As RVing empty nesters, we often think about how nice it would be to have a child with us at a campground again.
Our grandson is three years old. He gets along well with us even in the absence of his parents, and we thought that he would now be ready to be introduced to camping. So I did a search for a suitable campground near his home. I wanted something with a rustic, natural element but ideally with hookups as well. I didn’t want to be concerned about water conservation with a toddler around! The weather had been very hot, so we really needed to use our air conditioning for a totally enjoyable experience.
For a first-rate “RVing-in-the-city” experience in Columbia, Missouri, I would recommend Cottonwoods RV Park. We’ve stayed there before, and it’s excellent. It just wouldn’t provide the “camping-in-the-woods” experience that I was looking for. This time, I chose Hanson Hills Campground.
It certainly is rustic. It’s out in the country down quite a length of gravel road. The facilities aren’t great, but since we had full hookups, I really didn’t care about that. There are lots of mature trees, two play areas, and a small swimming pool.
The people who run it are friendly. We were there in the middle of the week, and it was not busy at all. We had plenty of room to ourselves.
Our daughter and son-in-law were able to join us for the afternoon, dinner, and early campfire. Then they left their son with us. No tent camping for them! We really have room for only one guest in our trailer, although our grandson has slept in the bathtub when he was a baby. Now he was big enough to help Charlie start our fire, go for a little walk through the campground with us, and enjoy playing in the sand with his toys.
I think that his first experience with camping was a good one, and I’m optimistic that he’ll be keen to do it again!