Sunday, January 29, 2023


Three generations of camping tradition continued in 2022

As a child, my wife camped with her family at a now very popular state park in Western Washington. I won’t name it because it is hard enough to get reservations now without popularizing it anymore. After our first child (daughter) was born, my wife suggested we go there for her first campout.

Author and daughter on first visit to park – Photo: Cheri Helgeson

When our son came along two years later, it was also his first camping experience. It became our “go-to” place nearly every year. I have many memories of our family clamming, crabbing, and touring the old military batteries. When our children were young, we would pack a lunch and hike around the string of batteries, exploring each one with flashlights in hand. As they grew older, we graduated to bicycles continuing the tradition.

The next generation continues the tradition

After my son married and had children of his own, he purchased a travel trailer and began camping at the same park. My wife and I began to join them after a year or two. Soon my daughter, her husband and children joined, camping in their tent.

Grandkids enjoying camp

We revived the tradition of clamming, crabbing, and touring the old military batteries, although my son-in-law was not able to join us in touring the batteries due to his work schedule. This year the whole clan was able to tour the batteries via a combination of bicycles, rear child bike seats, a tag-along and a bike trailer.

The whole clan on wheels. Photo: Tena Reaser

A photo was essential to commemorate everyone from the three generations continuing the tradition that started decades ago. With everyone lined up on their wheeled vehicle, with one of the old batteries as a backdrop, the photo was snapped. This is my favorite camping moment of 2022. Of course, watching our grandchildren play around camp, as our children did, is pretty special too.

Campground fun!

Happy New Year to the readers of I hope your 2023 is filled with many memorable RVing moments.



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28 days ago

I’ve been there, years ago, yes too hard to get a spot at swell places with the total reservation campgrounds with few 1st come sites…..Aw shoot….Happy New Years!

29 days ago

We camp where you guys do!! Yes harder and harder to get a spot but oh how we love it when there!

Steve H
29 days ago

We had a similar experience for our 50th wedding aniversary, but in the New Mexico mountains instead of at the seashore. Both of our sons and our four grandchildren, my sister and her husband, and my wife and I met at a state park in NE NM over a long summer weekend. One son had traveled from South Korea for the occasion, the other from Denver. We had a great time camping, kayaking, fishing, hiking, hunting “hidden treasures”, exploring a mining ghost town, and viewing the wildlife–wild turkeys, elk, mule deer, and bear tracks along a creek. It was a wonderful weekend of family togetherness that we will never forget.

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