By Jennifer Huggins, Interpreter, First Landing State Park
Have you seen what you can get in a camper these days? While working at the VA State Parks’ table at the Tidewater RV Show at the Virginia Beach Convention I saw the latest and greatest in RVs. They had all kinds there, fifth wheels, pop ups, and motor homes of all size.
However it wasn’t the size of the vehicles that astounded me, it was the amenities that they came with. Since my grandparents are avid campers and have had various motor homes for their excursions since I was little, I have seen quite an evolution of recreation vehicles. In their newest camper besides, the bed, tv, stove, refrigerator, bathroom, and living area, there is even a small washer/dryer unit in the bathroom. I am amazed by what technology has made possible. I am even more amazed by what I saw at the RV Show small pull behind campers with tv screens that were revealed by opening an outside compartment, so that you can watch TV outside. Then you could open another outside compartment to reveal a grill station complete with counter space and a sink. Some of the larger motor homes might be able to give my apartment sq footage a run for its money. These features make it easy for people, especially those who are retired and have more time available, to go on long excursions.
RVs also have made it easier for people who don’t or can’t sleep on the ground to explore the outdoors. Of course anyone who is planning to explore the great outdoors should do so at a First Landing State Parkhas over 100 water and electric campsites.
These sites vary in size, but the largest sites can fit a 50ft RV. If you don’t have a camper trailer on your own you might want to enter the Virginia State Parks’ 75 Day of Summer contest, part of the 75th VSP Anniversary Celebration, to win a fully furnished camper trailer.
To make reservations for your RV, tent, or cabin stay at any of the state parks please visit the reservation site. Or call 1-800-933-PARK.