Welcome to Gardner’s Go Camping. We have been praying about this move and excited to get started. The idea to start camping about because we needed a way to get away from the hustle and bustle of our life in the suburbs. We were being pulled in many different directions from work, personal lives, and church. We wanted an avenue to be able to invest our time in each other and especially our girls.
We discovered a love for camping when our girls were 1 and 3. We bought our first travel trailer for $1,000. It needed work, but in the price range where we could determine if camping was the right move for our family. We brought that camper home and parked it in our driveway for a week (sorry neighbors). My husband worked tirelessly cleaning, replacing the floors, painting every night for our maiden voyage! Our first trip was to a local state park, Alum Creek. To say we fell in love would be an understatement. We spent that weekend playing in the sand and on the playground. Eating hot dogs and smores. We left that weekend being happy with our investment and our future, and our souls were rejuvenated.
The next week my husband spent more time updating the camper and we shortly realized that we didn’t make this investment so he was working so tirelessly on it, we made the investment to have more time as a family. At that time we started looking at new campers. When we found the right entry level model we traded in the old for something new. With the work my husband put in the first one we actually made money on the trade in!
We camped as much as we could that summer. Exploring new campgrounds around Ohio for the next 2 years. We discovered and learned a lot. The girls enjoyed the campgrounds that had kids activities planned out throughout the weekend and Sean and I enjoyed the state parks where we explored, hiked, and had nature all around us.
As for everyone else in 2020 the pandemic started and the summer wasn’t what we all wanted it to be. Once campgrounds in Ohio opened we spent almost every other weekend exploring a new place!
In 2021 we decided to upgrade our camper, something that offered more inside living space. We are the proud new owners of a Keystone Springdale and excited to see what the summer of 2021 has to offer!
Our goal for this journey to is document our adventures around Ohio (for now) and even further in the future. To show you what works for us and how we have learned the hard way (breaking pieces of the camper and forgetting necessities at home) We have a goal of visiting every Ohio state park and adding some commercialized campgrounds in-between.