First Time Staying in a Cabin

What a fantastic weekend!!  I should start by saying that it isn’t really the first time we have stayed in a cabin.  Lee and I did a weekend back in 1993 but it was more of a resort cabin and I lived in a cabin in the woods for a month once while we were relocating, but this was definitely the first time we have stayed in one of those small campground cabins.    We had a really tough week..seeing our daughter Kay off to Air Force basic training was a very emotional experience,  plus  there was absolutely no movement on our house , and both of our jobs were insane last week.  So we both desperately needed a break and we set off early Monday morning to go to the Mountain Vista Campground in the Poconos to meet our friends.  Because our camper was professionally placed into the site we are in, we knew it would cost too much to take it so we decided to rent a cabin.  The cost was pretty outrageous ($138 a night), but I was grateful to our organizer Kelly for finding a campground that had an open cabin.  Since check in time for the cabin wasn’t until 3pm we had lots of time, but both of us really wanted to start the long weekend,  so we took off early.  Lee asked if there was anything I wanted to do along the way, and  I broke out the Roadside America app for the first time this summer  to see if there was anything cool along the way.  The app styles itself as Your Online Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions and it definitely does not disappoint.  I love goofy stuff and was tickled to see that Giant Hot Dog man was along our route and really not that far from our current campground.  The directions were a little vague but we found it and it made me smile.    If I could wander around the country with Lee looking at goofy stuff like this I would be perfectly content 🙂

Giant Hot Dog man

Giant Hot Dog man










We also stopped along the way and saw an ATM machine that is designed as a giant tree.  Funny thing, I have stopped near this at least 20 times in the last 5 years and never knew it was there.  Love this app

ATM that looks like a tree

ATM that looks like a tree


Tree ATM


So between the side trips, restroom breaks, and construction on 84 it took us awhile, but we got to the campground at 3:10pm ..just in time for check in.  I was so excited about seeing everyone.  For the last several months Kelly, Jo, and Cori have been an amazing support system.  We all have new rigs, are all selling our houses, and all are dealing with major life changes at the same time.  They have been so supportive…taking texts or phone calls at all hours of the day and night and the support and encouragement has been unwavering.  I have not had this many good women friends in a really long time and never this many friends in a non-work environment since college. The gift of these relationships  at this stage of my life is really a blessing and one of the best things our camping adventures have  brought it to me.

After the check-in we went to the cabin which was right around the corner from the camp store.  Mountain Vista has a nice camp store and although my experience with them over the phone wasn’t so great,  in person they were much nicer.  We weren’t planning on spending much time in the cabin as Jo and Ben, Kelly and Bill, and Cori and Greg were all on the other side of the campground but right across from each other, but we did want to take a moment to drop our stuff off.   The cabin was a bit of a shock…no a big shock.  It looked nice in the pictures and was a “large” cabin but when we went in it was one room and pretty small.  The floors were clean but all the mattresses had a thick plastic on them and it looked like a bargain hotel room.  I’m not a snob or anything, but for that price the small kitchen area should have been cleaner and they provided absolutely nothing.  We had to bring plates, pots and pans, lined, towels.  The only thing it had in it was a coffee machine (no filters or coffee) and 2 ratty old blankets.  Cori had offered us the couches in her rig and I was seriously thinking about packing back up and taking her up on it.  I won’t say anything more about the cabin because the only thing we did was sleep in it, but the bathroom was the best part of it.  The shower was very clean and had plenty of hot water and the toilet was relatively new.  Let’s just say though I really really missed my camper and we won’t be staying in any cabins anytime soon.


Cabin looks waaay nicer on the outside than the inside

Cabin looks waaay nicer on the outside than the inside









We walked down to see everyone and the rest of the campground was pretty nice.  It was full, but the sites were on a mountain so they were tiered and all had some greenery for separation between the sites.  When we hit the campground we saw Kelly and Bill and Jo and Ben and tons of hugs were given…well the girls hugged…the guys shook hands.  I hadn’t seen Kelly for months but with phone calls, Facebook, and texting it didn’t feel that long but it was so great to see her in person.  She completely opened her rig to us which was VERY nice…insisting we felt free to use the bathroom and refrigerator and in no time at all I did just that.  Kelly is the kind of person who means it when she says make yourself at home and her home on wheels is awesome.   Kelly and Bill are in the final stages of selling their house and just moved into their rig full-time.  Considering everything that’s been on her plate, she was amazingly organized.

Kelly and Bill's Landmark

Kelly and Bill’s Landmark








We were all talking and catching up when Cori and Greg arrived.  They have a super nice Class A and were parked right next to Kelly and Bill.  I haven’t seen Cori either since the rally and there were more hugs and everyone shared their excitement over finally being together.  Jo, Ben, Lee and I had spent some time together and Cori, Greg, Kelly, and Bill had gotten together but we all had not been in the same place since April.  It’s no small thing to coordinate everyone’s schedules, especially because everyone has jobs, but Kelly did an awesome job of pulling us all together.   Greg setup the Class A (which compared to a fifth wheel takes no time) and we all hung out well into the night.  Greg cooked some amazing crab cakes and corn and Cori brought a beautiful cheesecake for everyone.   Plus Jo bought me a bottle of my favorite wine for my birthday so everyone was having a really good time.  Everyone but us has dogs and although there was some initial fuss the puppies soon settled down and got along just fine.  We had Peyton and Annubis  (Jo and Ben’s Malamute and Shepard mix), Hobi (Cori and Greg’s bichon/cavalier mix) and Poco (Bill and Kelly’s =Autralian Shephard mix).  Aunt Tracy brought her dog treats with her and Lee and I spoiled the dogs shamelessly the entire weekend.

Greg cooking the crab cakes

Greg cooking the crab cakes

Cori and Greg's rig...instead of tiki torches they have some cool tiki pots that work great

Cori and Greg’s rig…instead of tiki torches they have some cool tiki pots that work great


Hobi hanging out in his doggie bed

Hobi hanging out in his doggie bed

Everyone chilling by the fire

Everyone chilling by the fire


Sleeping in the cabin that night wasn’t that bad.  Kelly had loaned us a blanket to put between the plastic cover and our sheets and the alcohol helped 🙂  We did wake up pretty early though and the total lack of coffee was a problem.  We are early risers, but knew others weren’t so we popped out into East Stroudsburg and got some Dunkin Donuts.   I have to say the town was pretty depressing.  There are lots of activities available such as zip lining and sky diving plus a huge park with hiking trails and waterfalls but the economy of the area was obviously depressed.  We picked up our coffee and I bought some bagels and donuts and we headed to the campsites.  Only Jo and Ben were up and moving and it was still pretty chilly so I laid the donuts out and ran up to the camp store for some wood. Bill had brought some wood in his truck, but I wanted to contribute something so I got some extra and we had the campfire going by the time everyone was up and moving around.  Eventually Greg and Cori fixed eggs and sausage for breakfast.  They have this cool small Weber grill that fits on the picnic table but it holds quite a bit and the eggs and sausage were yummy.  After breakfast Lee, Jo, and I left and made a liquor store/grocery store run and got some deli meat and veggies for lunch.  PA has weird liquor and spirits are sold in a state-run store and beer is only sold in Beer stores or in bars.  We got back in time for lunch and laid everything out and right after we finished eating Eileen and Gene came.  Eileen and Gene just retired and starting full-timing in their RV not that long after the RV-Dreams rally.  They have been on the road for two months and have gone on quite the tour visiting their 5 kids and traveling from Denver to Boston.  We were all really curious about how things were going with them and loved talking about the realities of being full-time on the road.  Plus they are really nice and funny people and their dog Max (another bichon-cavalier mix) was a total cutie pie.  so there was a lot of talking and eating and drinking and talking.  What a great day.

Eileen and Gene

Eileen, Gene, and Max




From the left Ben, Bill, Kelly, Jo, Cori

From the left Ben, Bill, Kelly, Jo, Greg, and Cori




From left Greg From Right Jo, Kelly, Bill, and Ben



Lee, Jo, Cori, and Greg










The girls really went out of their way to make me feel special for my birthday.   They kept walking up and giving me hugs and wishing me happy birthday.  Jo bought me another bottle of my favorite wine( which isn’t cheap) and they kept me fed and happy throughout the day.  I kept hoping Kay might be able to call but apparently the drill sergeants don’t let the recruits call their mommies on their birthdays.   I think I would have been really sad if my other daughters hadn’t called and my friends hadn’t made such a fuss.  Kelly made seafood enchiladas which I LOVE and they were fantastic.  She’s sending the recipe soon and I’ll list it in my recipes when it comes.   Cori had called Lee and found out what my favorite cake was and got me a yellow cake with chocolate icing and my name on it.  They all sang happy birthday and I was really really touched.  Everyone likes a bit of a fuss on their birthday but Cori, Kelly, and Jo amped it up to 10 and it really meant a lot to me.


My very cool birthday cake Cori got me.




Me eating my birthday cake



The weather was beautiful all weekend.  It only rained Saturday night after we went to bed and it cleared up for breakfast on Sunday.  Bill made some outstanding pancakes…I’m not kidding these taste like the kind you get in a really good restaurant.   We also had  pork rolls, bacon, sausage links and sausage patties.  Lee who is a big fan of the breakfast was in heaven.  We were all sad to leave but hope to see each other over the winter in Florida and I know even if we can’t see each other all the time we will remain really strong friends.  I have run out of adjectives to use so I’ll just say  I love, love, love my girls… and their guys aren’t  so bad either 🙂

The gang

Front row:  Ben, Bill, and Jo                      Back Row: Kelly, Eileen, Gene, Lee, me, Cori, and Greg











Kelly’s Shrimp and Crab  Enchiladas


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups raw shrimp, medium size cut in half (Kelly used 31 – 40 count)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces imitation crab meat, chopped (Kelly used equal portion of claw meat)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk (low-fat or skim works great – save the calories)
  • 1 cup sour cream (light (not no-fat) works great)

  • 2 cups Mexican style shredded cheese (divided)
  • 8 medium size flour tortilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

  2. Drizzle the olive oil into the pan and add shrimp and garlic.

  3. Saute for 2 minutes then add crab and parsley.

  4. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Saute for 3 more minutes and remove from heat.

  6. Set aside and stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese.

  7. In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

  8. Once butter is melted, add the flour.

  9. Cook for one minute stirring constantly until mixture is combined.

  10. Add the milk and sour cream.

  11. Whisk the mixture together and heat for 2-3 minutes until it starts to


  12. Add 1 cup of the sauce to the shrimp and crab mixture and stir.
  13. Add 1/2 cup sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish and spread tocover the bottom. (9 x 13 pan won’t fit in RV ovens, Kelly used an 8 x 11(can fit 5 tortillas and 8 x 8 (the other 3 tortillas) – worked out great)
  14. Place shrimp and crab mixture across each tortilla and roll up.  (try to portion it out somehow before you start filling – so the filling is evenly distributed)
  15. Place seam side down in the baking dish and repeat until finished.
  16. Pour remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas, spread to cover if needed, then sprinkle the remaining 1 cup cheese over the top.
  17. Sprinkled with a little paprika for color
  18. Bake for 15-20 minutes until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted.
  19. Serve with green onions sprinkled on top


  1. Kelly's Shrimp and Crab Enchiladas


 Campground Review

Mountain Vista Campground 415 Taylor Drive East Stroudsburg, PA 18301   2 out of 5 pine cones – 2014

The campground has good WiFi throughout with sites on the larger side that are staggered on a hill to give additional separation.   The camp store was moderately well stocked and the people who ran it were friendly in person.  They were not however friendly on the phone and the campground only takes cash or checks and doesn’t even have a Pay Pal site.   We stayed in a cabin which was very expensive and although clean had no amenities ($138 per night).  Basically the campsite was overpriced and I didn’t see much that would justify the expense or inconvenience of booking it.  It is packed though with seasonal’s and there are things to do in the area such as sky dive, zip line, and numerous hiking trails and waterfalls.   The nearby towns however are very depressed and don’t have the ambiance that I like when traveling to an area.  Essentially, it would be ok for a couple of nights in a pinch, but I would not choose to travel here for a long weekend.


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12 thoughts on “First Time Staying in a Cabin

  1. Hi Tracy and Lee, Happy Birthday to you! What a treat for y’all to get together again., I am so jealous we could not be there with you! Looks like a great time was had by all.

    I understand the sadness of letting go of our children. Ours are much older but it was a hard time when they struck out on their own. They aren’t far away but I treasure those phone calls. It will be so different when we get on the road and not able to see then when we want.

    I sooooo understand the frustration of the house not selling and watching everyone else’s sell! We are in the same situation! We have lowered the price just so we can unload it! My husband, Guy, gave his retirement notice and hopefully will be out within the next 3 – 6 months! We hope this place sells before!

    Thank you for the app advice, I did not know it existed. I will keep you in my prayers for things to turn around for you, as well as for your daughter.

    • Thanks Sue.. We were talking about you at the mini reunion …wish you could have been there. I think you and I are the last two of the rally group that got together that night to sell. It is super super hard, but trying to make the most of the time. Thanks for the prayers…much appreciated and good luck on a quick sale. Please keep in touch and let us all know.

  2. Tracy, I know the house will sell, it’s just so hard to wait. We purchased a new coach, took possession of it first of May but it has been in the shop ever since! We are hoping we get it by the first of Sept. We have a 3 month trip planned thru Florida and have prepaid for all the camping spots!
    Are you planning to attend the reunion next May? We have signed up and are excited to see everyone.

    Will you and Lee be taking any long trips while you are waiting to sell? If you head to the south let us know and we could try to hook up.

    Have a great week!

    • I heard about that Sue totally stinks!!! At least we have the weekends. So very sorry :(. We are scheduled for the rally in May either way. If we sell I have work permission to go south sooner rather than that’s awesome.

  3. Hi Tracy, I enjoyed reading about your cabin getaway and it must have been hard leaving your 5er home behind. But it sure sounds like you’ve got a great group of friends to hang out with. I hope that when we finally get our rig and get out on the road that we will be as fortunate to make some good friends. We are still looking and trying to decide if we want a 5er or a motor home. It is so hard to decide but we can’t do anything until next spring so we have some time to figure it all out (hopefully!). Are you staying in NH until your house sells? Good luck with all that, hopefully something will happen this fall. I think most people would want to buy and get moved and settled in b4 winter.
    Btw, happy belated birthday!
    Take care, Doris Whitegiver (I had inquired about your open range)

    • Hi Doris…thanks for writing. If you can go to an RV show it’s a great way to decide what you would prefer. Fifth wheel versus Class A is a big decision and we spent a lot of time on it. Nothing beats getting in them and walking around though to decide 🙂

  4. We’ve been to rv shows earlier this year as well as many dealers and thought we had figured out that the 5er was the way to go, but it wasn’t until recently that we started thinking about and checking out the class A’s and now I feel like we’re starting all over. LOL!
    Then when I read your post and saw that some folks had 5ers and some had mh’s my husband and I wondered why some chose one over the other and if they were happy with their decision. Unfortunately we don’t know anyone who has either one of these so that’s not much help. We plan to go to more shows and hopefully we’ll get to talk with some folks there. One of our dilemmas is that if we buy a mh it will have to be used due to the cost of those beasts but if we buy 5er and truck we could probably afford new, at least on the 5er anyway…ah decisions, decisions. Mind boggling to say the least. Thanks for listening!
    Take care, Doris
    btw, we are going to be up in NH sometime in October, if you and Lee are still there maybe we can meet for a bit if it’s convenient for you.

    • That would be great Doris would love to meet. There are some great threads on the RV-Dreams forum about Class A versus fiver. I’m claustrophobic so nothing I was comfortable in the class A was remotely in our price range. Lots of folks really like having a tow vehicle. Others I think just like the big rig feel.

  5. Tracy, thanks so much for all your input, I appreciate your help. We do read a lot of the forums on RV Dreams and they have been very helpful. I need to get “on board” and get signed up with them so that I can post some questions myself. There is a show coming up in Raleigh NC in a couple of weeks that we are planning to go to. I think Howard is supposed to be giving some presentations at it and we are looking forward to that.
    We’re also looking forward to meeting with you and Lee in October. Will have a better idea of a time frame closer to end of Sept. That’s when new grand baby is due. I’ll keep in touch.

  6. Hey Tracy! Belated happy birthday! It was so good to see everyone in your blog. I know y’all had a great time together. It made me think of the RV rally and all the great people there. I’m sorry to hear your house hasn’t sold yet. Here’s to hoping the new “ad” will be the little extra needed to get it sold.

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