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Getting Ready for Our First Camping Trip

I know someone is bound to say that this is not “real” camping, but this is the most camping we have ever done….so for us this is camping!

The brief run down of Aspie Family Vacation usually goes something like….Mom wants to go on vacation, everyone complains.  Mom plans herself to tears, everyone complains.  Mom gets everyone to vacation destination, everyone is still complaining.  Everyone has a good time, but doesn’t want to ever go on vacation again!  Grrrr

It also includes, lots of yelling, screaming, fighting, crying, video game controllers running out of batteries, long amusement park lines, hot days and no naps.  Ok, to be fair we never get naps but a girl can dream ya know.

And all of the above happens after the drama of actually getting somewhere…car rides are awful, planes too expensive with this tribe and way way too much work.  So, when I mentioned the RV everyone was on board except the hubby.  But we worked on that one…

Aspie Grumparino Teen didn’t completely pitch a fit so that means he was in…Monkey boy was up for anything that didn’t involve everyone shoved into the mini-van and jeep toting a uhaul for our luggage, and Tom he was very excited about our ‘house bus.”

So after much research, spreadsheets, cost comparison, routes, maps, RV youtube videos, manuals, blogs, articles of first trips, rv membership forums, and more (stop laughing you know you guys are obsessive too) I found the rental, and we were ready for our first trip.

First stop, KOA Newburgh, NY.  We decided that our 14 hour drive needed to be broken into three legs so our first stop would be just four short hours from our house.

One day to pick up the RV, one day to pack the RV, three hours to get out of town, so the four hour trip only took us EIGHT hours, right on schedule for us.

 

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert , contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, three of which are on the autism spectrum.
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