were too wiped out to actually explore it and it was time again for the #thisisRVing tour to move further north. We’re looking forward to spending more time at this campground in the future.

For more information or to book your vacation, visit www.campjellystone.com

For more information about #thisisRVing visit www.facebook.com/thisisRVing and help us show America what RVing really looks like by tagging your pics with #thisisRVing

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Special thanks to #thisisRVing Tour Sponsors;

 

 

How to Pick a Family-Friendly RV Park

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How to Pick a Family-Friendly RV Park

Taking the kids on an RVing adventure is an excellent way to get them back to nature to see the value in life beyond the screen. In a world that feels perpetually fast-paced, camping offers an opportunity to slow down and appreciate the majestic beauty that our planet has to offer. That being said, it does take a little bit of forethought to find a campground that the kids will enjoy, as there are a few more factors to consider when you have the younger ones on the road with you.

To make things easier, here are a few tips to help you find an RV park that both the adults and the kids will be happy to set up camp at:

campingsceneryInvestigate the Campground’s Rules In Advance

Rules and regulations vary campground by campground, and knowing the dos and don’ts of the park you’re considering staying at can help you decide if it’s right for your family or not. To elaborate, here are some key points to look into:

 

  • Quiet hours. Most RV parks have designated quiet hours to be respectful of the guests who are trying to rest. Check and see if these are realistic for your family to abide by so that you don’t bother any fellow RVers, and similarly, make sure they fit in line with the schedule you’re trying to create for your family.
  • Alcohol policy. If you’d prefer to be in an environment free from any intoxicated campers, seek out an RV park that doesn’t allow alcohol on-site.
  • People-per-campsite limit. Some parks deploy limitations on how many people can stay on each campsite, so check to make sure your passengers don’t exceed the maximum amount.

 

Browse through RV Park Reviews

There are many tools online designed to help you search for RV parks, and an excellent way to check the legitimacy of any campgrounds that come up in your quest is to read the RV park reviews of the location-in-question. While you should always take gripes and complaints with a grain of salt, you can pick up on common takeaway points from previous guests to help you get a feel for what you can expect. Look for reviews that mention:

  • Whether the maintenance staff were friendly or helpful.
  • The space between the campsites–you want your children to have room to run around and have fun outdoors without worrying that they’ll trample into any neighboring campsites.
  • The scenery and amenities–does the RV park’s selling points match the visitors’ recounts?

 

familymotorhomeBe Choosy About the Amenities the Park Offers

Not all RV parks are created equal, so it’s important to take your time and find one that offers amenities that support both fun and functionality for traveling families.

Kids don’t always have the longest attention spans, so it’s important that the campground you choose has many outlets for fun activities. It shouldn’t be hard to find one that fits your needs, as many RV parks offer various means of entertainment, such as:

  • Clubhouses that offer cable, internet access, fitness centers, swimming pools, playgrounds, etc.
  • Walking/biking/hiking/horseback-riding trails
  • Nature areas
  • Boat/canoe rentals

Likewise, it’s also necessary to pick a park that makes it easy for you to handle the practicalities as well, so consider adding these to your list of must-have amenities:

 

  • Laundry room. If you’re traveling with a large family, it can be difficult to keep up with the laundry needs in a RV-sized washer and dryer, so camping at a location that supplies guests with a laundry facility will make things much easier.
  • Campground showers/bathrooms. If you are traveling with more than a few passengers, it will be convenient to stay at a park that offers showers and bathrooms, so you’re not all waiting in line for the RV restroom.

 

  • On-site store. Packing up the kids and heading into down for a few basic necessities can be quite a hassle. The bright side is that many RV parks offer on-site stores so that campers don’t have to leave their relaxing spot for a few basic items.

Hopefully this advice helps clear up what qualities a family-friendly RV park should have so that your search will go a little smoother. If you are willing to put in the effort it takes to find the ideal locations, you’ll more than likely create some happy times that the whole family will look back on with gratitude. Here’s to safe and happy travels!

And FtF Members keep in mind, we have a dedicated list of FtF Approved Family Friendly Campgrounds who will waive the “kid tax” for card carrying FtF Members.

#thisisRVing Tour

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Come See the Brand New Fulltime Families Website

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Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 12.16.50 AMWe’re unveiling a brand new look!

After month’s of redesign, we are ready to pull back the curtain on the new and improved Fulltime Families.com

The new site:

In the coming week’s we’ll be cleaning up all the old posts, updating our blog roll, and adding fun interactive social media widgets.

So please, take a minute to check out our new look and let us know what you think about in the comments section.

 

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