Publisher's Letter

A couple of months ago, I wrote about our new camper and the escapades that were on the horizon for the Meisenheimer family. The good news is that it all has gone well, and everyone is still intact after two weeks of camping adventures.

These outings are probably very different from what most would envision when using the word “camping.” For example, we had a water view and community bathrooms and showers, just like I did camping as a child. But this scenic view also included the George Bush Turnpike and I-30.

The “19th Hole” camper (as we affectionately call it) was purchased with the intention of making it our home away from home while our kids participate in out-of-town golf tournaments. In the metroplex, this camping experience led us to Lakeshore RV Resort in Garland, Texas. Growing up, I had never stayed at an RV park because my camping scene mostly consisted of Cowhide Cove at Lake Greeson and Shady Lake in Arkansas.

RV park camping has been a very different experience. For starters, we had to get the 19th Hole approved for entry, as they have restrictions against campers over ten years old. Ours is a 2009. Who knew RV parks had so many rules? However, all it took to gain entrance was a phone call to the park manager, sending photos of our camper, a mention that I would include their wonderful RV park in this article, and the promise of a much needed “bath” in order to get the 19th Hole looking spick and span before we rolled in.

It was a wonderful experience both times we visited. Lakeshore RV Resort is so conveniently located, right off I-30 after crossing Lake Ray Hubbard, that we did not have to deal with the stress of pulling the camper through the metroplex. Also, with that location, we could get just about anywhere we needed to be within 45 minutes, and the customer service from the staff was impeccable. They called to check on our arrival time, and when we arrived, they escorted us to our camping spot. They even helped Fred successfully back the camper in, earning them five stars from me, as it saved us from the stress of that task and the argument that was sure to follow.

The facilities are so lovely. The entire park is gated. They have lots of lights at night, so you never feel like anything could lurk in the shadows. They have an activity center with a pool table, shuffleboard, a Golden Tee video game, TVs, a hot tub, a swimming pool, a business center, and a gym.
They also have not-so-ordinary campsite community bathrooms and showers which are extremely clean. They are nothing like the showers I used growing up camping. (Those were meant to build character and make you appreciate things.)

Staying at Lakeshore was like staying at a very nice resort, where you bring your bed. They provide all the amenities you could want and definitely more than you need. I absolutely recommend it if you need a place to stay in the metroplex and want to go camping. We look forward to doing it again!

May begins the time of year when golfing, camping trips, and baseball games ramp up. On this month’s cover, we have our locally known and nationally loved Vincent Chapman, AKA “The Dancing Umpire.” I am fortunate to have grown up with Vincent in Queen City, where we graduated high school together. We have known each other a long time, and one thing has remained the same the entire time I have known him. He ALWAYS brings a smile to people’s faces. These days he is doing that on a larger scale for the Savannah Bananas Baseball Team. Check out our special graduate section as we cheer on the Class of 2023 and wish them all the best in their next adventures.



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