Nearly every summer since I was nine years old, I’ve done the same exact thing — go to my sleepaway camp in northern Wisconsin. But this year, as it became clear that the pandemic would last through the summer, the prospects of returning to camp looked grim. While I mourned the loss of a summer at camp, my mom decided to take advantage of the situation and plan an activity for what would be the first summer in a long time that my whole family would be together.
After scrounging the internet, she finally came up with an activity that was adventurous but also COVID-safe. We would be renting an RV to explore the middle of the country and the many national parks there. Although we had gone on long car trips before, we had never done anything like this. The RV lifestyle would be completely new to us. We figured we would spend most of our nights in RV…