Groundhog Day – a great excuse for an RV trip

 Groundhog Day – a great excuse for an RV trip

Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!

For this auspicious day, I thought I'd dig out one of our favorite stories from our video vault: A visit Jennifer and I made to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania several years ago to witness the annual spectacle of a groundhog named Phil predicting the weather.

We were covering the event as media for Verizon Wireless that year and were able to talk the organizers into letting us drive the RV right up Gobbler's Knob and spending the night there. While we slept comfortably, we were awoken early, about 3 AM, as 25,000 fans came to watch the event. For four hours in the dark as a chilly rain turned the field to mud, they partied and made quite a bit of noise.

No alcohol was allowed, or even lawn chairs. The crowd stood in the mud, laughing and waiting for the dawn.

Anyway, we had front row standing seats for the big morning reveal. Alas, while today Phil did NOT see his shadow and predicted an early spring, the year we visited he did and forecast a long winter… which turned out right. So lets hope he is correct this year.

Lots of other people take RVs to the town for the big event. The local Walmart fills up with them and they are parked all around the small downtown where we saw a lot of stealth camping going on. It's all very family friendly, so a good place to bring kids or grandkids.

Anyway, here's what Groundhog Day is like…

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

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