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Time spent together

The smell of the neighboring campfires hang in the evening air. Our grandchildren are finally winding down, drained of energy after a long, busy day. Swimming, shopping, touring, cooking out, we jammed it all into one long weekend. Two campground sites, three days of fun, three generations spending time together and building memories.

When I was growing up I had to get my camping fix from my annual trek to church camp. As a family we rented a cabin for a week so we could fish and swim. In the many years we did this, we never had a campfire. No roasted marshmallows, no foil dinners cooked in the coals, no s’mores. I survived and even thrived while making those childhood memories so now my goal is building memories with the next two generations.

cathy-time-together-1During our recent camping trip to Waupaca, Wis., we used our Brave Winnebago and my daughter’s family towed their pop up camper. Our sites adjoined each other making it safe for our four grandchildren to play and run around without fear of traffic.

Within an hour of arrival, the grass between the two sites already showed signs of high traffic. In their excitement they migrated from site to site.

Of course kids being kids, they traveled quickly between the ice cream treats, the playground and the swimming pool. Their level of energy wore me out! We did it all, all three days. But this is what building memories is all about; time spent together engaged in fun activities.

From experience I know it doesn’t matter that we didn’t spend any money on these activities because it is the time together that makes the memories, and makes the difference in the lives of our grandchildren.

Every one of us had fun over the three days! It is amazing how fast the weekend flew by. It was the last opportunity to camp before the oldest grandchildren start school, but now when the teacher asks them what they did this summer, they will fondly remember camping with their parents and grandparents.

For the four adults involved, we look forward to school starting so we can relax, and start planning our next generational camping trip!


About Cathy Duesterhoeft

Cathy and her husband, Norm, travel throughout the United States in their Brave Winnebago working for Mainly Marathons. When home in Westfield, Wis., their RV is parked on a gravel pad while they finish construction on their new home. Cathy documents their many adventures on her website at

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