Day 1

Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
Trip End Jul 15, 2012

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North Richmond/Ashland KOA

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Sunday, July 1, 2012

Day 1 - We drove from Atlanta to just north of Richmond today. A total of 545 miles. We left at 7:35 this morning and arrived at the Ashland KOA at 4:00pm. The drive really was pretty painless. The kids watched about 4 DVD’s and behaved fairly well. Mary Claire made it all the way to Charlotte before she asked if we were in Maine yet. We read a kid’s mystery book about Hershey Park and ate Subway in the car, as to not waste a minute eating in a restaurant - Will was delighted. The KOA (Kampgrounds of America) here is really pretty fantastic. It has nice gravel sites with railroad tie borders, shade trees all through the park and very clean restrooms. When we checked in at the “lobby”, (checking in consists of idling your RV in the front of the campground while someone runs in and sign the cc receipt, gets assigned a site number and waits on a staff member to get in a golf cart to guide you to your  temporary home), I was handed a flyer about a campground celebration happening tonight. Free hot dogs, watermelon, apple pie and ice cream? Face painting and a DJ? What luck! I could hear the Lynard Skynard echoing through the pine trees when I exited the lobby/gift shop/laundry/rest rooms and I knew we were in for a treat. I thought, “How much more American can we get this 4th of July week?” I just can’t imagine that it’s possible to get that much more American. We set up Chanel in the 100 degree heat and got the kids into their bathing suits, and at that point I didn’t care who or what was in that pool, we were all getting in. As we came up to the pool we ran into the single most greatest tribute to American independence I’ve ever seen. There in the chain-link fence that surrounded the Americamp KOA pool someone had spent hours with red and blue solo cups and white styrofoam cups creating an american flag and a big “USA”. (see pic blow) It was fantastic. We actually all did feel a little more american than before. My sister, Mollie, and her husband, Mike, and our niece, Bea, came and met us for a dip in the pool, before we retired to the picnic table and ate pizza that they brought. The three kids had a blast playing in the camper. The Willeys left to return home to Richmond and we all got in our beds and crashed around 10 pm. PS - Chanel’s AC is like an old-school hotel unit. Extremely loud and crazy cold. I’m so grateful. 
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Julie McClelland on

Hi CM and Will,
Looks like fun and Chanel is a beaut! Looking forward to keeping up with your adventures!!

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