As we are still working full-time we are”weekend warriors.” Meaning our travel times and distance are limited so we are not spending all of our time driving. By design, we have limited our travels to no more than 150 to 200 miles from home during our first summer RVing.
We found several campgrounds that were nice and fit our needs. However, in talking about where to go next weekend or the next upcoming holiday weekend the same place kept coming to Rachel and me – the Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA. It is about an hour and a half drive from home. An easy drive (except for the highway construction). Close to a nice size town with access to the things we either elected to get once we set up camp or just plain forgot to pack. Most importantly to our grumble, the campground is dog-friendly.
The campground is run by Donna and J. A great couple who go out of their way to make sure your stay is enjoyable. They are supported by a great staff. Many are workcampers – campers who come for the season, or part thereof. Everyone on staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help in any way they can.
Depending on what you are looking for, there are lots of activities at the site. It seems that every weekend there is a theme or special activities scheduled. There are also plenty of wonderful things to do in the general area. If your interests are of a more physical nature there are numerous places to hike, bike trails, canoe, etc. Maybe you would prefer a less strenuous form relaxation. You could go tubing or visit many of the little shops in the area.
This past summer, we were more inclined to hang around our camp site and spend time with the pugs. They have an x-pen so they can spend time outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Of course, they go inside the RV to keep cool if it is too hot and humid. A couple of hours in and around the pool is always a great way to keep cool, get a little exercise and meet fellow campers.
By far our favorite activity is sitting around the campfire in the evening and watch the stars come out. We will put something on the grill for dinner. Turn on some tunes – hopefully, not too loudly. And just relax and unwind from the stresses of the workweek.
The entire family has enjoyed this KOA so very much that we have a arranged for a seasonal site for the 2017 season. This means that we will not have to move the rig from home to the Poconos and back home every weekend. Just pack up a few things, the pugs and off we go for the weekend. Additionally, we will not be in a rush to leave on Sunday morning by the scheduled check out time. Everyone is looking forward to the start of our rental this coming summer.
This does not mean that we will not be on the road at all during the summer of 2017. Stay tuned for details of our Summer 2017 road trips.
**This is not a paid endorsement of Delaware Water Gap /Pocono Mountain KOA or KOA in general. We are only expressing our opinions and first-hand experiences.