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Hootin' Hollerin' Good Time

July 16, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
Have you ever been to a Jellystone Park Campground? If so, you'll probably understand when I say our three day experience there was akin to a kid's sleepaway camp. Catchy songs, hay rides, ice cream eating contests, sand castle building, arts and crafts, and I'd be remiss to not mention the morning flag raising ceremonies complete with the pledge of allegiance. Jellystone Park campgrounds are scattered throughout the northeast, and the campground we happened to stay at last week was in New York. We were there for a family reunion and the weekend couldn't have been more family reunion-y. My mom's side of the family were born and raised and are still living in Buffalo, and are the most down-to-earth, rowdy, fun bunch you'll meet. You never have to watch what you say or do around that group. Our family has been meeting for family reunions for pretty much as long as I can remember, and those memories are some of the best of my childhood. Julie and Johnny are now experiencing and loving the craziness of our Buffalo family. My cousins and I have a special bond and I feel so close to them, and Julie and Johnny love being around the cousins close to their ages, but also the older cousins who play with them and help them out. Campgrounds are our favorite meeting places because we can spend the day outdoors, share meals on the outdoor grills and enjoy each other's company around the campfire. Of course, we have been known to get too loud or out of hand on occassion, and I distinctly remember two instances when we were nearly kicked off the premises. But, for the most part, we are just a normal, yet loud, family getting together every year. With our impending move to Chicago just two weeks away, I couldn't help but feel a little sad, thinking about possibly not coming back for our reunions every year. They were a great part about my summers growing up and I know Julie and Johnny feel the same. Here's hoping we can make it next year!

 
 

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Julie and her cousin buddies Sarah, 8, and Meghan, 3.