Log of our fifth trip of 2004

Punderson State Park

Newbury, Ohio

 Camp Office:  (440) 564-1195
Park Office:  (440) 564-2279
November 22-29, 2004
Mileage Start 29,323
Home 29,424
Miles:  101


Attended:  Dad, Mom, Megan,
Gracie Allen, 5˘fritz, Fezziwig and our grand-pug Eleanor (aka Persiphony)

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Punderson, although it has a very poorly designed Campground, is a winter wonderland.  It has ample snow and things to do in the snow.  It's the only or at least the only close-to-Cleveland electrical-available winter camp. It is about an hour east of North Olmsted, Ohio.


The leaf is vertical and represented a monster from afar.  It was soon conquored by the fearless Gracie.  Click for a larger image.A trip scheduled for October had to be cancelled due to Mom's health problems.  We have far too much time between our trips!

I said it last year.  I'm going to say it again.  Punderson State Park campground sites suck.  They simply suck.  Level is a word that apparently had not been invented when the park was built.  The electrical capacity is as bad as can be.  You're lucky to get 10 amps from a 15 or 20 amp outlet.  This is our fate in northeast Ohio.  Many years ago, after the passage of a park support tax issue, the State promised electric-equipped sites would be added to Findlay State Park.  They lied.  So all we have in the winter is Punderson.  Further east is Mosquito, Geneva, and Pymatuning but they aren't as convenient. Punderson has five full hookup sites.  In the summer they sport trailers the park rents out.  In the winter all you get is a 50 amp outlet.  Bring plenty of leveling boards even if you have levers, as the front of the RV has to be a good two feet off the ground to allow the RV to be level.  Take another site and you'll be both off level and not have the power.

Ah well ...

Click for a larger imageSite 47 seems to be the best site available.  It is nice and level although no where near water.  It is OK for now as all water is shut off.  You have to go to the potable water spigot near the dump.  Site 47 offers something special, too.  I can almost walk under the rear of the motorhome to allow myself the opportunity to air up the spare tire.

This was a drab, overcast, rainy week and weekend.  Gracie and I stayed Monday through Thursday when I went home to do Thanksgiving with the family.  Mom, Meggie, Fezziwig, S5˘fritz, Gracie and Eleanor returned to spend the remainder of the weekend.

We walked and walked and walked then we walked some more.  Although there is a two limit dog rule here we sometimes sneak in an extra (or two).  Here is a shot of Persiphony after a three mile walk and the other puppies on the couch.

Persiphony after a long walk.  Click for a larger image.Click for a larger image.
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YEAH!  Winter if finally here!  This is Thanksgiving Day morning!



For up-to-date park maps and information, check the Ohio State Park website for Punderson State Park

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