DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

We arrive at Pioneer Campground

Don't burn the beautiful forests...

our space is 22

Welcome sign

It's truly beautiful up here in the Pennsylvania mtns

Great facilities

Fabulous salt water pool

Watch out there's bear all over...

all were painted by people as statements personal to them.

they're everywhere.

we found some wildlife, too....

Before we knew it, it was time to go on down the...

Dave (L) and cousin Mike (R) at the cemetary

Julia A. (Fuller) Jackson

Dave with Julia's gravestone

A short hike to a rock garden.

more of the rock garden, it was interesting.

Cousin Mike (L) and Dave (R) on Jackson Mtn

after dinner before goodbyes, L to R, Dave, Rebecca, Rosemarie, Mike.


When we left the Hershey resort to go north, some excited feelings bubbled up within us. Dave, especially so, as he was about to meet a long-lost cousin from a branch of the Fuller tree! Mike Clarke emailed Dave back last Christmas eve with a question about our common ancestry. Since that time many emails have been exchanged to correct some slightly incorrect genealogical data and confirm Dave and his brother, Frank, our relationship to the Mayflower passengers. Yes, it’s confirmed that our grandfather, Edward Fuller and his wife, 11 generations ago landed on Plymouth Rock. How exciting is that!

With that excitement in mind the 130 miles went fast to Pioneer Campground in Laporte, near Muncy Valley, PA. The campground is a gem, not pretentious and doesn’t pretend to be a “resort” just a good ol’family campground, in which, you can relax. Owned by a couple who are grand hosts and they truly care about your stay. Located on Hwy 220 east of Muncy, it’s easy to get to and in the middle of mountains with hiking trails and fishing,

Dave’s meeting of Mike was like two long lost friends getting together after along time. Mike took us on a tour of the valley and mountains round about. First, Jackson Mountain named for our common ancestor, John Lyman Jackson. Grand-father Jackson farmed on the mountain before moving down to the valley and the town of Hillsgrove and building a home near the Loyalsock River. We went to the town cemetery to see the headstones of John L. Jackson and his wife, Julia A. (Fuller) Jackson. Julia A. Fuller is a 2nd cousin of Daves 2 times removed. The four of us got along great and it was fun to learn about the local history of the Fullers in Muncy Valley of PA. Rebecca and I have taken on an assignment for the family to check a grave of one Ira Fuller who is buried in New Jersey. The cemetery where Ira is buried is about 25 miles from our next stop! We are hoping to get correct death date from the headstone. Hopefully the headstone will be of good quality and legible.

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