Outdoor - Where Did The Time Go?

Where Did The Time Go?

By Dean Woodruff, Integrity RV Service Center

One day I woke up and realized that I am now considered a senior citizen. My two kids are grown, moved away and have families of their own. How did this happen so quickly? I began to ponder all the missed opportunities and the things I would do differently if given the opportunity.  Do not allow this to happen to you! There are so many things in life that we can not control but designating time with family and friends isn’t one of them; simple things we can do that are not very costly, and will leave a lasting memory and strengthen your relationships.

Camping is one of these things. Whether it be in a tent in the back yard or off to some far away destination in an RV. This is a good way to lessen your stress and strengthen you relationship with the family. There are numerous local campgrounds that cater to both. [Below is information on camping in Georgia’s State Parks.] You may have family or friends that have property that can be used. A nice campfire, roasting hot dogs, telling stories or just being together enjoying nature is sure to have a positive impact. It is healthy for the body and soul.

This is one of the things I would do more of if I could turn back time. Take the kids away from their electronic devices and let them experience the outdoors. I guarantee you they will thank you when they get older and maybe even spend more time with their kids. Spending quality time with our kids will bring about a better world.

Dean Woodruff is the owner of Integrity RV Service Center. They specialize in RV repairs, routine maintenance, parts, storage and more. They’re located at 4411 Bankhead Highway in Douglasville. Call 770-693-1186 or visit www.IntegrityRVService.com to schedule an appointment.

Camping In Georgia State Parks

Whether you are a first-time camper or an experienced backpacker, Georgia’s state parks have a campsite for you. Forty-one parks offer more than 2,700 campsites, including tent-only areas, RV pull-thru sites, primitive camping and group camping areas. Rates average around $30–$35 per night. Most state parks have laundry facilities and sell camping supplies. If you’ve never camped before, don’t let that stop you. Several parks offer “glamping” yurts (a cross between a tent and a cabin).

Tent, Trailer and RV Campsites are the most developed sites and offer electrical and water hookups, grills or fire rings, and picnic tables. Some are specially designed just for tents, while others have curved pull-thrus for large RVs. Modern comfort stations with hot showers, flush toilets and electrical outlets are conveniently located. All campgrounds have dump stations, and several offer cable TV hookups

Georgia State Parks also offer:  Walk-In Tent Campsites that have no water or electricity, Backcountry Campsites for backpackers, Paddle-In Campsites and Pioneer Campsites for groups or families with more than one tent.

The closest Georgia State Parks to Paulding are:

-Chattahoochee Bend in Newnan – RV sites, plus tent platforms along the river.

-James H.(Sloppy) Floyd State Park in Summerville – Tent, trailer and RV camping.

-Red Top Mountain in Acworth – Tent, trailer and RV camping.

-Sweetwater Creek in Lithia Springs – Tent camping and a “glamping” Yurt village.

For information or to reserve your campsite directly online visit www.gastateparks.org/camping.

Photo: Elijah Clark State Park and used with permission from Georgia’s State Parks.