Westland Camping Center is not just any RV dealership. We are a family that has camped together forever, and continue to do so today. We don’t just sell Travel trailers, 5th Wheels and Pop-up Campers, we take them out and use them. We got into this industry because it gets us closer to the things we enjoy doing, and, OK, get paid to think about camping every day.
With that in mind, I want to share an insight into one of my favorite camping keepsakes: The Family Camping Journal.
I love looking at pictures from camping trips past, and seeing the camper equipment and games changing as my Brother and I got older, as well as the great views and vistas from our sites and the places we went to. However, pictures only show you so much. Sometimes you remember the people, but can’t remember what was happening, or why this trip was special. Yes, sometimes a picture isn’t worth a thousand words.
My mother, as the dedicated family historian, would take an hour or so every night or every other night, and describe where we were, what we did, and any funny anecdotes or stories pertaining to the day’s activities. She noted the name of the campground, and site numbers. She noted the general weather conditions, who was with us, and of course, how much trouble the dog got into…
The Journal itself wasn’t fancy, just a wire-bound notebook with a plastic cover to help make it last. Over the years we had several of them. But the collection of memories that were in it made it so much more than a mere notebook. It was “The Journal”. Sitting around the campfire at night is a natural “story-telling” atmosphere, and often we relived past camping trips.
It was also a great resource for planning trips later on, because we had a record of places we went, and what we thought of the place. Some entries were more clinical about site conditions and campground descriptions, some were more story oriented, but it was overall a clear record of our camping history as a family. I want to share some of those camping tales with you, starting with this one from 1980″