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Our third outing was an overnighter with a mission! Members of the church I serve had been talking about getting a canopy tent for outdoor services for a few years now and, with COVID restrictions, that seemed like a good idea.  So, after locating a white canopy tent on Craigslist, we decided to take an overnighter in the area where we went to pick it up.  

We decided to stay at Gifford Pinchot State Park in northern York County.  Pinchot SP is quite familiar to me as I grew up about six miles away and my family often hiked there.  It has a large lake which is popular with kayakers and those who like to fish.

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The campground at Pinchot is big and, having camped there twice in previous years, we decided to try a different loop.  Our site was fairly private, if not a wee bit short, but husband-man backed the Sunny into the space without any problem and we enjoyed a peaceful stay.  

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Monday morning we were off to PA “fruit country” to buy a canopy tent from a nice young couple whose family had used it once and no longer needed it.  Hopefully it’ll answer the purpose for Sunday services during the summer.  Either way, mission accomplished with another enjoyable overnighter in the 2363!

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After such a good overnighter at Greenwood Furnace SP, we decided to do another overnighter at another of our favorite close-to-us State Parks, R. B. Winter.  We we able to get a fairly isolated site, one of our favorites, set up quickly, and get down to enjoying our time, albeit short.

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Our area had entered the green phase of COVID restriction here in PA and there were quite a few families enjoying the Park, even kids in the 55° water – brrr! Taking advantage of the beautiful weather we enjoyed a short hike up to the overlook; as usual, we do a lot of walking while we camp.  

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And, when not walking, we were sitting by the Sunny reading, joined by a little striped friend who was quite bold – think he was used to getting leftovers from other campers.  

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My husband’s schedule right now is such that we are taking advantage of these overnighters while we can. Another one coming up soon!

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Our first outing of the season was a simple overnighter at Greenwood Furnace State Park, the closest SP to our home and a good place for a short stay.  

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The weather cooperated with sun and blue skies and moderate temps, just a little on the cool side at night.  Many different plants were in bloom as one might expect for late Spring and we got in plenty of walks, remembering once again how good it is to camp and to get away!
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We like to treat ourselves to breakfast at Taste of the Valley in Belleville and check out some of the Amish stores as well as the local thrift store.  Additionally, our first trip of the season is always a “shakedown cruise” of sorts, when we find out what we forgot to do or bring… and make lists so that we have it for the next time.  

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And, after having such a nice, relaxing first time out we’re thinking that the next time might be as soon as we can make it!