2012-03-23 / Lifestyles

Camping club visits Lampasas

By DAVID LOWE
Staff Writer


Debbie Camp, a Get'away member from New Braunfels, stands near her decorated 1967 Cherub travel trailer. 
PHOTOS BY DAVID LOWE Debbie Camp, a Get'away member from New Braunfels, stands near her decorated 1967 Cherub travel trailer. PHOTOS BY DAVID LOWE Vintage trailers and plenty of St. Patrick’s Day green filled the campground at Boone RV Park Saturday when the Get’away Gals, a women’s camping club, hosted an open house as part of its Lampasas vacation.

The club -- which includes members from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma -- spent several days shopping, sightseeing and enjoying traditional Irish food. During the open house, Get’away Gals showed visitors around their decorated travel trailers and received donations -- which totaled $510 -- for the Boys & Girls Club of Lampasas.

The visit by 32 Get’away Gals gave the travelers a good opportunity to sample the city’s sights and spend money in nearby shops, Boone RV Park co-owner Carolyn Brown said.

“They’ve really enjoyed Lampasas,” she said. “It’s been good for Lampasas.”


Boone RV Park manager Trudi Robertson hands J.W. Hutcherson, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lampasas board of directors, a $510 check raised from donations the Get'away Gals camping club received during its open house event Saturday at the RV park. Boone RV Park manager Trudi Robertson hands J.W. Hutcherson, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lampasas board of directors, a $510 check raised from donations the Get'away Gals camping club received during its open house event Saturday at the RV park. Club members said the trip also did them good, as they were able to laugh, relax and spend time with old and new friends.

Standing next to her 1967 Cherub trailer, New Braunfels resident Debbie Camp described the family memories that inspired the recreational vehicle’s design. A female land surveyor painted on one side of the trailer pays tribute to the surveying work Mrs. Camp, her two sisters and her mother did with her late father.

“Every trailer has a story, which is a lot of fun,” she said.

Mrs. Camp’s daughter, Krissy Romero, said she enjoys traveling with her mother, working on their trailers together and meeting other Get’away Gals.

“I really enjoy being with her -- even if we’re not camping,” she said. “She’s my little decorating diva.”

Although a Friday night storm prevented the group from cooking over a campfire, Get’away Gals member Jill Isaacson of Bedford said campers had fun just sharing each other’s company.

“When it rains it just draws us all to each other’s trailers,” she said, sitting outside an RVdecorated with green items, Irish wording and a mannequin in a Celtic costume. “It doesn’t stop us from having fun.”

Get’away Gals founder Dixie Taylor, who lives in Brownsboro, said she only expected 25-30 women to join her club, which formed in January 2011. Membership has swelled to 346, though, and several women signed up to join as the group celebrated in Lampasas.

“This is my fourth women’s club over the last 40 years or so to organize,” Mrs. Taylor said, “but this is the most fun.”

Members range from age 21 to 93 and enjoy mingling across the generations, Mrs. Taylor said.

“We’re all the same age when we’re camping,” she said.

In just a few days, Get’away Gals have come to love Lampasas, Mrs. Taylor said.

Travelers received welcome bags from the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Taylor said, adding that the group -- which travels each month to a different location in one of the states it represents -- enjoyed the special hospitality of the city’s people and the Get’away Gals’ campground hosts.

“We’ve had people nice to us everywhere we go, but we’ve never had a town this welcoming,” she said. “This park has just been exceptional.”

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