How our family won the best 1st place award ever

After years of hauling our camper all over to great spots, we parked it this summer. Perfect timing for one our best decisions ever. Proof: We won first place, and I’m more proud of this award than nearly everything else we’ve achieved–together or in our separate ventures.

Entrance to our beloved home at The Old Barn Resort.
Entrance to our beloved home at The Old Barn Resort.

Here’s the award: Highest electric bill of the entire campground! We love that were were there often enough to spin that meter fast.

It’s a cool award. Literally. It means our air ran while it was hot and humid, so we still slept smooth.

What else our award means…

  1. Our competitors are the best. When you’re at the same spot every weekend, you get to know the neighbors. And ours are the best! Iowans, farmers, parents, fellow campers…and people who truly care. Plus really care about having a great time. We made so many happy memories already.
  2. The golf cart was always charged.  Some days our boys golfed 27+ holes. And we had a sure-fire way to get around.

    Cara chauffeuring Grandma.
    Cara chauffeuring Grandma.
Even we non-golfers tagged along on rounds.
Even we non-golfers tagged along on rounds. Lookit this gorgeous cottonwood. (and gorgeous kid)

2. More time to watch stuff grow.

Rev and I watched the neighbor farmer’s calves grow and saw a mom and her twin fawns mature, week by week on our at-least-twice-daily hikes. If we left at just the right time, we ran into our golfing boys on #12.

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3.  More river trips.

Over, along, in, across and on our “waterfront,” the Root River. This river is crystal clear, fast-moving, ever-changing and cold (too cold and too fast for mosquitoes!).

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Ages 11 - 71 hitting the river.
Ages 11 – 71 hitting the river.

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4. Acting like locals.

We embraced the very best parts of all the little towns nearby, from Lanesboro pastries and Rhubarb Fest to the Amish, the butcher and of course the great small town bars. They embraced us right back.

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Exploring the caves under the river!
Exploring the caves under the river!

5. Staying put.

Rev's morning visit with a finch outside his (our?!) bedroom window.
Rev’s morning visit with a finch outside his (our?!) bedroom window.

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Starting now, we’ll do something else we’ve never done: camped after Labor Day. And since we also have heat, we hope to keep that electric meter running. After all, we have our #1 status to maintain.

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One thought on “How our family won the best 1st place award ever

  1. What a fantastic tribute to a glorious summer, family!  Congratulations to each of you.  I am very proud of the realization that I was a part of some of the spectacular family activity.  I will go to my grave, relishing many, many festive, comfortable, satisfying adventures with loved ones while at the Old Barn.  You certainly earned the first place award.  Carry it proudly!  And continue the performance!  Love, Dad/Grampa   From: The Hansen Family To: jkind2003@yahoo.com Sent: Monday, September 7, 2015 4:35 PM Subject: [New post] How our family won the best 1st place award ever #yiv5001063811 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5001063811 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5001063811 a.yiv5001063811primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5001063811 a.yiv5001063811primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5001063811 a.yiv5001063811primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5001063811 a.yiv5001063811primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5001063811 WordPress.com | Elizabeth H posted: “After years of hauling our camper all over to great spots, we parked it this summer. Perfect timing for one our best decisions ever. Proof: We won first place, and I’m more proud of this award than nearly everything else we’ve achieved–together or in our” | |

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