“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country” – United States Department Of Labor
To us, Labor Day weekend is just that and some more. It’s a weekend when we can take a step back and look at our careers and how they’ve evolved over time. It’s a time to give thanks to the generations before us that made it all possible. It’s a day to enjoy family and friends without the stress and pressure of the work week. Some see it as the end of Summer, some even skip the holiday and go back to work. Many others, like me, take the weekend off and go camping.
All my life camping on Labor Day weekend was the norm. It was exciting to know that you’d be away from TV, computers, and cell phones for a couple of days….oh that’s not exciting to you? Maybe you should try it….SERIOUSLY!!! The whole process of packing food, drinks, camping clothes, fishing poles, tents, the grill, and all the other things that you need to spend the weekend outside without the amenities of modern life is eye opening. How did the human race come so far that these things are now called “camping supplies”? They used to be called “all of our belongings”.
This weekend was our 2nd trip to Arkansas River Rim RV Park & Campground for the annual Jeffstock. Jeffstock is a celebration of Jeff Huff, owner & operator of the campground. Jeffstock started with us arriving with a warm welcome by Jeff, himself. He spoke of the history of the campground and the struggles he has endured. We walked away from the conversation blow away and inspired at the heart and determination of Jeff. Another reason why Labor Day should be a celebration of our labors to get where we are today.
Next, we set up our living quarters for the weekend. First we unload the truck, next we set up the tent, then arrange our sitting area, and finally crack open a cold one and enjoy the views (which are amazing). That night we were entertained by the acoustic sounds of Derringer around the campfire.
The next day we wake up and shake off the headaches and cook a hearty breakfast (eggs & bacon). We take the dogs for a quick swin in the Arkansas River, which is located just behind our campsite. We then play some lawn games and share a few laughs and get prepared for the big concert. Again, Derringer rocks the campground with great music for all to hear. We closed the night off around the campfire telling stories and jokes to make us all laugh.
When I look back at this year’s Jeffstock and Labor Day weekend as a whole, I can’t help but be thankful for all the people that help share the experience. If you’re looking for a great RV park and campground to stay I would consider Arkansas River Rim in Buena Vista. I mentioned Jeff earlier, but want to give a shout out to Margo Huff, co-owner and operator of the campground and RV park. These two have done wonderful things with the space and you can tell that they put a lot of effort into making our stay a great one. The RV park offers full hookups, showers, and tent sites. The Arkansas River is super close for campers to enjoy some fishing, adding to the many activities the area offers. More information about Arkansas River Rim RV Park & Campground can be found at arkriverrim.com or by going to their Facebook page.
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