This has been a fairly typical weekend in the life of a Golden Bell RV Park camp host, with a few exceptions. It started Thursday afternoon instead of Friday, for one thing. We usually start with a park empty of everyone but volunteers and end with nearly every site filled with energetic campers. This week was maybe even more than typical, since most of the new inhabitants came bringing a multitude of bicycles, along with their young riders. Crossing the road was a real adventure, with children on bikes zipping by intermittently.
Most sites in a winter RV park are filled with travel trailers, fifth-wheels or motorhomes of various sizes and shapes. This summer park is overflowing with tents, all the way from the smallest one or two man tents to the supersized outfitter tent complete with woodburning stove if needed. Tent campers mean several things to us, but one of the most labor intensive has to do with the restroom facilities. RVers tend to use their own facilities, but tents don’t come equipped with toilets and showers, so bathroom and shower usage multiplies exponentially! We’ve been off this weekend, but I know our co-hosts have replaced toilet paper and paper towels, as well as emptying trash and cleaning showers where people walk in with their shoes on and leave mud and pine needles behind. And did I mention hair? Probably my least favorite thing about bathroom cleanup is the amount of other people’s hair that is found all over showers, counters, sinks and floors. Yuck!
We’re about to find out just how many tents and people can be stuffed into a few sites. Usually, by the time we come home from church and lunch on Sunday, the park is back to its sleepy mid-week self. This week, though, a Youth for Christ group from Pratt, KS had already begun unloading as we drove in. The first site I noticed had 3 or 4 four-man tents in it and teenagers were everywhere! Typically this group comes one weekend and sets up, then the following weekend they take that bunch of kids back to Kansas and returns a day or two later with a whole different bunch. Wish us luck!