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Rudy’s Recipe: Savory S’mores

Savory S’mores!


You Need:

  • Mushrooms
  • Blue cheese
  • Bacon

Make ‘Em:

Stuff mushrooms with blue cheese. Wrap with a strip of bacon.

Roast over the campfire until cheese is bubbly and bacon is done.

Recipe courtesy of

Camping Tip: Seasoning Straws

Don’t sacrifice flavor when you’re camping! But you don’t have to bring the salt and pepper shakers either.


Using straws and a heated flame simply make up seasoning straws! Pepper, salt, cajun spice … whatever spices you need. They’re easy to make and take up no room at all. When you’re ready to use just snip off the end and season.

Cut straws in half to make them small for one use, or fill large straws. The straws melted together and sealed easily. Took no time at all to make these up.

Stay in May and Save!

Buy One Night, Get Second Night Half Off!

Stay with us during one of the first three weekends in May and get the second night half off!Stay-in-May-Cabin-FB

Offer valid:

  • May 1 & 2, 2015 (all sites and vacation rentals)
  • May 8 & 9, 2015 (all sites and vacation rentals)
  • May 15 & 16, 2015 (Standard or King Size Rental RVs ONLY)

Discount for second night applied upon check in.

Reserve Online or call us to make your reservation at (888) 704-4432.

May is an excellent time to visit Lake Rudolph and enjoy a more relaxing stay before the hustle of the busy summer season.  It is a great time to visit Holiday World for smaller crowd sizes.

Stay with us in May and save!
Goodbye Winter, Hello Summer!

Camping Tip: Travel Coffee Bags

Travel coffee bags … because I can’t leave my Starbucks behind when camping.


All you need are coffee filters, coffee grounds, and dental floss. I only used the red because it was festive … and festive works since we’re in Santa Claus, Indiana. :p

Camping Tip: Treat Tackle Box

Camping Tip Tuesday: Treat Tackle Box


These would be great for long trips. Because my four year old can’t decide which snack she wants … so having multiple options in this box is perfect!

As long as they don’t eat it all at once! :p

7 Reasons to Camp During Fall

Our top reasons that you should be camping during the fall season. Seven of them because that’s my lucky number. 🙂


  1. Weather. Um, hello? Cooler weather! I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather camp when it’s cool and I can enjoy sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows, and not be sweltering hot!
  2. Better Rates. Many campgrounds and RV resorts drop their rates during the fall and offer discounts. We have a Fall Season Rate.
  3. Scenery. Beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves. Love those colors and that slight crisp in the air!
  4. Halloween Activities. Lots of campground and resorts offer fun, Halloween-themed activities. In our case, seven weekends of Halloween activities!
  5. Fewer Crowds. Less people are camping during the fall seasons so you’ll encounter fewer crowds. Unless of course you visit us when our Halloween Weekends are in full swing. 🙂 If you’d like to visit during a more quiet time, we suggest coming during the week … Sundays through Wednesdays.
  6. Fewer Bugs. Normally there are less pesky bugs during the fall camping season.
  7. Fall Food. Wonderful fall comfort food. Think warm Apple Crisp, Candied Apples, and One Skillet Chili.

Camp in Comfort

One of our travel writers wrote a lovely poem about her stay with us. Thought you might enjoy it too. Thank you for letting us share it Connie!

‘Twas six months before Christmas and all through the campground
We swam and we fished and played on the playground
At night we snuggled all comfy in bed
In a rather nice cabin, not the tent that I dread

Our-cabin-exterior-2-300x176One morning we woke to the sound of Ho! Ho! Ho!
And knew in a moment that off we must go
To the pavilion to hear the story retold
Of that Christmas Eve in times of old

Santa chose children to play all of the parts
Ma, the children, the man dear to our hearts
His version of the story drew much laughter
Then Santa stayed to answer questions after

Children asked how he can move so fast
Christmas Eve night doesn’t long last
Yet he visits children the world around
And all the while doesn’t make a sound

Santa answered more question from girls and boys
Including how can he possibly afford all those toys
And then we were off to continue our day
At Lake Rudolph where all day long we would play

Read Connie’s full article on

What To Know: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Poison ivy, oak and sumac … chances are that if you’re a camper you’ve come across one, or all, of these plants. They’re common throughout the US, except in Hawaii and Alaska.

Here’s a little information about each type. Knowing what you’re looking for is half the battle in avoiding these itchy plants.

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Technically known as Toxicodendron radicans, poison ivy produces urushiol, a clear liquid in the sap of the plant. That is what causes all that unpleasant itching and the painful rash.

It’s not actually a true ivy. It can be found as a vine, as a shrub, and as a climbing vine that grows on trees or other plants.

Over 350,000 people are affected by poison ivy annually in the US.

Poison Oak

Poison Oak

Technically known as Toxicodendron diversilobum, poison oak is a woody vine or shrub in the sumac family. It is known for causing itching and allergic rashes, after contact by touch or smoke inhalation.

Contact with skin first causes itching. It may then evolve into dermatitis with inflammation, colorless bumps, severe itching, and blistering. Does not sound like a picnic to me!

Poison Sumac

Poison Sumac

Technically known as Toxicodendron vernix, poison sumac is a woody shrub or small tree. All parts of the plant contain urushiol just as poison ivy does. When it is burned, inhaling the smoke may cause the rash to appear on the lining of the lungs. Yikes!

Poison sumac is far more potent and toxic than it’s other poison counterparts. Your skin may have quite painful and swelling blisters.

Other good information …

Dogs and cats do not suffer the allergenic effects of poison ivy, sumac or oak like humans do. So that’s good news. Now the bad news … they can transmit the oil of these plants to you if it is on their fur. Your pet can bring you poison ivy, oak or sumac, even though you haven’t been in the woods. If you think they’ve been in contact with these plants, give them a bath (wear long gloves!) with Dawn dish washing liquid and use lots of cool water.

Poison ivy, oak and sumac rashes usually develops within a week of exposure and can last anywhere from one to four weeks.

Camping Books for Kiddos

My little girl, who just turned two this month, loves to read. She also loves to come with Mommy when I work during Halloween Weekends. I think she really just loves the treats and golf car.

I’ve been searching for fun camping books we can  read to get ready for the season. Wanted to share a few that I came across … they’re in no particular order. I’ll let you know later if they’re “Addison Approved” or not. 🙂

Camping Spree

  1. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee, are enjoying a peaceful camping trip when all of a sudden they find themselves plunging down a mountain and teetering on the edge of a huge waterfall! How will they find their way out of this slippery situation?
  2. OLIVIA Goes Camping by Alex Harvey. Olivia is super excited to have her best friend come along on her family camping trip. However Francine is not a huge fan of the Great Outdoors and is less than excited about the mud, the bugs, and the idea of sleeping in a tent. It’s up to Olivia to help Francine get in touch with her inner nature lover in this funny story that’s based on an episode.
  3. Just Camping Out by Mercer Mayer. Love the “Little Critter” books. Little Critter’s little sister goes on a daredevil night of camping in their backyard-and even spends the night in the tent all by herself.
  4. S Is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James. Next to baseball and fireworks on the Fourth of July, nothing else seems as American as the family camping trip. From what to pack, where to go, and what to do when you get there.
  5. Curious George Goes Camping by Margret & H.A. Rey. George tries to be helpful, but he of course just ends up upsetting a nearby camper. As he’s hiding in the woods, he meets a forest creature who catapults the mischievous monkey into a chain of even more outrageous events!
  6. Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O’Connell George. Everything that happens when you go camping can be an adventure, from getting dressed inside your sleeping bag on a chilly morning to meeting a moose to sharing secrets in a tent at night.

If you share any of these with your kids let me know what you, and they, think!

Respect the Campground … and Fellow Campers

Thought I’d share a post about camping etiquette. These rules apply not only here at Lake Rudolph, but most apply to anywhere that you may be camping.

1. Take care of your pets.
We do allow you to bring along your pet if you’re staying on a RV or Tent Site. Please, please clean up after your pet. And never leave them unattended … even in your own RV. If you’re going to Holiday World for the day, they have both an air conditioned and a outdoor kennel.

2. Respect quiet time hours.
Quiet time at Lake Rudolph is from 11:00pm – 7:00am CDT. Respect your neighbors and please honor this policy.

3. Follow posted speed limits.
These speed limits are in place for not only your safety, but the safety of all our guests. We work very hard to make Lake Rudolph a safe, family-friendly place to stay. Our speed limits throughout the campground are 12 mph.

4. Understand the WiFi
We want your stay here to be as connected as you want so we offer free WiFi here at Lake Rudolph. Coverage may not always extend to every site and rental; we sure have a lot of trees and hills! If you’re having issues, please let us know so we can test the signal. Oddly enough, it does sometimes malfunction. 🙂

5. Honor the firewood policy.
Most campgrounds have a firewood policy in place. You can find ours here. It’s very important to follow these rules to help contain the spread of pesky insects that can potentially damaging our forests.

6. Dispose of your trash.
We even make it easy! Just bag up your trash with the bag provided upon check-in and we’ll pick it up at your site or rental between the hours of 7:00 – 11:00am CDT. Along with that, please throw trash in trash cans. We work very hard to make Lake Rudolph a clean campground and we appreciate your help!

7. Follow Golf Car rules.
I know you’ve heard it before, but we have these rules for a reason. 🙂 These rules are established to make our roadways as safe as possible. You can find a copy of our Golf Car rules here.

8. Talk to us!
If there’s a problem, let us know. Of course we can’t fix what we don’t know about. You can let the Welcome Center know about any problems you may have while visiting. We also invite you to fill out a survey about your stay. After all, it’s your comments and suggestions that help us improve. 🙂

9. Respect the campground staff. 
In return, we’ll respect you. Understand that we may not always be able to accommodate your requests, but know that we’re trying. If it’s within our means, we will try our best to make it happen.

10. Vehicles at your site/rental.
At Lake Rudolph you are allowed one vehicle per Site. You’re allowed two vehicles at a Rental. We have this rule to keep the campground as uncongested as possible. It also helps to keep all our roads passable. Visitors are welcome … they just need to park in the visitors parking (just past the Welcome Center), rather than at your site or rental. You can then come up in your vehicle or golf car and get them.

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