State Park of the Week


Charlestown State Park

12500 Indiana 62, Charlestown, IN 47111
(812) 256-5600

Charlestown State Park is located in southern Indiana. The park is easily accessible, located 8 miles east of I-65, on State Road 62. With scenic vistas of the Fourteenmile Creek valley and the Ohio River, with elevation changes of over 200 feet, Charlestown has much to offer the visitor with its rugged hills and deep ravines. While hiking the rugged terrain you will see Devonian fossil outcrops and areas of karst sinkhole topography. Bird watchers will enjoy the 72 species of birds, including bluebirds, black vultures and an occasional bald eagle.

Charlestown is one of two state parks offering full hookup campsites.

Indiana State Park of the Week


Chain O’Lakes State Park

2355 E. 75 S., Albion, IN 46701
(260) 636-2654

This is lake country and a small boater’s paradise. Nine connecting lakes will be the center of your adventures at Chain O’Lakes. Paddle through the chain of serene kettle lakes, hike the 10 miles of forested trails, fish the electric-motors-only lakes, stay overnight in a forested hillside family cabin, or visit the park’s old one-room schoolhouse nature center. Other facilities available for visitors to enjoy include a campground, beach and picnic shelters.

State Park of the Week


1588 S. Raccoon Parkway, Rockville, IN 47872
(765) 344-1412


Native forest and large rock outcrops line the upper part of Big Raccoon Creek. Cecil M. Harden Lake resulted from the damming of the creek for flood control. The lake also provides recreation, wildlife management and economic benefits. A variety of fish, flora and fauna can be viewed at the property.

Nearby Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is a preserved, working example of industrialization in Indiana at the turn of the 20th century. This 1880s flour mill uses machinery from that time to show visitors how flour and cornmeal were processed from wheat and corn. It is an almost complete and unchanged example of flour mills from this time period.

August 10th is National S’mores Day


The most popular campfire treat is celebrated each year on August 10th as it is National S’mores Day.  This delicious, sticky and gooey treat is loved by millions across the United States.

S’mores consists of a roasted marshmallow with a layer of chocolate bar sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

The origin of this tasty snack is credited to the entrepreneur Alec Barnum, however the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.   Even though the Girl Scouts were not the first ones to make s’mores, Girl Scout groups describe them in their reports as early as 1925.  Earlier recipes used the name “Some Mores” and it is unclear when the name was shortened to “S’mores”.

Today there are many variations to the original s’more such as:  spread peanut butter on the graham crackers before adding the other ingredients, use peanut butter cup candy bars in place of the chocolate bar or use other candy bars, use marshmallow cream instead of roasted marshmallows and etc

Cagles Mill Lake & Campground

The state of the art Aquatic Center is open during the Memorial Day to Labor Day recreation season. The Aquatic Center has a zero entrance pool, water bubblers and a tornado water slide. There are also shelters, a volleyball court and a playground. Other family fun opportunities include hiking trails, boat access to Cagles Mill Lake and a campground. The 115 Class A and 94 Class B campsites make this a lovely place to visit. Plan a picnic in the activities field, where you will find horseshoe pits, basketball courts, and plenty of play areas for the kids. For additional information and for Aquatic Center hours, please contact the property office at (765) 795-4576


RV Camping Checklist

This RV camping checklist is what we use when preparing our gear for our next RV adventure.  We keep many of these items permanently in our RV (like the coffee maker, and many of the other utensils), but included them in the camping list so that we’ll remember to stock up on plastic ware and paper towels, etc.

You can build your own RV camping checklist by using the form below.  Select the items that you would like to include in your list, then click the Build Camping Checklist button.

Your customized RV camping list will be generated in a new window.  You can use your browser’s print functions to print your new camping supply list.

Equipment Food Utensils/Misc.
Sheets Coffee Foil
Pillows Wine Paper Towels
Lawn Chairs Cereal Plastic Plates
Flashlights Milk Plastic Ware
Binoculars Bacon Gallon Water
Camera Eggs Dishwashing Liquid
Ice Chest Marshmallows Toilet Paper
Umbrella Lettuce Camp Skillet
Back Pack Tomatoes Coffee Maker
Blanket Lunch Meat Coffee Filters
Bath Towels Bread Matches
Beach Towels Cheese Foam Cups
Propane Lantern Hot Chocolate Koozies
Remote Lantern Butter Water Carrier
Alarm Clock Mustard Propane
Grill Brush Mayo Camp Knife
Grill Tostada Shells Mantles
Charcoal Dessert Trash Bags
Charcoal Lighter Chips Can Opener
River Shoes Dip Foil Pans
Wood Drinks/Tea Pot Holders
Camp Shovel Salt & Pepper Table Cloth
Broom Hamburger Meat Table Cloth Weights
DVDs Buns Spatula
CDs Oatmeal Marshmallow Sticks
Mesh Bag Cinnamon Cutting Board
Sun Screen Garlic Powder Egg Poacher
First Aid Kit Peanut Butter Coffee Cups
Mosquito Repellant Steaks Measuring Cup
Washer Game Salad Dressing Chip Clips
Horseshoe Game Popcorn Prescriptions
Board Games Pancake Mix Toiletries
Tubes Instant Coffee Toilet Chemicals
Radio Trail Mix Bottle Opener
Bird Feeder Tea Bags Cork Screw
Bird Food Fruit Air Compressor
Humming Bird Food Olive Oil Bearing Grease
Propane Grill Frozen Veggies Tire Gauge
Folding Table Syrup Propane Tanks (full)
Foot Pump Chicken Hitch
Rain Poncho Onions Stabilizer Bar & Pins
GPS Fajita Meat Jack
Compass Tortillas Tire Tools
Fishing Equipment Peppers Wheel Blocks
Hiking Shoes Refried Beans Hitch Block
Rope Pinto Beans Awning Poles
Bungee Cords Ice Cable TV Cord
Plastic Tarps Beer Power Cable
Tool Box Ground Turkey
Pop Tarts