I was privileged to meet some of our state park goers while visiting Occoneechee State Park with my family. I wanted to be sure to share these fun folks with you!
KOBY WITH A K AND HIS GRANDMOTHER
It all began as I was walking our dog and saw this cool kid named Koby and his lovely Grandmother out on the camping loop. "Koby with a K" as his Grandmother told me, was riding a bike quite skillfully and even shot down the little hill to show off a bit.
Koby with a K, his Grandmother and her two dogs at Occoneechee State Park
Snoodle and NoZo at Occoneechee State Park (Snoodle the old veteran in the back was the tough one and NoZo in the front was the big sookie puppy!)
They were a friendly bunch. His grandmother said she had not been camping in years, but decided to tag along! When I asked Koby with a K where he was from, he said Danville. I said "Oh so that is not too far from here, only about an hour" to which he responded:
"Yeah it took only an hour to get here but it took us FOUR HOURS TO PACK UP!"
I liked Kody with a K. His grandmother told me her son was working long hours at the Goodyear plant and unable to take a break and finally said "I want to take the family fishing!" So they did, and here they are. Grandmother also had two pooches named "Snoodle and NoZo" she was taking out for a stroll. When I asked her if they had cooked bacon and eggs this morning, she replied "Oh yeah, of course."
Koby with a K could get around pretty good on that bike!
Go Koby Go!
I loved the fact that at this particular campsite there were three generations of campers present. Isn't that what camping is all about? Virginia State Parks motto is:
"Family, Friends and Fun"
As families tend to drift apart, relationships stretched thinner and thinner, it is a blessing to see Virginia State Parks duct taping them back together! (That is my camping analogy because you know how duct tape can fix anything or hold anything together? Or so they say...well there ya go!)
SWEET MOTHER-DAUGHTER CAMPERS
As I wandered around the next camping loop at Occoneechee State Park I stumbled (or would that be dragged, after all I was walking our dog) past a campsite that caught my eye, well one thing in particular did:
These campers had the coffee pot set and ready to wake them up from the tent
This campsite was occupied by a mother-daughter team who met up here half way between both residences. Jennifer the mom lives in Raleigh and Lindsay the daughter lives in Richmond. They had such a neat and tidy campsite, no turned over bikes, towels or the like at this site. In fact they were at the picnic table after finishing up breakfast and invited me in for a cup of coffee!
When offered I said "sure" and in I went. When Lindsay was younger her parents would go camping with a few other couples and all their kids. The kids would swim and play all day and late into the night, while the parents had Scrabble and Yahtzee matches. This tradition has held to this day as that was what Jennifer and Lindsay were up to on this brief weekend camping trip! They said they were Phase 10 addicts as well as loving all the other fun family board, dice and card games!
Here they are playing cards with the added mosquito protection!
This is mom Jennifer from Raleigh NC camping with her grown daughter from Richmond VA
Lindsay washing up from breakfast (including my coffee cup)
This made me smile. Another instance where Virginia State Parks is helping families make memories together. Without actually realizing it, you park goers are making an impact on others. You made one on mine!
This is not affiliated with that "K" Kamping group; I used it in honor of Koby with a K!