So there are these two High School gangs in Fremont. At the first dance in the new high school one of the members of Gang A fell in love with a sister of a member of Gang B. The two gangs were set to converge on our campground for a big fight but….
Well, OK. We experienced conflict during our time in the sleepy rural town of Fremont, MI but nothing involving knives and oddly-skilled gang members doing choreographed dance moves. Rather, the conflict was internal for us as we looked out to next summer and the possibility of purchasing a seasonal lot in this campground and spending 4-5 months there.
4-5 months. In. One. Place. Oh, the horrors! Our hitch-itch would grow into a festering rash by the end of the summer!
Here’s what we are thinking from an up/down side:
- We’d be close to family
My parents are 25 minutes away, and MsBoyinks are about 2 hours. We’d be able to have some summer family-time.
- We’d save money on campgrounds
The seasonal rate breaks down to ~ $11/day and that includes water, sewer, electric, trash, nice showers, and (would you believe it) firewood.
- We’d save money on fuel
The RV park in Fremont is within biking distance to the library, churches, groceries, ice cream, groceries, farmer’s market and restaurants. Our fuel cost could be as little as we want it.
- We could get summer jobs
Both Harrison and MsBoyink have expressed interest in a summer job or long-term volunteer engagement.
- We could be part of a community
I can’t recall a friendlier park. During our week there we attended both an ice cream social and potluck breakfast and had many great conversations with people who seemed genuinely interested in us as newcomers.
- We could take advantage of other resources
The library had a writers group. There is an arts council with summer programs. There is a really nice theater with a summer schedule.
- We’d avoid the busy summer camping season
During our year on the road we spent the summer workamping so didn’t experience until this summer what it was like to be trying to get into campgrounds with the rest of the world. Our summer ended up being far more scheduled and planned than we prefer.
- I could get a boat
The park offers reasonably-price dock rental, so I could source a small fishing boat to use for the summer.
- Travel would seem fresh again
I worry about this - will moving constantly with no large downtimes get boring? After a season of being stationary getting back on the road might seem sweeter.
- We loved Fremont
Fremont is a regular-Joe, working class rural Michigan town on a lake. It doesn’t smell of money. It’s not a tourist town. t’s just big enough to have a Wal-mart but small enough that other big-box retailers haven’t discovered it yet. It has a nice hospital and is also the home of Gerber baby foods which provides a financial foundation for the community.
- We’d have to mow our own lawn
Yes, a mower & fuel is provided, but still. We sold a house to get out of those sorts of chores.
- It sounds busy
More work schedules & class times etc makes it sound like it might put us back into a busy (and suburban-like) schedule that we currently don’t miss.
- There is still a cost
As cheap as it is, we could still live cheaper by camp-hosting somewhere. We’ve got a couple of places in mind that allow short-term committments and don’t include security or bathroom cleanup (our requirements).
- Is it Adventurous?
An hour from where we used to call home. Among people mostly of our own culture, heritage, and religion. In a “safe” little town and park. Is this what we went through the effort of selling the house, giving away our stuff and hitting the road to do? Is this a learning experience? Is it an adventure? Or, could it be looked at as a way to earn a bigger adventure? Like saving money towards a trip to another country?
So, we don’t know. We gave the park manager our name for the list that goes out in the spring if there are open seasonal spots. We have some other things brewing that might affect our availability next summer.
It’s great to have options. But when you have so many options it can also be tough to choose one of them.
What will the Boyinks do Summer of 2013?