Last weekend was our first camping trip of the season! We visited Caney Creek RV Resort in Harriman, TN. The campground is on Watts Bar Lake and is easily accessible from I-40 and Roane State Highway (Hwy 70). We were camping with my parents, who arrived in their own fifth wheel and camped a few sites down from us.
What should have been a short hour-long drive turned into a fiasco of fighting construction traffic on the interstate, but we made it, got set up, and walked down to my parents’ camper in a light misting rain.
Jasper has learned how to climb furniture and takes great pride in sitting where the big people do.
He has to test out every seat in the house.
Tent camping in the rain is pretty miserable, but being in an RV is cozy and comfortable on wet afternoons.
He loved staring out the windows at the lake.
For dinner, my mom grilled hamburgers and I brought over a homemade rice and bean salad and a mixture of fresh fruit. After dinner we chatted a bit until way past Jasper’s bedtime before heading back to our campsite to turn in for the night.
The next morning the sun was shining and the rain had passed.
Time to enjoy the day!
There are many lakefront sites at Caney Creek RV resort and you can back your camper right up to the lake. This was the view right behind our trailer.
And this is looking in the other direction.
Breakfast was simple – cheesy scrambled eggs and strawberry-blueberry muffin mix baked in a cake pan.
Easy peasy meals are definitely the way to go when camping!
Eggs ‘n muffins are also toddler-approved, especially those with bed hair while wearing dino jammies.
After breakfast we leashed up Dexter and Dewey and took a short walk. The pool area is very pretty and well-maintained. There’s a 1 -ft kiddie pool and had the weather been just a touch warmer we would have definitely taken Jasper for a swim. There was one brave swimmer that morning… he had to have been freezing!
There’s a pavilion next to the pool with grills for cooking. Paved walking paths meander throughout the resort.
After giving the dogs some exercise we went back to my parents’ camper to sit outside for a bit.
We brought Dex ‘n Dewey’s pen so they could hang out as well.
Jasper loved being by the water, pointing at all of the boats going by and noticing the ducks.
He was just a bit too curious, however, and frequently took off towards the water, sending one of us scrambling to grab him before he got too close.
One of his favorite games is to push things with wheels. Strollers, his cars and trains, his high chair… doesn’t matter. If it has wheels, he wants to push it around.
Nana and Papa gave him some toys to play with and some buttery Club crackers to munch on, so he was all set. The weather was pleasant, but a stiff breeze blew in by mid-morning so most of us wore light jackets and sweatshirts to stay comfortable. My husband, however, never ever gets cold.
After noon we went back to the camper to eat some lunch.
Lunch was also super simple. Matt and I had ham and cheese sandwiches with lettuce, pickles, and leftover confetti salad on the side, while Jasper had the other half of his hamburger from the night before. We also had cookies and I had some other snacks because now that my pregnancy food aversions have lifted I am a bottomless pit of hunger.
After lunch and after lots of singing, back-rubbing, music-playing, cuddling, and straight up begging, we got him down for his nap. My mom crocheted the white blanket for him and surprised him with it this weekend.
When naptime was over we leashed up the dogs and walked down to the playground where we met up with my parents to let Jasper get some exercise. Most of the equipment was too “old” for him, but we were able to assist him with playing on a few things.
It’s been a while since he’s been on a swing set and at first he wasn’t too sure about it!
Hey, maybe this actually is fun after all!
It’s so funny when he plays on the ground. He likes scratching his fingers in the dirt and mulch but at the same time he wears a stinkyface expression like, “What is this dirty stuff I’m touching?”
Matt took him down the slides a few times, and then showed him where he could walk behind it to climb back up on his own (with us close behind). I’d say he had a fun afternoon!
When Jasper had had enough of the playground, we did a bit more walking before returning to the campsites for dinner as a light cloud cover rolled in over the lake.
My mom made dinner that night, which was much-appreciated since my “morning” sickness had been rearing its ugly head all day and I wasn’t feeling up to cooking.
We had marinated grilled chicken with foil pouches filled with sliced potatoes, onions, and carrots that were cooked on the grill. Add some fresh boiled corn-on-the-cob and it was a filling and hearty meal! For dessert, we had sour cream pound cake with sweet strawberries and whipped cream, but I gobbled mine up before I even thought to take a photo.
The clouds parted just enough to give us a pretty sunset, though the wind was still strong and it was chilly sitting outside.
The next morning we repeated the same breakfast (except with apple cinnamon muffins this time) and then sat around chatting. Jasper watched me sweep dog fur out of the camper and then decided he needed to give it a try as well.
I can’t wait until he can really help me with the chores!
So proud of himself.
Trying to get a photo with my parents was interesting. Jasper melted down into sobs and this was the only one without tears!
Not even mama kisses could get the boy to crack a smile.
Caney Creek is a pretty campground that is close to home, so I’m sure we will be back for many weekend trips.