As we head into winter, it’s getting harder to find campgrounds that are open year-round. That’s how we ended up an hour away from where Mike was working in Swanzey – at Field & Stream RV Park in Brookline. Even though we would have preferred to be closer, Field & Stream was a nice place to bunk for a week. About half the rigs there seem to be permanent residents, parked on the outer edges or back section of the park. The sites are paved and level, able to accommodate large rigs. It’s a gated campground, so they give you a key to get in and out. My mum and her husband David, who live about 45 minutes away, in Raymond, loaned me one of their cars to use during our stay, and the campground kindly gave us a second access key.
Another challenge we’re having at this time of year – since we’ve been working in the northeastern part of the country – is the availability of water. Because the water to the sites comes through pipes in the ground that aren’t heated, they’ll freeze when temperatures drop. This, of course, can be a problem in a stick house, but it’s much less likely. Field & Stream advised us that they’d be shutting off the water toward the end of our stay, and they did. We had been filling up our tank every night, just to be on the safe side, so it didn’t create too much of a hardship. I did, however, stop doing laundry in the rig and instead went to a laundromat with Mum. It turned into a rather nice afternoon of chatting and crafting while the clothes washed and dried.
As with most parks, our site included a picnic table. Dogs had to be leashed and picked up after, but there was no designated area that they were confined to. The bark babies enjoyed crunching through the leaves and sniffing at the muddy little lakes that formed on the dirt road around the park. Field & Stream had the other amenities that we’ve learned are pretty standard:
- Free Wi-Fi
- Paved, level sites
- 30- and 50-amp electric
- Cable TV
- Laundry facility
- Shower house
In the good weather, campers can enjoy the play area, the fishing pond and a canoe dock. The campground is also very close to pretty Lake Potanipo. There’s no path around the lake, but it’s got parking and boat access. The best part of the lake, though, is the small lighthouse that I got to walk by on my commute to work at The Cozy Tea Cart Cafe, just a mile and a half away.